Hello and welcome to this week’s version of the Spectrum Quilt-A-Long (QAL) 2020 Block 9 featuring fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.
Block 9 is made up of a combination of squares, half-square triangles (HST) and flying geese.
Here’s a picture of Block 9 when finished!
I always rely on a layout sketch or diagram as my guide when constructing quilt blocks. The design layout diagram below will be today’s guide. I’ll refer back to it often throughout this post.
TIP Remember to read the entire post before starting work on the block.
Six different colored fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex are required for Block 9. The fabric cutting directions are as follows:
Fabric A Cut four 2½” x 2½” squares from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric B Cut one 6″ x 6″ square from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric C Cut four 2⅞” x 2⅞” squares from 2966-20 Cayenne
Fabric D Cut one 6″ x 6″ square from 2966-19 Dark Red
Fabric E Cut one 5¼” x 5¼” square from 2966-53 Cobalt
Fabric F Cut four 2½” x 2½” squares from 2966-39 Tangerine
Fabric G Cut four 2⅞” x 2⅞” squares from 2966-53 Cobalt
Fabric H Cut one 5¼” x 5¼” square from 2966-55 Sky
Fabric I Cut four 2½” x 2½” squares from 2966-39 Tangerine
Fabric J Cut one 4½” x 4½” square from 2966-32 Amber
Let’s begin today by making HSTs (Half Square Triangles). With right sides together, pair the Fabric B and Fabric D squares. On the wrong side of one of the two fabrics squares in the pair, draw four lines as follows:
- two diagonal lines going from corner to corner (they’ll intersect to make an X); and
- two lines going from center edge to edge both vertically and horizontally as shown below.
Note: All seam allowances for this block are ¼”.
Sew a seam on both sides of both diagonal lines. When you have sewn all four seams, cut along each vertical, horizontal and diagonal line to separate as shown below.
As shown below, press open and trim the eight BD Fabric HSTs to measure 2½” x 2½” square.
With eight BD Fabric HSTs completed, the next step is to create the flying geese units for Block 9.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the Fabric C and Fabric G pieces.
Take two of the Fabric C squares and place them, right sides together, on opposite corners of the larger Fabric E square. Repeat with two Fabric G squares on the Fabric H square. Align all corners, edges and diagonal lines, as shown below. There will be a small overlap where the smaller squares of Fabric C and Fabric G meet in the center of the larger squares.
Sew a straight seam on each side of the diagonal lines drawn on the back of the Fabric C squares. Cut along the diagonal line; press. Repeat as described above with two Fabric G pieces and one Fabric H piece.
After the seams are sewn, cut along the diagonal line to separate.
Using the photo below as a guide, take the two remaining Fabric C pieces and place them, right sides together, on the corners of each Fabric E section of the CEC units. The diagonal line should align with the corner of Fabric E.
Sew a straight seam on each side of the diagonal line. When the seams are sewn, cut along the diagonal line. Repeat with this step with the remaining Fabric G squares and the GHG units.
With the flying geese units completed, the block’s center can be assembled.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong sides of the Fabric I squares.
With right sides together, and ensuring the corners and edges are aligned, place a Fabric I square on opposite corners of the Fabric J square.
Compared to making flying geese units, in this case the diagonal line is oriented so that it starts from the center of the edge of the Fabric J square as shown in the photo below.
With the Fabric I and Fabric J pieces paired, sew a straight seam along the diagonal lines. Cut ¼” away from each of the diagonal line towards the outside edge of the IJ unit and press.
Next, take the remaining two Fabric I squares and place them, right sides together, on the two remaining corners of the Fabric J square in the same fashion as the steps above. Sew a seam on the diagonal line, then, cut ¼” away from the seam towards the outer edge and press.
With every unit of the block completed, Block 9 can now be assembled!
Lay all of the pieces and sewn units out as shown below, using the Block 9 design layout diagram at the start of this post as a guide.
First, sew each piece and unit into five horizontal rows.
With all of the separate pieces sewn into rows, the last step to complete the construction of this block is to sew all of the rows to each other.
With Block 9 finished and looking spectacular using Wave Texture collection by Benartex, we now wait patiently to see Elaine Theriault’s version in a couple of days. Do share your version of Block 9 with us using #TheSewGoesOn, I’d love to see it!
Come back next week when Claire Haillot introduces us to Block 10 in the Spectrum QAL 2020 quilt design project.