In part one of this quilt block tutorial, we completed the two units that we will now sew together to form our blocks. Although it appears there are many steps to making the Summer Breeze blocks, they really are easy to construct and match up with ease.
First, divide your squares into two piles according to their appearance. Take the first group and position the units into a pinwheel formation. Repeat this step for the second group of units. Your blocks should look something like the blocks below.
Now place one top unit on its counterpart below, right sides together, and pin in place. The units should nudge up to each other at the diagonal seams, making it easy to match up the edges (if you followed my pressing directions in part one, that is). Sew the units together.
Repeat this step for the next top and bottom units. At your ironing board, press the seams open on each unit. This is the key to reducing the bulk of many seam allowances converging at one intersection.
Place your two units right sides together, matching the center open seams; pin in place. Sew together.
Press the final seam allowance open. Your first block center in now complete.
Repeat these steps for the second block. Your blocks should measure 8” square. Square up if necessary.
For the block frame, cut an 8” square out of coordinating fabric. Place it on top of your sewn block, right sides together, and sew down two parallel sides.
Shift the tube half way, quickly matching the seam allowances by nudging them together, and finger press a fold at the middle of the solid square as shown. Cut along the fold line and press open.
Cut a rectangle from the coordinating fabric the same size as your long unit. Place it on top of your unit, right sides together. Sew down the two long sides.
Shift the tube half way, matching the seam allowances at the center. Finger press a fold and cut open along the fold line.
Repeat this step for the second block. Your two blocks are now complete. Don’t you love all the pinwheels and squares this design forms within the blocks? By using different striped fabrics you could change the look of these blocks countless times.
Have fun with this one. My blocks are now ready to move on to the quilt stage.
Have a great weekend,