The card trick block in pastels and black

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stash Blasting Wednesday.

It has been a while since I actually highlighted a quilt block here on the blog. This week I have decided to show you how I create the card trick block which just happens to be one of my favourite quilt blocks.

I first learned about it in a book a bought a long time ago when I first started quilting called The Quilting Bible by Singer. What a fabulous book not only for beginners but also for seasoned quilters. Lots of great tips, hints, ideas and projects.

The card trick block has a lot of bias seams but with careful cutting, handling of the pieces and pressing the block will come out perfect every time.

Fabric Selection

My first thought was to look in the scrap bin I keep under my sewing table to find the fabrics to make this block but when I looked I just couldn’t be bothered sorting through all of the scraps. I went to the cupboard instead and found these four lovely pastel pieces which I added a nice rich black to.

Fabrics selected - 4 pastels and a black

The fabrics

The key to this block is to have the centre cards contrasting enough that they show up as individual items and the surrounding background to set them all off. The black is going to do that for sure.

I bought these 4 pastel fabrics years ago in Adelaide at Hettie’s Patch – what a fabulous shop.

Cutting the Pieces

For a nine inch finished block I need to cut from each coloured fabric a 4 ¼″ square and a 3 ⅞″ square. From the black I need a 4 ¼″ square and 2 – 3 ⅞″ squares.

Fabric cut into 2 sizes of squares

Fabric squares cut

Then the 4 ¼″ squares need to be cut on the diagonal twice while the 3 ⅞″ squares only cut on the diagonal once.

Squares cut on the diagonal to create triangles

Cut into triangles

Sewing the Pieces

I have found that the best way to make the card trick block is to lay out the pieces creating the block – this will hopefully ensure everything is sewn in the right place. Not always fool proof but very helpful. I have been known to get things turned around even when it is all in order.

Start with sewing all the triangles together that can be sewn together at this time. Now because everything is on the bias you may want to use leaders to get started with the pieces or a walking foot to move the pieces over the feed dogs more evenly. I used the dual feed on my machine which is also great for sewing bias seams together. Chain sewing will also make the piecing process go much faster.

Four triangles not sewn together

Four pieces left

After pressing the pieces I put them back where they came from and then sewed the next set of triangles together.

Half Square triangles and quarter square triangles

Pieces ready to be sewn

Now that all the triangles are sewn into squares I can trim off the dog ears and sew the pieces together to make the rows.

Rows sewn together

Rows completed

Rows complete it is time to finish off the block. Here’s my 9 ½″ block wishing it had some friends to hang out with but it doesn’t because I only made one block.

The card trick block in pastels and black

Completed 9 ½″ block

Sure do love the colour and fabric combo – I’m thinking there will be more of these blocks in my future.

Happy Quilting!

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