For this tutorial, I have decided to use two of the most popular pre-cut sizes. That of the 10x10 inch "layer cake" and the 5x5 inch "charm pack". Each finished block will be 10" with seam allowances (or 9 1/2" finished).
What will we need?
- 10x10 inch printed squares. These can be a layer cake or cut by you from your stash and scraps. (I'm using "Avalon" By Fig Tree Quilts for Moda). One layer cake has 42 of the 10" squares, of which I have chosen 30. This is because I felt as though some of the colours were too neutral and would look like I had a complete solid block even when sewn to the quilter's muslin.
- 5x5 inch solid colour squares. These can be charm packs or cut by you from your stash. (I'm using some quilter's muslin from the cupboard and have no idea where it is from). Each charm pack has 42 squares and we need two 5"squares per 10" square.
- Something to mark your fabric with. As you wont see this anywhere in the quilt, it can be a boring old pen or fancy sewing marker.
- Square ruler or normal cutting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting board
Mark a line from corner to corner on each of the 5" solid squares
Line up and place the 5" squares over one of the corners of the 10" squares and sew along the line you drew on the smaller square.
Cut 1/4"above the seam
Press the seam open and repeat with the opposite corner.
Start arranging your blocks! (here are a few different combinations you can play with)
YAY! We made a block with tonnes of options. You could just churn out a few baby quilts with this block and just rearrange the blocks to make them all different.
If you have any questions, suggestions or something nice to say, I'm always happy to hear from you.
Until next time,