t’s week four and we have three new blocks to offer you from designers Deb Strain, Brenda Riddle Designs and Zen Chic.
ShoFly Quilt Block - Download Sampler-shuffle-block10
The Shofly quilt block is perhaps one of the easiest blocks to make, using only five squares and four half-square triangles.
Carolyn Firedlander – Very Modern looking.
Bonnie and Camille very vintage!
I love my creams and reds in this block.
Try using the same fabric for the outside squares and using the same fabric for the inside half/square triangles. It turns into a circle inside the square.
Cat’s Cradle – Block 11 – Download Sampler-shuffle-block11
Even though this block looks complicated, once we break it down you will see how easy it is to piece. Here are some tips for making those Cat’s Cradle Units.
Stitch a 1½” square to a 1½” x 2½” rectangle. You will need to make a total of two of these units. Sew long sides together. Make one more set.
Align the 1/4″ seam line of a rotary ruler with the inside point of the square and the outside of the lower left rectangle. Cut with a rotary cutter leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat on the opposite corner., two units now complete. Repeat to make a second set.
Follow the Easy Corner Method learned in Block 3 using a square to add the corner triangles and to finish your units.
There is also a great new ruler from Creative Grid – The Cat’s Cradle Tool. Click on the ruler to view the tutorial from Creative Grid Rulers. I think you will really like this method, especially if you find yourself making lots of these little units / blocks.
Refer back to Block 6 or our Flying Geese Tutorial on our Blog to make the flying geese.
Wasn’t that easy?
Reds and Creams – Notice how the block takes on entirely different perspective when I change the center square to match the corner squares. Looks like four spools.
Bonnie and Camille fabrics.
Block 12 – Download Sampler-shuffle-block12
By strip piecing, you can make the four corner units in no time. Sew together two strips one dark and one light, each 1 1/2″ x 7″ then cut into 1 1/2″ segments. Sew a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle to the long side to make the corner squares.
Refer back to block 6 or to our Flying Geese tutorial to make the eight flying geese units. Don’t forget to always set your seams with an iron and then press towards the dark sides.
Reds and Creams – I reversed the blocks in this block.
Bonnie and Camille Fabrics