And detailed how to make y-seam instructions!
Earlier this year I got to ring in the new year with the first block of 2022 in the Sew Much Fun Quilt Block Tour! Making the Checklist quilt block was ‘sew much fun’ I decided to do it again! Enter my new Handwork Quilt Block.
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Last year I began learning and working with much more handwork projects and teaching myself English Paper Piecing that it seemed like the perfect addition to the Sew Much Fun Block Hop Tour. However, this tour is for pieced blocks. Not EPP blocks. So… I combined them into one!
My Handwork block combines the beauty of an EPP project but made using traditional piecing. Yes, those are Y-seams. But don’t let them scare you away! These instructions walk you through each step to have you making y-seams like the professionals do!
Let’s get started!
handwork quilt block
- Scrap Fabrics (Brown, Green, and White) – 2 each – 4 x 4 inch squares
- Scrap Fabric (Multi-Colored) – 1 each – 5 x 5 inch square
- 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch Square Ruler
- Craft Iron
- Fabric Pencil
- Quilting Pins
- Fabric Scissors
- Printed Copy of BLOCK TEMPLATE – PRINT AT 100%
Print out the Handwork Quilt Block Template – PRINT AT 100%
Cut out each individual piece. Make sure to cut on the OUTSIDE line of each piece.
Place template on the WRONG side of each fabric. Trace the template pieces.
Cut 2 Each of (A) Brown fabric, (B) Green fabric and (C) White fabric.
Cut 1 each of (D) Center fabric piece.
Making the block
1) Using your 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch square ruler, measure ¼ inch from the outside edge of your (D) Center fabric piece. Draw a line. Repeat this step for all sides of the octagon Center fabric piece making sure the line ends cross each other.
2) Repeat step 1 by drawing ¼ inch lines around all your remaining fabric pieces.
3) Place one (C) White fabric piece and your (D) Center piece Right Sides Together (RST). Line up the smaller edge of your White piece with one outside edge of the Center piece. Stitch ON your ¼ inch line: ***START AND STOP your stitching in between the cross lines at each edge, as shown.*** Press seam OPEN.
4) Keeping your White piece out of the way, repeat step 3 using one (B) Green fabric piece, lining it up on the Center piece edge directly to the RIGHT of the White piece, as shown in photo.
- Stitch ON the line IN BETWEEN THE CROSS LINES. Press seam OPEN.
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5) Gently fold Center piece so that the White and Green pieces are RST. Line up the raw edges so the center cross point is centered. Place quilting pins to hold the fabrics in place.
6) Stitch ON the line STOPPING JUST BEFORE THE CROSS LINES. Press seam OPEN.
7) Repeat Steps 1 – 6 using remaining fabric pieces working your way around the Center piece. Continuing on the RIGHT, place: (A) Brown fabric, (C) White fabric, (B) Green fabric, (A) Brown fabric. Press all seams OPEN.
Voila! You’ve just completed your Checklist Quilt Block!
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR HANDWORK QUILT BLOCK
Even if you aren’t making this block into a full quilt, you can still turn it into tons of different projects! Including a coaster or ‘mug rug’ or you can grab my Little Zipper Bag pattern! The Handwork Quilt Block is a perfect fit!!
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Don’t forget to check out the rest of quilt blocks on the Sew Much Fun Quilt tour to catch up on all the fun blocks! Then, be sure to share them in the Sew Much Fun Block Tour Facebook group and tag me @RonatheRibbiter on both Facebook and Instagram!
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Whether you’re participating in the Sew Much Fun Quilt Tour or not, this little Handwork quilt block can also make a great gift project or a fun addition to a themed quilt! How will you use your Handwork Quilt Block?
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