Friday, May 31, 2013

Virtual Quilting Bee - Block Tutorial #7

It's time again for another quilt block tutorial for the Virtual Quilting Bee! Today's block is designed by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane Quilts.
If you're new to the Virtual Quilting Bee click here for all the details as well as links to block and introduction to quilting tutorials. 
I'm so excited to make Jennifer's block. I love the fussy-cutting (cutting the fabric pieces around and to show off elements of the fabric design) Jennifer used with those giant checks.


A few other quick reminders about the Virtual Quilting Bee: 
  • If you are using a fat 1/8th  bundle for your blocks - specifically a Happy Go Lucky fat 1/8 bundle - cut a 6 1/2" square from each fabric except the white on white dots. (You will need 32 total 6 1/2" squares.) You will need to save these for your setting squares when the blocks are finished. If you do this, you shouldn't have to buy more fabric later, but still have plenty for your 16 pieced blocks.
  • Remember: these blocks will be 8" finished (that means when it is part of the finished quilt) meaning they will measure 8 1/2" unfinished (when you have the block pieced, but before it's part of a finished quilt.)
  • You only need to make 1 of each block for the quilt we will be making, but you can always make more if you want a bigger finished quilt or multiple quilts. :)
  • I've loved all the variations that people create. Feel free to share yours on the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr Group if you like! I have loved seeing all the blocks so far.
  • Use the hashtag #virtualquiltingbee if you're sharing on Instagram or Twitter!
  • And as always feel free to ask questions! I will answer the best that I can in the comments section. 

7 comments:

Jennifer Mathis said...

Thanks for having me!

Danyle MacDonald said...

I'm really excited to make this block! Thanks Jennifer!

Susan Owenby said...

Nice, looks great!

Natasha blanco said...

Loved this one!! Fast, easy and looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Staci said...

Amy--quick question about the 6.5 inch squares-I'm not using a fat eighth bundle,but working from a small number of fat quarters. How many 6.5 inch squares do I need? 42?

amy smart said...

That is a great question. Thank you! You will need 32. I will add that to the post above.

Lindy said...

Jennifer did a great job making this block I can't wait to try it myself some time.