Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Happy New Year! And it is time for the third block in our Quilt-along. This month it is the Road to California block combining those Half-square triangles with Four-patches.

block-3-road-to-californiaYou can download the instructions here. But first here’s a couple of other colour ideas –

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And if you don’t like the look of that block, but you’ve made the units, there’s no law that says you can’t rearrange them to make a different block as one student did –

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Simple blocks – Star and Pinwheels

Like the last few blocks this first one of the New Year contains the Three-triangle unit. Star and Pinwheels has Half-square triangles in its four corners and, like Martha Washington’s Star has the 3-triangle units forming the centre. You can download the instructions for the block here.

star-and-pinwheels-blockThis is what the block looks like when nine are set together to make a quilt –

star-and-pinwheels-quiltThe block is symmetrical so turning it around makes no difference but you can always play with the colour.

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star-and-pinwheels-quilt-astar-and-pinwheels-quilt-bThere are more quilt ideas in the instructions.

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Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

This month we look at how to make the blocks ‘dance’. The technique is often called Twist and Turn and the instructions provided are based on those in a book – Twist and Turn by Sharyn Squier Craig published in 1996 by Chitra. This is a super book with lots of ideas for block settings with a difference. You can download a pdf of instructions for our quilt blocks here.

So here is Friendship Star dancing in the quilt –

block-1-friendship-starand here is Eccentric Star from last month –

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Next month we will have the instructions for our third block for the Dancing Blocks wallhanging.

Simple Blocks – Martha Washington’s Star

This is another block with the three-triangle unit in the middle of the block giving a pinwheel effect. Just four of these units and four big Flying Geese units, together with squares in the corners, make this block with lots of opportunities for changing the look of the block with colour placement. Download the instructions to make the block here, along with ideas for colour and quilt settings.

mw-star-block-aMove the colours around –

mw-star-block-bAnd then put the blocks into a quilt –

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Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Our second block is similar to last month’s – again just a few Half-Square Triangle units and a square make up the Eccentric Star.Download the instructions here.

block2-eccentric-star-aAnd here it is in two other colour choices –

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block2-eccentric-star-cNext month the instructions will be for making these blocks ‘dance’ and then in January we will have another block.

 

 

Simple Blocks – Mystery Flower Garden

I’m sure this block has featured on the blog before – probably as part of one the Block of the Month quilts – but no apologies for showing it again. You can download instructions for a 12 inch block here along with all sorts of ideas for colouring and quilt settings. Look on the Tutorials page for quick-piecing instructions for the various units in this block (and others in the series).

The instructions show the block in this colourway –

mystery-flower-garden-blockbut here’s a few more ideas from almost monochrome, through acid greens to Autumnal –

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mystery-flower-garden-block-cIn addition to the quilt ideas in the instructions, here’s a few more – starting with the block just straight set and no variations –

mystery-flower-garden-quilttwo differently coloured blocks –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-bthen set on point –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-aand finally two very different colourways set together (though the same pale fabric does appear in both) –

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Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Time for the first block in our new Block of the Month Quilt-along. We’re starting nice and simple with the Friendship Star block. Download the instructions here.

block1-friendship-star-aJust a few squares and Half-Square Triangle units is all it takes to make this lovely easy block. block1-friendship-star-b

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