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Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 5: Anthology Fabrics Little Girl in the Blue Armchair

by Claire Haillot

Welcome back! I hope you’re enjoying our very unique way of presenting our Spectrum Quilt-A-Long (QAL) 2020. Please keep on sending us your comments. We love to read them all! What’s your favorite block so far? Which project size do you prefer, and which fabric line are you using?

Here’s a link to take you back to Block 4 in case you missed it.

I’m really enjoying using fabric from the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Block 5 featuring Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Presenting Spectrum QAL 2020 – Block 5

Outline of Spectrum Block 5 to help you through the design process.

Outline of QAL 2020 Spectrum Block 5

Before we begin Block 5, I have to say that this is a more complex block to make, so I apologize in advance. When looking closely at the design, you’ll notice that the corner blocks enhance the middle star and to make this happen, you’ll create not 4 identical blocks, but 2 different sets of blocks.

Using several fabric prints can be overwhelming. So, keep in mind that making a complex quilt block with different prints may be visually challenging, but you’ve got this! So, be well-rested when starting Block 5 and enjoy the process. I had my mini design wall beside me the whole time. And to be honest, I had to use the seam ripper a few times. I had to pause on several occasions also as I couldn’t see how to set the designs, so be patient and kind with yourself if it happens to you.

Here are the cutting instructions for Block 5 of the QAL 2020 using the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection from Anthology Fabrics.

2178Q Whisper

2178Q Whisper

2177Q Lilypad Multi

2177Q Lilypad Multi

2176Q Lilypad Green

2176Q Lilypad Green

2170Q Tropical

2170Q Tropical

2172Q Multi

2172Q Multi

2173Q Aqua

2173Q Aqua

2169Q Teal Leaves

2169Q Teal Leaves

Here are all the blocks cut in preparation for Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

The Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics

Let’s begin with some Flying Geese blocks. If you feel like you need more information on how to make them, you can read my blog post on 4 best-kept secrets to accurately make a Flying Geese!

Step 1

  • Take 4 B3 squares and, on wrong side of fabric, mark a full line diagonally in the center as well as two dotted lines at ¼” on each side of the center line.
  • Take 2 B3 squares and align diagonally on your C1 square.
  • Stitch on the two dotted lines.
  • Cut on the full line.
  • Makes two units.
Demonstrating the first step to making a flying geese. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 1

Step 2

  • – Take a B3 square and align on the corner of a unit made in Step 1.
  • – Stitch on the two dotted lines, beginning on the corner edge to ensure stability.
  • – Cut on full line.
  • – Makes two flying geese rectangles size 2” x 3½”.
  • – Press open the triangle on each unit.
  • – Repeat to make 4 units.
Demonstrating the steps to making 4 flying geese units. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 2

Step 3

  • Take 4 B5 squares and on wrong side of fabric, mark a full line diagonally in the center as well as two dotted lines at ¼” on each side of the center line.
  • Take 2 B5 squares and align diagonally on your C2 square.
  • Stitch on the two dotted lines.
  • Cut on the full line.
  • Makes two units.
 Demonstrating the first step to making a flying geese. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 3

Step 4

  • – Take a B5 square and align on the corner of a unit made in Step 1.
  • – Stitch on the two dotted lines, beginning on the corner edge to ensure stability.
  • – Cut on full line.
  • – Makes two flying geese rectangles size 2” x 3½”.
  • – Press open the triangle on each unit.
  • – Repeat to make 4 units.
Demonstrating the steps to making 4 flying geese units. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 4

Step 5

  • – Take 4 B4 squares and, on wrong side of fabric, mark a full line diagonally in the center as well as two dotted lines at ¼” on each side of the center line.
  • – Align a B2 square with a B4 square, right sides together, and stitch together on both dotted lines.
  • – Cut on full line.
  • – Press the seams to the darkest fabric and open.
  • – Makes a 2” square (trim off excess).
  • – Repeat to make 8.
 Demonstrating how to stitch along 4 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 5A

Demonstrating how to finish off 8 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 5B

