Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 6

Wow!  Today is blog post #6 in the Blockbuster Challenge Series.  I guess time does fly by when you are having fun making blocks and learning at the same time.

So let's get started on BlockBuster #6 Rolling Stone and starting with a new ruler, the Square Squared® Ruler.  The Rolling Stone block is much easier this week compared to last weeks, Whirligig block. 

I chose a 12" block, and I'm still using my Island Batik scraps. 

For this block, you make four Square in a Square unit, which will measure 4 1/2" unfinished.

When using the Square Squared® ruler, you will find the cutting measurements for the center square and the side triangles on the ruler.

Starting with the Center, I referred to the Center Square Section of the Square Squared® ruler to determine what size of the strip I need to cut to get the center squares. I found the 4" line and determined I needed a to cut a 3 1/2" strip for the center.

Once I had the strip cut, I lined up the Square Squared® ruler on top of the strip to the 4" mark and began sub cutting the strips until I had four squares.

Next, refer to the triangle cutting sizes on the other side of the ruler, and determined that I need to cut 8- 3 1/4" squares and then cut them in half to yield two triangles per square.


Now that everything was cut for the square in squares, I began stitching the top to the square, ensuring the triangle points match up with the center of the square. Repeating the same process with the bottom of the square. 


Once I was complete with the top and bottom, I then pressed the triangles away from the center square.


I repeated the same process of stitching the triangles the center square, but this time I was placing them on the sides.  Followed by pressing away from the center square again.

Once the unit was made, it was time to trim the unit to 4 1/2" using the Square Squared® ruler.  Placing the Trim down section of the ruler on the unit and assuring that you line up the 4" X's over the sewn seams. Once the ruler is aligned up, you will trim the side and top up.  

Rotating the unit, then line up the X's again and making sure the cleanup lines with the previously trimmed edges from the last step.  Trim up the remaining edges.

The 4 1/2" unfinished Square in a Square units are now complete; now it is time to cut out the remaining pieces for this block.

For the Green and Yellow, I need to cut out 6 - 2 1/2" square units of each color and 4  -  2 1/2" X 4 1/2" blue rectangles.

I then began stitching the green and yellow squares together, followed by pressing them to the side.

Now that all the squares were sewn together, I took two of the units and stitched them together to make a 4-patch unit.

With the remain units and the blue rectangles, I began stitching them together.

As I was stitching them together, I made sure that the green always on the top left side of the units. Pressing them open and toward blue when they were complete.

I was now time to lay all the completed units out to get ready to assemble the block.  Starting stitching all the units together in each row.

Then stitching all the row together to finish the block up.

This is my colorful Rolling Stone block is now complete.  

I'm now ready to start BlockBuster #7 next week.  

If you missed my first five blocks in this BlockBuster series make sure you check it out, HERE

Have a wonderful quilting weekend!

"Designing to Inspire"

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