September 14, 2016

2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop ~Beautyberry Chevron

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop.  Participants of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop [my intro post here] were invited to join in by creating an original (gulp) 12" x 12" finished block.  My design is Beautyberry Chevron.



We were generously given 5 fat quarters of organic yarn dyed Cirrus Solids by Cloud 9 Fabrics.  Our blog hop hosts, Cheryl, Stephanie and Yvonne did an incredible job of curating the beautiful bundle which they named Berry Harvest.

Cloud9 Cirrus Solids in Amazon, Sky, Shadow, Lilac and Iris


The Cirrus Solids colors are Amazon, Sky, Iris, Lilac and Shadow.  The colorful berries of the American Beautyberry bush inspired the name for my quilt block, Beautyberry Chevron.

Beautyberry bush

Beautyberry Chevron quilt block is a variation on the classic chevron and combines the light and dark of both the blue and purple along with the neutral gray as the background.  I tried to create depth with the placement of the lights and darks within the chevrons.

Beautyberry Chevron quilt block detail

Let's get started making Beautyberry Chervron quilt block.
  • All seam allowances are 1/4"
  • RST = right sides together

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS


Shadow (Gray Background):
(24) 2 ½" squares
(1)  2 ½" x 12 ½" rectangle
(2)  1 ½" x 12 ½" rectangles





Lilac (Light Purple)
(3)  2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles

Iris (Dark Purple)
(3)  2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles

Sky (Light Blue)
(3)  2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles

Amazon (Dark Blue)
(3)  2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles



FABRIC PREPARATION


On each of the 24 background squares, mark diagonally from corner to corner with a marking pen or, my favorite, a hera marker.  If this were a print fabric, mark on the wrong side of the squares.

Mark each 2 1/2" background square with a diagonal line

STITCH AND FLIP RECTANGLE UNITS

NOTE: Pay careful attention as you are sewing the stitch and flip rectangle units because they are not all sewn in the same direction.  The dark and light units will be mirror images of each other.  All of the dark units are sewn one way and the light ones are sewn in the opposite direction.

Dark Stitch and Flip Rectangles Units

1.  Align a background square at the top of a dark rectangle RST, orienting the drawn line as shown below. 

2. Stitch on on the drawn line from the upper left corner down to the bottom right corner.

Align the background square RST on the each of the dark rectangles as shown

3.  Press triangle toward the corner as shown below.  By pressing the seam first, before trimming, there is less chance for distortion of the bias seam.

4. Fold back triangle and trim seam allowance to 1/4".

5. Press seam open. 

6. Repeat for all dark rectangles to form a total of 3 dark blue and 3 dark purple partial units.  

Making dark partial stitch and flip rectangle units

7.  Using the same 6 dark partial units, repeat steps 1 thru 5 on the opposite end of each rectangle as shown below.

8.  Press seams open.

9.  You should have 3 dark blue and 3 dark purple stitch and flip rectangles.

Making stitch and flip rectangle units

Light Stitch and Flip Rectangles Units

1.  Align a background square at the top of a light rectangle RST, orienting the drawn line as shown below.  Notice this is opposite of the dark rectangles.

2.  Stitch on the drawn line from the upper right corner to the lower left corner.

3.  Repeat steps 3 thru 9 for all six light rectangles, orienting the squares and rectangles for the light rectangles.

Make 6 light stitch and flip rectangles orienting the background squares as shown

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

1.  Sew light purple and dark purple stitch and flip rectangle units together to form pairs as shown below.  I put a pin in each critical point where the seams should match.

2. Form 3 purple pairs, pressing seams open.

Purple stitch and flip units sewn in pairs

3.  Sew light blue and dark blue stitch and flip rectangle units together to form pairs as shown below.

4.  Form 3 blue pairs, pressing seams open.

Blue stitch and flip rectangle units sewn in pairs

5.  Sew the pairs to form rows 2 and 4 as shown below, pressing seams open.

6.  Sew the rows together, pressing all seams away from the chevron rows 2 and 4.

Your Beautyberry Chevron quilt block is complete and should measure 12 ½" x  12 ½" unfinished and will finish 12" x 12" when sewn into a quilt.

