Rainbow Sapphire – Block Four of the Rainbow Round the Year BOM Quilt

Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt

This “SAPPHIRE” is the fourth block in the Block of the Month quilt `Round the Year‘. I have made it only in the Rainbow colourway; the other – Dusk colourway – remains pending, as I am on enforced rest with an acute attack of sciatica.

But don’t worry, the templates and instructions files for Dusk are ready and are being published in a separate post. This is a very simple block to piece and I am sure even beginner paper piecers should be able to manage without step by step pictures.

Like the previous three blocks, this is also paper foundation pieced. The fabric requirements and Instructions for paper piecing and assembly for the RAINBOW colourway for this block can be downloaded as .pdf files from the link at the end of this post. Adobe Reader , which is required for .pdf files, is available for free download online. So here we go!

SAPPHIRE RAINBOW

Finished Block size: 18″ square with 15″ inset circle.

Fabric Requirement and Cutting Instructions


REMEMBER – The Master Template is a mirror image and shows the printed side of the paper templates. You can also use it to try out your own colour schemes; use colour pencils!

Sapphire - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt

  1. Take print outs of the Templates .pdf file with printer settings at 100% or actual size in portrait mode. You have the following templates:
  • 8 wedge templates numbered A, D, E, H, I, L,M and P.
  • 8 spoke templates B,C, F,G,J,K, N and O .
  • 2 background templates Q and R for the outside square. Cut 4 of each, the additional fabric margin is kept on the straight long edge.
Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
Add a margin of 1/2″ to 1″ on the straight edge when cutting fabric for the background template.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Take a print out of the Instructions file and keep it at hand for reference.

3. Cut the fabric according to the fabric requirement chart, using the colour code as guide. To summarise:

  Each of the 8 wedge templates will be pieced with
  • 1 HST 5.5″
  • 1 triangle half of 3″x 6″
  • 1 rectangle 1.5″ x 6.5″

Each of the 8 spoke templates will be pieced with

  • 4 HSTs 3.5″
  • 1 triangle half of 2″ x 3.5″
  • 1 QST 3.5″ ( or 1HST 2″ may be used instead)

4 . Pin the fabric pieces to the respective templates to avoid confusion when sewing.

Piecing Instructions

1.   Piece the wedge templates

2.   Piece the spoke templates and arrange according to the master template. Trim to template size.

Assembly

Refer to the Master template as a guide when assembling the paper pieced templates. ( It is a mirror image, remember?)

Each of the wedge templates is joined to a spoke template.

So, you join A to B, C to D, E to F, G to H, I to J, K to L , M to N and O to P. There are markers on the templates to help you align the templates correctly.

Be careful you do not join 2 wedges together, or you will have y-seams to contend with! Like this!

Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
I joined two wedges together. Here I am adding a spoke to the wedges.
Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
When I started joining the spoke on the other side, I was confronted with a y-seam!

At the end of this, you should have 8 wedges equal to 1/8 of the circle. I have assembled my circle in quarters, don’t let that confuse you.

Final Assembly

The easiest way to join to the background would be as follows:

  • Join AB to X, CD to Q. EF to R, GH to S, IJ to T, KL to U, MN to V and OP to W.
  • Join BAX to CDQ …etc to obtain 4 squares.
  • Assemble the 4 squares; square up the block to 18.5″ . We are done!

You can download the paper piecing templates and instructions ( including fabric requirement) here.

  1. Templates – For paper piecing Block Four SAPPHIRE RAINBOW of the Round the Year BOM Quilt.
  2. Instructions – For Block Four SAPPHIRE RAINBOW of the Round the Year BOM Quilt.

While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I request you to visit the webpage of my favourite not-for-profit organization Samarpan Foundation and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world?

Rainbow Evening at the Pond – Block Two, Round the Year, Block of the Month Quilt

Evening at the Pond

This, EVENING AT THE POND, the second block in my Block of the Month quilt ‘Round the Year’ , is a favourite of mine! For those of you who came in late, this quilt is being made in two colourways. The first, Dusk is in blues, oranges and yellows of a  brilliant sunset, while the second, Rainbow is a more modern version with rainbow colours set against grey and sky blue.

This particular block went through several reincarnations before acquiring its present form, but that deserves its vey own blogpost!  It was tested for me by Nikhat Syeda Arshia and by Sobana Sundar, who has shared her adventure of testing an earlier version of the block on her blog.

Instructions

 These are instructions for the “Rainbow ” colourway,  including the paper piecing templates, fabric requirement and cutting instructions. These instructions can also be downloaded in a printable .pdf format from the link at the end of this post.

The fabric requirement for the Dusk colourway was posted a few days ago.

