Saturday, January 15, 2011

Easy 12 inch square block tutorials.

I've joined in to help Corrie with her Quilts for Queensland.

Unfortunately the next town to us is being evacuated as I write this, due to floodwaters as well. Nowhere near as bad as the Queensland situation but still not nice for all concerned. We might have to do a quilt or two for Victoria the way things are going. Poor old Tasmania is getting wet today too.

I saw our local patchwork shop on the news with water inside. Hopefully most of our local homes and shops are able to salvage a lot of belongings as they have had a bit more warning this was coming and the water is not going to totally submerge buildings. Our supermarket was nearly out of water, bread and milk this morning as cars get diverted through our sleepy little town.

Ok back to the quilting.

Reading through Corries comments on her blog and Facebook there are a lot of people wanting to help than haven't done much patchwork so I've done two simple 12 inch block tutorials that might help the beginners.

All the finer details of the project are here.
Corrie has also included some other useful tutorial links to get everyone started.

Both these blocks are great for using up scraps or left over charm squares and jelly roll pieces.

(Warning - quilting is addictive.)

Block one - Nine Patch.

Cut nine 4 1/2 inch square pieces.
I'm using two different colours but the colour combinations are endless.

Using 1/4 inch seams join pieces together as shown above.

Press seams towards darker colours OR press seams on the outside strips one way and the opposite way on the middle strip. This just reduces bulk when you join the strips together.

Join the three strips together and you with have a 12 1/2 inch square block.
Block will be 12 inches square when combined into quilt.

Block Two - Bordered Square

For this block cut the following

one 4 1/2 inch square (yellow)
two 2.5 x 4.5 inch strips (green)
two 2.5 x 8.5 strips (green)
two 2.5 x 8.5 inch strips (pink)
two 2.5 x 12.5 inch strips (pink)

Join the shortest strips either side of the square.
Press seams to the outside.

Join the next two strips, press to outside again.

Join the next two strips, press to outside again.

Join the final two strips and press to outside again.

Voila. Two 12 inch block ready to send off for the Quilts for Queensland.
Sorry about the crinkles, this was a very speedily organised tutorial.


  1. I am so sorry to hear you are getting so much water near your home town too. It is a very sad situation. Let´s hope it is over soon.
    You have made two very nice tutorials!
    Have a dry week-end!

  2. I hope you all stay dry Julie. Its a crazy time that's for sure.
    ps. the pics in your last post are wonderful.

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  4. oops julie that was me that deleted it! Gosh I can't believe you have floods down there in vic, not a patchwork store! oh no! I wonder did they have warning! ugh

    thank you so much for these tutorials


  5. I have it on good authority that every thing that could be lifted up at the quilt shop was and then the owner got home and found water was coming up her driveway. I didn't ask if she was on a rise , I hope she is.

  6. Don't we tend to forget how great simple 12" squares are..? I love nine patch quilts, so back to basics and lovely..

  7. Thanks Julie! It now looks so simple. (Yes, I'm one of the duds that thought "blocks?? What the ??do you mean lego??"
    Might give it a go after I've finished my cot quilt (just hoizontal strips) that I cut out for Corrie last night and send them together.
    Thanks - hope you guys stay dry.

  8. What a wonderful project to be involved in. I can't even begin to imagine the devastation those people are facing.
    Your work is absolutely beautiful. I've been drooling over everything in your sidebar. So pretty!