Category — Blocks
It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to sit down, relax and look through my favorite block reference books. A couple weeks ago, I pulled out Nancy Cabot’s Quilt Collection, complied by Rose Lea Alboum. You can see more about it on my blog here and ordering information here. This time as I was flipping through the pages, this block caught my eye, Cubes and Tiles (1933).
I decided to see if I could find a bit more information about it, so I search for it in my other favorite block reference, Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. (Which by the way, is now available to buy as a PDF download!) It turns out, this block has been, well, around the block a few times! It was listed under 5 different names, from 5 different publications. The oldest I saw was a Ladies Art Company quilt pattern catalog from the late 1800′s, under the name Stars and Cubes. Pretty cool! And since everyone else came up with their own name for this block, I decided to call mine Radiant Splendor.
I sat down to do a little photoshop work to see if I could figure out how to put this block together. Turns out it’s not that hard – as long as you love making flying geese! I’ve put together a tutorial for anyone interested in making one of their own.
Radiant Splendor ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial
20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ unfinished quilt block
We are going to follow the below construction diagram to make this block. We will begin with the flying geese, then piece center star, followed by the border stars and finally sew those components together to make the final block.
|Background||Cut 4||6-1/2” x 6-1/2″||White|
|Background||Cut 12||2-1/2” x 2-1/2”||White|
|Background||Cut 20||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||White|
|Center Star||Cut 1||4-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Purple|
|Center Star||Cut 8||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Purple|
|Border Stars||Cut 4||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Yellow|
|Border Stars||Cut 32||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Yellow|
This block contains 20 flying geese components. Let’s make those first.
Step 1: Using a marking tool (disappearing ink pen, pencil, hera marking tool, chalk, etc), mark your (8) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Purple Squares and your (32) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Yellow Squares from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric, along the diagonal.
Step 2: Gather your (20) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangles. Take (1) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangle and place (1) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 3: Using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
Step 4: Place your next 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the other short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 5: Once again using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
You now have a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Flying Geese unit.
Step 6: Repeat the above instruction to piece a total of (4) Purple flying geese units and (16) Yellow flying geese units.
Now that you’ve made your 20 flying geese units, we will make the Purple Center Star.
Step 7: Take your (4) Purple Flying Geese Units, (1) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Purple Square, and (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 8: Stitch together the segments into three rows as shown.
Step 9: Stitch your rows together to form a finished 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ block, as shown.
Set aside. We will now assemble the Yellow Border Stars.
Step 10: Take (4) of your Yellow Flying Geese Units, (1) 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Yellow Rectangle, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 11: Stitch the top row of (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares and (1) flying geese unit together, as shown. Stitch the center 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to (1) flying geese unit, as shown.
Step 12: Stitch the remaining (2) flying geese units to the center pieced unit, as shown.
Step 13: Piece the assembled top row to assembled bottom section, as shown, resulting in a 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Yellow Border Star.
Step 14: Repeat the above steps to make 3 more Yellow Border Stars, for a total of 4 Yellow Border Stars.
Now we are going to assemble all your pieced components into a finished block.
Step 15: Lay out your (4) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ White Squares, (4) Yellow Border Star components and (1) Purple Center Star as shown.
Step 16: Stitch each row of blocks together, as you would a 9 patch. Stitch your rows together.
March 5, 2014 49 Comments
It’s been a pretty busy week around here. Last week I basted and started quilting my Stardust quilt. About the same time I came down with a nasty bug. During the weekend I was feeling ok one minute and sick to my stomach the next. Not fun! But I did make it to Cincinnati to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday and am starting to feel like I’m coming out of the fog.
We came home Sunday night to watch the Superbowl (let’s not even talk about that! Big Peyton Manning fan over here…) And now I’ve been busy prepping for a trip to the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild in Rockford.
I did manage to finish my Safari Moon quilt top. This is one last peek (just before I completed it). I will be sharing the finished quilt in just a couple of weeks. I picked up some of the Animalia in Splendor fabric for the back. I just could not resist, it’s so fun!
I also have been thinking about this little quilt that I started over a year ago at Quilt Camp.
This quilt is based on my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern, but it’s sort of morphed into it’s own design. Other projects have constantly taken priority over it, but I think I’m ready to push it back to the top of the list. I at least want it twice this size (to be a wall hanging), but in my dream world it would be lap sized. We shall see!
February 5, 2014 23 Comments
Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.
When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.
Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…
historic looking stone walls…
And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)
I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.
Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.
I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.
I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”
I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.
Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!
January 21, 2014 39 Comments
Today I’m spending the day getting ready to head to Wisconsin for the Menu of Modern event. I’m so excited, we are really going to have a good time. Hopefully many of you are also staying for Jacquie’s class Sunday. I really can’t wait!
I have a few little notes to share with you today. I’ve been busy working on a wall hanging quilt for my aunt. I’ve paired Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line with Lee’s Stardust pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. I’m only doing 9 blocks for the wall hanging but I am seriously considering making a full sized one of these for myself.
I also wanted to mention that I am now offering one of my patterns in print (for the first time). If you’ve checked out my pattern shop, you’ve probably noticed my quilt patterns are digital PDF downloads. I really love that instant availability. But I know many people like printed patterns, so I wanted to branch out in that direction as well.
So far I only have one pattern printed – my Starfall pattern. But I do plan on printing up others as the year progresses, in order of their popularity. The patterns are full color booklets and ship (USA only right now) USPS First Class Mail.
If you are a shop owner and are interested in carrying this pattern in your store, please email me regarding wholesale orders.
And finally, I was excited to find out that Fat Quarter Shop has named Vintage Quilt Revival their Book of the Month. You can read more about it on their blog, but also it’s great because it means the book is 20% off in their shop all month long!
Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back next week with pictures from the weekend event!
January 10, 2014 15 Comments