Friday, 5 April 2013
16 patch quilt block tutorial
This is a quick tutorial showing how to make a fast and easy 16 patch quilt block.
To make one 12.5" unfinished block you need 2 contrasting fabrics. Cut each fabric into 2 strips each measuring at least 14" x 3.5"
Lay your strips out so they are ordered dark, light, dark, light. Sew the strips together with a 1/4" seam, pressing to the dark fabric.
Cross cut into strips measuring 3.5" wide.
Flip the 2nd and 4th strips to give a chequerboard effect.
Sew the strips together, again using a 1/4" seam. You should find that your seams nest perfectly because you pressed to the dark fabric.
Press all seams in one direction and admire your pretty block! I found this really fast and addictive and ended up making 4 blocks in about half an hour because I couldn't stop myself!
Note. This block works best when you use a dark value fabric and a light value fabric. There needs to be a good contrast between the two.
This tutorial is for the Together Circle of do.Good Stitches, but if anybody else finds it useful I'd love to see what you make!
Posted by Fiona @ Poppy Makes at 01:40
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Great tute Fi, and lovely blocks too! JxoReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing how to make these lovely blocks. Di xReplyDelete
Very pretty blocks Fi! Thanks for your tutorial!ReplyDelete
Pretty, pretty blocks and a great wee tute!ReplyDelete
Looks good to me - nice an easy!ReplyDelete
Lovely tute - these blocks would make a beautiful quilt!ReplyDelete
lovely tute, great blocks too :)ReplyDelete
Looks very easy peasy. Thannks! JuliexReplyDelete
Awesome! What will you make with your pretty blocks?ReplyDelete
Like the dark & light values in this tute - thanks :)ReplyDelete
This is one of my favourite blocks to make when in a hurry. It's so effective and makes up so quickly too. Love itReplyDelete
OOo that's clever and simple! xReplyDelete
Press to the dark side-hehe! Sorry, had to laugh at that line! Such a simple yet stunning block. Love it, thanks for tooting your tute!! :) xReplyDelete
thanks for very clear simple tute Fiona - off to get some made for our new circle right now :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful clear tute, thanks so much. Your blocks are very pretty too.ReplyDelete
Brilliant tute Fiona, will get a couple done for Judith's Bee Blessed.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tutorial, it's v clear, will hopefully be using this to make one of our Christmas presents this year.ReplyDelete