Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sunrise/Moonlight Charity Block Tutorial

Description:  A free-pieced fan-style quilt, minus the curved piecing.  

Colors:  Sunrise colors….reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and any variation along those lines
or
Moonlight colors….blues, purples, grays (sample photos to be posted soon)

Size: 6 1/2" unfinished


Notes:  
  • Use this tutorial as a basic guide-line for the color-ways, size and basic pattern design.  Within those constraints though, please play.  Add your own inspiration, variation or embellishments.  Improvise!  
  • Charity blocks need to be pretty sturdy and functional, so whatever you create please ensure it is child friendly and washable.  
  • I found it much easier to use my basic sewing machine foot rather than my 1/4" foot with the diagonal seams of this block.  The 1/4" foot kept distorting the bottom fabric.  

Tutorial Directions:

1.  Cut or gather strips.  I used 7 strips 2 1/2" x 9".  Feel free to use wider or narrower strips, more or fewer, and as many different fabrics as you'd like.


2.  Lay two strips together with right-sides facing.  The top strip should lay along a diagonal of the bottom strip.  Sew a 1/4" seam following the edge of the top strip.  Repeat on the other side of the bottom strip, with the diagonal going the other direction.  (The outer strips should form a slight V-shape when the pieces are opened up.)



3.  Trim off the extra bottom fabric.



4.  Press the growing "fan" open then add additional strips to the outer edge of the block in the same manner.


5.  Square up the top edges of your block to a 6 1/2" block.  (As you will add a HST to the bottom corner of the fan, you may of course leave that edge short.)




6.  Using your favorite HST method, add a HST to the inside corner of the block.  I chose to just cut a 45-degree line across the block where I wanted the inside corner to be and then sewed on a wide strip of fabric to be trimmed down and squared up.



7.  Press, square up and you're done!


These should be fun to play with and try out different layouts.  Can't wait to see what you come up with when we're together in June.



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