Quilt Block of the Month No. 12

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Quilt Block of the Month No 12

Use up your scrap fabrics to build a block… Its time for the final block of the year!!! Are you as excited as I am?

My resolution for the year 2012 was to stitch one new quilt block every month- a very non-overwhelming way of getting a quilt done. By making one quilt block every month, I should have a total of 12 blocks by the end of the year, ready to be sewn together into a new quilt.  

This month’s block began with scraps. After finishing 11 blocks, I had collected little bits and pieces of fabric that were too pretty to throw away.

So I gathered all my scraps and laid them out to form a rough square like shape. Now you have to consider seam allowances here, and this block will shrink in size considerably, so I would suggest to begin with a 12 inch square.

Gather your scraps and lay them into a form

I started from the bottom corner, and joined a few pieces. I then ironed open the seams and trimmed them to have straight edges using my Fiskars 60mm Rotary cutter. This takes a little extra time, but will ensure that the finished block lays flat and all the seams align well.

step2

Next, I continued to build my block by sewing in more pieces. At this point, I left a little gap in the seam (where the bone folder is) so that I can easily attach the top portion.

or the top portion, I sewed together two long strips.

For the top portion, I sewed together two long strips.

And then attached this top portion to the bottom portion.

And then attached this top portion to the bottom portion.

join the side seam to the blue strip

Finally, I joined the side seam to the blue strip, and since I had not sewn that seam completely earlier, it now sewed shut very easily.

step6

I added a couple more fabric strips around the edges, and trimmed the block to its finished size using the 8.5 by 8.5 inch acrylic block and 60mm Rotary cutter. And this block is finished!

block12

A quick, fun way to use up your scraps to build a block on the go!