Welcome to so very easy, my name is Laura. And what would one simple block and some sashing look like together? Let’s find out. We’re going to start with three fabrics. The fabric is from Dear Stella, and I’ve chosen a really dark and two medium colors—or you can consider that a medium and a light. It’s something that’s going to have some contrast, and the block is going to consist of little units sewn together with sashing. We’re going to make 16 blocks. This is going to go together really, really quickly. And everything is going to start off at 2½”. We’re going to need six strips cut the width of the fabric [45″]. from the yellow, the orange, and the black, all at 2½”. We’re going to sew two dark onto the one color and two dark on the second color. Sub-cut both of the strips at 2½”. And you need thirty-six of these small units. I now have thirty-six of each color, and I’m going to have four strips left of the orange and four strips left of the yellow, and I’m going to sub-cut those. And cut those long strips to 4½”. You also need thirty-six of these of each color. We have thirty-six of each of these units, and that’s going to make the entire block. But we did cut a little bit of the dark and these are going to [become] little cornerstones with the sashing. We’ve not cut the sashing yet, but we want to get the squares done first to see what color we want to use. But we’re going to need twenty-five 2½” squares of the dark. Put the 25 squares away. And we need to sew these units together. The left is going to go on the right, so you have that right corner which is going to be the dark one. And you’re going to do that for both of the piles. So take them to the machine and stitch them all together. Now take them and divide them in two piles. So we have eighteen in each. Take two of the squares—and in my case I’m going to use the darker orange—and have the dark pointing inside. With the two other piles, you’re going to have the dark pointing out. We need to sew these two units together, but the units are the same. So you’re going to be able to just stack them together, bring them to the machine and sew them all down the center. Now I’m going to be able to take that pile, divide it up in half, and stitch down the center. The blocks are done and they should equal 8½”. The nice thing about this block: If it doesn’t equal 8½” you can square it up to what size you want; just make sure all 16 blocks are the same size. The blocks are going to be sewn together with some sashing and some cornerstones. So we already have the dark cornerstones cut. Now we need to decide on what color we want the sashing. For example, here is what the yellow would look like, or the orange. You can even put it together without sashing, or you can introduce a new color. To sew them together you’re going to need a 2½” strip by 8½” for both sides and sew those two sides together. So you have one long unit on both of them. The next one: Sew that 2½” square in the center of those two strips, and then sew those strips together. And that center is going to match up. When the four blocks are done you can add some strips along the top and adding sashing along the sides, just making sure that in every intersection you have one of these little black corners. Now that the two borders are done we can start putting them together. It’s just going to go 2 blocks by 2 blocks. We can sew two blocks together and then add another set of sashing on the one side. And this is what one simple block looks like put together with a little bit of sashing. You can see that the pattern does look like you have some bow ties, but at the same time you get to see this block pattern running through. You’ll see the yellow blocks on one and the opposing color on the other. You can leave it as simple as this or add a couple of borders. I’m going to add a border on with this yellow and add one more cornerstone on the four corners, keeping with the 2½” theme. So it’s going tobe 2½” all the way around. So with one block and some sashing we get a nice, fun, whimsical quilt and it was so very easy to do. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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