Quilt Block Tutorial – 2.5 Times Around the Block

Today I want to share a tutorial with everyone for the quilt block I chose for my quilting bee partners for the month of August. I’m calling it 2.5 Times Around the Block.

I chose to use fabrics from the Garden Party collection. Each set contain either 18 three-inch squares in either red and 18 three-inch squares in a mixed selection of prints, or

18 three-inch squares in teal and 18 three-inch squares in a mixed selection of prints.

I drew a diagram of the red and teal blocks to show how to arrange the half square triangles.

1. Lay one red or teal square over a print square. Draw a straight line diagonally across the back of the red or teal square.

2. Sew a 1/4 inch line on either side of that drawn line.

3. Cut in half along that drawn line.

4. Open to reveal half-square triangles. Press seams open. Trim off those little triangles and square up if necessary. (should be about 2-3/4 inch square at this point)

5. Lay out new HSTs according to the diagram, or use the following photo as a guideline.

6. Sew HST together by row.

7. Sew rows together.

8. Press.

9. The sample block I made came to approximately a 13-1/2 inch square, just for reference.

Hope that was fun to make! I’m excited to finally have a Garden Party quilt for my collection.

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