Wednesday, December 2, 2009


mosaic block

We're almost finished with our quilt along...just two blocks left to go after today's tutorial. As you can see, the blocks are getting more complicated but not harder. This block has a lot of pieces and steps but you've done them all before if you've been quilting along with us.


Fabric A: cut one 6.5" x 6.5"
Fabric B: cut four 3.5" x 3.5"
Fabric C: cut four 3.5" x 6.5", cut two 4" x 4"
Fabric D: cut eight 3.5" x 3.5", cut two 4" x 4"

Step 1: First we'll create the center diamond. Mark the back of all your fabric B squares and lay two on opposite corners of fabric A.


Sew just to the right of the line to make sure your block will be big enough.


Trim 1/4" away from seam line (save triangles for a mini block if you want)


Press open and place the remaining squares of fabric B.


Sew, trim and press as before. Trim your block to 6.5" x 6.5" if necessary.

Step 2: Now we'll make the flying geese. Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of your 3.5" x 3.5" fabric D squares. Place one square on a fabric C rectangle.


Sew to the right of the line:


Trim and press open:


Add your next square of fabric D and sew as before:


Trim and press open. Trim your block to 6.5" x 3.5" if necessary.


Make three more flying geese. If you save your triangles, you can make two mini blocks.

Step 3: Now we make half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line on the back of two of your 4" x 4" squares and pair one fabric C with one fabric D, right sides together.


Sew 1/4" from both sides of the line:


Cut along line:


Press open and trim to 3.5" x 3.5".

Step 4: Lay out your pieces and sew them into rows:



Sew your rows together to complete the block. Trim to 12.5" x 12.5".


Hopefully that wasn't so bad. I love how this block looks complicated but it really isn't once you break it apart.
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