Blue Skies - Quilt Along 2018


This is our very first "Quilt-Along" and we are so very excited to introduce "Blue Skies" with partnership of the Benton county Enterprise (BCE). The 3rd week of each month BCE will publish a block in the newspaper with cutting and assembly instruction. We will provide more detail with pictures for assembly process here to help assist you. If you are not already a BCE subscriber you can subscribe at the link below to not only receive the block information but also learn about all the "happenings" in Benton County, Missouri.  you can subscribe annually or you may also print just that day's paper for just $2 to get the block pattern for that month. We will list the dates on our website here.
Link for Benton County Enterprise below:  

http://www.bentoncountyenterprise.com/content/subscribe
We used primarily Blues in our quilt and you can purchase the fabrics or kits here or at the shop, but this quilt would be beautiful in any color.  The "Quilt Along" will be listed below each month for assembly instruction but remember - the pattern must be purchased by BCE.  To register for our monthly fabric packs
click below for registration. 
  Blue Skies Quilt Along Registration

Quilt Along Instruction:    

 

This is for assembly only - pattern is provided by the Benton County Enterprise.


Introduction:
Introducing “Blue Skies” the 2018 Block of the Month created for Benton County Enterprise Readers. Measures approximately 84” x 84” at completion.
 
This Block of the Month (BOM) will provide instructions for 12 Blocks plus Assembly Instructions.  They will be posted each month on the 3rd week of the month.   We used blues in our layout but it would be beautiful in any colorway.
 
Measurements are based on 40 inch wide usable quilter’s cotton yardage. All seam allowances use an accurate ¼ inch.
 
Fabric Requirements:
 
Background (B):    1 ½ yards
 
Light - Floral (L):    3 yards
 
Medium (M):            2 7/8 yards

 

Dark (D):                  2 ¼ yards

Block 1:  Feb 15, 2018  (Make 4 Blocks)

   
   

  

B/D Unit: (Makes 4)

Draw diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of each (B) fabric sq. Place right sides together with (D) fabric sq.
Sew scant ¼” on each side of drawn line. Cut on diagonal line. 

Tip:  Check your ¼” seam allowance with scrap material.  Cut (2) dark strips and (1) light strip 
1 ½” x 3” each. Sew all 3 strips with light in the middle. Middle strip should measure 1”.

 





  

B/L/M Unit: (Make 4)

Be sure to use the diagram for placement of HST. Center HST (B) right sides together on the (M) sq. Sew. Center HST (L) right sides together on the opposite side of the (M) sq. Sew.  Repeat. 

Tip: Fold (M) sq in half twice to find center point.  Fold HST's in half to find center. Place HST on square matching up fold lines.

 



       
 

Assemble units in rows using diagram and picture for placement.  Press top and bottom row to outside A/A units and Center row towards (M) sq.  unit for ease of seam matching.




Block 2:  March 15, 2018  (Make 2 Blocks)

                                                                                                                         
   

B/D/L Unit: (Makes 4)   

Place a (B) HST right sides together with (D) square. Sew and press towards (B) triangle. Attach second (B) HST. Place A/B HST Unit right sides together on a (L) HST. Sew. 
TIP: 
When sewing together a multi-pieced triangle and a single fabric triangle, match the right-angle raw edges. If the angled edges (edge to be sewn) do not match up exactly, use the single-fabric triangle as your guide for you ¼ Inch seam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  

B/D/M Unit: (Make 4).

Place a (B) QST fabric triangle right sides together with a (D) QST fabric. Press towards dark triangle. Place BD triangle unit right sides together with a (M) HST fabric.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Assemble units in rows using diagram and picture for placement.  Press top and bottom row to outside A/A units and Center row towards (L) sq.  unit for ease of seam matching.



Block 3:  April 19, 2018  (Make 2 Blocks)


B/D/M Unit: (Makes 4)  

Place (B) HST right sides together with (D) square. Sew and press towards (B) triangle.

Attach second (B) HST. Place A/B HST Unit right sides together on a (M) HST. Sew.



     
                                                                                                                      


 B/D/L Unit: (Make 4).

Place a HST (D) fabric triangle right sides together with  (B) QST fabric. Sew.

Press towards dark triangle. Repeat to make your flying Geese Unit. Press towards dark triangle.

Place BD triangle unit right sides together with  L) rectangle. Press towards rectangle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

     

Assemble units in rows using diagram and picture for placement.  Press top and bottom row to outside

 B/D/M units and center row towards (L )sq. unit for ease of seam matching.



Block 4:  May 17, 2018  (Make 2 Blocks)



L/B and M/B units (Makes 4 each)  

Place 2 7/8” (B) HST right sides together with a 5 ¼” QST (L) to make the L/B Unit. Press towards (B).

Place second 2 7/8” (B) on opposite side. Press towards (B) to complete L/B Unit. Make 4.

Repeat using 2 7/8 (B) HST and 5 ¼” QST (M) to make M/B unit. Make 4. 

Sew L/B and M/B units together.  Press towards M/B unit.  Should measure 4 ½” sq.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

D/M Unit: (Make 4).

Sew 2 ½” (M) strip to 2 ½” (D) strip lengthwise making 4 ½” x 20” strip. Press towards (D).

Sub-cut strip into 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares. Make 4.  (see Tip Below)

                                                                                                                                  

Tip:  When sub-cutting strips that have already been sewn together.
Place your ruler so that a line on the ruler lines up with your stitched seam.
Then measure left to right for sub-cutting your strips.

                                                      
  

Assemble units in rows using diagram and picture for placement.  Press top and bottom row to outside

A/A units and center row towards L square for ease of seam matching.



Block 5:  June 21, 2018:  TBD









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