The first week of the Quilt-Along is my week for a tutorial of rectangle blocks. I wrote this tutorial in a bit of a hurry, but I know that the other designers in the Quilt-Along were able to make the blocks. I did forget to mention in the tutorial that the first frame of the block is 3-D! So hopefully that'll help it all make more sense to you.
Without any further ado, here is the tutorial for my row of this adorable quilt. Don't forget to check back next week for the next row!
Row Robin Baby Quilt Row 1: Rectangles
Row Size: 12 ½ x 48 ½
(Note, yardages and suggestions given are for a 4-block-wide quilt row. I made my quilt six blocks wide, just because (it worked better for fat quarters). If you'd like yardage for a larger quilt, feel free to ask!)
Background fabric – 5/8 yard
Contrast solid – 1/8-ish yard
Scrappy – Either several scraps measuring at least 3 ½” long, or 8 strips of fabric, 1 ½ x WOF
(4) 1 ½”x8 ½” rectangles
(8) 2 ½”x6 ½” rectangles for frame
(8) 3 ½”x12 ½” rectangles for frame
(For frames, it is okay to be generous with your cutting, and trim down to a 12 ½” completed block)
(8) 1”x6 ½” rectangles
(8) 1”x8 ½” rectangles
Piecing instructions: Since I strip-pieced my scrappy section, that is how I will give instructions! Also, you may press your seams to one side or the other, toward the light or toward the dark, or open. Whichever you prefer. I press my seams open because I get a better, cleaner press! This is the layout for your blocks:
*Piece all of your 1 ½” strips together, then sub-cut your strip pieces in 3”x8 ½” sets *Piece one 3”x8 ½” strip set to one 1 ½”x8 ½” strip of background fabric. Press. *Sew another 3”x8 ½” strip set to other side of 1 ½”x8 ½” background piece.
*Press 1”x6 ½” contrasting solid rectangles in half lengthwise, so you have ½”x6 ½” rectangles. Repeat with 1”x8 ½” rectangles. *Meet the raw edges of your contrasting solid with the raw edges of your block. Baste these strips around your block in a clockwise fashion, approximately 1/8” inch from the edges. If you don't have a built-in basting stitch on your machine, increase your stitch length length as high as it will go (usually 6.0).
Next, sew your 2 ½”x6 ½” strips of background fabric to the top and bottom of your block (Don't forget to decrease your stitch length! But I suggest only taking it down to a 2.5 or 3, to make a regular stitch through all of the layers). Press.
*Sew the 3 ½”x12 ½” strips to the sides of each block. Press.
Repeat to make four blocks and sew your blocks together in any combination of directions you like.
Don't forget to add your pictures to the Rockin' Robin Flickr Pool so we can see everyone's progress!