Can you believe it's already August? This year is flying by and we are up to Block 8 in our quilt along! Don't forget to store your blocks nice and flat so that they are ready to join together at the end.
All blocks will be 6 1/2".
For all the specifics for the quilt along and links to all the blog posts, check out the main quilt along page:
We'll add each month's link to that page and it also goes over fabric requirements and schedule. We recommend bookmarking it if you would like to be able to always find the posts easily.
Cutting the White/Background Fabric
Remember, for your white fabric you can simply cut off what you need from your yardage each month, no need to precut it down to anything.
Note: We say 1 1/2", but you want to cut just bigger than the 1 1/2" line to make sure the final block is big enough. Make sure to watch the video to know what we are talking about. This will apply to all the colored and white strips.
- Cut 10 @ 1 1/2" x WOF
- Subcut into 30 @ 12 x 1 1/2" strips
Cutting Month 8 Colored Fabric
From each Month 8 section:
- Cut 3 @ 12 x 1 1/2" strips
Making the Quilt Block
Block will be 6 1/2" square.
Make the Strip sections.
- Layout 1 colored strip in between 2 white strips along the 12" edge. Sew together. Press away from the white strips.
- Layout 1 white strip in between 2 colored strips along the 12" edge. Sew together. Press away from the white strips.
- Using the 45 degree line on your ruler, line it up along the edge of one strip set, having your ruler intersect the corner. Cut along the edge of the ruler.
- Rotate your ruler so that the 45 degree line is on the opposite side and the ruler intersects the point you just made, creating a 45 degree angle. Cut.
- Repeat step 3, creating a second triangle.
- Repeat with second strip set.
If you do not have a ruler with 45 degree angles, mark the measurements below and cut between them to make your triangles:
Layout the 4 triangles following the diagram below.
Sew together in two halves. Sew the halves together.
Tips for Making the Quilt Block
- We highly recommend starching this block before starting. It will help keep your skinny strips straight and help with the bias edges.
- When pressing, press away from the white fabric.
- Before sewing the triangles together, fold back the seam to make sure they are lining up correctly. The seams will not line up along the edge, allowing them to meet where they are sewn.
Repeat with all 10 colors of fabric to make 10 completed 6 1/2" blocks.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Kimie and Missy