Block of the Month – Assembly

img066crppedThis is a little late coming, but better late than never. This is a post for a simple way to put you block of the month blocks together into a quilt top. Please feel free to use your imagination and come up with something totally different than I have posted. Also, please forgive my lack of artistic talent in sketching out my ideas, apparently the creative part of my brain does not extend to drawing.

15 – 2.5 x 12.5″ strips of background fabric
2 – 2.5 x 44.5″ strips of background fabric (you will need to piece to pieces of background together to make this strip)
2 – 2.5 x 40.5″ strips of background fabric
4 – 2.5 x 2.5″ squares of print fabric.

1. Find the arrangement of the blocks that appeals to you on your design board.
2. Take the middle square of each row and add a 2.5 x 12.5 strip of background to 2 sides (opposite of each other). Press the seams.
3. Attach the adjacent blocks to the strips of background fabric on the middle block for each row. You will now have 3 rows that consist of (Block – background – block- background – block).
4. Assemble the 2 rows by attaching 2.5x 2.5 blocks of print to 2.5 x 12.5″ background strips in the following order: (background-print-background-print-background) Press the seams.
5. Now you can sew your rows together – blocks, strip, blocks, strip, blocks (like the above picture).
6. Add your boarders (long strips of background fabric).

You are now ready to baste and quilt.

We look forward to seeing everyone’s creations at the upcoming June meeting!


Block of the Month – Hexagons

This is our last skill builder block of the month – yay for making it to the end!  Next month is assembly and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product from everyone!

Alright so for this month we are doing hexagons – the easy way!



24 pieces of fabric 2.5 x 5.5″ (make sure for most colours you have the pieces in multiples of 2)


1. Take a 2.5 x 5.5″ strip of fabric and using the 60 degree line on your mat or ruler cut the end off the strip from the corner.


2. Repeat this on the other side to give yourself a 1/2 a hexagon (remember to cut the second side in the opposite direction so you do NOT end up with a paralellelogram!)


3. On your design board (or the floor, whatever works), arrange your 1/2 hexagons into a square of 3 x 4 hexagons.

4. To start sewing your pieces together you will sew rows first.  So take the first to pieces in the first row and line up the seem.  Remember that you will have tabs sticking out on each end to compensate for the seam allowance.


5. Sew a 1/4 inch seam, then press open.IMG_2740

6. Attach the next piece in the row the same way.  Continue until you have all 6 rows finished.


7. Sew your rows together and press seams.


8. Trim your block to 12.5″ square.


Your finished!



Note:  If you happen to own Jaybird Quilt’s Hex N More ruler the 4.5″ hexagon works great for this block!