Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop! Cloud9 generously sponsored this New Block Blog Hop featuring their Cirrus Solids. Cloud9 is also generously sponsoring a fat quarter giveaway, so don’t miss out on two different ways to enter to win (details at the bottom of the post).
Yesterday, I was super excited to receive my FQ bundle of Cirrus Solids from @cloud9fabrics for the #2016Cloud9NewBlock blog hop that I will be co-hosting in September. 🎉I eagerly showed the beautiful bundle to my husband when it arrived, shown at the top of this photo. He quickly untied the bundle and put it in the "right" order for me (lower left). "It needs to be about the tones as much as the colors," he explained. The grey did stump him for a micro-second, but he was clearly pleased with his arrangement. Well, I couldn't agree more. #HesAKeeper Maybe I can get him to design a block, too! 😀 #WhoRubbedOffOnWho
My co-hosts, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, and I had fun selecting the color palette for this blog hop. We named the grouping “Berry Harvest” and it is comprised of Cirrus Solids Amazon, Sky, Iris, Lilac, and Shadow.
*I wasn’t able to convince my husband to design a block for the hop, but I did love his tonal arrangements of the fabric!
Berry Crossing Quilt Block Tutorial
The Berry Crossing Block is designed to use (5) different fabrics. I have provided a blank block image below for you to use to color and plan your color layout.
For this tutorial, the Cloud9 Cirrus Solids were used in the following order:
- Fabric A – Amazon
- Fabric B – Sky
- Fabric C – Shadow
- Fabric D – Iris
- Fabric E – Lilac
- Cut (5) 4 ½ʺ squares
- Cut (5) 4 ½ʺ squares
- Cut (2) 4 ½ʺ squares
- Cut (3) 4 ½ʺ squares
- Cut (1) 4 ½ʺ square
Half-Square Triangles (HSTs): Two at a Time Method
- Place two squares right sides together.
- Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lightest fabric.
- Sew a ¼ʺ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. Press to set seams.
- Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) HSTs. Press seams open.
Using (3) Fabric A and (3) Fabric B squares, make (6) HSTs. Trim HSTs to 3 ½ʺ x 3 ½ʺ square.
Using (2) Fabric C squares and (2) Fabric D squares, make (4) HSTs. Leave the HSTs untrimmed.
Using (1) Fabric D and (1) Fabric E square, make (2) HSTs. Trim HSTs to 3 ½ʺ x 3 ½ʺ square.
Cut the (4) untrimmed Fabric C and Fabric D HSTs from Step 2 in half corner to corner, perpendicular to the seam.
Cut the remaining (2) Fabric A and (2) Fabric B 4 ½ʺ squares in half corner to corner.
Paying careful attention to the image to the above, pair up the pieces from Step 4 and Step 5 as shown. Place triangles right sides together and sew a ¼ʺ seam allowance down the long edge. Press to set seam and then press seam open. Trim QSTs to 3 ½ʺ x 3 ½ʺ square.
Repeat Step 6 to make a total of (8) QSTs.
Berry Crosssing Block Assembly
Using the (8) 3 ½ʺ x 3 ½ʺ square HSTs and (8) 3 ½ʺ x 3 ½ʺ square QSTs, arrange the blocks as shown in the image above.
Piece the blocks together into rows. Press seams open.
Sew the rows together. Press seams open. Unfinished, the Berry Crossing block should measure 12 ½ʺ x 12 ½ʺ.
Congratulations! You have completed a Berry Crossing Block! I would love to see what you create. If you are on Instagram, tag me (@QuiltingJetgirl) and any images of your block or quilt made using the block #BerryCrossingBlock. Or send an email to jetgirl8(at)gmail(dot)com with a photograph or a link to a blog post about your quilt.
I think the real fun and magic of this block design is how it comes together and reads in a quilt:
The Berry Crossing Block Tutorial is also now available as a free download from my Craftsy store.
All of the quilt blocks featured this week are going to be assembled into quilts and donated to charity. I hope you check out all the creative new block tutorials that are going to be shared this week!
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
Wednesday, September 14th
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
For a chance to win the fall inspired (5) fat quarter bundle of Cirrus Solids curated by Cloud9 pictured above (Twig, Amber, Olive, Denim, Lava), please use the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is open to everyone (international entries welcome), and the giveaway will be open through Friday, September 16th at 11:59 pm EDT when I will let Raffelcopter select a random entry to win.