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!