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Making tilted quilt blocks with Soho fabric panels

 

Now that you have everything cut out, let’s start making the tilted quilt blocks for the Wonky Squares quilt using the colorful Soho fabric panels. Choose 4 different solid color strips to go around a center square or rectangle. Sew the first strip to the center square using a partial seam. Press seam toward strip.

Sew on the first strip using a partial seam
Sew on the first strip using a partial seam

 

Sew the next strip across the top of the block. Press seam toward strip. Trim excess fabric.

Sew the next strip across the top of the block
Sew the next strip across the top of the block

 

Sew the next strip on the left side of the block. Press seam toward strip. Trim excess fabric.

Sew the next strip on the left side of the block
Sew the next strip on the left side of the block

 

Sew the last strip across the bottom.

Sew the last strip across the bottom.
Sew the last strip across the bottom.

 

Finish sewing the partial seam on the first strip. Press the block carefully. Trim excess fabric.

Finish sewing the partial seam on the first strip
Finish sewing the partial seam on the first strip

 

Trimming the Block

Place a 7½” plastic ruler square or a 7½” square of template plastic on the right side of the block, lining up the center with the center of the fabric square. Place the ruler on an angle, tilting to the right.

Place a 7½" plastic ruler square or a 7½" square of template plastic on the block on an angle.
Place a 7½” plastic ruler square or a 7½” square of template plastic on the block on an angle.

 

If you’re using a plastic ruler square as shown in the picture above, you can rotary-cut around all 4 sides to make a 7½” block. Using a revolving cutting mat is helpful.

If you’re using a square of template plastic, use a fabric marking pencil to trace around the plastic. Then rotary-cut on the drawn lines to make a 7½” block. Handle carefully because all the outside edges are on the bias.

Rotary-cut the block.
Rotary-cut the block.

 

Handle carefully to avoid stretching the outside bias edges.
Handle carefully to avoid stretching the outside bias edges.

 

Make 11 more 7½” blocks like this. The ruler can be placed at a different angle on each square to give more variety to the blocks. You can also tilt the ruler to the left on 6 of the squares for even more visual appeal. You may have to cut a few more 3″ x 7½” strips to complete all the blocks.

Tomorrow I’ll show you how to put these tilted quilt blocks together to make the Wonky Squares quilt top. I hope you’re enjoying making the blocks with the ColorWorks Concepts fabric!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1:  More quilting fun with ColorWorks Concepts fabric
Go to part 3:  Sewing the tilted quilt blocks and sashing

 

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

5 Comments

  1. Doris McCarty

    This looks like a lot of fun!

    • It is! You’ll have to give it a try!

  2. Pam S

    I love how this block keeps the eyes moving!

    • It’s a very versatile block and so easy to make in whatever size you need! Glad you are enjoying these posts.

    • It’s a great block and you can make so many variations just by changing the size of the strips and the center of the block!

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