“Rainbow Sorbet” Free Block of the Month-Block #5

Welcome is SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. It is the first Thursday in May which means it’s a block of the month from Quilting Confections called “Rainbow Sorbet” time. I am making this pattern in two different colorways: The colorway that is suggested and that they have the kits for, and my own color variation. I started with the dark fabric and have pulled in all of my scraps to match. I’m making it dark where this is light. That way we can see both different options. For today’s block we’re going to start by making these little four-patches in the corners. Start with two strips of fabric 2½” by 22″ long. In this case I have the pink and the white background. Once you sew those two pieces together you’re going to be able to cut them in 2½” pieces. And you can do this even before you press this open. Out of eight of these units we’re going to make the four-patches by just simply sewing them together so that the corners are opposing. By pressing those seams towards the darker side, when we put them together those seams are going to nestle up. Sew a ¼” seam allowance. I do like to press my fabric well and starch it first. By doing that I find I don’t have to do as much pressing as I stitch. So I’ve stitched that ¼” seam. Now I’m going to be able to open up that back- corner piece. Just by giving it a little tug, those stitches are going to come apart. That way the seams are all going in a circular direction. You’re going to end up with this little four-patch in the center of the corner piece. Because it has already been starched, I can just press this gently with my fingers and my nails, and that’s going to lay flat without doing any more pressing. The less pressing we do, the better it’s going to be because the heat softens the fabric and makes it stretch easier. So without doing any more pressing, the blocks will be ready. You will need four of these four patches. With my four corners done, I’m going to decide on my center piece. The center piece is a 4½” square and this is the fabric that comes with the kit. That’s already done so I can put that aside. We now need to make four of these units. For the background white we are going to need a 6″ square. We’re going to cut this in the diagonal going twice, so we will have four triangles. That is that triangle right up there. For the smaller C triangle, we’re also going to need a 6″ square, and it’s going to be cut on the diagonal twice. The four triangles are going to fit up in here. The larger B triangle consists of two squares at 5½” cut on the diagonal just once. It’s going to produce larger triangles. Those larger triangles will fit on that corner. To sew this together we’re going to sew these first two little triangles together. You will know that they’re being put together properly because the seams will match. If you have the triangle going in the other way it’s making a long point. What we want to do is produce another triangle, so these two seams will be put together. Put right sides together and stitch ¼”. It will be easier if you start stitching from this edge, coming off of the point, versus sewing from that point coming down. It’s just a lot easier starting with a flat edge. There are two ways we can press this block. If the block is going to go right beside another block, you might need to nestle the seams, so the seams will have to be pressed to the dark side. But in this case we’re doing it as an individual block and we’re going to have big pieces in-between, so we could press the seams open and flat. Place the two triangles together. You want the point of one triangle to match the point of the second triangle. They are going to be trimmed down so they don’t have to fit exact. I like to match up my bottom seam. Stitch ¼” all the way down. The blocks have been designed bigger than necessary so we can trim them down to perfect 4½” squares. There’s two ways we can trim these. The first way is to square them up without pressing them open. To do that, Quilted in a Day has a great 6½” Triangle Square-Up Ruler. You’re going to be able to trim this block using this stitching line, We need to find the 4½” mark on the ruler. This line on the ruler indicates the stitching line, not the edge of the fabric. It’s going to sit right on top of the stitching line, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 on the edge of the seam allowance. That’s one line that needs to be matched up. The other is this center line. So we have two lines following stitching lines. Now we can just trim off the extra. With those ends trimmed up, when the block is opened it is a 4½” square. The other way to trim it is to press the seams open first and then square it. You can still use the same ruler for this and use that 4½” line. Instead of that 4½” line sitting on your stitching line, it’s going to be sitting on the seam line. It sits on the seam line and that center line needs to match up to that corner. Now we can trim off the extra. We can rotate that ruler, have it match up to the 4½” fold, keeping the line straight to this point. We’ll be able to trim off the rest. This method cuts off the dog ears versus the first method, where you still have those dog ears on. You can leave those dog ears on if you want or just cut them off. Any way you trim them is fine. You will need four of these units at 4½” square. We have all the components we need to make the block. Start with the center. The darker squares of the corners are going to come into the inside corners on all four. Next we get to fill in those larger pieces. The background fabric is the fabric that’s going to show on the edge of the block. It’s always going to be on the outside. This is how the block is going to look. We can sew them in rows and then sew those rows together. We now have block 5 done of the Rainbow Sorbet version. Let’s take a look at the dark, scrappy variation. My main focus is the darker fabric. I’m going to take the dark corners and put them where the dark corners went before. They’re all the same measurements as the previous block. The center block is going to be the pink. For this corner piece I’ve done my large triangle in a purple. I still have my black multi-fabric, and I’ve put a dark green so it’s not as much high contrast as in this. That dark is my outside fabric, so it’s replacing these white. Changing the colors really does change the whole look. Let’s change those four corners so that the lighter color is in the center. We can also change those inside pieces. We’ll put the green coming inside. It now appears to have a square within a square with these pinwheels going to the outside. You’re going to have the same effect if you put the darker into the center. You still have that square-in-a-square with those larger triangles on the outside. Because we have four center blocks and four corner blocks, we can switch those, too. I’m going to have them go all in the same direction. You can definitely see a pattern in that center. We can still switch up these corners one or two different ways and we have a different look. I’m going to stick following the pattern so I’m going to keep my four-patches to the outside and my center pieces into the center/ But for my corner squares I’m going to turn them so that the lightest is in the center. By having the center color the same as those cornerstones, it does look like walking stones, and the darker floral creates a circle. When choosing fabrics for my scrappy dark blocks, I’m not concentrating on where the fabric placements are going to be. I’m just cutting the fabric to fit the sizes that I have because I’m only using scraps. I happened to have this pink exactly the right size, and that was what I started with. From there I just pulled out the colors. By doing that you’re still making the same block, however, you’re making it totally different. It’s really fun to see how they turn out. The 12½” blocks are done. The rainbow sorbet one and the scrappy one, and boy did they turn out different. I’ll put a link in the description so you can download the patterns and follow along. 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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