July 2020 - Summer Fun - Quilt Block Mania


The #QuiltBlockMania is a BOM with the participation of several quilt pattern designers. Each month you will get a color scheme and several 12" x 12" free block patterns from different designers. The same color scheme, size and theme will allow you to easily assemble the various blocks into a quilt.


Color Scheme


I love how the 3 shades of turquoise, the 2 shades of mango and vanilla complement each other. It is the perfect color scheme for a Summer quilt.


My Block: Up In The Air

Technique: raw edge appliqué

Materials:

  • Two 10" x 12" Lite Steam-a-Seam fusible interface sheets

  • White solid fabric: 10" x 13" rectangle

  • Background fabric: 14" x 14" square

  • Fabrics scraps for the ballon

  • If you have light-box and/or mini iron those will be handy, but you can make the block without these gadgets too



Steps to follow


  • Download the layout guide and fusible templates below

Layout_Guide_and_Templates
.pdf
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  • Print the Layout Guide on a regular paper

  • Print the templates directly on the interface (trim the sheet back to 8.5" x 11" and place it in your printer without any other paper in the tray)

  • Cut the printed interface apart between the lines

  • Fuse the individual pieces to the wrong side of the various balloon fabrics as the numbers indicate - choose either color for the basket and the piece above

  • Trim the pieces around the printed line

  • Center the layout guide on the 10" x 13" white fabric rectangle

  • The printed side of the paper is facing the wrong side of the fabric

  • Tape the layout guide to the fabric then tape the fabric to a well-lit window (or use a light-box)

  • If you are using other than Steam-a-Seam interface, leave it on your ironing mat. The layout should show through the white fabric

  • You can also use black rectangle for a stained glass effect, but you will need to place that on the window or use a light-box to see the Layout Guide



  • Remove the paper from the back of the individual pieces one at a time

  • Position the pieces on the white background using the layout guide

  • The Steam-a-Seam interface will stick to the background but they can be easily repositioned if needed

  • Place all the pieces on the background

  • Carefully remove the whole piece from the window and place it on your ironing board

  • Fuse the pieces to the background (if you have a mini iron you can partially fuse the pieces to the background right on the window)

  • Sew the pieces to the background with small blanket or zig-zag stitches using white thread

  • I recommend to test the stitches in advance so you can fine tune the length and density


  • Cut the balloon and the basket around leaving an approximately 1/2" white frame all around the balloon and basket

  • Trace them around on the other interface sheet and make an approximately 1/2"-3/4" wide fusible frame (cut out the center, so the there will be no double interface under the balloon)

  • Fuse the frame to the wrong side wrong side of the balloon and basket (image on the right

  • Cut the white frame back evenly around the balloon and the basket. The frame should approximately be as wide as the gap between the individual pieces

  • Prepare the two white ropes with fusible on the back

  • Center the pieces on the 14" x 14" background

  • Hide the end of the ropes under the other two pieces

  • Fuse all pieces to the background

  • Stitch them around with small blanket or zig-zag stitches


If you like this method you can make a whole quilt using the same block

  • Alternate the background colors (6)

  • Print 6 balloons for 6 blocks, iron one balloon on each fabric, then cut the pieces apart

  • Make your own design

  • Join the blocks with white sashing strips

  • You can also enlarge the layout guide and template sheets with the same percentage and make different balloon sizes

  • Add a border of your choice

  • Post your blocks on Instagram and use hashtag: #QuiltBlockMania




The quilts below were made with the same (or similar) method


Mosaic Cross









Torus Maximus















Aurora Borealis













Check out the blocks from the other designers here:













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