Many Ways Block Quilting Tutorial Pt1

We’ve spent the past few months sharing with you some of our Two Tiny Makes goodness.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all things crafty on my blog?   There is one thing though that I’ve been avoiding that I really want to have a go at.  It’s writing a tutorial so you can have a go yourself!

Yourself?  Yes, I’m kinda aiming this at people who can sew, probably have a sewing machine, know how to use it but need a helping hand in creating a simple patchwork quilt.  Today we’re going to look at making a simple six-inch block which I’ve named “Many Ways”. Once you have several of them you can lay them out to create several different patchwork quilt designs making “Many Ways” an ideal starter block to have some fun with.

The Many Ways Block

The finished block with 3 yellow suares spreaf out on 3 layers

Equipment

  • 2 contrasting fabrics  I’ve gone purple and yellow and will refer to these in my tutorial.
  • A ruler
  • Scissors

I’m leaving this list like this as I am assuming you have a means to sew, aka sewing machine, or a needle and thread.  Also I’m assuming you might not have a rotary cutter or cutting board.  You can just use scissors!

To make the block we need 7 mini blocks which will then be sewn together in the following order with a 1/4″ seam allowance. I’ll show as many pictures as possible as I go so you know what we’re doing.

Cutting blocks

We need the following size blocks.

  • 3 x 2.5″ by 2.5″  square in your yellow colour.
  • 2 x 2.5″ by 2.5″  square in your purple colour.
  • 2 x 4.5″  by 2.5″  in your purple colour.

This pattern is great if you have a 5″ charm pack of squares because you can just cut them in half or quarters. If you’re using one big piece take your time measuring and careful cutting.

the cut fabric all laid out 2 large purple strips, 3 yellow squares and 2 purple squares

Sewing the Many Ways Block

This has four stages. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing together with right sides together sew a purple square block to the yellow square block. Do the same again on opposite side, this our top strip:

the top strip with the yellow sqare in the middle

Then sew onto the right side of the purple rectangle block to a yellow square block.  This is our middle strip:

the middle strip sewn together with the yellow patch on the right

Finally sew a yellow square block to the left side of the last purple rectangle.  This is the bottom strip:

the bottom strip with the yellow square on the left

Before sewing the 3 newly made strips together, for a neater block we should press the seams open with an iron as per the picture below.  It’ll make me the block flatter and nicer to work with:

the back of the strips of square with seams ironed flat

Time to sew the strips together to create our blocks.  Take the top strip and the middle strip.  Lay them flat so they are shown as the final block.  Flip right sides together to sew along the long edge with the usual 1/4″ seam allowance.  If it’s a first time it might be good to pin the fabric right side together matching up the square seams. If you’re a bit more experienced you might feel like ignoring the pins and do it by eye! Try and keep the bottom fabric seams flat as you feed through the machine:

the sewing machine showing the fabric going through the machine with the seams flat
The bottom layer seam is still flat as it goes through the machine

Sew the bottom strip to the middle strip as per instructions above. Take you time to make sure you are sewing it the right way round to end up with the purple block in the right place.  Then press the back seams open with an iron.

The back of the finished block with iron flat pieces

There you go, it’s finished. How simple was that?   Now the fun part of sewing lots of these exact same blocks to see what patterns you can make.   Come back next week for instructions on sewing the many ways patchwork quilt top together.

I’ll put the link here when it’s live!

The finished block with 3 yellow suares spreaf out on 3 layers

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