Monday, July 15, 2013

My month for Simply Solids!

Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday I picked August as my month for Simply Solids: a modern {bee}, thinking it would be so far away!

Simply Solids: a modern {bee}
I changed my mind several times before settling on my chosen block......
We have done so many great blocks in this bee, and it's great fun to stash bust solids.
So , I have decided to do a modification of  the Rolling Stone block.
It's not difficult, and while there are several tutorials out there, I am going to put the instructions in this post.
I will be sending out 2 strips of Kona Putty to be used in specific parts of the block, and the remainder will be STASBUST......woo hooo!
Here is my tutorial....such as it is :-)
 First up is fabric requirments:
I will be sending out 2 strips of Kona putty. One will be 4.5" and the second will be 2.5"
Then you can pick 5 other colours of your choice from your stash!
Cut out your fabrics as described in the photo.
Having said that :-), I would normally have sewn the 2.5" strips (grey & putty) together and then subcut them to 4.5"
But for some reason, I cut them....do whatever works for you!
It only takes a few minutes to mark the diagonal lines on all the 2.5" squares, and I find it easier to just do them all at the same time.
Okay!!
Lets make the corner blocks!
Place 2.5" squares on opposing corners with the marked lines as shown in the photo... this is your sew line. I found the block to be more accurate when I sewed on the outside edge of the line, especially if your marking tool leaves a thick line.
This is a good time to do some chain piecing!


trim your seam allowance and press.
I'm a press to the side kinda gal, but do whatever work for you!
Rinse and repeat...until you have 4 identical corner blocks.
Wasn't that fun! Now add the remaining 2.5" blocks to the other 2 corners.
Yay! the corner blocks are done!
Repeat the process for for the centre block! At least there is only one of those!

We are done with all those 2.5" squares!
Join the 2.5" Kona putty strip with a 2.5" strip of colour #3
subcut 4 pieces to 4.5" 
unless, like me, you cut them to 4.5"before hand!
 However you got there, you should have 4 units measuring 4.5"x4.5"
Lets put this baby together!
Lay out your blocks with the Kona putty to the outside edge please and thank you!
Join in whatever manner works for you....
I found that using a scant quarter inch when joining the rows gave me a 12.5 unfinished block....or close enough :-)
and here it is all finished and looking pretty!
I hope this tutorial makes sense!
If you have any questions, please ask, and if you have any hints, please share!
Thanks ladies, and have fun!
I can hardly wait for the blocks to start rolling in......:-)

8 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Nice block Patti. Look forward to seeing what your Bee mates come up with for you!

Rosa said...

Love this block!

Nat at Made in Home said...

Great block thanks for the tutorial!

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

This looks like a fun block, Patti! Can't wait ti give it a try!

Heather A said...

Great instructions, Patti. I've pinned for future reference.

the mrs said...

Are there any suggestions for what to do with those leftover corners that get cut off? It's too hard to see those go to waste.

Carla said...

Hello there! I received my fabrics today. This will be a fun block to make

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

That'll be a fab top when they're all in

8 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Nice block Patti. Look forward to seeing what your Bee mates come up with for you!

Rosa said...

Love this block!

Nat at Made in Home said...

Great block thanks for the tutorial!

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

This looks like a fun block, Patti! Can't wait ti give it a try!

Heather A said...

Great instructions, Patti. I've pinned for future reference.

the mrs said...

Are there any suggestions for what to do with those leftover corners that get cut off? It's too hard to see those go to waste.

Carla said...

Hello there! I received my fabrics today. This will be a fun block to make

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

That'll be a fab top when they're all in