Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Sampler Block 1 - Pyramids


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Welcome to Block 1 of our Spring Sampler Quilt Along!  A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along!

Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each photo is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.

Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Block 1 - Cutting Instructions

***If you've had difficulties with too-small-Square-in-Square blocks, read this post before cutting!

From Background (#2) fabric, cut:
        1 - 5 ½” square
        2 - 2 ” squares; cut each in half, diagonally***

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        1 - 5 ½” square
        2 - 3 ” squares; cut each in half, diagonally

Choose 3 Vibrant Prints (#1)
    From the first print, cut:
        1 - 3 ½” square
    From the second print, cut:
        4 - 3” squares
    From the third print, cut:
        2 - 4 ¼” squares; cut each in quarters, diagonally

Choose 1 Medium Print (#4) and cut:
        4 - 3” squares

Choose 1 Neutral Print (#5) and cut:
        4 - 2 ” squares

Set-up: Square-in-Square Block

Make the center Square-in-Square block using our tutorial, 1 - 3 ½ Vibrant Print square, and 4 - ” Background triangles.  Square and trim block down to 4 ¾", making sure to keep the ¼” seam allowances between the edge of the block and the edge of the inner square.

Set-up: Flying Geese Blocks

Make the first set of four Flying Geese blocks, using our tutorial, 1 - 5 ½” Dark print square, and 4 - 3" Vibrant Print squares.

Make the second set of four Flying Geese blocks using 1 - 5 ½ Background square, and 4 - 3" Medium Print squares.

Block Construction:

Before sewing, I like to lay all my pieces out to make sure that all my prints are playing nicely together, and to make sure that directional prints are all facing the same way.

Here we go!

1.  Attach a Dark Print Flying Geese block to the left and right sides of the center Square-in-Square block; press seams towards the Flying Geese block.

2.  Attach a 2 ” Neutral square to the left and right sides of the remaining two Dark Print Flying Geese blocks.

3.  Attach the blocks made in step #2 to the top and bottom of the center block.

4.  Attach a ¼ Vibrant Print triangle to the left and right sides of all four Background Flying Geese blocks.

5.  Attach a  Dark Print triangle to the top of each of the blocks made in step #4.

6.  Attach two of the blocks made in step #5 to the left and right sides of the center block.

7.  Attach the remaining two blocks made in step #5 to the top and bottom of the center block.

Congratulations - you're done with Block #1!  Sit back, enjoy your finished block ... and then share a picture with us below or in our flickr group.  See you next Monday for Block #2!

Click the link below to share photos of your finished block!


  1. Great tutorial and such a pretty block, Shelley! Well laid out and easy to follow instructions - with excellent photos!

  2. Love this block and the whole sampler quilt. Very vintage with a modern feel.

  3. Lovely block, and choice of fabrics!

  4. Very nice! Thanks for the tutorial, Shelley!

  5. lovely block!

    Thanks for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. Thanks for the inspiration of creating new blocks. As a new quilter, I need great simple tutorials like this to help me along the way.

    1. My pleasure! Can't wait to see your finished blocks!

  7. Thank for you the inspiration. As a new quilter, I need all the help I can get.