Monday, May 19, 2014

Five Minute Block Quilting - Super Easy Pattern!

Cute, cute, cute is all I can say about this material!  I am excited to try out this great pattern for Five Minute Blocks that I found and this material is going to make a beautiful runner or quilt top.  Actually, I have just decided that it is going to be a quilt for my daughter Elizabeth.  She will love it!  Here is what you need to do:

Cut 5" X 10" strips from each of your three coordinating fabrics.  (The pictures in this tutorial show one of the strips being  5 1/4" X 10".  This is just another method but lets stick with the 5" X 10" for these tutorial instructions.  You will be making several squares but to start out, lets just make one!

First lay face up one of your 5" X 10" pieces of fabric.

Fold the piece of material in half width wise that you want to be your triangle shape as in the picture above and place at the bottom of the first strip you laid face up.  In this picture you see that the middle piece of material is a little wider than the first coorinating fabric.  Try not to notice that please!

Lay the third coordinating 5" X 10" strip of coordinating fabric on top of the other two facing down or right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along one of the long sides.

The edges that match up are going to be the side you sew your seam on.

After sewing all 3 pieces together, open it up.

Press the whole block open making sure that the pocket at the bottom is pressed open so that you now have a triangle at the bottom.  Mine is a red triangle!

Ta da!  This is what your blocks will look like after you have pressed them open.

After you have made your desired amount of blocks you can start piecing them together.  Lay your blocks out in the desired shape you want to sew them together in on the floor.  Start picking up the blocks from left to right keeping the first block on the top.  Pile up each row.

Take your first block and the second block and lay them faces together making sure that the triangles, edges and seams your are going to sew match up.  Pin the edges together and sew a 1/4" seam to connect the two squares.  Continue sewing your squares together until you have completed your first row and then move one to the next row by picking up the first and second blocks and repeating the steps above.

Now pick up your first row that you have just sewn together and put it face together with the second row (the row that you want to be connected to the first row!)  Pin the two rows together matching up the seams so that when you open it up, everything is lined up properly.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam. 

This is what you have when you are all done.  Isn't it so cute?  Now you can lay your blocks in different shapes before sewing making a pin wheel pattern or various other patterns.

You can also give your triangles a little curve by rolling the top of the triangle on one side back just a little bit and iron it well and then do this on the other side of the triangle as shown above.

Sew the two sides of the triangle down and now you have a nice "cathedral" shape on your quilt piece.  Isn't that cool?

This is a super easy pattern to throw together and I plan on finishing this office with a nice 4" border around the ends and then a nice binding.  Elizabeth will love it!

Happy Sewing!

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