Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 6: Riley Blake Designs Blue Stitch by Elaine Theriault December 11, 2020 written by Elaine Theriault December 11, 2020 512 Can you believe we’re already on Block 6? That means we’re halfway through the blocks for the Spectrum QAL 2020! I’m excited to start sewing the quilt top together, however, I’m waiting until all the blocks are together to ensure the values of the fabrics from the Blue Stitch collection by Riley Blake Designs get evenly distributed throughout the quilt. Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 6 So let’s get started on Block 6. Cutting Instructions are as follows. Note that I’m selecting my fabrics block by block, so the fabrics are not labeled the same in each block. Fabric A Background (white with small square) Cut 4 squares at 2″ square Cut 12 rectangles at 2″ x 3½” (flying geese) Cut 4 squares at 3½” square Fabric B Light blue flowers Cut 8 square at 2″ square (flying geese) Fabric C Light Blue with squares Cut 16 squares at 2″ square (flying geese) Fabric D Medium Blue Cut 2 squares at 4″ square (half-square triangles) Fabric E Dark Blue Cut 2 squares at 4″ square (half-square triangles) Fabric F Second Medium Blue Cut 1 square at 3½” square As per my usual method, I lay the fabric pieces on a mini design board to visualize Block 6 before I start to sew. The fabric pieces of Block 6 laid out and ready to sew. Start by making the half-square triangles. Using the 4″ square of Fabrics D and E, make four half-square triangles. Be sure to trim the units up to 3½”. Squaring up the half-square triangles to 3½”. Position these units back onto the design board. The half-square triangles have been made and positioned on the design board. The next step is to make the flying geese units. There are two different fabric combinations. Make 8 units from Fabrics A and C. These units are for Block 6‘s outer edges. Make 4 flying geese from Fabrics A and B. These units sit around the center square in Block 6. Be sure to trim the units to 2″ x 3½”. Refer back to this post if you need a refresher on how I assemble the flying geese. Trimming the flying geese units to 2″ by 3½” Next, move the twelve flying geese units back onto the design board. The components for Block 6 are sewn and ready to assemble. I sewed the four components in each corner together to get a four-patch. There are many points in this unit, and I felt it was best not to twirl the seams as I usually do. Here’s how I pressed the back of each of the four corner units. The pressing plan for each of the four corner units. Sew the center flying geese units to the 3½” square of background fabric. Now the Block 6 looks like a nine-patch. The nine sections of Block 6 are ready to sew together. There will be some lumpy intersections. You may wish to press the seams open, but I prefer to finger-press them first to get the points to sit correctly, and then I follow up with some steam from the iron. Finger pressing the bulk at the corner, followed by steam. And here’s the finished block. It’s gorgeous! Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 6 Here’s the back of Block 6. I didn’t twirl any seams on Block 6. I was trying to distribute the bulk of the seams evenly, and twirling didn’t help. The quilt block is flat and I’m so happy with the results. The pressing plan for Block 6 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 There it is – one more block done for the Spectrum QAL 2020. We’re halfway there! Be sure to check out Claire and Paul’s version of Block 6. Their fabric collections make the blocks look like totally different blocks! Have a great day! Ciao! Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs341Blue StitchfabricsQALQAL2020QAL2020 Riley Blake Designsquilt blocksRiley Blake Designs FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Elaine Theriault Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. When not quilting, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lexi and Murphy, or can be found cycling across the country. Her blog is crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com. previous post Making the most of your fabric scraps for cool quilted projects! next post Making quilting bright with the PFAFF performance icon YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Spectrum QAL Block 12 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 11 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 10 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 9 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 8 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 7 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 6 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 5 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Spectrum QAL Block 4 with Pam Voth: Delightful... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.