Here is a tutorial for the block I made for my Quilt Con Block entry. It's really quite simple and fun to make - I'm making a quilt using this same block and plan to write a pattern for that. In the meantime, please feel free to use this and have fun!
You will need:
- 10 - 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles in four different colors. (I used a variety of prints and solids for each of these to use up scraps and add some interest to the block.)
- 16 - 2.5" squares, white or other solid neutral
This is a 12" finished block that is really made up of 4 smaller blocks. This smaller block is a version of an older block called "Patience Corner." I read that it was originally made by cutting L-shaped pieces of fabric and painstakingly stitching around the corners (hence the name). This way is much easier and can use more fabrics, which is kind of fun.
I start by laying out each section to help me decide where to put each fabric. Here are my four sections:
Next take one rectangle and stitch it to the outer white squares as shown below. Press your seams, open or to one side.
Then take the two "top" and "bottom" sets of rectangles and stitch together along the short side. Press seams.
For the remaining squares and rectangles, stitch two rectangles on opposite sides of each white square as shown. Press seams.
While I'm doing these steps, I like to lay each section back down on my table. It helps me keep track of my layout and make sure that I like how it looks as I'm sewing it together. You should now have six different block units. A, B, C, D, E, and F.
Stitch block unit B to block unit C. Press seam.
Stitch block unit E to block unit F. Press seam.
Next stitch new block unit BC to block unit A. Press seam.
Stitch new block unit EF to block unit D. Press seam.
You now have two halves of the block. Stitch these together, matching the center seam. Press seam. You now have one of your four smaller blocks completed. Set aside and repeat the steps above for each smaller block.
When all four smaller blocks are complete, arrange them as shown below.
Stitch the top two and bottom two blocks together, matching seams where the white squares meet. Then stitch the top set to the bottom set, matching seams where the white squares meet and at the very center. As you can see, my center seam didn't match exactly, but after picking it out once I decided it was good enough!
If you make something using this tutorial I'd love to see it - be sure to post your projects!