Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sew Red for Women - tutorial

July Block Tutorial for Sew Red for Women
Good Morning!
Today is my day to share a quilt block tutorial with you for the Sew Red for Women blog hop! Each month from February 2012 to January 2013 there will be a new quilt block tutorial from many of your favorite bloggers and designers. I'm happy to be included and to help spread awareness about Heart Disease among women!

Let's get started:
This block is reminiscent of the "Sun Rays" block except all the work is done for you with the stripe print. I knew that fabric would be perfect for this block because it's printed at a 45 degree angle to the selvage edges. This is a quick and easy way to get the same look without all the tedious piecing.
The fabrics used are from the Chemistry collection by Cosmo Cricket and a coordinating Bella solid. The block will finish at 12.5" square.
step 1
The first fabric pieces you'll need to cut are:
1 - 4.5" square heart print for the center
2 - 4.5" x 1" red strips for the right and left sides
2 - 5.5" x 1" red strips for the top and bottom sides
step 2
Stitch the side pieces on first and then the top and bottom pieces. Press seams toward the red. Your square should measure 5.5".
step 3
Next, out of the stripe fabric, cut 4 - 2.5" x 11.5" long strips.
Now we're going to start making the mitered corner. Center one strip of the stripe fabric along a side of your square and stitch it on starting and ending 1/4" away from the edge of the square. Press seam allowance toward the stripe.
step 4
Repeat the step above, adding another strip of the stripe fabric.
step 5
With your block facing right side down, you're going to draw a line from the corner of where your two stripe borders meet (in the picture, the seam allowance is pulled back to draw the line) to where the ends of the stripe fabric cross.
step 6
Now, take your block and fold it so that the two stripe fabric strips are parallel to each other. Pin along the line you drew in the step above and stitch on that line. Trim your seam allowance to 1/4" and press your newly made mitered corner!
step 7
This is what your block should look like. Now, you just need to repeat the process and finish the other three corners.
step 8
Trim up your block (if needed) to measure 9.5" square.
step 9
For the last round, cut:
2 - 9.5" x 2" floral strips for the right and left sides
2 - 12.5" x 2" floral strips for the top and bottom sides
Stitch the side pieces on first and the top and bottom pieces. Press seams toward the floral outer border and you're done! Your block will measure 12.5" square.
July Block Tutorial for Sew Red for Women
I hope you have fun making this block!
Please visit Sew Red for Women for more information about the blog hop.
And many thanks to Leah of Burgundy Buttons. She has done a great job of sponsoring, hosting and organizing this event!


Kelsey said...

What a great way to piece stripes! Mine usually end up in a million different directions :)

Melissa said...

I just love this block. I will definitely have to try this as I have never done mitered corners before. I also love how the stripes look! Awesome idea.

Anonymous said...

Wow~ these mitered corners look so great with the angled stripes! Thanks for the tip!!

Katie Fleming said...

I absolutely love this block and the fabric choices!!! Thanks for the simple instructions on doing the corners.

- Katie Fleming
Kate Michelle Designs

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Karen said...

I love it. Thank you for sharing.

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Donna~~ said...

Awesome block--your use of the stripes is wonderful!

Zizophora said...

This is so neat! Thanks for the tutorial!

Gina said...

I just came across the Sew Red for Women blog tour & am getting caught up! Your block is terrific!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful block! Did you have to clip your mitered corners to press the block flat?

Anonymous said...

Never mind! I figured out what I was doing wrong.