Tuesday, May 4, 2021

My Favorite Color is Moda Sew Along - Block 6

 Oh my goodness! I thought I was making a block but instead I made a small 16-block quilt. It'll take up a lot of space in the completed quilt though.

Disclaimer: Sometimes I will change the pattern instructions a little bit because a different way works better for me. This does not mean that the pattern won't work exactly as written. If you follow the pattern, your blocks will still turn out fine.


If you're not making the quilt in the Primrose Garden colorway, you will have to have your wits about you. This is where my trusty little cheat sheet came in very handy again.

1. Something that confused me a little is that you have to trim the HSTs (half square triangles) made using 5 1/2" squares to 5" and the HSTs made from 3 1/4" squares to 2 3/4" before making the blocks.

2. The first thing I did was to organize the squares by color as mentioned in the pattern. Remember that each pair of squares will make 2 HSTs, so you will only need half as many squares as HSTs. At first I thought I didn't have enough (and panicked just a teenie bit) because I forgot this little detail.

3. Make the HSTs and trim them as in 1. I found that the squares were a little small and some of the HSTs were hard to trim.  I ended up sewing scant 1/4" seams to make the HSTs a little larger and easier to trim.

4. This is how I assembled each small block (the arrows show seam directions):

5. When you've made all your small blocks, put them on your design wall or lay them out on the floor in their correct positions.  Take a photo for reference. This REALLY helps. Yay for technology!
6. Sew the blocks together in rows. Press the seams in alternating directions.

7. Sew the rows together.  I pressed these seams in whichever direction seemed like it would lay the flattest.

8. In a block this complicated you will never get all your seams to nest, so try not to get too frustrated.

Moda's blog post talks about trimming HSTs. There are 96 in this block!

NOTE: As of the writing of this post, I still have a couple of kits left all colorways, except Cookie Tin.  I also have patterns for sale individually if you'd like to make your own version.

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