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2 stained glass quilt blocks with a twist

by Jackie White

We’re adding 2 more quilt blocks to our stained glass wall hanging using a different method than the previous two shown earlier this week: the log cabin and the fusible fabric techniques. I love Northcott’s Stonehenge Gradation Brights collection, it makes choosing fabrics for this project so easy.

Today’s fun method puts the stained glass quilt blocks on an angle making them fun to play with! It’s a fast and easy tutorial, so grab your fabric and give it a try. These two blocks (Blocks 5 and 6) complete the stained glass wall hanging!

Stained glass quilt blocks set at an angle

Stained glass quilt blocks set at an angle

These Blocks 5 and 6 are sewn similar to Blocks 1 and 2 shown in Monday’s post, except they’re later cut at an angle so they look off kilter.

Cutting

  • Cut 1½” square white fabric (darkest).
  • Cut two 1½” x 1” and 2½” x 1” rectangles black fabric.
  • Cut two 2½” x 1½” and two 4½” x 1½” rectangles lightest shade (white).
  • Cut two 4½” x 1” and two 5½” x 1” rectangles black fabric.
  • Cut two 5½” x 1½” and two 7½” x 1½” rectangles second darkest fabric (second darkest).
  • Cut two 7½” x 1” and two 8½” x 1” rectangles black fabric.
  • Cut four 4” x WOF darkest fabric (lightest).

Sewing

Work as you would for a log cabin block, for Block 5, start with the center 1½” square and sew RST the two 1” x 1½” black strips to top and bottom. Press.

Sew the two 1” x 2½” black strips to the sides. Continue to sew the two 2½” x 1½” from the lightest shade on top and bottom and the two 4½” x 1½” on either side.

Sew the black strips and then the second darkest shade, then another set of black strips. At this point, you should have two blocks that look like the image below.

Stained glass quilt blocks ready for last set of borders

Stained glass quilt blocks ready for last set of borders

When you get to the last border, sew a 4” strip of fabric to the top.

Trim sides and then sew to bottom. Trim.

Repeat for the sides of the block.

Place a 12½” ruler or template on the block and twist it at an angle ensuring that there is fabric under the ruler in all corners, then cut.

Stained glass block ready to be tilted and cut to a 12½" block

Stained glass block ready to be tilted and cut to a 12½” block

You will end up with two fun stained glass quilt blocks made with a twist! Stay tuned as we audition thread and arrange the blocks next!

Two stained glass quilt blocks with a twist.

Two stained glass quilt blocks with a twist.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  Fusing fabric to make a stained glass quilt block
Go to part 4:  3 things to consider when arranging quilt blocks

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7 comments

Cindy Hanrahan April 6, 2016 - 1:41 pm

I love this technique, there are so many possibilities; I think I’ll make a table runner using this.

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Carla A. Canonico April 6, 2016 - 2:10 pm

It’s a great way to add texture to a runner.

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Laura April 6, 2016 - 10:27 am

Thank you for this very clear tutorial. The tilt on the block is very effective.

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Carla A. Canonico April 6, 2016 - 11:11 am

Effective and so easy to do! I love those!

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Margaret April 6, 2016 - 9:01 am

Love the blues of the give-away fabrics. I live on the Prairies, not near the ocean…so they speak to me of our cloudless summer skies!

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Carla A. Canonico April 6, 2016 - 10:05 am

I’ve heard of those prairie cloudless skies…like a beautiful blue ocean, but above our heads!

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Cindy April 6, 2016 - 7:19 am

Thanks for the tutorial on making these lovely blocks.

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