Summer Blockbuster: fabric and cutting


Welcome to the first step of our Summer Blockbuster!
For this sew along, I am going to publish the pattern and steps to set some of your orphan blocks into a finished quilt. See the intro post Here.

For my version, I am busting some star blocks I made a while ago and then put away. Mine will also be a Stashbuster…I gathered all my sashing fabrics from my stash, wahoo! The pattern is for setting your blocks like the inspiration quilt below…

You can make your quilt with any sampler, bee or other orphan blocks of any size.

You need a quantity of blocks that can be set in a square or rectangle, for example, four blocks (set 2×2), nine blocks (set 3×3), twelve blocks (set 3×4), etc.

fabric requirements listed below are for the 9 block quilt above, with each block 12 1/2″ unfinished. If you are making a different size, see the cutting instructions to determine how much of each fabric you need.

Each measurement labelled with a * indicates that this is for a 12 1/2″ block, you should adjust this measurement to your block size, if needed.

for the setting you will need:

Sashing A fabric (purple in the quilt above, framing the blocks): 2/3 yard, cut into 12 strips 1 3/4″ by width of fabric (WOF)

Sashing/border B fabric (orange in quilt above): 1/3 yard, cut into 6 strips 1 1/2″ by WOF

Sashing C fabric (light green in quilt above): 3/4 yard, cut into 10 strips 2 1/2″ by WOF

Corner stone fabric (dark green in quilt above): scraps, cut into 4 squares 2 1/2″x 2 1/2″

Outer border fabric (dark green in quilt above): 1 1/4 yard (for pieced borders) cut into 7 strips 6 1/2″ by WOF.
OR, for unpieced borders, 2 yards cut into four strips 6 1/2″ by length of fabric (72″)

CUTTING for first sewing step:

from the strips cut from sashing A fabric: cut 18 strips *12 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ and 18 strips *15″ x 1 3/4″

—-remember, if your blocks are not 12 1/2″, adjust the *measurements to fit the size of your block and cut fabrics accordingly.

sew two *12 1/2″ strips to opposite sides of each block so that they look like this:

then sew the *15″ strips to the other two sides so it looks like this:

trim and square all blocks to *14 1/2″

After this step, my blocks look like this…

so exciting! I hope you are digging out some lonely blocks from your pile of UFO’s so you can sew with me…

to be continued.


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  1. BillieBee (billiemick) July 6, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I’m saving the instructions. The grandkids are coming tomorrow for about 10 days. Then I’m going to finish up some blocks!

  2. AmandaK@whatthebobbin July 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Great idea! I donated all my extra blocks recently.

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