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Radiant Splendor ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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).

Cubes and Tiles Quilt Block - Nancy Cabot 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 Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts


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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Cutting Instructions

Pattern Piece Fabric
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

Block Instructions
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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Press your fabric open.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Press your fabric open.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 8: Stitch together the segments into three rows as shown.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 9: Stitch your rows together to form a finished 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ block, as shown.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 12: Stitch the remaining (2) flying geese units to the center pieced unit, as shown.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 16: Stitch each row of blocks together, as you would a 9 patch. Stitch your rows together.

Congratulations! Your block is now finished!

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts

March 5, 2014   68 Comments

Heading to Wisconsin

Stardust Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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!

Stardust Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Stardust Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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

Lighthouse Quilt Along Week 2: Test Block Assembly

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to Week 2 of the Lighthouse Quilt Along! Today we are going to make our first quilt block, which I usually think of as a test block. I always like to make 1 quilt block (or even just sew 1 of each template in a foundation paper piecing pattern) before ordering and cutting all my fabric.

Why? When paper piecing a block, people have different comfort levels with the amount of fabric needed. Those that are very experienced with paper piecing may need less fabric to achieve their finished block. Those that are new to the process might require a little more. I always try to write my patterns and tutorials with beginners in mind though, so hopefully these fabric cuts will work for everyone. But again, I like to make 1 block first before cutting into fabric for an entire quilt.

After we make our first block, we will talk about determining how much fabric you need for your quilt.

Let’s get started!


Lighthouse Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished
Reduce your stitch length so that the paper template will perforate easily. I used 1.4 stitch length.

Paper Piecing Templates
Print 4 of the Paper Piecing Template below. Be sure to print them at 100% or “Actual Size” and check the scale icon with a ruler before starting.

Lighthouse Foundation Paper Piecing Template

Prepare the templates. Cut out the templates around the seam allowance line.

Step 1. Cut your fabric. When cutting fabric for paper piecing, you will be cutting pieces that are slightly larger than needed. These are the cutting amounts for completing one Lighthouse Quilt Block.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Pattern Piece Fabric Color
A1 Cut 4 2 1/2” x 3” Green/Print
A2 Cut 4 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” White/Background
B1 Cut 4 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Turquoise/Print
B2 Cut 4 2 1/2″ x 3″ White/Background

Tip: It can be helpful to write the fabric color name on the paper template pieces.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 2: Let’s start with Template A. Take your fabric cuts for Template A and place them right sides together. Center the 2 1/2” x 3” Green Fabric rectangle along the edge of the 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” White Fabric square, as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 3: Place your fabric on the unprinted side of the paper piecing template, covering the entire space of A1 with your Green Fabric rectangle as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Take your fabric and template and hold them up to the light. I like to use a nearby (um, very dirty) window. Make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into template space A2. This overhang will be your seam allowance. This will probably feel backwards and wrong the first few times you do it. Pin into place.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 4: Make sure your stitch length is now shortened to something around 1.4.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sew along the seam line on the template between pieces A1 and A2. I also like to backstitch at the beginning and end. Remove your pin.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Your block should now look like this:

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 5: Turn your template over, open the fabric, and press your seam.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 6: Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, trim your block around the template. I like to line up the 1/4″ markings on my quilting ruler with the lines on the template as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh LemonsQuilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your first paper piecing template! Next we are going to follow the same process and paper piece Template B.

Step 7: Take your fabric cuts for Template B and place them right sides together. Center the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Turquoise Fabric rectangle along the edge of the 2 1/2” x 3” White Fabric rectangle, as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 8: Place your fabric on the unprinted side of the paper piecing template, covering the entire space of B1 with your Turquoise Fabric rectangle as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Take your fabric and template and hold them up to the light. Make sure at least 1/4″ of the fabric overlaps into template space B2. This overhang will be your seam allowance. Pin into place.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 9: Sew along the seam line on the template between pieces B1 and B2. Remove your pin.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 10: Press your fabric open and trim as you did with Template A.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 11: You now have completed Template A and Template B. Next we will sew these together to make 1 quadrant of the finished quilt block. Carefully remove the paper from the back of your paper pieced pieces.

Layout your components as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 12: We are done paper piecing, so you can now change your stitch length back to it’s usual setting. Place the pieces right sides together. As you can see, when you fold down your fabric 1/4″, your seams will match. Pin in place.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 13: Stitch together and press.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 14: Congratulations, you’ve finished your first block quadrant! Repeat these steps to piece the other 3 block quadrants.

Step 15: Once you have all 4 block quadrants pieced, it’s time to sew them together. Please disregard the change of color in my fabrics. I took the photos for this step at a later point in making my finished quilt.

Layout your 4 block quadrants as shown.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 16: Place 2 block quadrants right sides together. Match your seams and pin. Stitch together and press. Repeat for remaining 2 quadrants.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 17: Place 2 block halves right sides together. Match your seams and pin. Stitch together and press.

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You’re done! Admire your finished Lighthouse Quilt Block

Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts


Determining Fabric Required

Now that you’ve made your test block, you should know what size cut fabrics you need for your quilt. We will be determining the fabric requirements based on the tutorial above. Adjust accordingly if you found you needed larger cut sizes for your blocks.

Yep, here comes the math. Brace yourself!

NOTE: My quilt math assumes a yard of fabric is 36″ x 42″ width of fabric (WOF)

Step 1. Determine the number of pieces you need to cut for your quilt. For each block, you need to cut (4) of each A1, A2, B1 and B2. To determine the number of pieces to cut for your quilt, use the following equation:

Number of Blocks x 4 = A1 Cuts
Number of Blocks x 4 = A2 Cuts
Number of Blocks x 4 = B1 Cuts
Number of Blocks x 4 = B2 Cuts

I’ve gone ahead and done the math for you for the sizes we discussed in last week’s quilt along post.

