Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burlap Brights Block Hop: Day 9

Welcome to the ninth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you are enjoying the eleven block tutorials our designing friends are sharing here this week and last week. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!

Today, Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework is sharing a block made using Flying Geese using blue, red, orange, and yellow. Check out her tutorial (she also shows the block in green and purple!) and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.

Hello -  I'm Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than Housework.  I often realize how blessed I am to make a living doing what I am passionate about...and that is quilting.  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and quilt instructor.
  I have the Best. Job. Ever!
When I was recently approached by Benartex to design a block for their Burlap Brights, I was thrilled!  I love color and to have the opportunity to play with these bright fabrics made my "job" even better!

I mean take a look at this bundle!  
With such intense colors, I knew I wanted to make something that played with both the hot and cool colors that were provided.   And I am happy I get to share the tutorial for my block with you!

 So lets get started.

I will be using the cool colors for my background and the hot colors for some flying geese. 

For each block you will need to cut the following:

2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Red)
2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Orange)
2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Yellow)
12 ea - 2 1/2" squares (Blue)
1 ea - 8 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle (Blue)

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all 12 background squares.

 Align one square as shown on each of the colored rectangles and sew on the marked line.  I always sew from the middle down to the point (so the point doesn't get sucked down into the machine or distorted with sewing)

  Trim the corners off 1/4" above the seam and press toward the background.

Add a second square to the other side of the rectangles using the same method. 

 Once again, trim and press toward the background.

You end up with a pretty geese component like this one!
 To make the finished block, you will be making 2 red, 2 orange and 2 yellow geese components.

Once your geese components are finished, they need to be laid out in this configuration.  
To sew the strip, you just join the components.

When I sew two geese together, I like to have the component with the point on top so I can see the point of that triangle so I know where to sew.  This will help to ensure you don't lose those points. 

Once you have the strip sewn, you just need to join it to the right side of the large rectangle.

Here is the finished block. It measures 12 1/2" and will finish up at a 12" block.  

It might look a bit plain...

 ...but the magic happens when you start playing with the layout!  
Here is one quick option but there are many more to discover.

Not a fan of blue, these block look great in the purple and green too!

I have enjoyed my day here on the Burlap Brights Block Hop. It was great fun playing with these wonderful fabrics.  

If you happen to use my block tutorial for a project of your own, I hope you share it with me.  
Thanks so much!  Cynthia

Thanks Cynthia! Head over to Quilting is more fun than Housework to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights she used to make her blocks

Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!

Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 4: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts 
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 8: Julie from The Crafty Quilter
Day 10: Jessica from Quilty Habit 

To see the entire schedule, click here.
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  1. I like this block very much and especially the quilt layout using this block. Thank you.

  2. I like this block very much and especially the quilt layout using this block. Thank you.

  3. Beautiful block. She has great tutorials as well.

  4. Very pretty.

  5. Makes me think of my father-in-law. He wore bow ties.
    And, yes, Quilting is more fun than Housework. Just look at my house.

  6. I like how Cynthia changed up the block at the end of the tutorial...that design will make a great quilt.......

  7. Super cute and the layout is fabulous!!

  8. Great tutorial, thanks, I can feel a bright and happy quilt coming on!

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I think I'm loving them with the blocks offset.