Quilt Block of the Month: November
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 8" x 8" finished block 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.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
From Light Fabric:
From Light 2 Fabric:
From Medium Fabric:
From Dark Fabric:
- Choose one each medium and dark fabric and two light 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.
- Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
Creating a quilt begins with choosing a block or blocks to build the quilt design. Here are a few things to remember that might prove helpful:
Decide on a quilt size and divide that size by the finished size of the blocks you have chosen to use in the quilt. If the desired size does not divide evenly by the block size, you may want to add borders to frame the blocks at the quilt center, add block or row sashing, or perhaps make your quilt a little larger.
Decide if you are going to make a quilt with more than one block design. Choose the block or blocks you will be using and sketch them out together in rows to see how they will fit together. You can choose to do vertical or horizontal straight rows, diagonal rows, rows with or without sashing pieces between the blocks and rows with or without sashing rows between the rows.
When laying out the blocks check to see what happens when the blocks are placed together. Do they create secondary designs? Does sashing break up a secondary design or add to it? So many options can appear.
Sometimes planning a quilt is like putting together a puzzle and it helps to copy the blocks so that you can move them around like puzzle pieces to see what is happening in the quilt center.
Be creative too when planning borders. Traditionally, borders are added to all four sides of a quilt center like framing a painting. But this is your quilt. You can add borders to only one or two sides if you wish. Or you can add multiple borders to one side and no borders to another? Who knows you could start a new style!
Borders can also be made from simple blocks. They don't have to be just straight strips of fabric. Check out the Annie's quilting publication Quilts With Unique Borders found at AnniesCraftStore.com for ideas.
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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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