Second Nine Blocks

Two Step Blocks {Block Drive}

This week I made 18 blocks to send to Cynthia for her next charity block drive. She just announced the blocks she is gathering for this quarter: Two Step Block Drive. The blocks sew together quickly; it took me longer to cut and prep all the fabric than it did to sew them!

Initial Fabric Pull

Initial Fabric Pull

Cynthia requested fall/autumn colors, and prints (no solids). The trickiest part for me was that the block uses a 5″ square of a feature fabric, and I just don’t have novelty prints in my stash. After consulting with Cynthia, she agreed that I could use the brown wood grain print and the orange Carolyn Friedlander for the featured square in my blocks.

First Nine Blocks

First Nine Blocks

You probably can notice right away that I added in a few more yellow/gold prints for the blocks. Once I started cutting the fabric, I realized I needed a few more lighter value prints to help balance out the contrast in the blocks.

Because I press my seams open, after trimming each block square (if needed), I also added a quick 1/8″ seam across the exposed seams at the edge of each block. Even with that additional step, these blocks were fast and fun to sew.

Second Nine Blocks

Second Nine Blocks

I tried to keep the fabrics in different and interesting combinations for each block. I think my favorite is the block in the lower right hand corner of this grouping.

My 18 blocks are on their way to Cynthia, and if you are interested in making blocks, she has all the details in her Two Step Block Drive blog post.

6 thoughts on “Two Step Blocks {Block Drive}

  1. Those blocks do look like they would go together fast and would be a great scrap buster!

  2. Kate says:

    You nailed her prompt for the blocks. Your fabric choices really work.

  3. They are perfect!!! and will add so much love to those quilts!!!

  4. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    That’s a great block for a charity quilt — sews up quick.

  5. I, too, like those blocks. I see some in charity quilts in my future. Thank you for the tip.

  6. Your blocks look great, Yvonne! I love the combinations of fabrics, and it certainly looks like it would be a quick sew.

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