Did you ever see a picture of quilt that you really wanted to make but couldn’t find the pattern? If you can identify the units that make up the block, you don’t really need the pattern. Last year I blogged about being a “Block Detective”. I saw this quilt in a book By Doreen Speckmann. I loved it and wanted to make it, but not with the paper templates that the author suggested.
So, being a Certified Deb Tucker “Block Detective” I decided to try it out by making a block with 2″ finished units. I loved the bright colors against black & white backgrounds.
Now the search was on for fabric to make a whole quilt this time. I found the outer border fabric first and then pulled the colors for the block from that. I decided to make six 20″ finished blocks containing twenty-five 4″ finished units.
I initially chose yellow, orange, red and green fabric but later added a blue fabric . I also needed 6 different black & white prints for the block background.
The tools required were Studio 180 Design V Block, Squared 2 & Corner Beam Rulers and the Technique Sheet for making Sidekicks and High/Low units and don’t forget your Magic Wand!
Each Block contains 4 V Blocks with black & white side triangles,
and 4 V Blocks with black & white center triangles.
Each Block contains 4 Corner Beam Units with yellow center beams,
and 4 orange and red Corner Beam units.
The center of each block contains 1 Squared 2 unit.
There are 2 High/Low Left & 2 High/Low Right Units in each block.
I cut all my pieces first then laid them out one block at a time. I constructed the corner flowers as shown below.
I press the seams as instructed for each of the units, but when I joined the units into the block I pressed my seams open.
Join the units into rows.
Then join the rows to form the block.
These are some wild colors. This quilt was fun to make. So next time you want to play “Block Detective” get out your graph paper and Studio 180 Design tools and discover what you can do! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.