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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:  Make 2 Blocks



B/L/M Unit: (Makes 4)  

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

Attach second (B) HST. Place B/L HST unit right sides together on a (M) HST.

Sew. Press towards (B) Triangle.

                                                                                                                                                                                  
   

 

D/L – L/D Unit: (Make 4).

D/L: Place a (L) HST triangle right sides together with a (D) QST . Sew.

Press towards (L) triangle. Repeat to make your flying Geese Unit.

 

                                                                                                                                                                       


L/D: Place a 2(D) HST triangle right sides together with a (L) QST. Sew.

Press towards (D) triangle. Repeat to make your flying Geese Unit.

Sew D/L and L/D Flying Geese Units together to form one D/L-L/D unit. Press toward L/D

                                                                                                                                                                                               


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

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


  Block 6:  July 19, 2018 (Make 2 Blocks)

Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.

 

 

M/B/L Unit: (Makes 4)  

 

Place 2 7/8” (B) HST right sides together with 3 3/8” (M)sq.  Sew and press towards (B) triangle.  

 

Repeat on 3 sides of 3 3/8” sq. Place a 2 7/8” (L) HST right sides together on 4th side.
Tip:  To center triangle on Square, fold square in half and finger press and fold long side of triangle in half and finger press.  Match up center folds and sew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

B/L/D Unit: (Make 4). 

 

Place a 2 7/8” HST (B) fabric triangle right sides together with a 5 ¼” (L) QST fabric. Sew.

 

Press towards (B) triangle. Repeat on opposite side to make 1 B/L Flying Geese Unit.  Place B/L Flying Geese Unit right sides together with a 2 ½”x4 ½” (D) rectangle.  Press towards rectangle.

                                                                                                                                                                     

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


 Block 7:  August 16, 2018 (Make 2 Blocks)


Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.

D/B Unit: (Makes 4)  

 

Place (B) 2 ½” WOF strip right sides together with (D) 2 ½” WOF strip and sew along long side.
Press towards (D).  Sub-cut strip into (8) 2 ½” x 4 ½” pieces.  Sew 2 pieces together to make a 4 ½” sq.

 

Reserve remaining strip pieces for 2nd block.


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

 

B/L HST Unit:  Place a (B) 5 ¼” QST right sides together with a (L) 5 ¼” QST. Press towards (L).
Place B/L HST Unit right sides together with a (M) 4 7/8” HST piece sew and press towards (M).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   



  

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


Block 8:  September. 20, 2018 

Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.

Assembly Instruction for 1 Block:  (Make 4 Blocks)

 

Refer to diagram for piece placement when assembling each unit.

Place (B) HST right sides together on (L) sq. Sew. Press towards triangle.

 

Repeat on 2nd side of (L) sq.  Then place and sew (D) HST on (L) square.
Press towards triangles.

                                                                                                                                                                                          
 

Block 9:  October 18, 2018
(Make 4 Blocks)

Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.

B/D Unit: Place (B) HST right sides together on (D) sq. Sew. Press towards triangle.

 

Repeat to add one additional triangle to square.



 

Place (M) HST right sides together to B/D triangle unit. Sew and press towards (M).


                                                                                                                                             
                                                        


Block 10:  November 15, 2018
and (Center Block Assembly)


Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.


Layout pieces to be sewn. 


Attach a Medium HST piece to each side of the Light Square piece.
Mark the center of the triangle and match up to the center of the square. Pin and sew.



Center Square Medallion Assembly. 
Layout row of blocks.  (Make 2 in this order for rows 1 and 3.)

Layout center row (make 1)


Layout center medallion with 3 rows - ensure 1st and 3rd row are layed out to form center star with dark HST points.

With your sashing strips. Take the two shorter strips and add to top and sides of Center Square Medallion.
Tip: Fold your sashing strips in half bringing the two short ends together to find the center of the strip. Pin this center to the center of your pieced medallion square first then pin at both ends. Ease in any excess from the sashing or the center medallion square.

     

Block 11: Border Corners  December 20, 2018

 

 Cut out according to instructions in Benton County Enterprise.

 

M/L QST Unit:

 

Place (L) HST on (M) Sq. Sew. Press towards triangle. Repeat on other side of sq.



                                                                            

 

D/L QST Unit:
Place (D)  HST on (D) sq. Press towards triangle. Place a (L) HST on other side of (D).
Make second D/L QST unit in mirror image. (Note placement of (L) and (D) HST units.  Make 4 Sets.

                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Place (D) Large HST right sides together on Large (L) sq. Sew. Press towards Square.
Repeat on each side with the M/L QST Unit and D/L QST Units. (Note Placement)

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        
     

 




Block 12:  Borders and Assembly - Jan 17, 2019 

Quilt Center and Border Assembly: 

 Quilt Center:

 1).  Row One & Three:  Arrange blocks as shown and sew together. (Make 2)


Row Two:
1). Arrange 3 blocks as shown and sew together. (Make 2)


2).  Sew "3 block arrangement" from step 1)  to each side of center medallion.
(Note: the 3 block segments  on each side are flipped
  so  blocks are not directly across from each other.)


3). Sew Row 1, Row2, and Row 3 Together. Finished Quilt Center should measure 60” sq.
  (60 ½”   unfinished).     (Similar to the side blocks, take the 1st and 3rd row and flip so blocks are not directly across from each other)

 

Border:

 1) Sew a (M) and (D) Border Strip on each side of a (L) Strip. Make 4.     


 2) Measure Left and Right of Quilt Center, Average the measurement and cut 2 of the border strips to that measurement.
     Sew the side borders to Quilt Center.


3) Measure the top and bottom of "Quilt Center" with the "Side Borders" and average the number.  Cut the remaining two of the "Border Strips" to this calculation. 

4) Sew Border Corners to each end of the Top and Bottom Border strips.  Ensure to match up the color seams. 

5) Sew the Borders with added Corner Blocks to the Top and Bottom of the quilt. Again, match up the color seams.  Quilt as desired.
( Note: Actual quilt does not have segmented border strips as is shown in the picture)


Quilt as Desired and ENJOY!
Thank you for participating with our quilt along. Hope you will join us in 2019.













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