I’ve been thinking about this quilt design for weeks now. The blocks are simple to construct and offer a very different appearance when positioned on point.
My finished quilt will look similar to the graphic, but my palette of fabrics will be different. I design quilts in my software just to have a road map to my approximate destination. I seldom follow them in every detail. What fun would that be?
I recently made a trip to Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, North Carolina with this quilt in mind, finding many of the palette fabrics there. If you live in the southeast, you definitely want to experience Mary Jo’s Cloth Store—fabric as far as the eye can see. I can close my eyes within a mile of the exit and my car will just naturally veer to the right at Exit 21, Coxe Avenue.
Now back to the Cheery-Oh quilt block. I’ve constructed three blocks so far and here is how they look. Each block will measure 7 ½” finished.
The following instructions are for one quilt block. To make a quilt with these blocks, simply multiply each unit number by the number of blocks you will need. In my case, I need thirteen blocks.
Cut four (4) 3” squares from print fabric
Cut two (2) 3 3/8” squares from same print fabric
Cut two (2) 3 3/8” square from white Kona cotton fabric
Cut one (1) 3” center square from white Kona cotton fabric
With your 3 3/8” squares, construct four half-square triangles using my half-square triangle tutorial.
Now place all your units in sewing order.
Sew units from row one together, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Next, sew units from row two together. And finally, sew units from row three together.
Press your seams in opposite directions as shown. Correct pressing can make life a whole lot easier.
Position row one on top of row two, right sides together, allowing the seams to butt up against each other. Pin in place. Sew the rows together. Repeat this step with row three. I like to press the row seams open, but this is entirely up to you. Your block is now complete. Square up if necessary.
I’m off to sew blocks #4-13. Once I have them all made, I’ll continue this tutorial, showing you how I cut the side and corner triangles to complete the center unit of the quilt top.