Welcome to the 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop! Paintbrush Studio generously sponsored this New Block Blog Hop featuring their new line of solids, Painter’s Palette. Paintbrush Studio is also generously sponsoring a half yard giveaway of the fabric bundle put together for the blog hop, so don’t miss out on two different ways to enter to win (details at the bottom of the post).
Here are the participants in the hop today. They are each sharing a new, gorgeous block tutorial with you. Please visit them, and pin their blocks for later! And of course, you know that comments make a blogger’s world go round; so please leave them one when you have a moment.
Wednesday, March 30th
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter (that’s me)
Amy @13 Spools
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Jane @Jolly and Delilah
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Equis Quilt Block Tutorial
The Equis block finishes at 12″, and is partially paper pieced (the four center squares) and surrounded by strips, making up three borders. It’s my first paper pieced block I’ve designed! It’s quite simple, which appeals to me. You can click to download the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates.
Take a look below for the full instructions and the PDF with the 2 required paper piecing templates. If you’re new to paper piecing like I am, you may want to check out some tutorials on the basics. I love Kitty’s introduction to paper piecing — you can find it by clicking here.
You will need a fat eighth of each of the three colors:
After printing out the paper piecing templates (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B), cut pieces for each section. Many paper piecers eyeball the sections they cut. However, this can be frustrating, especially if you’re new to the technique.
For the strips surrounding the four paper pieced center blocks:
Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 9 3/4″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 11″
Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 11″
Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10 1/2″
- Make the 4 paper pieced units (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B).
- Remove the paper and sew the 4 units together as shown in the diagram below.
I like to glue baste when I have such sharp points coming together (my glue basting tip got stuck, so I used an old needle to apply the glue before pressing and sewing my 1/4″ seam).
3. Attach the top and bottom of the white Border #1; then attach the sides of Border #1.
4. Attach the sides of the midnight Border #2; then attach the top and bottom of Border #2.
5. Attach the top and bottom of the white Border # 3; then attach the sides of Border #3.
Here is the download for the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates again, in case you missed it above.
If you thought my block looked a little wrinkly in the first picture, this might explain why — a disheveled, crying, easter-chocolate-eating, sweet-but-demanding toddler attacked me (and the block) right after I had pressed it. I never did get a chance to press it again. 🙂
All of the quilt blocks featured this week are going to be assembled into quilts and donated to charity. I hope you check out all the creative new block tutorials and enjoy all the inspiration!
For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Ocean Sunrise palette, please follow the Inspired by Fabric blog (either by email or blog reader) and let me know how you are following in a comment below. For a second entry, follow Paintbrush Studio on Instagram (@pbstudiofabrics) and let me know in a second comment. The giveaway is open to everyone (international entries welcome), and the giveaway will be open through Friday, April 1st at 11:59 pm EDT when I will use a random number generator to select a winner from the comments. Good luck! Inspired by Fabric is also hosting a *separate* giveaway today, so don’t forget to visit and enter to win there as well!