Monday, March 15, 2010


Good morning everyone! It's so very early, isn't it? I don't mean to complain about daylight savings time but it's hard to be cheerful about it when I'm so tired.

But, something that did make me happy despite the tiredness, was seeing John's post about our little blog. I'm definitely a Quilt Dad fan, aren't you?

So, welcome to everyone who's here because of his recommendation. You've picked a good day because this is the block we're making this week:

quatrefoil block

This is definitely one of my favorite blocks. I'm not actually into flowers but for some reason, the pointy "petals" really appeal to me.


1 - 4.5" x 4.5" (for center)
4 - 4.5" x 4.5" (for "petals")
4 - 2.5" x 2.5" (accent color 1)
4 - 2.5" x 2.5" (accent color 2)
8 - 2.5" x 2.5" (background color)
1 - 2.5" x 21" or longer (background color)


Step 1: First we'll construct our four patches. Place your 2.5" accent squares onto the long strip of background fabric. Leave a sliver of space between the squares.


Sew your strip using a 1/4" seam.


Cut your squares apart.

Press each pair open (trim edge if necessary) and place together in opposite pairs.


Sew together and trim to 4.5".


Repeat to make three more 4-patch blocks.

Step 2: Now we'll assemble our "petals". Draw a diagonal line on the backs of your 2.5" background squares. Place one on your petal fabric and sew along (or just to the right) of the line.



Trim 1/4" away from the line and press open.


Place another background square on an adjacent side and repeat.


Trim to 4.5". Repeat to make three more petals.


Step 3: Arrange your pieces and assemble your block:




Trim to 12.5".

In case you're wondering, this week's project tutorial requires three 12.5" Quatrefoil blocks. Also, I forgot to take a fancy picture of the finished block so you get a sneak peek of tomorrow's project. I'm excited to show you because I love how it turned out. Stay tuned...
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