The block is paper foundation pieced before being assembled. The finished block size is 18″ square with an inset circle of 15″ diameter.

Fabric Requirement and Cutting Instructions

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Cut the 2″ X50″ grey strip for the pond into 12 rectangles – 4 strips each of 5″, 4.5″ and 3.5″.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take a print out of the template.pdf file at with printer setting at 100% or actual size. You  have the following templates:
  • 8 arc templates numbered I to P for the outer ring of flying geese
  • 8 templates A to H for the inner ‘pond’
  • Template S in 2 pieces S1 and S2 for one quarter of the outside square.

2. Piecing

  • Piece the templates A to H
  • Piece the flying geese templates I to P

3. Assembly

  • Join A to I, B to J, C to K …H to P
  • Join AI to BJ to get quarter circle AIBJ; similarly assemble CKDL, EMFN and GOHP
  • Join the quarter circles to Q, R, S and T respectively to get four quarters of your final block.
  • Assemble the 4 squares; square up the block to 18.5″ – we are done!

Refer to the Master template below as a guide when assembling the paper pieced templates.

You can also use it to try out your own colour schemes; use colour pencils!

I would love to see  pictures of your completed blocks on my facebook page “Patchwork of My Life”  –  a link is on the sidebar!

Downloadable files:

1. Paper piecing template – Rainbow Evening at the Pond , Block Two of  Round the Year Quilt

Instructions -Rainbow Evening at the Pond , Block Two of  Round the Year Quilt

While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I suggest you visit the webpage of my favourite NGO Samarpan and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world? Thank you!

Rainbow Dahlia – Block One of “Round the Year” Block of the Month Quilt

This traditional “DAHLIA” block is the first in the Round the Year Quilt. We use bright/ neon solids and a contemporary black and white print to give it a ‘modern’ twist!

The pattern with paper piecing templates can be downloaded from the link at the end of this post.

Block size: 18″ square with 15″ inset circle.  This block is paper foundation pieced before being assembled. We are chain piecing strips to construct the block.


Fabric Requirementgiven for strip piecing technique. You need more fabric if you wish to piece the block in the regular way.

Colour Code Quantity
Light Grey 1 2 strips 2.5” x 20”
Sky Blue/ Cobalt blue
2
2 strips 3.5” x 20”
2 strips 2.5” x 20”
Black and white  print (Shown dark grey in templates) 3 2 strips 2.5” x 20”
Black 4 1 strip 2” x 20”
White 5 1 strip 2” x 20”
8  bright colours across spectrum 6 to 13  Cut 3.5″ square diagonally. Retain 1 HST ( triangle) , putting aside other for use later.
Light Grey (for background square) 1 18.5” square or 10” x 25” strip*

            (* depending on method being used. See piecing instruction no. 8)

  1. Take print outs of the Template.pdf file at 100% size; also ensure printer settings are on portrait mode. You have the following templates:
  • 16 arc templates numbered A to P for piecing the outer circle (ring).
  • 2 templates Q and R for the inner circle
  • Template S in 2 pieces S1 and S2 for one quarter of the outside square ( not needed if you are using the 18.5″ square for the background.
  1. The Master template below shows how the paper pieced sub-blocks shall be assembled. I suggest you print this file for ready reference.

Piecing Instructions

Step by step Instructions for strip piecing, with photos can be accessed here.

  1. Piece arc templates A to H
  2. Piece arc templates I to P
  3. Piece the centre halves Q and R.
  4. Moving anti-clockwise from 3 o’clock, join the arcs in adjoining pairs as follows-
  5. H to P, A to I, B to J and so on
    Join HP to AI and BJ to CK. Next join HPAI to BJCK to get the top half of the flower
  6. Similarly, join adjoining pairs to get the bottom half of the flower DLEMFNGO
  7. Join the centre top Q to HPAIBJCK and similarly construct the lower half of the Dahlia.
  8. * For setting the circle in the square (I am skipping this step in my quilt for now, for I plan to set the circles on to the background fabric only once all of them are ready. )
  • If you prefer to appliqué the whole circle or prefer to join it as a whole by any other method, use the 18.5″ square kept aside for the background.
  • If you prefer piecing, use the following method
    • Glue together the two parts of template S along the marked edge.
    • Use the diagram below to cut 4 of these – S, T, U and V from the 10″ x 25″ background fabric.


  • Join S and T to make the top half and U and V to make the bottom half
  • Set the circle halves into the background fabric, aligning the markers (crosses and small lines) on the templates.
  • Join the halves to make the square block!

