Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shape Shifters ~ A Tutorial

Have you ever come across a quilt block and thought, "Man! I wish I had thought of that!" 

Well that happened to me last week when I saw blocks that my friend, Liberty, is making for a charity bee.  I knew my turn with the {Faith Circle} of the Do. Good Stitches bee was coming up, and I needed something quick and easy. (I'm all about quick and easy for these quilts. We give our quilts to Restore Innocence, and these girls wouldn't know a Swoon block from a butcher block, so as long as it's beautiful, why complicate it, right?)

Anyway, Liberty pointed me to this tutorial, and I started to play. Man, I wish I had thought of that!  So, giving credit where credit is due, there are 3 Dudes in Arizona that came up with this method of making a quilt block. I, however, tweaked it a smidge to make my vision come to fruition. :o)

After playing around with color options, I decided to go fresh and nautical with a yellow, white, navy combination. Delicious! Since yellows are tricky to match, to say the least, I decided to send half of the yellow that all of my bee mates will need, and they can match the other half from their stash.  Hopefully that will allow for some cohesion among the scrappiness of the quilt.

You will not believe how utterly simple this is. Prepare to be shocked. :o)

Note: This tutorial is for each member of the Faith Circle to create 8 blocks for April's quilt, not for the entire quilt. :o)

Fabric Requirements (for 8 blocks) 
  • 1 strip mid-to-dark blue (but not navy!) 2 1/2" by WOF
  • 2 strips Kona White (mailed to you with the yellow) 2 1/2" by WOF
  • 2 strips yellow (please use the yellow I'm mailing to you as a guide, please choose a warm yellow (no green tones) 2 1/2" by WOF 
Sewing Instructions
  1. Sew the strips together along the long edge as follows: yellow to white to blue to white to yellow. Use a scant 1/4" seam, and try to sew the strips so that they don't warp or bow.
  2. Press the seams to the darker fabrics
  3. Square off the left side of the strip set, then measure 10 1/2" over, and cut perpendicular to your seams to make a 10 1/2" square. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 squares.

     4. Rotate two of the squares so the stripes are vertical, leaving two with horizontal stripes (as above)
     5. Place the vertical blocks on top of the horizontal blocks, and secure around all four sides using pins
         or glue. You know how I feel about my glue basting! :o)
     6. Sew around all 4 sides using a scant 1/4" seam, as seen below.

     7. Take your two sewn-on-all-sides blocks to the cutting mat and get a long ruler and your rotary
     8. Placing the ruler across the diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner, cut through both

     9. Rotate your ruler to the opposite set of corners, and cut across the other diagonal from corner to
         corner again. Open up the cuts and find beautiful, triangular blocks! Voila!
    10. Press the seams to the yellow (center strip), and you are finished!

I see you!

Thank you, Faith Circle, for always being willing to make beautiful quilts for the girls rescued from human trafficking and supported by Restore Innocence.

Again, this method was devised by the guys in Arizona, I just played with the colors so it would look like eyeballs...just kidding. :o)  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! And if you make a quilt using this technique, let me know!


  1. Ooh, kind of like the effect of the stripy fabric in the centres

  2. Wow, I love how much detail and interest there is, and a fairly simple technique. Plus I love the color choices :) Thanks for sharing (and giving credit)!

  3. Can't wait to see this one all made up...it's going to be great! Thanks for the tutorial Melissa :o)

  4. I have pinned that tutorial, but I really love how graphic it looks with a limited color palette. That looks really amazing!

  5. I agree with the others! Can't wait to see this one all put together!

  6. I would love to make another quilt with this pattern - I'm curious to see how it might look in rainbow colors with black or with a set of Kaffe Fasset fabrics with a light grey. Anyone else dreaming up other color ways? Oh - another thought is monochromatic with dk grey or black or even brown? Hmmmm....mmay have to try several baby or lap quilts LOL But I DO LOVE the colors you've chosen Melissa!

  7. oh - one quick question - do you want us to sew these up into 2 blocks - or 1 large block - as shown or leave as 8 individual squares?

  8. So we can use the one yellow strip you sent + another in the same strip set - yes?

  9. Great block! I would fit perfectly in a small project for the Strip-easy Quilt Challenge (http://www.piecedbrain.com/2014/04/strip-easy-quilt-challenge.html)... Thanks!

  10. Just made mine and LOVE this easy pattern! I have a couple batik jelly rolls I think will be perfect to make with this pattern :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!


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