Baby Quilt / 25 blocks / 40″ x 40″ Finished / Print 100 Copies of Templates
A1 Cut 100 2 1/2” x 3” Focal Fabric
A2 Cut 100 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” Background Fabric
B1 Cut 100 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Focal Fabric
B2 Cut 100 2 1/2″ x 3″ Background Fabric
 
Lap Quilt / 63 blocks / 56″ x 72″ Finished / Print 252 Copies of Templates
A1 Cut 252 2 1/2” x 3” Focal Fabric
A2 Cut 252 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” Background Fabric
B1 Cut 252 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Focal Fabric
B2 Cut 252 2 1/2″ x 3″ Background Fabric
 
Twin Quilt / 88 blocks / 64″ x 88″ Finished / Print 352 Copies of Templates
A1 Cut 352 2 1/2” x 3” Focal Fabric
A2 Cut 352 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” Background Fabric
B1 Cut 352 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Focal Fabric
B2 Cut 352 2 1/2″ x 3″ Background Fabric
 
Queen Quilt / 132 blocks / 88″ x 96″ Finished / Print 528 Copies of Templates
A1 Cut 528 2 1/2” x 3” Focal Fabric
A2 Cut 528 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” Background Fabric
B1 Cut 528 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Focal Fabric
B2 Cut 528 2 1/2″ x 3″ Background Fabric
 
King Quilt / 156 blocks / 104″ x 96″ Finished / Print 624 Copies of Templates
A1 Cut 624 2 1/2” x 3” Focal Fabric
A2 Cut 624 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” Background Fabric
B1 Cut 624 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Focal Fabric
B2 Cut 624 2 1/2″ x 3″ Background Fabric
 

Step 2. Next it’s time to calculate how much fabric we need for the focal and background of the quilt. This if where the width of fabric (WOF) measurement of 42″ comes in to play.

For each template piece (A1, A2, B1, B2), you need to calculate how many pieces you can cut per WOF strip.

For example, template piece A1 is cut 2 1/2” x 3”. To calculate how many can be cut per WOF strip, use the following equation:

WOF / Length of Template Piece = Number that Fit in WOF
42″ / 3″ = 14 pieces

Because I know I need 100 cuts of Template A1 for my baby quilt, I need to calculate how many 14 piece strips I need to cut.

100 / 14 = 7.14 (round up to 8)

Now I know I need to cut 8 strips that are each the width of Template Piece A1 (2 1/2″) to account for all 100 A1 cuts.

8 strips x 2 1/2″ = 20″

This means I need a total of 20″ x 42″ (WOF) to account for all A1 pieces in my Baby Sized quilt. If I am using a scrappy layout, or multiple colors, that is the amount of fabric I need in TOTAL.

Using these equations, I’ve determined the amount of TOTAL fabric needed for the basic sizes of quilts that we covered last week.

Baby Quilt / 25 blocks / 40″ x 40″ Finished / Print 100 Copies of Templates
A1 20″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
A2 54″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
B1 30″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
B2 20″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
 
Lap Quilt / 63 blocks / 56″ x 72″ Finished / Print 252 Copies of Templates
A1 45″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
A2 126″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
B1 70″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
B2 45″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
 
Twin Quilt / 88 blocks / 64″ x 88″ Finished / Print 352 Copies of Templates
A1 65″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
A2 180″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
B1 100″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
B2 65″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
 
Queen Quilt / 132 blocks / 88″ x 96″ Finished / Print 528 Copies of Templates
A1 92 1/2” x 42” (WOF) Focal Fabric
A2 265 1/2″ x 42″ (WOF) Background Fabric
B1 147 1/2″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
B2 92 1/2” x 42” (WOF) Background Fabric
 
King Quilt / 156 blocks / 104″ x 96″ Finished / Print 624 Copies of Templates
A1 112 1/2” x 32” (WOF) Focal Fabric
A2 315” x 42” (WOF) Background Fabric
B1 175″ x 42″ (WOF) Focal Fabric
B2 112 1/2” x 32” (WOF) Background Fabric
 

To determine yardage for the above amounts, simply divide the first number by 36″. For example, if the required fabric amount is 20″ x 42″ (WOF):

20″ / 36″ = .555 yards

In which case, I would round up and buy 2/3 yard of fabric.

Now chances are, you are not using the same focal fabric throughout your entire quilt for A1 and B1. That’s ok. Now that you know the TOTAL amount needed, you can buy fat quarters, fat eights, etc. Just make sure it adds up to the TOTAL amount of fabric required for each template piece.

You probably are just as exhausted as me after all that math! Don’t worry if it takes a bit of time to let it all absorb. Spend the next week determining how much fabric you need for your planned quilt. Go shopping! (Or hunt in your stash). Feel free to get going on the blocks for your quilt top and we will check back in next week.

Happy Sewing Everyone!

November 6, 2013   23 Comments

Scrap Bags and Blogiversary Pattern Sale

Next week is the four (4!) year anniversary of my blog. Pretty hard to believe! I thought I’d hold a pattern sale to celebrate.

I’m offering 50% off all my patterns, except the Summer Sampler Series Anthology which is a collaborative pattern, in my Pattern Shop.

Digital Quilt Patterns by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just enter the code 4YEARS at checkout. The sale will be today through next Tuesday, July 2nd, at 11:59pm Central Time.

Fabric Scraps by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also finally went through my fabric scraps after 2 years of collecting since my last scrap fabric destash. I am selling scrap bags Sold Out, sorted by Warm colors, Cool colors and Solids. You can find those in my shop too!

Thanks for all your support over the last 4 years everyone, it’s quite wonderful!

June 26, 2013   15 Comments