Devoted Quilter is 4 today!
I'm amazed that I've been blogging for a full 4 years now 😊 I wanted to do something to mark the day, so I thought about doing a giveaway, but that really only benefits one person (the winner) and I wanted something that would be for everyone. That's when I thought of doing a free block tutorial, because we all love new quilt blocks, right?
I'm calling this block Connections. Partly because of the secondary pattern created when blocks are put together, but also because I wanted to create a block to celebrate the connections I've made with all of you through this blog, reading your blogs and through Instagram. This online quilting community it awesome!
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement these past four years. Your comments, especially, always make my day.
Without further ado -
Connections - a 12" block
Here is what the block looks like when tiled together. Don't you love those connections that form between the blocks?
Let's get started!
For one block:
Background - 8 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Dark Aqua - 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Light Aqua - 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
- 4 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Pink - 1 square 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" **
White - 1 square 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" **
** Note - the method we'll use to make the center hourglass block makes two at a time, so if you're making a quilt with this block you need 1 square of each colour for every 2 blocks you plan to make.
Make the Connecting Units
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of all of the light aqua 2 1/2" squares.
Stitch on the drawn line, then trim 1/4" away from the seam.
|It was at this point I realized my new phone takes better pictures than our DSLR, so I switched|
Make the Side Units
Stitch the remaining background 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles to the light aqua 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles as shown.
Make the Center Hourglass
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of the white 5 1/4" square.
Pin the white and pink 5 1/4" squares together and stitch 1/4" away from the line on both sides. Cut apart on the drawn line to make two HSTs.
Assemble the Block
Arrange the units in 3 rows of 3 as shown, paying careful attention to the orientation of the units.
As always, if you make this block, I'd love to see it! Tag me on Instagram (@devotedquilter) or Facebook (@devotedquilterdesigns) or send me an email (devotedquilter at gmail dot com).
Here's to many more years of quilting together!