Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sun and Surf - a quilt block tutorial

So for our Imagine at Do. Good Stitches group it's my turn again to choose a quilt block and color palette.  I chose this block - which in one of my quilting books is referred to as a "ribbon star" quilt block.  Another book calls it the "ribbon quilt" quilt block and yet another says that it is a combination of the "friendship star" and the "snowball" block.  So there you have it.  

Since this one is a scrappy version I'm calling it the "Sun and Surf" block.  


Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner

Recently I spent a bit time in the Bahamas and was inspired by the gorgeous colors found in not just the buildings but also in (yep you guessed it) the colors of the ocean and the gorgeous sunsets.

So we'll be working with all shades of coral and mint for this block. 


Coral and mint fabrics

Let's get started!
For one 12.5" x 12.5" block you will need:

1 @ 7.25" of low volume fabric
1 @ 7.25" of a coral print
2 @ 7.25" of mint prints
1 @ 4.5" of a coral print

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner



Step 1:  Place the 7.25" low volume square right sides together with one 7.25" mint square.  Match edges.  Sew around all four sides of the square using a 1/4" seam.

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner



Step 2:  Press so it lays nice and flat.  Then cut diagonally across squares twice.  This creates four half square triangles.


Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner

Step 3:  Repeat steps 1-2 using one 7.25" mint square and one 7.25" coral square.

Step 4:  You should now have a total of eight half square triangles.  Press all HSTs open and trim to be 4.5". 

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner


Step 5:  Using all HSTs and the 4.5" square coral print, lay out block as shown below.  

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner

Step 6:  Sew block rows together using a scant 1/4" seam.  Press seams.  Sew rows together, pinning at each intersection (again using a scant 1/4" seam).

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner



Press the finished block.  

Sun and Surf scrappy quilt block tutorial via A Bright Corner



There you go!  One finished 12.5" x 12.5" Sun & Surf scrappy quilt block.  If you make a Sun & Surf block I'd love to see it!  And if you're on flickr be sure to add it to the Sewing with A Bright Corner flickr group.



6 comments:

  1. Lots of fun quilt blocks that I see with HST's. So easy to do with Triangles On A Roll. Love the colors and design of your New England quilt too.

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  2. This might be my excuse to order a few more coral prints...ha ha!

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  3. Very cool way of making this block! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. Nice read! I like the suggestions.

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  5. This venue is ideal for beginners and is less crowded and cheaper than an hour or so further down the main coast. surf nias

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