My DIY Block Design: Beginner Designer

October 28, 2015

DIY Block Design ebook

Do you remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was taking part in Alyce’s Blog Hop? Well today is my day, and I have a new quilt block to share – one that goes from sketch to real actual completed block. All done by little old me with a little imagination and some technical help from Alyce’s book DIY Block Design.

It all started as a sketch on a train journey.

Design Having a go at breaking down a picture and designing a quilt block. Really enjoying it and passes the time nicely on the train. #quiltblock #quiltmaths

I then drew it up in Touchdraw so I had an official design in colour.

Next I spent an evening working out how many pieces were needed and what size each of them should be. This is where Alyce’s book came in really handy, especially for the Half Square Triangle elements. I included these on the grey portions (where it would have been possible to just use part of a rectangle as I wanted the diagonal seam to give the illusion of an edge.

Top tip – work out the required finished size, then don’t forget to add the seam allowance.

I originally worked it out for an 8″ block but for my first attempt at making it I decided I would actually prefer a 12″ block. To increase the size of my block I needed to multiply the finished piece size by 1.5 and then add the seam allowance.

#mydiyblockdesign Everything has conspired against me getting time to make this. But I am in the studio and it's now or never. Fingers crossed this works #finishes.

Finally it was time to lay out the pieces and get sewing together!

Block sewing

I love the moment when something you designed in your head starts to work and suddenly becomes a real thing. That feeling is something really special.

And then it was done.

#mydiyblockdesign I did it and it worked! First time designing and working out the cutting and sewing together to make my own quilt block. Thanks @blossomheartquilts - I highly recommend her DIY Quilt Design ebook.

I love using Layout on my phone to see what a block looks like in repeat.


I would love to make a whole quilt of this. I think I would have a charcoal background with different colours for each block – bright for the front and a darker shade of each for the ‘sides’ of each shape.

I would love to write a tutorial for this block, so that is my next plan. However the block needs a name, and I am coming up with nothing at this moment. So I thought I would have a fun competition. Help me name the block, leaving a comment either here or on Instagram or Twitter (@kellyfairy) and in a week I will pick my favourite. The winner gets the original block made into a sweet mini quilt to say thank you.

And go and check out Blossom Heart Quilts to see how the other beginner designers got on. It has been such a great blog hop with so many interesting posts from quilt designers.

October 2
Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
Christa @ ChristaQuilts
Angie @ Gnome Angel
Week 1: Inspiration
October 7
Ros @ Sew Delicious
Leanne @ Sewn By Leanne
Amy @ And Sew We Craft
October 9
Jennie @ Clover & Violet
Jane @ QuiltJane
Melissa @ My Fabric Relish
Week 2: Sketches
October 14
Jen @ Faith And Fabric
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
October 16
Sandi @ Crafty Planner
Anne @ Play Crafts
Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Week 3: Making
October 21
Joy @ Quilty Joy Joy
Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting
Cassie @ Cassandra Madge
October 23
Keera @ Live Love Sew
Janice @ Better Off Thread
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Week 4: Finishes
October 28
Kelly @ A Place Of My Own
Abby @ Color Bar Quilts

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  • Reply Teje October 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hi! This is fantastic block and something that I haven’t seen before! I love the simple way to creat exciting block. This would look great with different bright solids as you said. I give you two greek words for a name PERASMA = passage through, or KUBIKOS = cubical. I like ‘kubikos’ which sounds nice and suits for the shape. Tutorial would be great, thank you! x Teje

    • Reply Kelly November 4, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Thank you Teje, I tried to comment on your blog this morning but it wouldn’t let me! I love your redindeer and birdhouses. I think I might make a birdhouse mini soon.

  • Reply Sarah Lou October 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I love this block, a tutorial would be brilliant please! Strangely, the block makes me think of Cheerios, but I can’t explain why! S x

  • Reply Cally October 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    How about:

    ‘Total Square’
    ‘Through Time and Space’
    ‘Cut-away Cubes’
    ‘Mummy’s Memory’
    ‘Square Cheese for Square Mice’
    ‘A Home for the Square’

  • Reply Cally October 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm


    ‘Boxed In’
    ‘Foxy Boxy’

  • Reply Kara November 2, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Wow that is amazing. I wish I had such a talent.

  • Reply Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} November 4, 2015 at 12:09 am

    This block is so good! You did it so well!!

    • Reply Kelly November 4, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Thank you Alyce, it was such fun.

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