Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Black & White Quilt Along- Block 3

Here it is, everybody!!
Block #3- Black & White Quilt Along

Here is the picture of the one I designed:

You can use any combination you want.  In this tutorial I will use the same fabric for the entire center part of the block but you can do two and two like you see in this design picture, it's your choice!
What you'll need for one 12.5" x 12.5" block that will end up being 12" x 12" when in a quilt:

4 strips that measure  9 3/8" x 4 3/4" of your light colored fabric
1 square that measures 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" of your dark fabric
You'll need to prep both fabrics by doing a little cutting before you actually start sewing. 
The next step is to cut the Black (7 1/4" x 7 1/4" square) in 4 parts.  You should measure from one corner to another on the diagonal (on the ugly side of your block)and mark along that line.  Then repeat this with the other two corners so that you have an "X" marked on the ugly side of your black block. 

Now you want to cut along the lines you just marked so you end up with 4 triangles out this square.

Now let's prep the other fabric (white)...
This may seem a little tricky but it's really not. If you have a ruler that has built-in degree measurements (like mine) this is simple.   
Line up your ruler with the 45 degree angle on the bottom left corner of one strip of the white fabric.  The center-most point of the ruler's angle measurement should be on the top edge.  Make a mark where the ruler meets the top edge of your strip (see blue mark in picture.)

Now line up your ruler from that bottom left corner to the point you marked (blue mark) and cut.  Repeat this to the 3 other strips. You will be using the longest part of the strip for this block.  Save that other little triangle for another project!

Here are all the pieces you should have to make your block:

Now layout your pieces as shown in this picture.

Now we start sewing! YAY!
When lining up your fabrics to sew you will notice that the black (small triangle) is a bit bigger that the edge of your white fabric.  No worries.  Just make sure you line up your fabrics as I show you in this picture.  The squared edges of the blocks should match and then one extra little corner of the black will stick out. Stitch down using a 1/4" seam.

Stitch each white strip to it's coordinating black triangle FIRST. 
Like this:
Then you will sew two of these units together, like this:
And then finally the last center seam!  Make sure you match that center point and pin it in place so it doesn't move on you while you stitch.
The final outcome: 
Cute, eh?!

Can you imagine this in pastels for a fun baby quilt! I really like this block and I hope you do, too!

Happy Quilting!
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