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Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 13: Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

by Elaine Theriault

I’m back with my last block – Block 13! It’s been exciting to work with the Blue Stitch collection by Riley Blake Designs. The fabrics are so pretty, and there’s nothing better than a classic blue and white quilt.

I chose an on-point setting for my blocks, which required an extra block. Rather than making up a new block, I decided to pick one of the existing blocks and remake it.

The big question was, which block to choose?

I started by putting all the blocks on the design wall. Oh – I love them! I used several whites (with a small print) for the background and used light, medium, and dark blue fabrics in each block.

The twelve blocks for the Spectrum QAL on the design wall. Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 made with the Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

The twelve blocks for the Spectrum QAL on the design wall

Then I played around with the blocks to get a better balance for the block style. Here’s what I came up with, and I’m pretty happy with this layout:

The final layout for the Spectrum QAL. Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 made with the Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

The final layout for the twelve blocks for the Spectrum QAL on the design wall

Now, the big question is – which block to duplicate? I ended up selecting Block 11 of the Spectrum QAL. I chose different fabrics than the original Block 11. I’m in the process of sewing it together, and it’s looking fantastic.

The components for Block 13 for the Spectrum QAL. Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 made with the Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

The components for Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL

Here’s Block 13 for my version of the Spectrum QAL.

The front of Block 13. Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 made with the Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

The front of Block 13

And yes – I twirled all the seams. You can refer to the instructions for Block 11, or pick your favorite block, or you might design a block for this on-point setting.

The back of Block 13. Block 13 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 made with the Blue Stitch Collection by Riley Blake Designs

The back of Block 13

I won’t show you all the blocks laid out yet, but I can tell you it looks so pretty with the Blue Stitch collection by Riley Blake Designs! My next post will be all about sewing the quilt top together, and we’ll talk about sashing and setting triangles, so stay tuned for that.

Have a great day!

Ciao!

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