The PDF files containing templates and instructions can be downloaded using Adobe Reader from these links:

1. Template File-TEMPLATES – DAHLIA- Rainbow Round the Year

2. Instructions FileINSTRUCTIONS -Dahlia Block -Rainbow Round the Year

While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I suggest you visit the webpage of my favourite NGO Samarpan and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world?

 


A Small Delay! Rainbow Dahlia Block

I know some of you are waiting for the Rainbow Dahlia templates! I am sorry, I have a back spasm and have been advised rest for a couple of days. Hope to post it by Friday.
Will also share with you a couple of more looks for the Dahlia block, using the same templates ! Meanwhile, I would love to connect with you through facebook. All you have to do is like my page ‘Patchwork of My Life’. You can share pics there and post other stuff about this quilt that we are making.

Rainbow Round the Year Quilt – Fabric Requirement

If you like this colourway for your Round the Year Block of the Month quilt, there is good news for you. I have worked out the fabric requirements – but again a disclaimer! This is an estimate based on my calculations.  Again, I hope these will not be too far off the mark!

The measurements given in the first table are for fabric requirement for 16 circles that are inset into squares to make up the quilt. (Measurements for the background fabric are given in a different table.) In India, most fabric is available in 34″ – 36″ width, so I give that requirement in the last column.

Fabric for 16 circles

Colour Fabric 40-44″ width Fat quarters18″ x 20″ Fabric 34- 36″ width
Black solid 1/4 yard 1 FQ 25 cms
White solid 1/4 yard 1 FQ 25 cms
Cobalt/ bright/ sky blue 2 yards( You could also take two shades of same blue – 1 yard each) 8 fat quarters 2 metres
Dark Grey solid 1 1/2 yards 6 fat quarters 1.5 metres
Light Grey solid 1 1/2 yards 6 FQs 1.5 metres
*Black and whilte print/s 2 yards 8 FQs 2.5 metre
Solids ( scraps will do) in at least 8 bright/ neon colours across the spectrum – except sky blue Assorted, totalling up to 1 yard ½ FQ (1 fat eighth) each colour Assorted scraps totalling up to 1 metre
  • Suggested : Modern geometric / text small –medium sized black and white prints

 

Background fabric

This gives the total fabric requirement. If you plan to use 2 or more fabrics, the yardage would need to be adjusted accordingly. You could use white, black, grey/s or blue ( same blue as used in the circle). You could purchase the background fabric once you have all the circles done. Since these circles have a modern look, a modern setting with lots of negative space would probably look good.

42-44″ width 34″-36″ width Fat quarters
Single 18″ Block 12.5″ X 20″ or25″ X 10″ 1 fat quarter ( cut 20″ X 12.5″) 1 fat quarter ( cut 20″ X 12.5″)
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 3 yards 3.5 metres 16 fat quarters
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including borders and sashing
5.5 yards 6 metres

I have given above the requirement for a single block, so that if you plan making fewer blocks, you can do your own calculations!

Backing and batting

Backing fabric 42-44″ width 34″-36″ width Batting
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 4 ½ yards 6.75 metres 80″ x 80″
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including 4″ overage
7.5 yards 7.5 metres 100″ x100″

Batting

If you are buying pre-cut batting, you would need Double/ Full size batting for the smaller quilt and King Size for the bigger one.

Binding

2.5″ wide binding Length of binding required 42-44″ width fabric 34″- 36″ width fabric
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 300 inches length 5/8 yard (55 cms) 65 cms
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including borders and sashing
370 inches length ¾ yard (70 cms) 75 cms

Here Fabric requirement – Rainbow Round the Year is a downloadable PDF file with the fabric requirements.  You will need Adobe Reader ( available for free download online) on your laptop to be able to view this file.

Testing, testing…and some welcome confusion!

I decided to try out one of the alternative colour ways that I suggested for my Block of the Month quilt ‘Round the Year’, before I post the fabric requirements on the 7th  July. There were a few glitches in this block pattern, but I have sorted those out.
Here is a first look at the under-construction block , which I call “Hope” after the famous blue diamond!

"Hope" aka "Blue Diamond"
Block “Hope” / Blue Diamond from the “Round the Year” quilt

I absolutely love this and am tempted to scrap the other blue- orange-yellow and make this one instead! Or perhaps I’ll make both the quilts !? My daughter in law loves the blue and orange combination, so that goes to her. This – the ‘modern’ version – shall be mine! Meanwhile, here is a look at Block Two “Evening at the Pond”  from the other one…

Evening at the Pond
Block Two – Evening at the Pond “Round the Year” quilt

What do you suggest? Which one? If you are on facebook, why don’t you visit my page “Patchwork of my Life” ? Click on the link, visit my page, like it and tell me what you think. I so  look forward to hearing from you!