Beautyberry Chevron quilt block, a chevron variation

This is what a quilt would look like in a 4 by 4 setting of 16 blocks finishing 48" x 48".

Beautyberry Chevron Quilt 48" x 48"

I was out at Furman University last week and took a couple of pictures by the lake.  That's where I found the Beautyberry bush.  Look at the creative ironwork on the railing.

Beautyberry quilt block at Furman University Amphitheater with the lake in the background

Beautyberry Chevron quilt block with a Beautyberry bush

The host for today, September 14th, is Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter so please visit her along with the other bloggers to see the new blocks they have created with Berry Harvest.

Kathy
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Paige
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Quilted Blooms THAT'S ME!
Mary
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Allison
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Seven
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Olusola
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Ann
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Jodie
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Vicki
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Kitty
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Francine
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Shelley
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Jayne
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Geraldine
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Shannon
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Lisa
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Jessica
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Cassandra
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Deanna
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Denise
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Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl was Monday's host and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs was yesterday's host. For more Berry Harvest inspiration visit them and the other participating bloggers.

Each host will have a giveaway for a beautiful bundle of Cloud9 fabric, so be sure to stop by and enter.

Linking to Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday and Show It Off Saturday.

54 comments :

  1. I love your block. I especially like the use of the light/dark to give the block movement. I liked the colors you picked from the palette, too. When I saw that you took pictures at Furman University, I had to plead ignorance and Google it. Then when I learned that it's in Greenville, I immediately heard the Southern drawl. I grew up in WV and we had lots of students at WVU from PA. They thought I had a southern accent. Then I moved to 30 miles south of Erie, PA. I was accused of a very southern accent. Then I moved to 50 miles of Tulsa, OK. I just about fit in there. Now I live in a suburb of Tulsa and my family back in WV says I say "O" in quite a different way. It's interesting how we are all the same and yet different. I always loved for my adult cousins to come from NC and SC when I was a child. I loved to hear one of them say "butter." Again, thanks for sharing your beautiful work; a great tutorial; and also catching my interest with a beautiful picture enough to cause me to learn something else new unrelated to quilting.

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  2. Wonderful variation with clever placement of the light and dark colours. Your tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. Thank you for a great block Paige, love it.
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    Kate

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  3. I really love how you used these colours. Great effect!

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  4. A chevron quilt is on my bucket list... Love the 3D look of your block!

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  5. Great idea to play the lights/darks against each other - it's really effective. Can't go wrong with chevrons, either! Well done.

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  6. The colors are perfect for chevrons-love the 3-D effect! Thank you, Susan

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  7. I love this block! The chevrons are perfect with the two tones...well done Paige!

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  8. I've never heard of a beauty berry before this week, but the color is fascinating! Lovely design -- the light blue seems to glow!

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  9. This is gorgeous! The chevrons in the two tones look great and I like that the chevrons aren't the typical HST variety. Also, I love that you took a picture of your Beautyberry Block in a Beautyberry bush! Those berries are SO vibrant!

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  10. Lovely block, Paige. I really like the alternating light and dark of each colour :)

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  11. I really like the shadowing effect you have here. Really pretty block, and beautiful photos!

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  12. This is stunning! I love the movement in the block that's even more obvious in the quilt layout. The 3-D effect is a wow factor. Very nicely done!­čĹĆ

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  13. I love the depth you were able to make using the two color tones in the fabric bundle, Paige. I especially like the way you offset the light and dark color placement of the upper and lower chevrons and reversed the direction between the chevron rows. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop!

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  14. Paige, what a fun use of chevrons in your block; it is stunning. Very clear and concise tutorial too!

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  15. Paige, you outdid yourself! I love the 3D effect of the alternating chevrons. You made such great use of the values of the fabrics. Your directions are so well written, and you found some gorgeous settings for your photos. Well done!

