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One-Block Quilt

Knowing how to change the size of a quilt block opens so many doors for quilters. We talked about how to change block sizes in the previous Quilter's World update. Once the easy techniques are mastered, block sizes can be changed for a variety of reasons. You may want to enlarge a block for a baby quilt, wall hanging or table cover or to make it fit with other blocks in a sampler. Or you may want to reduce the size for a miniature quilt.

Before we get started on this month's topic, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Carolyn Beam, the new editor of Quilter's World magazine and the person who will be writing this update. I've been quilting for a long time and have been in the quilt publishing business for over 15 years. Quilting is my passion and my obsession! I have a large studio with my office at one end, so I am constantly surrounded by all things quilting. It's my happy place! I'll be sharing my thoughts about quilting with you, and I'd love to hear ideas and suggestions from you as well.

With each update, I will select a book or pattern to accompany it that I think will be of interest to you. With this update, I'm suggesting the Tick Tock quilt pattern. This is a great pattern for using up your scraps and precut strips and squares; plus, it makes a wonderful donation quilt! The pattern includes five different sizes to choose from.

One of my favorite things to do with a quilt block is to enlarge it to make a one-block baby quilt. These types of quilts are great to have on hand for a new baby, but they also make great donation quilts for a hospital, police department or facility where there are children. I also like to donate them to the fire department my youngest son works for.

Let's look at a block to see how I've enlarged it and then make the quilt. The Odd Fellow's Chain quilt block is set in a four-by-four grid. I added the checkerboard squares in the center for variety. As we discussed in the previous update, a four-by-four grid works best in even-number dimensions. I wanted to enlarge this block to 40" x 40", so each of the four divisions will measure 10" x 10".

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Odd Fellow's Chain block

Let's look a little closer at some of the pieced divisions. The outer corners are 10": two 5" finished plain squares and two 5" finished half-square triangle units. The in-between sections are 10" x 20" with a 5" x 10" finished flying geese unit in the middle. The center star is 20" square with 5" finished corner squares, 5" x 10" finished flying geese units and 2 1/2" finished squares in the checkerboard.

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Quilt block sections

Let's get started and make this quilt!

One-Block Baby Quilt

Finished Sizes
Quilt Size: 48" x 48"
Block Size: 40" x 40"
Number of Blocks: 1

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Materials
1 yard cream print*
1 yard peach print*
1/2 yard green print*
3/4 yard teal print*
5/8 yard stripe*
Backing to size
Batting to size*
Thread*
Basic sewing tools and supplies
*Happy Days by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics, Warm 100 cotton batting from The Warm Company and Aurifil thread used to make sample.

Project Notes
Read all instructions before beginning this project.

Stitch right sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise specified.

Materials and cutting lists assume 40 1/2" width of usable fabric.

WOF -- width of fabric
HST -- half-square triangle
QST -- quarter-square triangle

Cutting
From cream print cut:

2 (11 1/4") A squares
1 (11 1/4") B square then cut twice diagonally (QST)
4 (6") C squares
4 (5 7/8") D squares then cut once diagonally (HST)
12 (5 1/2") E squares
From peach print cut:
4 (6") F squares
4 (5 7/8") G squares
4 (4 1/2" x 40 1/2") M border strips
From green print cut:
4 (5 7/8") H squares
8 (3") I squares
4 (4 1/2") L squares
From teal print cut:
4 (10 7/8") K squares then cut once diagonally (HST)
8 (3") J squares
From stripe cut:
5 (2 1/2" x WOF) binding strips

Completing the Block
1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the G and H squares. Arrange a G square on each opposite corner of an A square, right sides together, as shown below left. Stitch 1/4" on each side of the drawn lines. Cut on the drawn lines as shown below right. Press open.

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2. Arrange a G square on a corner of a step 1 unit as shown below left. Stitch 1/4" on each side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line. Press open to make two flying geese units. Repeat with the other step 1 unit to make a total of four A-G flying geese units.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with an A square and four H squares to make four A-H flying geese units as shown below right.

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4. Arrange the I and J squares in four rows of four. Sew the squares into rows; press. Sew the rows together.

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5. Arrange four A-G units, four E squares and the I-J unit from step 4 in three rows as shown below. Sew the pieces into rows; press. Sew the rows together to make the center star unit. Press.

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6. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the C squares. Layer a C square and F square, right sides together. Stitch 1/4" on each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the line; open and press. Make eight C-F units.

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7. Arrange two E squares and two C-F units in two rows as shown below. Sew the squares and units into rows; press. Sew the rows together to make one corner unit. Press. Make four corner units.

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8. Arrange an A-H unit, two D HSTs, one B QST and two K HSTs as shown below. Stitch a D HST to each side of the A-H unit; press. Stitch B to the bottom; press. Stitch a K HST to each side to complete one unit; press. Make four.

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9. Arrange the center star unit, four corner units and four units from step 8 in three rows as shown below. Stitch the units into rows; press. Stitch the rows together to complete the block; press.

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Completing the Quilt
1.
Stitch an M strip to the sides of the quilt block; press toward M. Stitch an L square to each end of remaining M strips; press toward M. Stitch to the top and bottom of the quilt block; press toward M.

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2. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Pin-baste the layers together and then you're ready to quilt. I chose to quilt a large meander over the quilt surface. Once the quilting is finished, remove any remaining pins and trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top. Bind the quilt, add a label and your quilt is finished!

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