I Spy Block Tutorial {Teenage Version}

March is my month to be queen for Bee Inspired.  I have chosen an easy peasy block using just two fabrics.  This rectangle block is used by permission from a fellow Greenville MQG member, Didi at DidiQuilts.com.

I’m calling it a Teenage I Spy block.

Finished size 8 x 12, (unfinished 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″)

I spy block

My local traditional guild is making charity quilts for girls of all ages up to teenage who are living at a home for children.  The plan is to give each girl a quilt which they can then take with them when they are old enough to leave.  I want to make a larger lap quilt for a teenager.

Fabrics – Block Center   

For the block center anything goes.  Feel free to use novelty prints,  low volume prints, or anything that inspires you.

Fabrics – Framing Fabric

For the frames or borders please use solids in the following colors:

Pink, Purple, Blue, Aqua, and Gray – Feel free to use lights, mediums and darks in any shades or tones.

My only prerequisite is that I would like for the fabrics to be prewashed.  Prewashing is easy if you follow my tutorial for prewashing a small amount of fabric.

Cutting the Fabric

From the novelty fabric used for the center of the block, cut:

(1) rectangle 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

From the framing fabric, cut:

(4) rectangles 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ 

I spy parts

Piecing

Sew (1) framing rectangle to each of the long sides of the central rectangle.  Press seams towards the framing fabric.

Tip:  When sewing the framing rectangles onto the central rectangle, sew with the framing rectangles on the bottom.  That way, if the central rectangle was cut on the lengthwise grain, the framing rectangles will has less opportunity to stretch as you are piecing.

I spy sides

Sew the remaining (2) rectangles to the top and bottom of the block and press the seams, again, toward the framing fabric.  And, tada, you are done!  Here are some I Spy blocks I have made.

I spy blocks 2.jpg

Feel free to make a many as you like, because I will need 42 blocks which will make a lap quilt in a 6 x 7 block layout measuring 56″ x 72″.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you make.

 

Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block

Hi everyone, I’m Paige and blog at Quilted Blooms.  I’m excited to be participatig in my first bee with fellow new bloggers and share January’s block, Split Hatchet.

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Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block

I love that Sharon, January’s Queen Bee,  from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs gave us some color guidance for her block, bright and happy colors, with off white or cream backgrounds.

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Prints by Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Bonnie & Camille, Cotton & Steel and Carolyn Friedlander

I haven’t paper pieced in a while and found this blocks quite easy.  I would definitely recommend this block for a beginner.

I like to ‘try’ to keep the grain straight within the block, so I printed out an extra block and cut out the piece that would be the colored fabrics with a generous seam allowance. I then stacked my squares and cut out the pieces ‘on grain’.

straight-of-grain

Paper piece segment with generous seam allowance to keep the fabric on grain

For the background pieces, I just used four charm squares and cut them on the diagonal.  That was easy and kept the fabric on grain.

If you would like to make the Split Hatchet paper pieced block, you can find it here at 627Handworks.  We made the 6″ version so when we sewed four blocks together, our completed block measured 12 1/2″ unfinished.

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Completed Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block for Sharon

I’m looking forward to making blocks for my bee mates all year!

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