Monday, August 31, 2015

My turn on the 2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop!

Welcome! I'm sew excited to share with you the block I designed for Fabri-Quilt's New Block blog hop. This blog hop features 60+ quilt bloggers who have all created block designs and tutorials using Fabri-Quilt's Prairie Cloth Solids in Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue and White.

In addition to getting more than 60 free block patterns, if you visit each of the blog hosts (links below), you can register to win one of 8 half yard fabric bundles of each of the fabrics featured in this blog hop. How cool is that!

Without further adieu, let me introduce my block - Tumbleweed Crossroads:

I really like how my 12" block turned out, but I really think it would make an awesome one block/big block quilt so I included cutting instructions to super-size my block in my Tumbleweed Crossroads pattern. For ease of sewing, I made my instructions into a pattern that you can print and use at your sewing machine rather than having to refer back to a tutorial on the computer:)

I know it looks like a lot of cut pieces in this photo, but my pattern breaks the block down into three smaller blocks (a center block, four corner blocks and four side blocks) which are pieced into a 9-patch for the finished block. When you break it down into sections, it's really quite easy!

This block also creates a beautiful secondary pattern, as you can see in this quilt rendition:

I had fun playing around with the photo of my block. Here I made it into a 4-patch photo mash-up to give you an idea what the quilt would look like if you made four super-sized 48" blocks (using 4 1/2" blocks instead of 1 1/2" - much easier) and combined them into a king-size quilt.....

I really had fun playing with the super-sized block idea so much that I made a super-sized block quilt from a second block idea I drafted. The block was my original idea for this blog hop but it required more than a fat 8th of background fabric, so I drafted a new pattern for today. Check back in next week and I'll share my super-sized quilt and free pattern!

Speaking of free patterns, here is a link to the rest of today's bloggers on the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by each one to get your free block pattern or tutorial.

For a list of bloggers for the rest of the blog hop, check out my post from Sunday here. And don't forget to visit Fabri-Quilt's blog and our blog host for today for a chance to win one of 8 half yard fabric bundles of the featured blog hop fabric:
Thank you to Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring this blog hop and for providing the fabric for each blogger to make their blocks and for the fabric bundle giveaways. The blocks are going to be made into three charity quilts by our blog hop hosts to benefit three great charities: Meyers Center, a non-profit organization that helps kids that are physically and/or mentally disabled prepare for school; Teen Impact, an organization that helps kids with cancer; and Project Linus, an organization that gives handmade blankets to critically ill children.

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