Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Southwest Summer Quilt Block Tutorial

Summer in the Southwest is HOT, inspiring me to pull my deepest orange for this project!
I love the way it plays with this Echino NiCo Scooter Fabric!

Finished block = 13.5" x 17"
Although there are bias edges to be careful with, this is an easy block and a fun method...

1. Select three fabrics with good contrast.

2. Cutting:
     Fabric One: Cut your center fabric 6.5" Square.

     Fabric Two: Cut four pieces of the contrast fabric, (to be sewn next to the center):
          2 - 3.5" x 6.5"
          2 - 3.5" x 12.5"

     Fabric Three: Cut two squares of the outer fabric, 9 3/8" , then cut them diagonally in half.

3. Starch and press your pieces for best results when working with bias edges.
4. Lay your pieces out:
5. Sew one 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle to each side of your center square and press seams outward.
Sew one 3.5" x 12.5"rectangle to the other side of your center square and press those seams outward.
Sew one triangle to each side of your pieced square, and press those seams outward as well, toward the triangles.
6. Cut the block down the center first. Make three more cuts, 2" apart on each side of the center cut:
7. Invert the strips. This is the traditional layout, with the outer strips inverted to match the others:
This is the layout I selected:
8. Sew the strips together, preferably with a walking foot.
9. P ress the center seam open, and the other seams outward to complete the block.
Someday, this will be a fun tote bag!
Soon, I hope!


  1. I love this block! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fabulous block.Sure I will try it.Thanks for sharing your tutorial!!

  3. This past year I've discovered Disappearing 4-patch, Disappearing 9-patch, and now a square-in-square that disappears too. What fun!

  4. I really like these types of blocks where just cutting up a simple block and switching the pieces around turns it into something really complicated-looking. I've been looking around for a summer design to use for a table topper and am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. I'm in awe Heidi - this is brilliant! Your instructions are great and so very clear. Thanks for this great tutorial - I've pinned it!

  6. Pretty cool block! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I received your lovely bag today. Wow!
    You put together one of the best prizes I have ever won.
    Thank you!

  8. Beautiful block! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!


  9. Nou kyk nou net hoe oulik is dit gedoen!! Gewone blok pragtig opgekikker!! Baie mooi!!

  10. Great looking block. Great tutorial as well. Thank you.

  11. Rhoda Verbaan, Perth AustraliaJune 7, 2022 at 4:23 PM

    Wonderful instructors! Congratulations. I’m going to do a Christmas table runner in Xmas fabric.


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