Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stash Blasting Wednesday.
Last week I picked some wonderful spring fabrics in bright, cheery colours to create this bit different shuffle block pattern. Most times these blocks are done with a busy print that will create a kaleidoscope design when the pieces are sewn back together. Mine is different in that there is no kaleidoscope design but rather more of a crazy patch quilt design.
The other twist on my shuffle block is that I decided to make my block long and narrow due to the fact that I am working with fat ⅛’s rather than a square piece of fabric.
Last week I drew the design and cut up the pieces. This week’s task is to shuffle the pieces and then sew the pieces together to create eleven blocks.
Shuffling the pieces
Shuffling the pieces is very important so that each block is different – there will be a different fabric in each position in each block. To shuffle, just move the top number of pieces indicated to the bottom of the pile. For example, move the first fabric from the top to the bottom of pile number 2 so that the second fabric is on the top. Then, on pile number 3, move the top two fabrics to the bottom so that third fabric is on top.
Follow this chart to shuffle the pieces into proper order for each numbered pile. There are eleven piles of fabric and eleven different fabrics in each pile.
Pile 1 – leave as is do not move any pieces, piece #1 will be on top
Pile 2 – move piece #1 to the bottom of the pile, piece #2 will be on top
Pile 3 – move pieces 1 & 2 to the bottom of the pile, piece #3 will be on top
Pile 4 – move pieces 1-3 to the bottom of the pile, piece #4 will be on top
Pile 5 – move pieces 1 -4 to the bottom of the pile, piece #5 will be on top
Pile 6 – move pieces 1 -5 to the bottom of the pile, piece #6 will be on top
Pile 7 – move pieces 1 -6 to the bottom of the pile, piece #7 will be on top
Pile 8 – move pieces 1 -7 to the bottom of the pile, piece #8 will be on top
Pile 9 – move pieces 1 -8 to the bottom of the pile, piece #9 will be on top
Pile 10 – move pieces 1 -9 to the bottom of the pile, piece #10 will be on top
Pile 11 – move pieces 1 -10 to the bottom of the pile, piece #11 will be on top
Time to do some sewing
Layout the piles in order that they appear in the block. See the diagram in last week’s post Spring Fling Shuffle Block
All seams are a ¼″. All pieces are sewn with right sides together.
1. Sew piece 1 & 2 together with piece 2 on top. Press the seam towards piece 2.
2. Sew piece 3 & 4 together with piece 4 on top. Press the seam towards piece 4.
3. Sew piece 7 & 8 together with piece 8 on top. Press the seam towards piece 8.
4. Sew piece 10 & 11 together with piece 11 on top. Make sure that the point of piece 11 is hanging over piece 10 a ¼″ and the point of piece 10 will be coming out from under piece 11 a ¼″. Press the seam towards piece 11.
Note: Not all of the pieces are going to match up exactly – no worries, they will be squared up.
5. Sew piece 5 to the unit made with pieces 3 & 4. Sew with piece 5 on top and match up the corners of piece 5 & 3. The pointed end of piece 5 will hang over the edge of piece 4. Press the seam towards piece 5.
6. Sew piece 9 to the unit made with pieces 7 & 8. Sew with piece 9 on top. Press the seam towards piece 9.
7. Sew piece 6 to the unit made with pieces, 3, 4 & 5. Sew with piece 6 on top. Press the seam towards piece 6.
Square up all of the pieces at this point.
8. Sew the unit made in step 1 to the unit made in step 7. Sew with the smaller unit on top. Press the seam towards the unit from step 1. Sew the unit made in step 4 with the unit made in step 6. Sew with the smaller unit on top. Press the seam towards the unit from step 4.
10. Sew the 2 units from step 8 together. Press the seam towards the unit top unit.
IMPORTANT: Do not square off the blocks until all the blocks have been made. Once all of the blocks are made measure each one and then square off all of the blocks to the smallest measurement.
Tune into Stash Blasting Wednesday next week to find out.
Well, I know this isn’t a finished quilt, but it is a finished block so I think that counts for linking up at Wild Rose Cottage for TGIFF and Richard and Tanya Quilts’ Link-a-Finish-Friday, Chumkies Hobbies Stack’nWhack and What a Hoot!: BOMs Away