Thursday, August 11, 2011

Desperate Housewives Quilt Block

Quilt Jane is running the Desperate Housewives Quilt Along, or as Jane puts it, the quilt-as-you-wish-along, with a new block being posted every week for 50 weeks. She was short a person so asked me to make up a block!
So here is "Rolling Divide". The block finishes at 8". Like most of what I do it's easier then it looks, and don't worry about those itty bitty pieces, we don't actually touch them. You can do this scrappy if you like, I just used the fabrics Little Bit chose. I used the AccuQuilt Baby Go! to cut out my pieces, using the Alex Anderson Baskets Die, using the 2" squares, and 1 1/2" finished half square triangle parts of the die.

(12) green 2" squares
(9) blue 2" squares
(2) green 2 3/8 squares
(2) blue  2 3/8" squares
 (2) pink 4" x 1 1/2" strip
(1) pink 8 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip

Draw a line on the back of the blue 2 3/8" squares, diagonally corner to corner. Layer right sides together with the green squares and stitch 1/4" on either side of the line. Cut along the line and press to the green. Trim to 2".

Lay the patches out according to the diagram.

Stitch into rows and press rows in opposing directions so that when you stitch the rows together they "snap" into place. This will help you match your points.
Stitch into rows and press.

At this point your block measures 8".
Cut it into quarters, each measuring 4" x 4" square.

Sew the 4" 1 1/2" strip lengthwise along one of the cut edges.  Stitch another of the 4" unit to the other long side of the strip.  Repeat with the other 2 units.  Press towards the strip.

Stitch the 8 1/2" strip to the half units. Press to the strip.

Your block should measure 8 1/2", which will be 8" finished.

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Quiltjane said...

Thank you Cara, what a fun and easy block to make.

sewfunquilts said...

Great tutorial for that block.