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  16. Paige, this is a very wonderful somehow rather sophisticated looking block. And I have never seen Beautyberrys before. I understand how they might have inspired you. I think your block would work stunningly as a form of quilt border =)

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  17. Beautiful block, I love your color placement!
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  18. Beautiful. I love this color combination and the name fits perfectly. You did a great job achieving the felling of depth too.

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  19. Wow Paige this is an amazing block. You outdid yourself coming up with this great way to utilize the lights and darks.

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  20. I love chevrons and I love the dimension your block has. Really nice tutorial.

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  21. Paige,

    I love Chevron blocks. This is such a cool looking block. You guys are making life difficult. I have a list of things to do, including 2 or 3 wedding quilts by the end of the year. Can't wait to try all these neat blocks.

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  22. LOVE your block, Paige...the contrast of light and dark makes for a wonderful block and quilt!

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  23. Very well done. Lots of movement in the whole quilt. I like the 3D tumbling block look to it, as the background comes forward and back depending on how you look at it.

    I have not seen beauty berries here in the Pacific Northwest, what a great addition to a landscape.
    The color is perfect for these Coud 9 fabrics!

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  24. Gorgeous block, Paige. I love the combination and play of light and dark fabrics. Your instructions are awesome - thank you! Julie@TheCraftyQuilter.com

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  25. Oooh i like this Paige, good block and great tutorial!! :)

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  26. Paige - What a lovely block! I really like the movement the color placement creates. The layout of the whole quilt is amazing. Very 3-D! Great tutorial too! Very well written.

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  27. wow this is gorgeous. I love how you came up with your block name and the idea for the block. I have never heard of beauty berries before

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  28. Beautiful block and wonderful tutorial!!!

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  29. Holy heck it's great. No surprise really. After all I knew it would be!

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  30. Hi Paige, I love your chevron 3D. I hope to try it out some day. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial.

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  31. Perfect choice for the colours we were given. I wish I had your sense of placement. Great tutorial

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    1. Thanks Denise! I did try to think about placement of the lights and darks as if the light source was coming from one direction.

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  32. Hi Paige! You never cease to amaze me how good you are at everything you do! Great block design, wonderful tutorial and excellent photography!

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  33. Lovely design, Paige! Great use of the colors!

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  34. Beautiful block, Paige, and I love your stitch and flip technique!

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  35. Oh Paige this is a gorgeous blocks and I love the name. I have never heard of a beautyberry before what a great looking plant. Great clear and concise tutorial.

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  36. Your block looks so perfect!! What a clear and thorough tutorial, great photos!!

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  37. As I mentioned to you on Instagram, I just love chevrons! Can't get enough :) And I love how you paired the different tones in this block - super pretty!

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  38. This block is beautiful, Paige!
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  39. It is beautiful - and the colors are just outstanding!

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  40. Your block is absolutely gorgeous! I love the depth the two tones give the chevron stripes. Really beautiful work, Paige!

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  41. These Cloud 9 colors are gorgeous together and the individual blocks are awesome. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  42. Super cute! And these fabrics work so great for this block.

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  43. This is a well written tutorial. Thank you, I'll bookmark it for later. I also love the solids you've used!

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  44. Hi Paige, first of all, thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Yes, I do have moderation, I started that after getting a whole lot of scam remarks. Your chevrons, super way you used the lights and darks, and another one I have saved to do later on. I haven't been well lately, and to get those bocks done was such a thrill. I'm adding you to my blog list as well. Greetings from NZ.

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  45. The combination of light and dark is really lovely!

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  46. Paige, this is awesome block, I like the choice of colors too. I have always wanted to make a chevron quilt. This may be my first. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Dena

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  47. First, love the name. Makes me think of lovely flowers and warm sunshine. The block makes me smile! Such a clever take on a chevron block, and they look wonderful in a quilt! Great job.

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  48. Your block is beautiful, Paige. Thank you for the tip on pressing BEFORE trimming the seam. I'm going to give that a try.

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  49. This is soooo beautiful ♥

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  50. The way you alternated the light and dark in your fabrics makes the chevrons glow with life Paige. Beautiful!

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