Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Intricate Stitches--Orange renewal

Hi everyone!  Today is the last block for the Intricate Stitches quilt!  The color for the month is orange and yellow, like a sunrise.  I decided to go with the orange end of that spectrum and used blue as an accent color.  Not really sure about these colors because the hubs took one look and said "oh, early Miami Dolphins," but I like the way the block turned out. Besides being the last of the 12-inch blocks for this quilt, this is the first stitching from my new sewing room.  Yay!

Here is this month's beauty of a block:

This is Flying Shuttles, a Nancy Cabot block from 1937.  It's number 1699 in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia, and this is something of a magic block because it is much easier than it appears.  There are only 2 units to make for this block and the arrangement of those units is what gives it an intricate look.  It's not that hard to make, though, so let's get to it!


You will need two colors plus a background for this block.  As always, I used plain white Kona cotton for my background, plus a bright, happy orange and a cooler blue.

From the orange, cut:

     3 3-3/8 inch squares
     6 2-7/8 inch squares (can oversize)

From the blue, cut:

      12 2-1/2 inch squares

From the background, cut:

      12 2-7/8 inch squares (can oversize 6 of these)


First, use the 6 orange 2-7/8 inch squares and 6 of the background 2-7/8 inch squares to make 12 orange/white half square triangles.  These should measure 2-1/2 inches to finish at 2 inches in the block.

Next, cut the remaining white 2-7/8 inch squares in half from corner to corner.  Use these triangles and the 3 3-3/8 inch orange squares to make 3 square in a square units by adding the triangles to the squares as shown:

These units should measure 4-1/2 inches to finish at 4 inches in the block.

Take the hsts and the blue squares and arrange them as shown:

Make 6 of these little 4-patch squares.  These should measure 4-1/2 inches to finish at 4 inches in the block.

Amazingly, that's it!  The block is now ready to assemble!  (I told you it was magic.)


Arrange the 6  4-patch sub-blocks and the square in a square units as shown, paying careful attention to the orientation of the triangles in the smaller block units:

Once they're arranged, join the units into rows and the rows into a final block.  Give it a good press, stand back, and admire!

This is the last of the 12-inch blocks for the Intricate Stitches quilt.  If you want to, you can stop here and arrange your blocks, add some sashing, and have a lovely lap quilt.  I've chosen to make a medallion for the center of my quilt, and I'll have instructions for that next month.  (Just wait until you see the awesome medallion block!)

All of my Intricate Stitches blocks so far.  Just waiting for the center!

Enjoy making up this last block, and I'll see you back here on November 8th (good golly, really?) for the medallion instructions.  Happy stitching!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, and soscrappy for RSC16.


  1. This is a cool block Mari. I bet the secondary patterns would be wonderful.
    How big is the medallion block going to be? I am excited to see that. Great job with this year's RSC project.

  2. It is looking good. Can't wait for the medallion.

  3. Fun block! It's pretty. Don't forget, he's a man! They all look wonderful together!

  4. Lovely block and tutorial. I like blue and orange together (they are complimentary colors), but I can see what your husband was referring to as well. :) Thank you so much for linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

  5. Such great colors for this block and a wonderful addition to your Intricate Stitches blocks!

  6. I've not seen this block before. It's fun to see the whole set up on the wall. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

  7. Fun to see all your blocks together! I'm so curious about the center medallion!

  8. you make them look easy... one bite at a time.

  9. So fun seeing this come together. I can't wait to see the middle.

  10. The whole collection looks stunning and thank you for the excellent tutorials. Can't wait to see the medallion.


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