I began this quilt project late last week and hope to complete it sometime this week. I’m at the free motion quilting stage and loving every minute of it. Since it’s a work-in-progress, this tutorial will be in several parts.
First, the block construction. Meet You in the Middle is a little different from other blocks since you have to construct it from four divided blocks. This means you have four completed blocks when you finish sewing the divided units together. The block construction is easy with my sew and cut method. I had the quilt top completed and my quilt sandwich together in one day.
You can start with any size block you like, but for the purposes of this tutorial I will refer to the sizes and measurements I used. I will also give instructions for making one block; however, you will be constructing four blocks in order to complete this project.
You will need four light, four medium, and four dark fabrics. Each block will consist of a light, a medium, and a dark fabric.
Cut one (1) light 4-inch square
Cut one (1) medium 4-inch square
Place one square on top of the other, right sides together. Sew down the left and right sides using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Shift the tube half way, matching the seam allowances in the center while quickly finger pressing the medium unit in half. Cut along the fold line and press open. The unit now measures 4” x 7”.
Cut a medium rectangle 4” x 7”. Place on top of your sewn unit, right sides together. Sew down both long sides. Shift the tube half way and finger press the medium unit in half. Cut along the fold line and press open. Your unit should now measures 7” square. Square up if necessary.
Cut a 7-inch square from your dark fabric.
Place it on top of your sewn unit, right sides together. Turn the units over to the seam side. Sew down the two sides that have double seams as shown.
Shift the tube, match the seam allowances in the middle, and finger press the dark unit in half. Cut along the fold line and press open. Your unit should now measure 7” x 13”.
From your dark fabric, cut a 7” x 13” rectangle. Place on top of your sewn unit, right sides together. Sew down the long sides.
Shift the tube half way, match the center seam allowances, and finger press the dark unit in half. Cut along the fold line and press open. Your unit should now measure 13” square. Square up if necessary.
Your first block is now complete. Although there’s a few extra steps to constructing this quilt block, it’s really an easy task since the steps are repetitive.
In Part Two, I’ll show you how to make the remaining three blocks, divide them, and then reconstruct them into their final form.