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Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster Quilt 2014

It’s July! that means it’s time for a summer blockbuster. This year I made my quilt with all the blocks I did for my monthly Quilter’s Book Club during this past school year. The quilt finishes 62″ square as shown.

This month, I will be posting a series of instructions to make a top like mine. If you have orphan blocks or old block-of-the-month blocks you never put together, this is a great opportunity to turn them into a finished quilt! I will add options whenever possible and offer alternatives to mine.

First, the blocks: I have nine pieced sampler blocks that finish 12″ (they were 12 1/2″ before sewing). I placed them on point alternating with squares of a light print “background”. This setting could also be made with 13 pieced blocks (eliminating the “background” fabric squares between the pieced blocks). You could make it smaller with only four pieced blocks plus one center “background” block, or with five pieced blocks. Hopefully, the cutting and piecing are simple enough for you to adapt to your own project! **If you blocks are smaller or bigger than mine, I will note the places where you will need to adjust a measurement to your block size. Look for the ** next to a measurement.

Fabric**: (for making a quilt like mine. If you are making a different size, skip to the cutting instructions to see what you need)

light background print,    1   3/4 yard

black/white polka dot (sashing), 2/3 yard

black (sashing), 1/3 yard

color stripe (sashing), 1/3 yard

summer blockbuster 2014

Cutting**(if your blocks are smaller or bigger than mine, adjust the sashing strips to accommodate your block size)

Background**(adjust based on your block size)      cut (4) 12 1/2″ squares, (2) 13 1/2″ squares, (2) 21 1/2″ squares

cut the 13 1/2″ squares in half diagonally to yield a total of four half-square triangles (these are the corners of the quilt)

cut the 21 1/2″ squares in half diagonally twice to yield a total of eight quarter-square triangles (these make up the outer edges of the quilt)

Black and White Polka Dot**     cut (10) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips and (10)  2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips

Black Sashing**   cut (8) 1  1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips, (4) 1  1/2″ x 13 1/2″ strips, and (4) 1  1/2″ x  14 1/2″ strips

color stripe sashing**    cut (12) 1  1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips and (4) 1  1/2″ x 13 1/2″ strips

I hope you enjoy the pretty and bright colors on this. Next week, I’ll post the first sewing steps.

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5 thoughts on “Summer Blockbuster 2014

  1. Cathy says:

    I love your blockbuster quilt. I am going to have to start making a book club quilt. Hugs

  2. cindy says:

    Just found your blog today. Been having fun reading through posts. I love this idea of the Book Club blocks. I have a book case full of books behind me and I’m inspired to revisit them with this idea. 🙂

  3. Rona says:

    I got the email and went to your blog and saw this lovely blockbuster quilt. I just love the colors. I have some blocks, though not quite 12 & 13 inches (more like 8 x 8 size) and figured I can make this (I am a newbie to the quilting world an so in love with it). I just have to but the background fabric. I have some colorful jelly rolls already so I can use those to make my sashings. My blocks that I made are from scraps because I was doing paper piecing (using paper, not english paper piecing) just so I could practice. The blocks, like yours are very colorful, so that should be okay don’t you think? 🙂

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