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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

BLOGGER'S BLOCK OF THE MONTH {STACKS & STACKS QUILT BLOCK}

 

Today is my turn to post my block 
for the BLOGGER'S BLOCK OF THE MONTH




My scrap bin is OVERFLOWING so I thought that I would take this opportunity
to create a block that puts all of those scraps to good use.



 

STACKS & STACKS QUILT BLOCK

Finished Block Size: 9 1/2" X 9 1/2" Square

 

 This block is a great way to use up your fabric scraps, so dig into your scrap bin and enjoy!



Fabric Requirements

  • Various scraps from your scrap bin
  • Two 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" white background squares
  •  Two 3 7/8" X 3 7/8" squares from your scrap bin


Block Assembly
 
Note: All seams are sewn with 1/4" seam allowance.

 
 Step 1:


  •  Dump out your scraps and choose your favorites.
  • Cut your scraps into various widths and lengths. Do not worry about cutting your scraps to an exact width. All of my strips vary in width from 1" to 2 1/2". I did cut my strips to a length of at least 5-6".


  

 
 
 

 

 Step 2:

  • Decide on the placement of your strips.




Step 3:

  • Place the your first two fabric strips Right Sides Together (RST).
  • Pin.
  • Sew the strips together.




Step 4:

  • Press the block open.


Step 5:
  • With RST, pin the next fabric strip to the block.
  • Sew the fabric strips together.
  • Press the block open.
 


Step 6: 
  • Repeat Step 5

 

 


Step 7:
  • Continue sewing the strips together until your block is at least 11".
 

Step 8:
  • Using your ruler and rotary cutter, square up the first side of the block.
 
 

Step 9:
  • Continue to square up the block so that it measures 3 1/2" X 9 1/2".
  • Repeat Steps 3-8 until you have two 3 1/2" X 9 1/2" stack blocks.

  


Step 10: Half Square Triangle (HST)
  • On the back of a 3 7/8" X 3 7/8" square, use your pencil and ruler to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
 


Step 11:
  • Place two 3 7/8" X 3 7/8" squares RST.
  • Stitch a seam 1/4" away from the diagonal line. Repeat for the other side.

Step 12:
  •  Using your rotary cutter, cut on the diagonal line.
 


Step 13:
  • Press the bock open.
  • Trim the block to 3 1/2" X 3 1/2".
  • Yields two 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" HST

Step 14:
  • With RST, sew a 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" white background square to a 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" HST.
 


Step 15:
  • Press the block open.
  • The block should measure 3 1/2" X 6 1/2".

 

 

 Step 16:
  • With RST, sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" white background square to the block.



 

 

 Step 17:
  • Press the block open.
  • The block should measure 3 1/2" X 9 1/2".



 
Step 18:
  • With RST, sew a stacked block to a HST block.

Step 19:
  • Press the block open.




Step 20:
  • With RST, sew the last stacked block to the HST block.
 


Step 21:
  • Press the block open.
  • Voila! Enjoy your Stacks & Stacks Quilt Block
  • Finished block : 9 1/2" X 9 1/2"
 
 
Be sure to check out the Flickr group for the Blogger's Block of the Month and add your block!
 
Stop by Dhia's blog on the 15th of each month to find the link to the next
Blogger's Block of the Month.
 
Until Next Time...Happy Quilting
 



14 comments:

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  2. Thank you for this, I've just spent 3 days cutting fabric into strips, triangles sq's etc for future projects as you can imagine I ended up with quite a large box full of scraps. Now this idea is great and very useful to have, now I can make a quilt from my scraps wasting nothing. Again thank you.

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  3. I like this very much. Thank you!

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  4. THIS IS AN AWESOME CRAFT AND TUTORIAL WILL BE SO HELPFUL WHEN SEWING IT. I HAVE ADDED IT TO MY FAVORITES AND AM EXCITED TO MAKE 1 OR SEVERAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING


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  5. Very nice tutorial. I am new to quilting so I need to ask for the reason for the white squares. All the beautiful material and two white squares? This is not a criticism . Your are not the first quilter I have seen do this. Is it a personal preference or a visual thing. Thank you for your time in making the tutorial and all the pictures.

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    1. The reason for the white is that it gives your eyes a place to rest from all those prints. If we could see a completed quilt, this would make sense.

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  6. Great tutorial but would have loved to see this quilt in completion.

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  7. is there a quilt using this block? having trouble visualizing it. even a few blocks together would be helpful thanks.

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  8. I would love to see a finished quilt made of these blocks. Do you have one completed?

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  9. Do you have a quilt made of this? I'd love to see a finished one because I'm not sure of the overall look?

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  10. Helloooooo from California. I have just become addicted to the wonderful world of quilting and love your site!! This block is fun and I totally need it for my scraps!!! Great stuff and perfect (not to measure every single piece in the beginning is fun too... :D Thanks again and hope to see each other in the quilting world again!!

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  11. Great idea and I love that I will get to use some of my favorite scraps somewhere!!! Cute, cute, cute!

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  12. I just had another thought. This would be an easy project to use paper piecing for your strips.

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  13. love this idea! and a reason to save my scraps! looks like the ideal thing for my Therapy box too! Thank you!

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