Welcome to my stop on the Cloud9 Block Design Blog Hop. This is day 3 of the hop, but in case you haven’t been following the action so far let me tell you all about it!
As a continuation of our New Bloggers Group, we were offered the opportunity to participate in this block design blog hop. Cloud9 Fabrics generously gave each participant a bundle of their lovely fabric, and in exchange we agreed to design a block and write a tutorial on how to make it. Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs will then take all of our blocks and put them together into a quilt for charity. What a great opportunity! There is a long list of bloggers involved in the hop – you can see the whole schedule and list of participants at the end of this post. Thanks so much to Cloud9 for sponsoring this hop, and to Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl), Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Stephanie (Late Night Quilter) for hosting it!
I was pretty excited when my bundle arrived:
Here is the fabric – it is really pretty, and really nice to work with.
This is my block – I’m calling it Abstract Cabin. It is a take on a Log Cabin block, but with more of a non-traditional, abstract feel. All of the colors are so rich and beautiful that I really wanted to be able to off all of them.
So let’s get started! Let’s cut into this stack.
Some General Notes:
- The block finishes at 12″, or 12.5″ unfinished
- I am assuming 1/4″ seam allowances throughout
- For fabric quantity, I used the bundle of fat quarters that were sent to us. However you don’t need the full fat quarter of any of the colors. If you cut carefully, you could probably do this with some larger scraps.
First the blue:
The photo shows the size to cut, and the number of pieces to cut of that size in (). For example, the first section below says to cut two (2) 1″ x 3 1/2″ and two (2) 1″ x 4″ rectangles from the light blue fabric.
Next the Purple:
and the Grey:
Next let’s start on the Purple blocks.
Step 1 Purple:
Sew one dark purple 2″ x 3″ rectangle to the left of the light purple 3″ square. Press the seam – open or to the side – whatever you prefer. Sew a dark purple 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the first unit and press the seam. Make two of these units.
Step 2 Purple:
Sew one light purple 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block – see block orientation of the block below. Press the seam. Sew a light purple 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.
Step 3 Purple:
That’s it for the purple sub-blocks – aren’t they cute!?!?
The Blue blocks are a bit more involved than the Purple blocks – not harder, but there are more logs to add to the block to get it built up.
Step 1 Blue:
Sew one grey 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the light blue 2 1/2″ square. Press the seam. Sew a grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Make two of these units.
Step 2 Blue:
Sew one light blue 1″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo). Press the seam. Sew a light blue 1″ x 4″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.
Step 3 Blue:
Sew one grey 2″ x 4″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo). Press the seam. Sew a grey 2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.
Step 4 Blue:
Sew one dark blue 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo). Press the seam. Sew a dark blue 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.
Step 5 Blue:
That’s it for the blue sub-blocks – aren’t they even cuter!?!?
Join the purple and blue sub-blocks as shown – make two of these units.
Join the two halves of the block together.
And that’s it! Cool Abstract finished block. I hope you like it!
I had a good time designing the block, so I actually designed another one. I also had enough of my bundle left to both send in this block to Cheryl for the group quilt and make more blocks for this mini quilt:
I’ll share a tutorial tomorrow on making the second block, which I’m calling ‘Strippy Squares’. Come on back tomorrow to learn about it!
Here is the list for the blog hop stops – lots of really cool blocks to go check out.
Today’s Stops: Wednesday, September 14th
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting – THAT’S ME!!!
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions
Monday, September 12th
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar
Tuesday, September 13th
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood