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