Hello and welcome to my version of the Spectrum Quilt-A-Long (QAL) 2020 Block 5, featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.
When I write these posts, I always try to show you different or new techniques. Sometimes, like today, I go back to my favorite techniques.
Half-square triangles (HST), flying geese and squares are needed to make Block 5.
The design layout diagram below is my guide for placement of the fabric pieces, as well as the overall design and construction of Block 5.
TIP Remember to read the entire post before starting Block 5.
Seven different colored fabrics from the collection are required for Block 5.
The fabric cutting directions are as follows.
Fabric A Cut four 2” x 2” squares from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric B Cut two 6” x 6” squares from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric C Cut four 2” x 3½” rectangles from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric D Cut one 6” x 6” square from 2966-55 Sky
Fabric E Cut eight 2” x 2” squares from 2966-55 Sky
Fabric F Cut two 6” x 6” squares from 2966-46 Basil
Fabric G Cut four 2” x 2” squares from 2966-19 Dark Red
Fabric H Cut four 2” x 3½” rectangles from 2966-19 Dark Red
Fabric I Cut one 6” x 6” square from 2966-19 Medium Red
Fabric J Cut four 2” x 2” squares from 2966-15 Medium Red
Fabric K Cut four 2” x 3½” rectangles from 2966-15 Medium Red
Fabric L Cut eight 2” x 2” squares from 2966-39 Tangerine
Fabric M Cut one 3½” x 3½” square from 2966-53 Cobalt
The first step in making Block 5 is to make HSTs.
Get started by pairing up the B, D, F and I 6” x 6” square pieces, with right sides together as follows.
B/D – B paired with D
B/F – B paired with F
F/I – F paired with I
On the wrong side of one of the two fabrics from each pair, draw four lines:
- two diagonal lines going from corner to corner (making an X); and
- two lines going from the center edge to edge both vertically and horizontally as shown below.
Note: All seam allowances for this Block 5 are ¼”.
On each set of paired fabrics, sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the diagonal lines.
When you have sewn all the seams, cut along each vertical and diagonal line to separate as shown below.
Press open and trim the HSTs to 2” x 2” square as shown below.
Next, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each E and L fabric piece.
Ensuring all corners and edges are aligned, with right sides together, place a 2” x 2” E square on top of one end of each of the four 2” x 3½” C rectangles.
Repeat with the L and K fabric pieces.
Next, sew a seam on the diagonal line on the E and L pieces, then cut ¼” away from the diagonal line as shown below.
Press then repeat the above step by placing, sewing a 2” x 2” square on the opposite edge of the 2” x 3½”. To complete the flying geese, simply press when finished.
Use Block 5’s design layout diagram above as a guide to place all of the individual pieces into their correct positions as shown below.
Sew each fabric piece to its neighbor to create horizontal rows.
The last step to complete Block 5 is to sew all the rows together.
I’m enjoying seeing all the blocks come together into the sparkling creations they are meant to be. I’ll admit I’ve already started Block 6 using the very colorful Wave Texture fabric collection by Benartex. Stay tuned!
Up next this week is Elaine Theriault’s version of Block 5 featuring the Blue Stitch collection from Riley Blake Designs followed by Claire Haillot version of Block 6 using the Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection from Anthology Fabrics next week.
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