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Polka Dot Bikini QAL: six blocks

Here we are at February 6th (already?!)
It is the first goal day for the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Does anybody have their six blocks done??


I am more than a little excited to show you these! I can’t take credit for sewing them, though. My mom asked me if I would like her to make a version with one of my variation ideas, so I got her started on this….and she took off!

at this stage your blocks should be 10 1/2″ square (with the little corners missing on two sides)

I have seen a little bit of rumbling on Instagram (#bikiniquilt) and Facebook, maybe there are a few out there sewing with me? I hope so.


I mentioned that today’s post would be on the corner stones. The pattern includes instructions for making corners like those shown above. This is a great opportunity to use scraps accumulated from cutting all the curved pieces with templates.


Once you have made your triangle units, trim the corner of your block to make a straight edge to which to sew. Line up the quarter-inch mark of your ruler at the point of the pod (pink). Cut the background fabric (black/white) at a 45 degree angle.
Line up the long side of the cornerstone triangle with this edge (there will be approximately 1/4″ overhang of the triangle on each end for seam allowance). Then sew along the angled side, flip and press:


Here is another option:


to make the corners form a simple hourglass unit as shown above, simply cut 3″ squares in half on diagonal (yielding 2 half square triangles) and sew them to the corners. You could play with color placement here, or use quarter square triangles and make a pinwheel.

I plan to try making some blocks with triangles on all four corners, so there is a pinwheel at each block intersection. neat?


one more choice: adding simple square corners. This is done by sewing a 1 1/2″ square to each end of the second solid half of the block, see below:


this was an option I auditioned back when I made the original quilt, and I do like the way it looks.

So the possibilities are there, be creative!
Our next goal date is February 20th, six more center blocks and have cornerstones on all 12 made to that point. I will hold a link up on that date and a giveaway sponsored by Canton Village Quilt Works for participants who link their progress.

happy sewing!

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7 thoughts on “Polka Dot Bikini QAL: six blocks

  1. Wow, I love your moms version with the bw background!! Sewing alOng here. I have a drawing of six blocks done πŸ˜‰

  2. Kris says:

    I plan to catch up with the sew along. I am still deciding on the final main fabric selections. Then looking through my stash for the fabrics for the squares. sigh….I will catch up.
    Your black and white version is interesting and it makes the pod colors pop!

  3. Jacque says:

    That’s so cool! I was wondering how you would do that!

  4. The bright colors on black and white = LOVE!! This pattern intimidates me.

  5. Unfortunately I had to put away my fabric and pattern for this…just couldn’t get past the 13 th step! It looks like the pink sashing (your mom’s block) is wider on one side than the other…this is how mine was coming out…is it just the photography showing one wider side? I’ll have to take a break and maybe come back to this later..is there a link to see the blocks of others??

  6. I absolutely LOVE this inspiration! I have not been able to go out and purchase my fabric yet, we got snowed in here in NC!!! I have a ton of black and white, maybe I can go shopping in my stash! Thanks for such a great idea. I have a lot of sewing ahead of me today and tomorrow :O

  7. Mishi Kichi says:

    i just wanted to let you know that im chugging along with you πŸ™‚ but i only have 2 blocks with cornerstones done and 8 up to solid colour! πŸ™‚

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