Welcome to the sixth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you'll enjoy the eleven block tutorials our designing friends will be sharing here this week and next. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!
Today, Benartex's design team is sharing a block made using all six of the rainbow colors. You can't help but smile when you look at these cheery brights! Check out the tutorial and then at the bottom of the post, find out how you can enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.
Here's our block, with purple serving as the background color. The design is a mirror image on the diagonal line, with color placement giving it an unsymmetrical appearance. The block is simple to make--just squares and HSTs--but we think you'll love the pattern it makes when it's repeated in a quilt!
Here's the block in black and white:
We used a different color for every other diagonal row, with purple in the rows in between. You could try other color combinations as well!
Red: (1) 3-1/2" square
Orange: (1) 4" square
Yellow: (2) 4" squares
Green: (3) 3-1/2" squares
Blue: (1) 4" square
Purple: (4) 4" squares and (4) 3-1/2" squares
1. Pair each 4" purple square with a 4" square of a different color. (Note: If you want to avoid trimming the finished HSTs, start with 3-7/8" squares instead. Personally, we like the extra wiggle room for squaring up that the larger 4" squares provide!)
2. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lighter square in each pair.
3. Pair each marked square right sides together with a purple square and stitch 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line.
4. Press the HST unit open. Trim to measure 3-1/2" square. Repeat for remaining 4" square pairs to make 3-1/2" square HST units. You'll have two orange/purple HSTs, four yellow/purple HSTs, and two blue/purple HSTs.
5. Lay out the HSTs and 3-1/2" red, green and purple squares as shown.
6. Sew the units into horizontal rows. Make sure to alternate your pressing direction in each row so the seams will nest nicely when you sew the rows together.
7. Join the rows to complete the block.
Would you like to see what this block looks like in a quilt?
Here's a digital rendering of 20 squares laid out.
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