Monday, September 16, 2013

Red Is A Neutral {Block 8}

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.

I'm excited to show you Block #8 today. 
This one is made using the instructions from my "Red is a Neutral" block that was featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Vol. 7.

Patchwork quilt block with an orange and yellow color scheme

It's an easy block using my favorite 2.5" squares.
It's a great scrap-buster if you are like me and have a basket full of pre-cut 2.5" squares.

Photo of a magazine page featuring a quilt block and red fabrics

You will need:
5 or 6 coordinating prints
plus a small amount of solid white

cut 2.5" squares out of 5 of the prints
4 squares from print #1
8 squares from print #2
8 squares from print #3
4 squares from print #4
and 1 square from print #5 for the center

Lay out the squares in the desired design
sew them together in rows
press each row in opposite direction
sew rows together
press rows using desired method (I press rows all going down rather than open)

for white:
cut 2 - 3/4" strips by 10.5"
and 2 - 3/4" strips by 11"
(I cut 4 - 1" by 12" strips then trim after sewing to ensure accuracy)
 sew strips to each side, press and trim after each one to ensure accuracy 
(I press white strips towards the outside)

For outer border (print #5 or #6):
cut 2 - 1.25" by 11" strips
and 2 - 1.25" by 12.5" strips
(again: I cut my strips 1.5" by 12.5" and then trim down after sewing)
sew strips to each side, press and trim after each one to ensure accuracy
(I press towards the outside on this border as well)

Block should measure 12.5" after trimming.

I will try to answer any questions you might have in the comments.

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