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Half square triangles make Curling Stone Blocks

Red Curling Stone Quilt Block
Red Curling Stone Quilt Block

 

Now that you have your fabrics cut, this post we piece the fabrics together to make the two curling stones we need to make the Curling Rocks Quilted Runner. Notice today I’m calling them stones? 

To make construction go quicker, I chain piece my units and use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

I like to lay out my block pieces on a design wall or flat surface so I’m less likely to sew pieces together in the wrong order. I don’t like so much cleaning my design wall/flat surface so I apologize in advance for the excessive strings you’ll see in these photos 🙂

First let’s make all the half square triangle (HST) units we need that make the Curling Stone Block possible.

Prep squares for making Half Square Triangles
Prep squares for making Half Square Triangles

 

Draw one diagonal line on the wrong side of the six white 2″ squares.

Sew on each side of the drawn line to make two HST units at once
Sew on each side of the drawn line to make two HST units at once

 

Sew 1/4″ away from each side of the diagonal line on all six squares.

Press HST seams to the darker fabric
Press HST seams to the darker fabric

 

Cut on the drawn line. Press the seam to the darker fabric.
Trim each to 1 1/2″ square.

Curling Stone Block pieces laid out
Curling Stone Block pieces laid out

 

Lay out the HST in their correct positions in each block.

Now we’re ready to start sewing the block units together!

Sew longest grey strips together
Sew longest grey strips together

 

Make the stone unit

The next easiest thing to sew is the two 8 1/2″ pieces of the two grey fabrics together. Press the seam to the darker grey.

Light Grey HST units added
Light Grey HST units added

 

Sew the light grey HST units to the end of the light grey 6 1/2″ pieces. Press the seams to the strip.

Sew the grey strip with HST units added to the bottom of the dark grey strip. Press the seam to the dark grey.

 

Red HST units added
Red HST units added

 

Make the handle unit

Sew the red HST units to the ends of both the 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ strips. Press the seams to the strips.

Sew white and red units together
Sew white and red units together

 

Sew the 1 1/2″ white square to the right end of HST on the 4 1/2″ strip. Press the seam to the white square.

Sew the 2 1/2″ red piece to the 5 1/2″ white strip. Press the seam to the red strip.

Top portion of the handle
Top portion of the handle

 

Sew the red and white strip to the 4 1/2″ red strip with HSTs added to it. Press the seam to the red and white strip.

Sew the 2 1/2″ white piece vertically to the left side of the unit you just made. Press the seam to the white piece.

Join the final red strip to the handle unit
Join the final red strip to the handle unit

 

Sew the third red strip to the bottom of the 2 strip red unit. Press the seam to the bottom red strip.

Join the units to make the block

Sew the grey unit to the bottom of the red strip unit with the light grey at the top. Press the seam to the grey unit.

Red Curling Stone Quilt Block
Red Curling Stone Quilt Block

 

The red Curling Stone Block is complete!

It should measure 8 1/2″ wide x 8″ tall.

Yellow Curling Stone Quilt Block
Yellow Curling Stone Quilt Block

 

Repeat the same steps replacing the red pieces with yellow pieces to make the yellow curling rock.

Tomorrow’s post will feature a bit more piecing as we put together the runner top.

Tonight enjoy the fact that you made two Curling Stone Blocks!

 

 

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.

2 Comments

  1. Jackie White

    Sarah! We are finally working together, kinda!!
    Love this block so much! Am sharing it on the Canadian Quilters fb page! Simply wonderful!

    • Thanks Jackie! I loved your minion mug rug 🙂 Thanks for sharing too!

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