The Mandolin Quilt is the feature design for this year's Block-of-the-month!
If you missed out on the club sign up, you can still play with the block design by purchasing the single block here, or buying the following shapes: (1 pack) 2” Hexagons, (2 packs) 2” 6 pt Diamonds, (4 packs) 2” squares, and (2 packs) 2” Equilateral Triangles.
The acrylic templates for this quilt are available here.
Main Blocks: I used a Fat Quarter bundle of Rifle Paper Co.'s Wonderland fabric for my original quilt, which came with 21 fat quarters. I ended up having to add some extra basics and solids because I fussy cut some of my blocks, which creates more waste fabric. If you'd like to fussy cut your blocks, I recommend 1/2 yard cuts. You'll get more than one pass over the fabric, but most prints will have enough repeats in 1/2 yd for great fussy cutting. See my tutorial here for a more in-depth description of fussy cutting and finding repeats. If you're not fussy cutting at all, I think a 20-27 fat quarter bundle would be plenty for this quilt. I'm also looking forward to seeing this quilt made from stash and scraps!
Setting and edge blocks: I used 2 colours for my setting prints, but you could decide to go scrappy, or use a 3rd print in the hexagons, so many possibilities! For my original quilt, I used 1 1/2 yards of Art Gallery's Pure Elements in Crystal Pink, and 1 1/4 yards of the white lawn print from Wonderland. For my Liberty quilt, I'll be using Cotton and Steel's Add It Up in the Rainy Day colour-way and Cotton Couture in soft white.
To the left is my picture of how I cut my Liberty Fabric fat 16ths.
Print a) 2" Hexagon: Cut a 3/8" seam allowance around the hexagon. Or use a scrap at least 4 1/2" square.
NOTE: I placed all my hexagons with the point at the top. If you haven't done this, the finished block will still have the same outline. You can either: (a) unpick the hexagon out of the centre and replace it (it sounds trick but it really isn't!), or (b) make all blocks with the hexagon's flat side up. You only have to worry about this if you have fussy cut your hexagon.
Print b) 2" Square: Cut (6) 2 3/4" squares.
Print c) 2" Triangles and 2" 6 pt Diamonds: Cut 2 1/2" strips (1 from normal width of fabric, or 3 from the fat 16th). Cut a 3/8" seam allowance around the paper templates. Don't worry too much if you cut the point off the triangles.
Print d) 2" Squares: Cut (12) 2 3/4" squares.
Print e) 2" 6 pt Diamonds: Cut a 2 1/2" strip (1 from normal WOF or 3 from the fat 16th). Cut a 3/8" seam allowance around the paper templates.
main Block Instructions (make 20 of these blocks):
1. Prepare all the shapes by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
2. Start all blocks with the centre hexagon. Place a 2" square from the first round over the hexagon, right sides together, so that 2 edges line up. Stitch 3 times in the corner, and then thread the needle through the final loop to knot. Whip-stitch along the seam.
3. Once at the end of the seam, stitch a couple of times in the corner to anchor the thread and place another square in line with the next seam. Continue stitching around the hexagon until all 6 squares are attached. Stitch twice to anchor.
4. Don't break the thread! Place a 2" diamond from the second round over the final square, right sides together, making sure the diamond is in the right configuration. Stitch along the seam to the outside of the square. Place a triangle over the top of the same square and continue stitching. Continue the thread over and around each square, placing triangles on the flats and diamonds in the points. If the thread runs out, knot it and start a new thread. This is always best done on a corner if you can!
5. Next, add the round of (12) 2" squares.
6. Stitch the final round of (12) 2" 6 pt Diamonds between the squares.
8. Make 20 of these main blocks.
Joining Block Instructions (make 12 of these):
9. Prepare all the shapes by basting the fabric to the paper templates.
10. Start all blocks with the centre hexagon. As with the main block, place a 2" square over the hexagon, right sides together, so that 2 edges line up. Stitch 3 times in the corner, and then thread the needle through the final loop to knot. Whip-stitch along the seam.
11. Once at the end of the seam, stitch a couple of times in the corner to anchor the thread and place another square in line with the next seam. Continue stitching around the hexagon until all 6 squares are attached. Stitch twice to anchor. Break the thread.
12. Place a 2" triangle in one of the spaces, right sides together with a square. Starting at the top corner and anchoring your thread as before, stitch along the seam to the point where the hexagon and squares meet, stitch twice to anchor, then stitch the other side of the triangle to the next square. Break your thread. Continue sewing triangles in all the spaces in this manner.
13. Next, sew 2 white triangles to one edge of 2 taupe squares making little houses, and 2 taupe triangles to one edge of 2 white squares. Then, taking the block from step 12, sew the 2 taupe mini house blocks to 2 of the white triangles in this block that are opposite each other. The 2 white mini house blocks are then sewn to 2 taupe squares so that a cross is made. Please see photo to make sure you have positioned your mini house blocks correctly.
14. Make 10 of these joining blocks.
Further instructions will be added in the near future.