Wednesday, July 10, 2013


This post is part of an ongoing series.  Follow along as I make blocks using designs from my pinterest board with hopes of a beautiful sampler quilt at the end.
Today I've been working on some pinterest sampler blocks which has required some resizing on my part.  Let me just say that math was never my strong suit so I find it highly ironic that I love quilting and quilting requires loads of math. But awhile back I pinned a helpful formula on how to resize quilt blocks.  Worked like a charm even for my mathematically challenged brain.

The original block I pinned finishes at 19" which was too big for me, so here it is reworked and resized to 12.5".

You need 4 - 6.5" sections to make a 12.5" block.
For each of the 4 sections:

Cut 1 - 4" square of white, cut diagonal for 2 - HST's
Cut 1 - 4" square of patterned fabric, cut diagonal for 2 - HST's
Cut 1 strip of white fabric 1 7/8" wide by 4.75" long
Cut 2 strips of patterned fabric 1 7/8" wide by 4.75" long

See original tute for assembly instructions.
BTW - It's super easy to assemble.

I had to trim my blocks down just a hair to get them the right size.
 Here's how I lined up my ruler. You can see that I lined my 1/4" mark with the corner point of the block.  I ended up cutting off about an 1/8" - 1/16" from each side.
With that my block squared up at a perfect 6.5".

Good Luck!

I'll show you the block I made for my pinterest sampler soon...


QuarterMileQuilts said... Reply To This Comment

A lovely block! And a I love your choice of colors (I'm a huge of those colors). I'll have to pin that re-sizing tool, too!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I have just finished a "cracker" quilt using this block. It is such a great pattern.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said... Reply To This Comment

this block is so easy on the eyes. the colors are perfect, and thanks for the helpful resource on resizing!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

John said... Reply To This Comment

the colors you are using are my all-time favorites--good ole turquoise. I like the pattern you are using and this should be a gorgeous quilt. M

Sarah Craig said... Reply To This Comment

Very pretty block! Whoop whoop!!