Monday, June 01, 2020

June Mini Madness - Block 1, Four Patch

I'm excited to get started, and I'm really happy so many of my friends are playing along.  I'm starting out with the easier blocks first to ease us into this project - so just relax and enjoy each day's block.  I'll do my best to answer your questions and encourage you along the way, and I hope you have as much fun as I know I will!

I know that some of you will want written directions.  Those will be coming - I am not writing each block as a single lesson, because I don't want to end up with a 30 page pattern.  What I will do is compile the lessons and publish each page for you as it it fills up.  So every week or so there will be another page that you can download and save.  In the meantime, I will put all the measurements on each post so you can sew the blocks each day.

Before you start, if you are using the suggested three fabrics for your mini quilt with 3 inch squares,  cut two 3 1/2 inch strips from your background fabric and set them aside for the sashing, cut three 1 1/2 strips of your blue and set that aside for the outer border, and cut one 1 inch strip of red for your cornerstones and set that aside.  For the quilt made with 6 inch squares, you will need three 6 1/2 strips of your background, four 2 1/2 inch strips of blue for borders, and two 1 1/2 strips of red for cornerstones.  If you are working with scraps, you can plan for those amounts for finishing your quilt.

Each day I will publish a new block here on my blog, as well as on facebook and instagram. Plus, I am making a video of each day's block, so you can actually watch as I sew them together!  I think it will be fun to share and am looking forward to it.  If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to answer them - I want you to have fun and be successful in this project, so just let me know how I can help you!

 I've already finished my red, white and blue version so I could make sure all my measurements were correct and that each block was actually do-able, and will be sewing along as we go with a pastel 3 inch version, and am using Magical Reef (leftovers from a quilt I made for Island Batik) for my 6 inch version.

Let's Get Started!

Here is the first block!  For a 3 inch block you will need to cut four 2 inch squares.  Two from your background fabric and two different colors from your block fabric.  For 6 inch blocks, cut 3 1/2 inch squares.

Sew each color to a background square.  Then sew the two pairs together to make your first block!  Woohoo!  That was simple and easy!  Make sure to check out my facebook page to see me sew my pastel version together - PamelaQuilts Facebook page.

Join me tomorrow for Block 2!

Complete instructions now available in my pattern shop:

1 comment:

Quilting Gail said...

This is tempting, Pam!!! Those 3" blocks are going to be so darn cute!
But, for the moment, I'm going to pass!
Looking forward to seeing all the blocks come to life!