Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring Sampler Block 3 - Tombstone

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Welcome to Block 3 of our Spring Sampler Quilt Along!  A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along and to Heidi for testing last week's block!

The photos of block 1 and block 2 are awesome!  I'm having so much fun following along with everyone's progress!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  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 block shared between now and 7/24/14 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 3 - Cutting Instructions

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

From the Background Fabric (#2), cut:
        4 - 2 ” squares

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        4 - 4 ¾” x 2 ” rectangles
        2 - 2 ” squares, cut 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 in quarters, diagonally

Choose 2 Neutral Prints (#5)
    From the first print, cut:
        2 - 3 ” squares, cut in half, diagonally

    From the second print, cut:
        1 - 5 ½” square

Set-up: Square-in-Square Block

Make the center Square-in-Square block using our tutorial, 1 - 3 ½ Vibrant Print square, and 4 - ” Dark Print 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 Block

Make a set of four Flying Geese blocks using our tutorial, 1 - ½” Neutral print square and 4 - 3" Vibrant print squares.

Block Construction

{Oops ... forgot a picture of my pieces laid out this week ...}   Here we go!

1.  Attach a Neutral Print Flying Geese block to the left and right sides of the center Square-in-Square block.

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

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

4.  Attach a 4 ¾” Vibrant Print triangle to the left and right sides of each of the 4 - Dark Print  4 ¼” x 2 ” rectangle.

5.  Attach a 3 ” Neutral Print square to 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.

Sit back, enjoy your finish ... and then click the link below to share photos of your finished block.  

Just for fun, I set up my three blocks side-by-side, just to check my color balance.  So far, I'm happy, but I did make a couple of changes to my picks for block 4.  If you find you've used a lot of the same prints or colors, try and switch things up a bit for the next set of blocks.

See you next week!


  1. Loving this Spring Sampler! Here's the link to my block - I will do the Linky Party as soon as it opens:

  2. wonderful blocks love those colors

  3. this is such a pretty block! It looks great with the others too!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  4. Each are very pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

  5. Is anyone having trouble assembling your blocks? My mom and I are having the worst time and we are following the directions to a "t".

    1. Hi Ellie - so sorry to hear you're having difficulties! Can you email me at CorasQuilts{at}gmail{dot}com with where you're running into problems (feel free to include pictures) - I'm happy to help troubleshoot!

    2. Me too! my beginning 'block in a block' only finishes at 4.5 and the instructions say to trim to 4 3/4".

    3. Hi Carol - so sorry to hear you're having difficulties! Have you read our "trim down" method post?

  6. I liked this blog very much and made it into pillow. Thank you for it. Now I am planing to sew other two.

  7. found you through another blog, already doing too many blocks but cannot resist this challenge.