Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Paving Stone Block - Bee Europa

This month is is my turn to take over the Hive in my quilting Bee - "Bee Europa" and i'm pretty excited about it! It's a nice simple block made from HST's but one which i know i wouldn't have the patience to make several of so it seemed like the perfect choice to send out to all my lovely Bee Mates. I will post the tutorial below for you all (and for anyone else who may read this and like to try it out), and as always if you have any questions just get in touch.

I have sent everyone 8 coloured squares and 8 low volume white/cream coloured squares each measuring 5 inches. (The packages sent to each of you vary in colour, i apologise in advance if you end up with a colour you dislike).
Firstly, pair up each coloured block with a low volume one and place right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the low volume block and sew down each side of the line using 1/4 seam allowance.

Trim along the line in the centre and press open (I tend to press seams open when doing HST's but press open or to the side, whichever you prefer). At this point you can trim the blocks down to 4" squares (there should be plenty of fabric left over here for trimming down).

Arrange your blocks like the image below, the corner blocks being coloured and the centre square coloured (don't worry about directional prints facing the correct way, just place in the order you like the best).

Sew together in rows using the same 1/4" seam allowance and then join these up! The block should measure 14.5" when done (mine was 14.25", see i told you i'm not the most accurate sewer so please don't worry if it's slighty off haha). That's it, easy peasy. I think it's going to look fantastic when they are all together - i can't wait to see :)