If you are looking for some fun blocks that will allow you to practice your Studio 180 Design tools and skills. Then you will want to check out my Block Party Blocks.
On the 15th of each month, I release a new block pattern that you can download. These blocks allow you to practice your skills and allow you to play with the tools.
I recently made to change to the Block Party Block. I used to make these only available in my Quilting Affection Groupies Facebook Group. I also made a slight change in how I write my blocks. I offered the blocks a free version, a $5 version with written instructions included in the pattern, and a Tabletopper version.
After taking a hard looking at my sales, I have decided I will only be offering the free version from now on. I will also make this free block open to the public on my website, plus I will write a tutorial on these blocks starting with this month's block.
You can now find all these blocks on my website under the Free Downloads Section. No purchase is necessary.
Diamonds and More Tutorial
So let me show you this month's Block Party Block #17, Diamonds and More. This block was part of the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructions September Block Challenge with the Split Rects® Tool. Download Now!
When I designed this block, I decided on a block that worked with the Split Rects® tool and one of the newest technique sheets, Split Rects Bonus Units. When combining the Split Rect with the Elongated Combination and HourGlass Units, you can develop interesting blocks. Note: this block is more for the advanced quilter with a basic knowledge of the Split Rects and the Technique Sheet.
I chose four fabrics that were leftover from my Lucy Star Quilt. These fabrics are from the Island Batik Hearts to Heart Collection released in their Spring/Summer 2020 catalog.
First, you will need to determine the size of the block you will be making, 6", 12", or 18". Then you will need to pull out your tool and technique sheet instructions to gather your strips sizes for the size of block you will be making. Then I would read all your instructions on how to make the units.
Split Rects Units
Start with cutting out all your pieces; you will need to cut your Rectangle pieces for the Split Rect A & B units using your Split Rects Tools.
For Unit Type 1, you need to place your strip right sides up, then positioning your Split Rects® tool on the strip with the broad black line labeled "Place on Cut Edge of the Strip." Then trim along the slanted edge of the tool to make the first elongated triangle.
Elongated Combination Units
For the Elongated Combination and Hourglass unit, you will have to cut out 3 types of Triangles. So let's start by cutting these triangles out first.
Triangle CYou will cut these triangles just like we did when we made the Split Rect Units Above. Next, you need to decide how many Type 1 and 2 you will need for these units.
|Type 2 shown|
Mark a 1/4" matching point on the seams of both intersections and stitch. Press the seams open.
Trim the units to size, making sure to align with the "Finished Sized Diagonal" with one seam line and the "Common Diagonal" with the other seam using the trim down section of the Split Rects® tool. Then, rotate the unit, align and trim again.
Layout each of the units to make up the blocks according to the block instructions. Carefully placing all your units in their proper place. Then, pressing all the seams open.