Block-of-the-Month

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Hindsight – Block 5

Block 5 is an example of how plans on paper don’t always work out the way you imagine. I had originally chosen directional fabric for this block but realized as I worked through my sample block that this block would be better without directional fabric. I was able to construct my sample block differently so that the directional fabric wasn’t wasted but it was more complicated. So, here are the instructions that will hopefully help you pull this relatively simple block together more easily than mine.

Start by marking the center of each edge on the 16″ square (I did this by folding the square in half twice so that I could mark two centers at once then the other two):

Then mark the centers of the triangles:

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Sew one triangle to each edge of the square, lining up the marks. Trim to a 15.5″ x 15.5″ square (I did this by folding the block in half twice with the triangles in the top right corner and trimmed to 7.75″ x 7.75″):

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And, just like that, you’re finished Block 5 of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight. Please share photos of your blocks and tag @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020.

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 4

Block 4 is a colourful one! Start by laying out the pieces according to their sizes (smallest to biggest to smallest) and marking the center of one of the smallest pieces and the piece adjacent to it:

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Sew the pieces, right sides together, lining up the center marks. Then mark the center of the next piece:

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Sew this piece on next, lining up the center marks. Then mark the center of the next piece:

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Sew the next piece on, lining up the center marks. Then mark the center of the next piece:

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Sew this piece on next, lining up the center marks. Then mark the center of the next piece. Repeat until all the pieces have been sewn together:

Trim to a 15.5″ x 15.5″ square (I used a square ruler lining up the diagonal line down the center of the center piece and trimmed off the minimal amount):

Just like that, Block 4 is complete:

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 3

Block 3 comes together very similarly to Block 2 so you’re already a pro!

Start by sewing the two half squares together to make a square:

Lay the square with the mint fabric in the top right corner. Mark bottom of square 10.5″ from the right edge:

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Mark top of square 5.5″ from right edge:

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Using a quilt ruler, cut a diagonal line from one mark to the other:

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Cut a 1.5″ strip from the diagonal edge, discard the 1.5″ strip:

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Sew the 2.5″ x 18″ strip to the smaller “wonky” piece (notice that the strip overhangs more on the mint side):

Mark the center of both pieces:

Sew two pieces together, lining up the marks, and you’ve completed Block 3!

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 2

Anyone else start to feel stuck in February? Block 2 is a little wonky and I’m hoping the asymmetry will help shake us unstuck.

Start by sewing the 2.5″ x 18″ strip to the diagonal side of the smaller wonky piece (notice that there is more overhang of the 2.5″ x 18″ strip on the left than the right):

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Fold the piece in half to mark the center:

Mark the center of the larger wonky piece:

Sew the two pieces together with the center marks lined up and right sides together (I started sewing at the center marks):

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Trim to 15.5″ x 15.5″ square (I folded my block in half, lining up all edges, and trimmed the tails off of the 2.5″ x 18″ piece):

And now you’ve completed Block 2 of BOM 2020, Hindsight. Make sure you share photos of your finished block and tag @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020

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Happy Quilting!

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Hindsight – Block 1

Another year, another January, another exciting JUSTITCH block-of-the-month. Each block will be a unique 15.5″ x 15.5″ unfinished block. At the end of the year, you will have 12 that can be pieced together for a 45″ x 60″ quilt top. The overall quilt size can be increased with borders around each block, sashing between the blocks, or borders around the overall quilt top. You could also combine sets of blocks and finish them as wall hangings or table runners … so many possibilities!

Block 1 is pretty straightforward. You have received 3 strips that are 3″ x 32″. Sew the strips together using a scant 1/4″ seam:

Cut piece in half (you should end up with two 16″ pieces):

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Sew two pieces together using a scant 1/4″ seam:

Trim one edge by lining up the lines of the ruler with the center seam:

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Trim to 15.5″ x 15.5″ block (I folded my block in half and lined up the 15.5″ mark on the ruler to the first trimmed edge, checking that the center seam ran along one line of the ruler):

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And just like that, you’ve completed Block 1 of this year’s block-of-the-month, Hindsight. Make sure you post photos of your blocks as you quilt along and feel free to tag @justitch.ca, #bom2020, #hindsightquiltalong, #hindsightis2020.

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Happy Quilting!

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BOM 2020

Welcome to Hindsight is 2020 – A block-of-the-month quilt along

In 2020, I will be hosting another block-of-the-month quilt along, “Hindsight”. Each month I will provide detailed instructions and pre-cut materials. In addition, I will publish online tutorials month-by-month. Each month’s block is unique but all 12 blocks will finish at the same size so you can arrange them any way you choose. Assembled, all 12 blocks will create a 45″ x 60″ lap quilt. You can increase the quilt size with borders or sashing. Or you can create various wall hangings and/or table runners. How you finish the project is totally up to you! This quilt along was designed for intermediate quilters but is accessible for ambitious beginners as well.

