Group Quilt Blocks 1-4

Group Quilt Blocks 1-4

Over a year ago, I brainstormed ideas for a group quilt. After discussing the ideas with the group, we opted for the following guidelines:

  • All blocks will finish at 3″, 6″, or 9″ on any side (3 1/2″, 6 1/2″, or 9 1/2″ unfinished).
  • All blocks will have a curve. The curve can be done via piecing, applique, bias tape, or any other desired method.
  • Each block will use lime green and a background color.
Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids

Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids

In July of last year, I shared that I had received fabric for the quilt from Northcott Fabrics in June:

  • 90000-71 Lime
  • 9000-252 Marrakech
  • 9000-590 Tangerine
  • 9000-580 Carrot
  • 9000-550 Saffron (background)
  • 9000-530 Cheese Sauce (background)
  • 9000-314 Shortbread
  • 9000-11 Eggshell

Due to receiving the fabric so late in the year, we decided to get the quilt complete in time to submit to QuiltCon 2022. Well, it’s time to get this project moving, so I’ve made my first grouping of blocks.

Group Quilt Blocks 1-4

Group Quilt Blocks 1-4

I am leaving all of my blocks oversized so that they can be trimmed to best fit with the other blocks received. The largest block can be as large as 9 1/2″ on a side, the two medium blocks can be as large as 6 1/2″ on a side, and the smallest block will need trimmed to 3 1/2″ square.

Group Quilt Block 1 - Improv Curves and Inset Circles with the Classic Curves Ruler

Group Quilt Block 1 – Improv Curves and Inset Circles with the Classic Curves Ruler

Sharon from Color Girl Quilts provided me with a Classic Curves ruler, and one of my main goals is to eventually add to my curve star tutorials to show how to use the Classic Curves ruler to piece those blocks. In the meantime, I figured I would give the ruler a test drive with my first block for the group quilt. I wanted to inset a couple of full circles, and the ruler worked perfectly for that need. Before using the ruler for the inset circles, I watched Sharon’s Sew a Full Set-In Circle video (featuring Cassandra Beaver), which was helpful.

Updated Classic Curves Ruler

Updated Classic Curves Ruler

Note that as of about 1 year ago, there are marks on the ruler for a 1/4” offset, so additional tape (which is discussed in the linked video) is not necessary with the newer rulers (see the dashed lines in the detail photo above).

Group Quilt Block 2 - Reverse Applique

Group Quilt Block 2 – Reverse Applique

Using the scraps cut from piecing the first block, I opted for reverse applique to inset a small oval into the background.

Block 3 - Improv Curve and Bias Tape Applique

Group Block 3 – Improv Curve and Bias Tape Applique

For the third block, I wanted play with bias tape. I started by creating the background of the block with an improv curve of Saffron and Eggshell. Then I create short bias tape strips and machine appliqued them in place following the curve set by the background piecing (the top/furthest right curve of the Marrakech curve follows the initial piecing line). I used 1 1/2″ strips which finish at about 3/4″ bias strips. After the machine applique stitching was complete, I cut away the background fabric to reduce the bulk of this block.

This is a good point to talk about the thread colors I am using. For general piecing, I opted to use 50wt Aurifil 2140 (Orange Mustard) because it blended well with both background colors. For the top stitching on the bias tape, I used 2460 (Dark Carmine Red) for the Marrakech fabric, 1104 (Neon Orange) for the Tangerine fabric, 2140 (Orange Mustard) for the Carrot fabric, and 1231 (Spring Green) for the Lime fabric. Once I trimmed the block, I also stitched over the edges of the bias tape to keep them secure until it is ready to be final trimmed and sewn into the quilt top. *Note: there are likely slightly better color matches between the fabric and Aurifil thread, but working with what I had on hand turned out well enough!

Group Quilt Block 4 - Improv Curve and Inset Line

Group Quilt Block 4 – Improv Curve and Inset Line

Because the method of improv curve piecing creates an alternating pair of curves, I used the inverse version from the third block to make a quick fourth block.

I don’t expect all of the blocks that I piece to end up in the pieced group quilt top, but I was excited to get a bit of time to just play and explore techniques and ideas. I look forward to seeing what others in the group create, and I expect that they will inspire me to make another grouping of blocks before I send off what I have made to be pieced together. I haven’t used any of the Shortbread fabric yet, so that will also be a goal when I make my next set of blocks.

10 thoughts on “Group Quilt Blocks 1-4

  1. vivian383 says:

    These are really neat blocks Yvonne ! They’re going to make one inspiring quilt !

  2. I’m liking that blend of colors and your quilt blocks. I’ve not used that ruler, so I’ll be watching for your tutorials.

  3. Isabelle Doblanko says:

    What great work with lots of learning as well. The quilt will be beautiful with that lime green pop.

  4. patty says:

    Looks like great fun!

  5. Sandra says:

    I like what you said about ‘just play’ as it’s certainly something I have found to be highly rewarding, mentally and spiritually, this past couple of months. I like how much interest there is in all four of your blocks, and that you used the second set from block 3 to make block 4. I loved doing improv circles à la Karla Alexander, should do some more one of these days!

  6. Kaja says:

    Just playing can be as fruitful as working in a more purposeful way sometimes. I am looking forward to seeing this evolve, as group quilts are a concept I am very curious about.

  7. Your blocks are so inspiring! I need to get sewing mine.

  8. Danice G says:

    Beautiful blocks. I love the theme, and that lime green is being used. The quilt will no doubt be gorgeous.

  9. Beautiful colors. Looking forward to seeing which ones get used and how it all comes together.

  10. Barb. Ford says:

    Yvonne, the thread color match is incredible. The line doesn’t even look like appliqué.This was an outstanding sew along.
    Thank you!

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