Paintbrush Studio New Block Hop {and Giveaway}

March 30, 2016


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)
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Amy @13 Spools
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Kathryn @Kupitis
Jane @Jolly and Delilah
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Deanna @Stitches Quilting

Lori @SewPsyched!

Equis Quilt Block Tutorial

Equis Block photo 1

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.

Fabric Requirements

You will need a fat eighth of each of the three colors:

Color Palette for Equis Block








Cutting Instructions

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.

TIP: At my paper piecing club at my LQS, I learned that to make sure that you cut your fabric pieces large enough to adequately cover each section of paper, measure the patch, and add a ¾” seam allowances (i.e., a paper section that is 2″ x 4″ would require fabric to be cut to 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″).  Since I am not an adventurous paper piecer, I actually measure the piece and add 1 1/2″ seam allowance!  This certainly means I waste more fabric, but in my mind, it’s less frustrating than cutting the piece too small and having to pick out stitches.

For the strips surrounding the four paper pieced center blocks:


Border 1

Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 9 3/4″

Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 8 1/4″

Border 3

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 11″


Border 2

Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 11″

Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10 1/2″

Piecing Instructions

TIP: Set your machine to 1.5 (18-20 stitches per inch) and use a 90/14 needle to make bigger needle holes, thus making paper removal easier.
  1. Make the 4 paper pieced units (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B).Paper Pieced Equis Blocks by Stephanie Palmer at Late Night Quilter
  2. Remove the paper and sew the 4 units together as shown in the diagram below.

Equis Paper Pieced Block blown Out

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).

Glue Basting

    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.

TIP: I like to cut my strips an inch or so longer and wider than indicated in the instructions and then trim it to size.  Then if I’m a little inaccurate with my 1/4″ seam, I can compensate with my trimming.

 Here is the download for the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates  again, in case you missed it above.

Repeated Equis block

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. 🙂

Toddler on Equis Block


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!



Ocean Sunrise Palette

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!

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  • Reply Delaine March 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love your block! I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. Thanks!

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts March 31, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    This is a great block. Kudos for making the blocks into charity quilts. I follow on

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    And I follow on Instagram.

  • Reply janequiltsslowly April 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I really like this block and the design options that you show. I follow Inspired By Fabric by email!

  • Reply janequiltsslowly April 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I follow Paint Brush Studio on Instagram. My instagram name: janequiltsslowly

  • Reply Sandra April 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I follow Inspired by Fabric on bloglovin’ and by email. Love your block Stephanie!

  • Reply Sandra April 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I follow pbstudiofabrics on Instagram. And your toddler is TOO adorable!!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life April 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful block, and even cuter toddler!

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  • Reply Deanna @ Stitches Quilting April 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Stephanie! Great Equis Block! Love the tutorial, the length of your post and how you add helpful tips! Thanks for the example of fantastic blog writing. Deanna

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