The first block of my Habitat quilt is finished, which means it's tutorial time! Here's how to make your own Bejeweled block.
I used my Accuquilt GO! Baby to cut out my tumbler blocks using the 3-1/2" tumbler die, but any size tumbler blocks will work with the general concept of this tutorial.
For this block, you'll need:
Tumbler blocks in various prints or solids (I used 11 different prints/solids)
Tumbler blocks for inner sashing (I used natural linen)
Strips for inner sashing (same fabric as your inner sashing tumbler blocks)
Strips for outer sashing (I used purple linen)
1. First, we'll make our tumbler blocks. If you're using the GO! Baby, cut your fabrics into 4-1/2" x 10-3/4" strips.
5. Repeat with all of your fabrics. For this specific block, you will only need 20 tumbler blocks, but I made enough for my entire quilt at once.
6. Next you'll need to make the tumblers for your sashing, repeating steps 1 - 4. You'll need one block to add to each side of your tumbler rows, which is eight tumblers total for this block.
7. Arrange your tumbler blocks in your desired layout. Add sashing tumbler blocks to the left and right sides of each row. Sew each row together using a 1/4' seam allowance, making sure to alternate the wider and shorter edges of the blocks when sewing together.
Your bejeweled block is finished! I'll be adding similar blocks of different sizes to my quilt, varying the width the of inner and outer sashing on each block. This would also be a great block to use as a pillow cover!
Just a few notes on the GO! Baby fabric cutter...
I was given a GO! Baby fabric cutter and 3 dies for review and to create a tutorial with. For sewing blocks with odd angles such as tumblers, this product makes it so simple and fast. All of the dies I chose (Tumblers, Circles, and Hexagons) are shapes that are kind of a pain to cut out accurately with a rotary cutter and ruler or template. I don't think I would ever use this product to make squares/rectangles or strips though. To me, it's just as easy to cut those with a rotary cutter and ruler. Honestly, I'm not sure I would ever have spent the money to buy a fancy fabric cutter such as this one (I am cheap and would rather spend my money on fabric!), but now that I have one, I'm sure I will use it quite often. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the product and how fast, easy, and accurate it is to use!
So there you have it! Are any of you going to try a Bejeweled block? If you've made it this far...you know what's coming next. I get to give away an Accuquilt GO! Baby fabric cutter and 3 dies to one of you very soon!