Monday, April 4, 2016

Comfort quilt and tutorial

Yesterday I shared with you my quilty girlfriends' new tradition of working together to create 2 quilts each quarter for our local foster kids.  The blocks we picked for this quarter will be "donut" blocks.

This block is quick and easy to make as it is basically just a simple 9-patch with a few HSTs thrown in.  And if you use my following tutorial then you will end up with 2 blocks in reverse!

For this quarter's quilts we chose pink and green for the girl version and grey/black and orange for the boy.

1. Chose 2 fabrics for your blocks.  From each fabric cut:

(4) 5 1/2 " squares and (5) 5" squares.

2. Pull the lighter 5 1/2" squares of fabric.  You will be drawing a diagonal line down the back of each.
TIP: If you are using a directional fabric, make sure that you are drawing on the directional fabric. When you turn the fabric over make sure all four are facing in the same direction.

Then, rotate 2 to the left and 2 to the right.  This will ensure that they all line up correctly on the final  block.  Can you see how 2 are facing left and 2 are facing right?

3. Lay your (4) 5 1/2" squares of fabric right sides together and sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.

4. Cut on the drawn line and press. Trim your HST to 5".

5. You should now have 5 each of fabric 1 and 2, and 8 HSTs. Now the fun part...

6.Lay out your blocks to create 2 blocks with reverse fabrics as the donut/background.

7. Sew together as you would a 9-patch.

Here are the first 4 girl blocks.

And the first 4 boy blocks.

I am so excited to see what all of the other girls will come up with.  These are going to be so scrappy and cute together!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
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  1. So cute! And so generous of you and your quilty girls! Thanks for a great tutorial!

    Tami @ sewmuchforfreetime.

  2. So cute! And so generous of you and your quilty girls! Thanks for a great tutorial!

    Tami @ sewmuchforfreetime.

  3. thanks for sharing. Any child who receives your quilts will be very lucky.

  4. This was a nice tutorial: very well written and easy to follow. I especially appreciate the tips on using directional prints! I've saved it for future use, it's a super versatile block. Thanks!

  5. Love the block! You could also save a few seams by cutting 2 rectangles for the top and bottom rows and use "flippy corner"

  6. Great tutorial. The blocks looks cute.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

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