Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Squash Blossom Quilt

I have a new quilt finish! The block is a traditional one called Squash Blossom. There's a brief block tutorial at the end of this post...


I started the fabric selection with some half yards of Aneela Hoey's newest line called Foxglove. And as you can probably guess I added my touch with some coordinating prints and solids from my stash.


The machine quilting was done using the Serpentine Stitch #4 on my Bernina. I always love the way it looks and the long vertical lines about an inch apart seemed perfect for this design. I adjusted the length and width to make it pretty zig-zaggy this time and love how it turned out.



For the backing I chose the aqua print with the foxes from the line. It's so adorable!!



 As far as a pattern is concerned, I searched the web and found 2 really good ones. One from Holly Gets Quilty  and the second from Tales of Cloth. Both are very good, but break the trapezoids into squares and triangles. I wanted to recreate the same block with fewer seams and came up with my own version.

Here's a brief description of how I did it:


Cutting:
The trapezoids are cut by cutting a rectangle and using the 45 degree line on your ruler to trim the end or ends. Note that when only one end is trimmed, you'll need mirror images of each piece. If you place 2 layers wrong sides together and cut them together, you'll get the mirror image of each shape.

Background (white):
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 7/8", trim one end at a 45 degree angle to get 2 sets of 2 mirror image trapezoids
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 7/8", trim one end at a 45 degree angle to get 2 sets of 2 mirror image trapezoids
4 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

Accent (navy):
1 - 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square, cut in half twice diagonally {you need only 2 of these triangles}

Main (aqua):
1 - 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square, cut in half twice diagonally {you need only 2 of these triangles}
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 7/8", trim one end at a 45 degree angle to get 2 sets of 2 mirror image trapezoids
2 - 2 1/2" x 9 1/4", trim both ends of these rectangles at 45 degree angles going in opposite directions

Sewing: Refer to the block diagram above.
1. Use the 4 - 2 1/2" background squares and draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side. Place a marked square on the square end of each of the 2 1/2" x 6 7/8" main fabric (aqua) trapezoids with the drawn line going parallel to the 45 degree angle on the opposite end. Sew on the drawn line, press and trim seam allowance to 1/4". (Use the 2 center rows of the block diagram for reference).
2. Lay out the units from step one and the remaining pieces following the above diagram.
3. Sew the pieces into rows.
4. Sew the rows together to complete the block.

Tip! You'll be sewing 2 - 45 degree angles together. To line them up properly, use the photo below for reference. The sewing line should fall in the "V" created by the 2 angles.


Hope you give it a try!

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I like how you reworked the block to have fewer seams. :)

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  2. Great tutorial, I'm definitely giving this a go!

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  3. This is really a cute adorable block! I love it!
    Thank you so much for the instructional. Very inspiring

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  4. Shoot. I already have so many projects on the back burner, but I REALLY like your quilt. You are an enabler, don't cha know! Giving us the directions and leaving no excuse not to do this . . . thanks!

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  5. Your quilt is so pretty. I love your colors. I will try to do this and I thank you very much

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  6. Cindy, I loved seeing this in person! It's beautiful! I'm always looking at patterns and figuring out ways to eliminate seams. Would love to know the adjustments to stitch #4 to achieve your results. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you for this tutorial :)

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!