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Spectrum QAL 2020 Block 7: Wave Texture by Benartex

by Paul Leger

Happy New Year! And welcome to my version of Spectrum’s Block 7 Quilt-A-Long (QAL) 2020 quilt design, featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Half the blocks are done, and we’re on the home stretch. But before I get started with Block 7, I’d like to show my version of the Spectrum quilt design, as a reminder of what my quilt will look like.

Spectrum Quilt-A-Long quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Spectrum Quilt-A-Long quilt design featuring Wave Texture fabrics by Benartex.

This block will be made entirely of half-square-triangles (HSTs). It will be quick and simple to make.

Constructed from half-square triangles (HST), flying geese and squares, here’s a look at Block 7.

Block 7 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design was constructed using fabrics from the Wave Texture by Benartex for the Spectrum QAL 2020.

Spectrum QAL 2020’s Block 7.

TIP It’s always a good idea to read the entire post before starting the block.

Below is the design layout diagram for Block 7. I’ll refer to it later in this post.

The design layout diagram for Block 7 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design features fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Design layout diagram for Block 7 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt.

For Block 7, seven different colored fabrics from the Wave Texture collection are needed.

The fabric cutting directions are as follows:

Fabric A Cut (4) 2″ x 2″ squares from 2966-20 Cayenne

Fabric B Cut (2) 6″ x 6″ squares from 2966-20 Cayenne

Fabric C Cut (1) 6″ x 6″ square from 2966-55 Sky

Fabric D Cut (2) 6″ x 6″ squares from 2966-53 Cobalt

Fabric E Cut (4) 2½” x 2½” squares from 2966-32 Amber

Fabric F Cut (1) 6″ x 6″ square from 2966-39 Tangerine

Fabric G Cut (2) 3″ x 3″ rectangles from 2966-55 Sky

Fabric H Cut (1) 3″ x 3″ square from 2966-19 Dark Red

Fabric I Cut (1) 3″ x 3″ square from 2966-38 Pumpkin

 Seven different Wave Texture fabric colors cut, labelled and ready for Block 7 assembly. Block 7 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design features fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

The selection of Wave Texture fabrics for Block 7.

On the wrong side of the C and D fabrics make a vertical and a horizontal line 3″ from the edges (through the center), then make two diagonal lines going corner to corner.

On the back of the G fabrics make one diagonal line going corner to corner.

Drawing a line on the wrong side of each C, D and G fabric piece makes assembly quick and easy. Block 7 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design features fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each c and D fabrics make two diagonal lines. On the back of the G fabrics make one diagonal line.

Pair the fabric pieces together in sets as follows, with right sides together:

B with C

B with D

D with F

G with H

G with I

Pairing the fabrics will speed up the sewing process. Block 7 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design features fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Pair all fabrics prior to sewing.

Note: All seam allowances for this block are ¼”.

With pairs together, sew a seam on each side of all diagonal lines. When all the seams are sewn, cut along each vertical horizontal and diagonal lines as shown below.

With seams sewn on each side of the diagonal lines the fabric is then cut along each marked line to create half-square triangles (HSTs). Block 7, Spectrum Quilt-A-Long quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Sew ¼” seams on each side of the diagonal lines on each pair, then cut along each marked line.

Press each set of HST pairs open and trim each HST pair to measure 2½” x 2½” square.

TIP When all pressing and trimming is complete, label the color sets and ensure each set of HST pairs are kept separate from each other.

 Press open the HSTs, then trim each HST to measure 2½" x 2½" square for a clean finish. Block & Spectrum Quilt-A-Long 2020 quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Press open the pairs, then trim each HST to measure 2½” x 2½” square.

Using the layout diagram shown earlier in this post as a guide, place all 36 pieces of the block in their correct spot beside your sewing machine.

 Laying out the fabric pieces according to the block’s layout diagram first will make it easier to sew the block’s pieces together. Block 7 Spectrum Quilt-A-Long 2020 quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Using the block layout diagram as a guide, place fabric pieces in their correct spots.

Sew the HST pairs together into horizontal rows.

 Lay out the block’s rows according to the layout diagram. Block 7 Spectrum Quilt-A-Long 2020 quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.

Place each row in the correct position according to the layout.

Sew the rows together, then press to complete the block.

Block 7 of the Spectrum Quilt-A-Long 2020 quilt design featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex is now completed.

Completed block 7 of the Spectrum QAL 2020.

The Block 7 of the Spectrum QAL 2020 is now complete. With this block completed, I’m already looking forward to start working on the next block. These Wave Texture fabrics are great to work with, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this quilt completed!

Come back next week when Claire shares her Block 8 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt along. I’ll be back in two weeks with my version of Block 8!

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