Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spring Sampler Block 4 - Around the Corner

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Welcome to Block 4 of our Spring Sampler Quilt Along!  A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along and to Heidi, our incredibly talented pattern tester!  I think I'm having just as much fun watching all of you make your blocks as I am making my own!

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.

BTW - sorry about the pictures and the wonky-ish block this week.  A week of cloudy weather = not-so-hot photos ... and my new man and I are still getting used to each other, so my piecing isn't as precise as I'd prefer.  I hoping a little more time together will remedy that!

Block 4 - 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:
        2 - 2 ” squares, cut in half, diagonally***

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        4 - 3 ” squares, cut in half, diagonally

Choose 2 Vibrant Prints (#1)
    From the first, cut:
        1 - 3 ½” square

    From the second, cut:
        4 - 2 ” squares

Choose 2 Medium Prints (#4)
     From the first, cut:
        1 - 5 ½” square

     From the second, cut:
        4 - 3” squares

Choose 1 Neutral Print (#5) and cut:
        4 - 3 ½” 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 Block

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

Block Construction

Here are my pieces laid out ... and away we go!

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

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

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

4.  Attach a 3 ” Dark Print triangle to the right side of each of the 4 - 3 ½” Neutral Print squares.

5.  Attach a 3 ” Dark Print triangle to the bottom of each of the blocks made in step #4.

6.  Attach 2 of the blocks made in step #5 to the left and right sides of the center block.

Helpful Hint:
When trying to get two triangle points to match while sewing blocks together, start by inserting your pin at the seam intersection of the top block, and then inserting the tip of the pin through the seam intersection on the bottom block.

Leave the pin sticking straight up and down (if it push it through the bottom block again, you'll distort the block) and pin the rest of the block as usual.  Then, carefully and slowly sew up as close to the "vertical" pin as you feel comfortable, and then remove the pin and finish the seam.

7.  Attach the remaining 2 blocks made in step #5 to the top and bottom of the center block.

Pat yourself on the back for finishing another block ... and then share your photos below in our linky party or in our flickr group!

See you next week!


  1. I can relate with bad weather lately. The block still looks great though!

  2. Awesome tutorial! This is such a cool block...perfect piecing too!

  3. I'm a sampler quilt fanatic - and I love this block! Thank you for a great tutorial....I have just the fabric in mind to make one of my own!!! Can't wait....

  4. each block looks so cool. I'm not a sampler fan, but every time I see one of these blocks I want to do it!!!