Wrap up the sampler series with this beauty of a block.
That’s right, the Carolina Sunset sampler series is now complete. We’ve shown you how to make 9 different blocks, each showcasing different Omnigrid rulers and techniques. Check out this final quilt block, then review all of the quilt blocks, and make your plan of action. Make your favorites or make them all – the choice is yours!
We’re excited to have Lara Whiting contributing our block of the month series. Over the past 8 months, Lara has taught you how to make 8 different quilting blocks. This month’s block – Homeward Bound – is the last in the 9-block sampler series and features the Omnigrid® 4″ x 18″ ruler.
The home stretch.
Since this is the ninth and final block of the Carolina Sunset series, I want to use all the colors in the palette. This month’s block is named Homeward Bound because it reminds me of driving westward into the sunset, to my home in upstate South Carolina. There is a certain stretch of highway between Western Virginia and Eastern Tennessee that offers great sunset views – it is simultaneously beautiful and dangerous.
To make this block, I’m going to teach you ho to construct a strip pieced trio and then cut wedges from it at a 60° angle using the Omnigrid 4″ x 18″ ruler.
The supply lists.
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Iron and pressing surface
The fabric requirements and preparation.
- 1 pc: 3” x WOF
- 1 pc: 3” x WOF
- 1 pc: 2.5” x WOF
- 4 pcs: 1.5” x 11” strips
- 1 pc: 8” x WOF
Other notes: All seams are ¼” and pressed open.
Create the strip pieced unit.
Stitch together yellow, coral, and medium blue widths of fabric along the long edges. Follow order shown in image above.
Arrange the strip pieced unit so the yellow fabric is closest to you. Align the 60° angle of ruler with edge of yellow fabric and so right edge of ruler is completely within the full width of strip pieced unit.
Make a 60° cut, trimming off end of strip pieced unit.
Rotate strip pieced unit so the angled end is now on your left. The yellow fabric of strip pieced unit will be farthest from you now. From this end of strip pieced unit, cut two (2) 2” wide pieces. Remember to align ruler so that 60° line corresponds with bottom of striped piece. Set these 2” pieces aside.
Make a mirror image of the cut pieces.
To make a mirror image of the cut pieces and create the chevron shape, cut pieces with the ruler angled to the left.
Arrange striped piece unit on your mat so yellow fabric is closest to you, and the uncut end is on the left. Line up the crucial marks: 60° line is parallel to yellow fabric edge and the top right side of ruler is completely within the left end of strip pieced unit. Make a 60° cut, trimming off the other end of strip pieced unit.
Now that there is a 60° cut in the opposing direction, cut off two (2) 2” pieces to mirror the set you cut in earlier steps. Set these aside.
Create the background pieces.
Fold background fabric strip in half lengthwise, right sides together. Both sides of the background will be cut at the same time.
With the 60° line of ruler is lined up with bottom of fabric strip, slide ruler in 2” along bottom, at right side edge. Make your first cut here, 2” in from the end. Set these pieces aside.
Without flipping fabric, rotate ruler so it is perpendicular to edge of fabric. Move it to the left 2” from top of angled cut on your fabric and cut again. You should now have 4 trapezoids in your background fabric.
Put all the component pieces together.
Now that all components of the block are created, begin to put them together.
On a clean work surface near your sewing machine, arrange the block components as above, so that the left side mirrors the right. The medium blue parts of strip pieced unit will eventually touch and create the points of their arrow shape.
With right sides together, pin a dark blue strip to angled cut of bottom background trapezoid. Make sure blue fabric extends beyond edges of background fabric when flipped. Stitch and press seams open.
Stitch one strip pieced unit to opposite edge of dark blue fabric from previous step. Add another dark blue strip to opposite side of first strip pieced unit.
Stitch second strip pieced unit on opposite side of the second dark blue fabric strip. To line up the second strip pieced unit with first one, place right edge of ruler on yellow/coral seam and then on coral/blue seam. While ruler is in line with each seam, make a small mark on edge of dark blue fabric for reference. Make a second mark ¼” from edge of dark blue fabric.
With right sides together, align the second strip pieced unit on top of dark blue and pin in place. Seams of strip pieced unit should line up with the intersection of the marks on the dark blue fabric.
Stitch top background trapezoid to long edge of the second strip pieced unit. Repeat for other side of block.
When both sides are done, you will have two halves of a chevron, roughly 8” x 13.5”.
Trim each half of block to 6.5” x 12.5”. Be sure distance from top of block to first point of chevron is the same.
With right sides together, match the top point of each chevron component. Pin at each seam to keep them lined up. Stitch the two halves together.
Press seams open and enjoy.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you have enjoyed our 9-block sampler series and that you have learned some quilting techniques that you can apply to all kinds of projects. Up next, we’ll be showing you how to finish the blocks and make them into a 9-block quilt. But remember, you don’t have to make all 9 blocks, and you don’t even have to make them into a quilt. Make the blocks you like best, and then finish them as you wish – think tote bags, pillows, wall hangings or smaller quilts. We’ll be experimenting with the blocks, too, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these beauties in the months to come.
Lara Whiting is a passionate quilter whose designs are inspired by a fusion of influences that include traditional quilting, architecture and the natural world. When she’s not quilting, you can find her training for half marathons, tending her garden or hanging out with her rescue dogs. She lives in upstate South Carolina.