Block-of-the month subscriptions include:

  • digital pattern (via monthly email)
  • printed pattern and materials (to be picked up or mailed out, depending on your subscription)
  • online tutorials (www.justitch.ca)
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Pixel Puzzle

Congratulations! You have completed all 12 blocks of this year’s block-of-the-month quilt along. I truly hope you enjoyed the process. You’ve worked hard so, please, take a moment to savour all that you have accomplished. When you’re ready, dive into assembling the blocks together.

The blocks for January, March, May, July, September and November are identical. So feel free to move them around when placing your blocks. These six blocks will create the top row of 3 blocks and the bottom row of 3 blocks. The middle twelve blocks will be assembled as follows:

 

Do you feel the love? Do you see the rainbow heart?

 

Start by sewing together 4 rows of 3. If you’ve pressed all your seams in the same direction, I suggest pressing the seams of the middle block in the opposite direction so that you can “lock” alternating seams.

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Next, sew rows 1 & 2 together and then sew rows 3 & 4 together.

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Finally, sew the top half and bottom half of your quilt top together.

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WOW! You’ve completed your block-of-the-month 2019 quilt top. I hope you’re basking in your accomplishment. If you need assistance or recommendations for machine quilting and/or binding, please don’t hesitate to ask me. Congratulations quilters!

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Pixel Puzzle – December

Welcome to the final block of this year’s block-of-the-month quilt along, Pixel Puzzle.

This month’s block includes some coloured fabrics. For those who have subscribed to receive fabric, each coloured block is numbered, making it easy to lay the squares out according to the map. For those who are quilting along with their own fabric, use the completed square as a guide (note that you will need two of each coloured square).

All the fabric will arrive pre-cut so there are few materials required:

  • sewing machine with grey thread
  • thread snips
  • iron and ironing board

 

Let’s get started (see January’s tutorial for more details):

1. Lay out the 4″ squares of background fabric randomly around the coloured squares. Pay attention to any directional fabric.

2. Using chain piecing, sew squares into 5 rows of 5.

3. Press seams in alternating directions (i.e., row 1 to the right, row 2 to the left, row 3 to the right, row 4 to the left, row 5 to the right).

4. Sew rows together, making sure that the alternating seams “lock” (you can feel that the seams are locked by pressing between two fingers, as shown in the image below). Locking seams will help create tight corners.

5. Once all 5 rows are sewn together, press seams in one direction.

 

Congratulations! You have now completed your last block of the quilt along. The finished block should measure 18″ x 18″. I hope the colours are a fun and brighten up your day.

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When you’re ready, the tutorial for assembling all of the blocks can be found HERE.

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Pixel Puzzle – November

Welcome to the eleventh block of this year’s block-of-the-month quilt along, Pixel Puzzle. The blocks for this year’s quilt are fairly straightforward, consisting of 25 4″ squares assembled in 25-patch blocks.

This month’s block includes all background fabrics, just like January’s block.

All the fabric will arrive pre-cut so there are few materials required:

  • sewing machine with grey thread
  • thread snips
  • iron and ironing board

 

Let’s get started (see January’s tutorial for more details):

1. Lay out the 4″ squares of background fabric randomly around the coloured squares. Pay attention to any directional fabric.

2. Using chain piecing, sew squares into 5 rows of 5.

3. Press seams in alternating directions (i.e., row 1 to the right, row 2 to the left, row 3 to the right, row 4 to the left, row 5 to the right).

4. Sew rows together, making sure that the alternating seams “lock” (you can feel that the seams are locked by pressing between two fingers, as shown in the image below). Locking seams will help create tight corners.

5. Once all 5 rows are sewn together, press seams in one direction.

 

Congratulations! You have now completed your eleventh block of the quilt along. The finished block should measure 18″ x 18″.

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Pixel Puzzle – October

Welcome to the tenth block of this year’s block-of-the-month quilt along, Pixel Puzzle. The blocks for this year’s quilt are fairly straightforward, consisting of 25 4″ squares assembled in 25-patch blocks.

This month’s block includes some coloured fabrics. For those who have subscribed to receive fabric, each coloured block is numbered, making it easy to lay the squares out according to the map. For those who are quilting along with their own fabric, use the completed square as a guide.

All the fabric will arrive pre-cut so there are few materials required:

  • sewing machine with grey thread
  • thread snips
  • iron and ironing board

 

Let’s get started (see January’s tutorial for more details):

1. Lay out the 4″ squares of background fabric randomly around the coloured squares. Pay attention to any directional fabric.

2. Using chain piecing, sew squares into 5 rows of 5.

3. Press seams in alternating directions (i.e., row 1 to the right, row 2 to the left, row 3 to the right, row 4 to the left, row 5 to the right).

4. Sew rows together, making sure that the alternating seams “lock” (you can feel that the seams are locked by pressing between two fingers, as shown in the image below). Locking seams will help create tight corners.

5. Once all 5 rows are sewn together, press seams in one direction.

 

Congratulations! You have now completed your tenth block of the quilt along. The finished block should measure 18″ x 18″. I hope the colours are a fun and brighten up your day.

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