Monday, August 1, 2016

Hive 4 August Block Tutorial

Hey there, Hive 4!

I know I promised a no-measurement block in one of my Stash Bee posts, but then I saw this gorgeous block on Instagram and fell HARD.
Checker Block - Are you as smitten?
The good part is that it's super easy and not at all fussy, so should take you no time at all. I've broken down the cutting and piecing instructions into the diagrams below, which can also be downloaded as a one-page PDF.  You can also find a tutorial for this block on the Blossom Hearts blog.


Colours
I've been coveting a yellow-grey quilt for a while, and these gorgeous fat-eighth bundles that I treated myself to for my birthday this year were the perfect starting point.



For the HSTs, please use a dark yellow and light yellow; the difference in shade should be noticeable. The large and small HSTs don't have to be made of the same fabrics, so if you want to raid your scrap bins, by all means do (Who doesn't love a good scrap*? I know I do!), but try to keep the colours of the large HST and the small HST similar. If you can avoid using yellows that feature colours other than white, yellow, grey, or black, that would make me an extra-happy bunny, but don't go buying fabric just to satisfy my whims—I'll be a happy bunny either way.

For the sashing, please use a medium to dark grey, using the same fabric for all three pieces. If your grey is more of a medium, try to ensure that there is a discernible difference between it and the larger grey blocks.

For the larger grey blocks, please use a light grey. The two pieces can be of different fabrics, but try to keep them similar so they don't draw the eye away from the centre of the block.
My only hard and fast request is no solids.

Cutting
Cut one of each piece shown below.



Piecing
For the HSTs, place the squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew a 1/4" on either side of the line and then cut along the drawn line. Press the seams open and trim the HSTs to 4.5" and 7", respectively.

This will give you two sets of HSTs for each size – please just send the extras along with your finished block so I can make more blocks with them, or if you feel inclined to make a second block—they're so fast and easy—I'm not going to say no ;).



Follow the diagram below to put the block together, paying attention to the direction of the HSTs. The dark/light sides should be on opposite sides of the block diagonal, in the order shown (that is, for the large HST, the darker value will be on top, and for the small HST, the darker value will be on the bottom--does that make sense?). Press seams open.



There are lots of ways to lay out these blocks for a quilt, but the order of the dark/light yellow is important because in all layouts, they keep the quilt balanced, either in terms of a potential pinwheel or even in the case of the third layout below.

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 3 (currently my favourite)
Shipping
I know that shipping to Europe is expensive, so feel free to fold up this sucker to fit in a standard envelope. I'll press (yeah right. I'll iron) it into submission on my end. Please don't include any extras*--save your money to buy more fabric!

I can't wait to see what you come up with—feel free to tag me on Instagram (@quiltingrainbows) with your progress shots or finished block, or drop me an email if you have any questions.

Cheers from Munich,

Carmit


* Except, in case you're looking to get rid of some small scraps, I'm planning an EPIC quilt for QuiltCon made up of about eleventy squillion 2.5" squares. If you feel like throwing a scrap or two my way, I'd be incredibly grateful.

4 comments:

audrey said...

Goodness, I'm in love with this block! This is going to make a STUNNING quilt!

rappy said...

I know, Audrey! It was like Cupid's arrow straight to the heart when I saw it!

Jennifer Bianchi said...

I saw this one too, and almost went for it!

Julia said...

I love yellow and grey too! I'm psyched for this block.