Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL-Tutorial-Block 1

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL
Kim from Persimon Dreams and I are hosting a summer Scrappy Mystery Quilt Along!  Join us the 15th of July, August and September for unique scrap quilt block tutorials.  
We are partnering to bring you this QAL as part of the 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge!  Click the image below to see all the details on scrap block tutorials, challenge guidelines & PRIZES!
Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge
For QAL details and fabric requirements, check out the earlier post here.

Go get Kim's Tutorial now too! 

On to the Tutorial!  This week we are making a 12" finished block.  In my final reveal, we will use 8 of these blocks in my design.  Below is what you need to cut and stitch for ONE block.

Spinning Star

Background  (cream) 
          (4) 2.5" squares - mark diagonal line on wrong side of squares
          (1) 5.25" square
Color 1-light (rose) 
          (2) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles 
Color 1- dark (red) 
          (4) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles
          (1) 2.5" square
          (1) 2 7/8" squares
Color 2 -light (bright blue) 
          (2) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles 
Color 2- dark (dark blue) 
          (2) 4 7/8" squares
Accent-  (yellow) 
          (18) 2.5" squares - mark diagonal line on wrong side of 16 squares
          (1) 2 7/8" square - mark diagonal line on wrong side of square
Focal- (green) 
          (1) 5.25" square

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Step 1: Make flying geese units:
2 rose, 4 red, 2 blue as follows.  (4.5" X 2.5" rectangles)
With rectangle right side up, place a yellow 2.5" square on the right edge, aligning 3 sides of the square & rectangle.  The marked diagonal line should point from the middle top of the rectangle to the bottom right as shown below:
Stitch directly on the line.  If you want to stitch up your scrap triangles, move over about 1/2 an inch & stitch again.  (Here's why I do this.)
Press the yellow triangle open to cover the corner.  After it's pressed up, then trim away your scrap piece.  If you've stitched the scrap triangle, cut between the 2 stitches, leaving 1/4" seam allowance for both pieces.  If you haven't, eyeball 1/4" or feel free to rotary cut to 1/4" seam allowance.
 Place square on left side of flying geese rectangle & repeat steps above.
 Your geese are now fit for flight!

Step 2:  Make HST's
With red 2 7/8" square right side up, place a yellow 2 7/8" square right side together (RST), aligning all sides of the squares.  Stitch 1/4" from each side of the drawn line.
 Cut the drawn line, press toward the red fabric.  Trim up to 2.5" squares.  This will yield 2 squares.  We will use only 1 in each block, so use the 2nd one in your next block.
Step 3: Make Quarter Square Triangles
Layer Green 5.25" square and Cream 5.25" square RST.
Cut on both diagonals

Sew 4 triangle units as shown; press seam open.
 Step 4:  Make Snow capped, blue triangle (I'm at a loss for words on this block's name)
Cut Blue 4 7/8" triangle on one diagonal
With RST, place cream 2.5" square on the right angle corner of blue triangle with drawn line in direction shown.  Stitch on line & if you desire, stitch your scrap HST too.  Cut to leave 1/4" seam allowance as in Step 1 above.
 Step 5:  Make Pinwheel
Stitch triangles from Step 3 and Step 4 together.  Make 4 squares
Sew squares in pairs.  Note direction of pieces so pinwheel forms in center; snow capped triangles are in outer corners.
Then sew pairs into block
Step 6:  Assemble Rows
Stitch, RST the top row of the block:
the HST from Step 2, Rose flying geese, Blue flying geese, yellow 2.5" square  Press seam between Geese open.  Press other two seams toward squares.
Stitch the sides of the center row:
Blue Flying Geese, Rose Flying Geese.  Press seam between Geese open.
Red Flying Geese, Red Flying Geese.  Press seam between Geese open
Stitch the bottom row of the block:
Red 2.5" square, Red Flying Geese, Red Flying Geese, Yellow 2.5" square.  Press seam between Geese open.  Press other two seams toward squares.
Step 7:  Sew Block
I like to lay my block pieces on the table so I can see just which side to stitch.
Complete center row.  Stitch sides onto pinwheel.  Press toward pinwheel.
Sew rows together.  Press seams open or toward outer rows.

Now the fun...why this crazy block design?
Here we have 4 blocks with the yellow square in the center.
Well, check out 4 together with the HST in the center.
 What about with the red square in the center of 4 blocks.

Oh, look, you could make a one block quilt with 2 alternating designs!
Now, mix my block this week with Kim's block this week & look at this magic:
4 very different quilt designs with 2 blocks and some twisting & turning.  Kim will have more combo options on her blog post today too (in her colors).

So, now it's time to link up!  You can link up here or on Kim's blog.  All link-ups will show on both our blogs, so you only have to linky once!  How awesome is that?!

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