Thanks to all of you for the incredible response to block 1 of our quilt along. All kinds of wonderful blocks on our flickr page!
This weeks block is called Circle of Squares. I first saw this block on pinterest. I traced it to this tutorial. I changed up the piecing a little, and here is my version.
The blocks I have seen around the web were all done scrappy. I wanted to make this as easy as possible, so I stayed with one feature fabric.
Cut two 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips of feature fabric. Piece a 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of background fabric onto one of the strips. Piece a 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of background fabric to either side of the other piece. Press towards the feature fabric.
Cut both strips into 2 1/2" segments.
Sew a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" background piece to each of the segments with the 2 1/2" background piece. Sew a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" background piece to each side of the segments with the 1 1/2" background pieces. You should now have four of each of the blocks shown.
Cut a 4 1/2" square of background fabric and lay out your block as shown. Sew together.
Different fabrics give a very different look to each block. I am definitely going to have to try a scrappier version of this block.
I hope you enjoy this weeks block. I will continue to scour the web looking for interesting blocks for us to make. Some will be traditional, some will be not so traditional. I hope they will all be fun! I have been asked how many blocks I will be posting. I plan on at least 20, perhaps more. You can make them all, or just pick a few of your favourites. There is no pressure to make them all, however the more you make, the better chance you have of winning each monthly prize.
Happy sewing everyone!