Hi friends! I’m excited to be the first stop on the Bloggers’ Bar Hop Quiltalong! Why Bar Hop you ask? Bar is often used to describe rectangles in quilt patterns, and we were all asked to use at least one “bar” or rectangle in our blocks. Fun, right? Here’s my block made with the fabrics generously supplied by Clothworks from their European Taupe VIII collection by Kinkame. My only addition is the blue crossweave by Moda, to frame out the center group of bars.
To make your own block you will need:
6 rectangles : 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ from a variety of fabrics
4 squares : 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from a variety of fabrics
4 rectangles : 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ from solid blue
2 squares : 3″ x 3 ” from a variety of fabrics
2 squares : 3″ x 3″ from solid blue
To begin mark on the wrong side of two 3″ squares,
match the marked squares with solid squares, and sew 1/4″ away from the line, on both sides, to make half square triangle units.
Cut on the marked line with your rotary tool, press the seam allowances to the darker fabric, and trim to 2 1/2″ square.
Set your hst units aside to make the block center.
Rows 1 & 3 : sew two 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles together side by side.
Rows 2 & 4 : sew two 2 1/2″ squares to either side of a 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle.
Press seam allowances in one direction, then sew the rows together.
Next add blue rectangles to the sides, press the seam allowances out.
Sew hst units on either side of the remaining blue rectangles, referencing the finished block for placement, press the seam allowances toward the rectangle.
Finally, sew the top and bottom units in place, nesting the seams, and press the seam allowances out.
Trim your block to 12 1/2″ if necessary, and get ready for the next block! Here’s the block in pdf form if you desire to print it out.
Here’s a look at who’s designing blocks:
October 1 Amy Ellis
October 2 Lynn Harris
October 3 Heather Jones
October 4 Jackie Kunkel
October 5 Ashley Jones
October 6 Emily Cier
October 7 Scott Hansen
October 8 Jan Peoples
October 9 April Rosenthal
October 10 Amy Lobsiger
October 11 Cara Quilts
October 12 Konda Luckau
October 13 Alethea Ballard
October 14 Charlie Scott
Thanks for stopping by, and happy quilting ~ Amy