Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop

I am excited that as part of the New Bloggers Blog Hop we were asked to create a 12 inch block out of Cloud 9 organic solids!

Cloud9 is generously sponsoring a New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids. The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.

As a part of the hop I received a fat quarter bundle of these gorgeous colors!

I decided I wanted to include all the fabrics in my block.  My final block is shown below.

 Here are the directions for making this block:

Cutting Instructions:
Shadow - cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 by 6 inches
                cut 2 squares 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

Iris - cut 8 squares 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches

Lilac - cut 4 squares 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches

Amazon - cut 4 squares 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches

Sky - cut 2 squares 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
          cut 1 square 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches

Piecing Instructions:
1.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on ALL the squares EXCEPT the 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 sky squares.  I used a Clover White Marking Pen for this because it irons off!

On the Shadow squares, draw additional lines 1/4 inch on either side of the center line you drew as shown below.  The inner line will be the CUTTING line and the outer two lines will be the SEWING lines.

Pin together a light blue 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 sky square with a shadow square on top.  Stitch on the outer two lines.  Then cut the square in half along the center line.

Now iron the squares open towards the dark gray.  Then trim the squares to 5 1/2 inches.  I purposely made these squares large so I could cut them down to size later.

Take a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch lilac square and lay it in the corner on top of the sky square as shown below.

Sew down the marked line on the lilac square.   Then trim off the extra fabric leaving 1/4 inch next to the sewing line as shown below.

Press towards the lilac creating the block below.

Put the Amazon 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 square in the corner on top of the lilac.  Sew down the diagonal line marked on the Amazon square.

Trim away the extra fabric leaving 1/4 inch next to the sewing line as shown below.

Press towards the Amazon.  This finishes the four corner units of the block.

Get your four Shadow rectangles and Iris squares.  Lay one Iris square on the corner of each rectangle and sew down the marked line as shown below.

Here is where I differ from a lot of people.  When I'm making triangles in the corners this way I like to leave the gray fabric behind the triangle so I know that the triangle is square in relation to the rectangle.  Here is how I cut:

Then I iron the triangles over.

Next, lay a second Iris square on the adjacent corner and sew down the marked line creating a piece that looks like this:

Again, I only trimmed off one layer and then pressed the triangle over.

Now we are going to assemble the center part of the block.

Sew the pieces above as shown.  Press towards the pink triangles as shown below.

Now we need to assemble the outer units.  Here is what we have so far.

Sew two of the rectangle units to the square units as shown.

Press towards the gray rectangle.

Now add the other square unit.

Press towards rectangle.

Now carefully pin the center units and one of the outer units together.  Carefully butt up the center seams.

Press towards the center unit.

Repeat with the other side.

Almost done!

Now trim away any extra fabric from the long gray rectangles (they were oversized) and you're done.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  Be sure to check out Cloud9 Cirrus solids!  They are so soft.

And check out all the other amazing blocks and blogs on the hop!

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Sarah @123 Quilt
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Allison @Woodberry Way
Francine @Mochawildchild
Jessica @Quilty Habit

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I love your block - and will be trying out the tutorial!

  2. Very nice block. It looks quite complicated at first glance but your tutorial makes it very straightforward. It will make a lovely quilt.

  3. This is a lovely block you have designed Suzy. I can definitely see myself making this. It's such fun hopping around everyone and seeing what we've all made.

  4. Looks so pretty in the Cloud 9 fabrics.

  5. What a fun star variant. I may have to save this for a star sampler quilt.

  6. Very lovely block, and I agree with Holly, that it would be great in a star sampler quilt. Take care, Mary.

  7. I love your block! I have never seen the technique of stitching multiple squares of different sizes on the diagonal like this. I really like it.

  8. Suzy, your block is beautiful and your tutorial is easy to follow. Many thanks!

  9. What a great tutorial for this block. It comes together so nicely, and I really like that the colors seem to be pulsing out from the center star. Thank you so much for joining the hop!

  10. I really like your block, and I think I have to put it in one of my Quilts of Valor quilts!

  11. I can see a whole quilt made from this block! I'll have to think about this block for a while. If I make anything from it, I will definitely let you know!

  12. I have enjoyed hopping around and love the variety of blocks, techniques and styles everyone has come up with. The star seems to hover above the other blocks. :)

  13. I really like this block. I can imagine the secondary pattern that is created in a quilt provides some great negative space for quilting. Nice job.

  14. It's so unreal to see how easy it comes together! It looks so complicated at first glance. Nicely done!🙌

  15. Beautiful block! I love the star in the center :)

  16. This is a gorgeous block. Thanks you for the tutorial!

  17. Fantastic and at first eye looks a little tricky but with your tuto is easy to follow.Thanks!

  18. this is very pretty. thanks for the great tutorail

  19. This block is so sweet! I'm a sucker for sawtooth stars. Beautiful work!

  20. This is an amazing block. Very creative.

  21. This is really pretty - great use of all the colors. Nice work!

  22. This is a very clever block. I love it! The bigger blue section gives it tons of movement.

  23. What a super block! I just LOVE it. It's a great use of the fabrics, and it looks like a lot of fun to make!

  24. Great block and colors.

  25. LOVE that block!! The colors are fabulous too.

  26. I love the larger outer triangles in this block! And your tutorial was super easy to follow :)

  27. Excellent! Love that little star in the centre!

  28. Great design and very well done tutorial as well. I would love to see what this looks like in a full quilt!

  29. Wonderful design! It's a wonderful twist on a star block. Really fresh and new. Great job!

  30. Very nicely designed block. I have to put it on my "must make" list. What would you name this block (or did I miss it)? Well-done tutorial.

  31. I really like this take on a star block, the striped corners are great additions!