Step 6

  • – Take 4 B5 squares and, on wrong side of fabric, mark a full line diagonally in the center as well as two dotted lines at ¼” on each side of the center line.
  • – Align a B1 square with a B3 square, right side together, and stitch together on both dotted lines.
  • – Cut on full line.
  • – Press the seams to the darkest fabric and open.
  • – Makes a 2″ square (trim off excess).
  • – Repeat to make 8.
 Demonstrating how to stitch along 4 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 6A

 Demonstrating how to finish off 8 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 6B

Step 7

  • – Take 4 B3 squares and, on wrong side of fabric, mark a full line diagonally in the center as well as two dotted lines at ¼” on each side of the center line.
  • – Align a B1 square with a B4 square, right side together, and stitch together on both dotted lines.
  • – Cut on full line.
  • – Press the seams to the darkest fabric and open.
  • – Makes a 2” square (trim off excess).
  • – Repeat to make 8.
Demonstrating how to stitch along 4 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 7A

Demonstrating how to finish off 8 half square triangles. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 7B

All the squares are now ready to be positioned to make the final layout of Block 5. Pay close attention when placing all your units on your design wall and ensure you have the correct final layout before continuing.

 Position all your squares to make the final Block 5.

Setting Block

Step 8

  • – Stitch A1 square to Step 7 and Step 6 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
First row a squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 8

Step 9

  • – Stitch A3 square to a Step 7 and a Step 5 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Second row a squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 9

Step 10

  • – Stitch a A2 square to a Step 5 and a Step 6 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Third row of squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 10

Step 11

  • – Stitch a Step 8 unit, to a Step 9 and a Step 10 unit (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 5” square.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Stitching the 3 rows together making a 5” square. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 11

Step 12

  • – Stitch A1 square to a Step 7 and a Step 6 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
 First row squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 12

Step 13

  • – Stitch A3 square to a Step 7 and a Step 5 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Second row a squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 13

Step 14

  • – Stitch A2 square to a Step 5 and a Step 6 (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 2” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.

Third row a squares stitched together to make a 2” x 5” rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 14

Step 15

  • – Stitch a Step 12 unit; to a Step 13 and a Step 14 unit (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 5” square.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Stitching the 3 rows together making a 5” square. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 15

For those who have a hard time, I thought I should show you a picture of each row made using the same squares. They’re just positioned differently.

Let’s start with Step 8 and 12.s step 8 and step 12:

Step 8 and step 12. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 8 and Step 12

Next is Step 9 and 13.

Step 9 and step 13. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 9 and Step 13

Last but not least, Steps 10 and 14.

Step 10 and step 14. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 10 and Step 14

Step 16

  • – Stitch a Step 2 unit and a Step 4 unit to a D rectangle (refer to photo).
  • – Makes a 3½” x 5” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 4.
 Step 2 unit and a Step 4 unit stitched to a D rectangle. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 16

Step 17

  • – Stitch 2 Step 16 units to your E square.
  • – Makes a 3½” x 12½” rectangle.

2 Step 16 units stitched to an E square. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 17

Step 18

  • – Stitch a Step 11 unit and a Step 15 unit to a Step 16 unit.
  • – Makes a 5” x 12½” rectangle.
  • – Repeat to make 2.
Stitching a Step 11 and 15 unit to a Step 16 unit. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 18

Step 19

  • – Stitch 2 Step 18 units to your Step 17 unit.
  • – Makes a 12½” square.
2 Step 18 units stitched to a Step 17 unit. Block 5 featuring the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

Step 19

Congratulations! You just finished Block 5 of the Spectrum QAL 2020! Please, do take a picture and add it in the comments below. You can also be part of our sewing and quilting community simply by adding #TheSewGoesOn when showing off your first five blocks on your favorite social media platform.

And don’t forget to stay tuned, as Paul and Elaine will show you next week their versions of the same block using their colorful fabric collections. Elaine is quilting along with Riley Blake Designs Blue Stitch collection and Paul is quilting along with Benartex Wave Texture collection. Same design, completely different look check them out next. I’ll be back in two weeks with the instructions for Block 6 as part of our Spectrum QAL 2020. Join us!

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