Quilt Block of the Month - August
Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.
A new block download will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.
Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
8" x 8" Finished Block
From Light Fabric:
From Dark Fabric:
This block has many seams. Press seams to reduce bulk. Press seams to one side when constructing individual units and then press seams open when joining units to make larger sections or rows.
- Choose light, medium and dark fabrics for this block. Use scraps from other projects or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
- Cut individual pieces from scraps or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
- Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
- For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Quilting Basics under Quilt Essentials, or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.
This is another light-and-dark block that looks great in just two colors. But if you choose one dark for E (the large triangle) and a different dark for F (the smaller triangle), the star-within-a-star design becomes even more apparent in the block.
Take it a step further and use a medium or third dark for the small triangles that are used in the block outer corners and center. Now you have small stars appear in a third color when you put your blocks together in rows.
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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.
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