Friday, April 15, 2011

Tips & Tricks ~ April BONUS BLOCK 2011

We’ll be sewing at least six 6” bonus blocks during our fun quilt along. They’ll pop up here and there during the year. In March we pieced a Friendship Star, one of my all time favorite block patterns. I thought since our April block was sew much fun, I’d throw you another bonus block – yippee!

I’m hoping the bonus blocks will build on the skills and tips we’ve already covered in past tutes, so the tips and instruction here will be light. The bonus for April is the Spool Block. You only need TWO fabrics for this block – I know, call me crazy! As usual, I pulled from my stash.

  • Lights: 2 each 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangles
  • Medium or Dark: 1 each 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangle and 4 each 2 1/2” squares

Here are mine

Tips & Tricks April BONUS block

Make the side units using the flip and sew method as described in our Tips & Tricks January posting. Take the light rectangles and piece the 2 1/2” squares and sew them onto each side…using the lines drawn on the back as your sewing line. See below:Tips & Tricks April BONUS block

Tips & Tricks April BONUS block

Don’t forget, I like to sew an additional seam to create an extra HST – look in the photo below….

Tips & Tricks April BONUS block

Cut between seams and press.

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Sew these end pieces to the remaining dark rectangle – here’s how I laid out my block.

Tips & Tricks April BONUS block

And my completed block – measures at 6 1/2” UNfinished.

Tips & Tricks April BONUS block    


Our 2nd bonus block is completed – cool! Please post your blocks in the Tips & Tricks photo album (or my crickets studio blog flickr group) and show off your blocks!

Can’t wait to see your blocks!clip_image001

©2011, Carrie Graziano, crickets studio


Marie said...

Great tutorial. I've got to try this method soon.

Teresa said...

I love your tip for sewing a second row of stitching on the "cut off" piece of the flying geese blocks! Since I loathe working with bias edges, this makes my scraps usable! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

well done ,looks great

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Nice tutorial - thank you!

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