3 easy quilt blocks that look difficult

If you're new to the world of quilting then this is the project for you! Jo Hart shows you how to sew 3 easy quilt blocks that look difficult in a cute cloud, rainbow and sunglasses design.

3 easy quilt blocks that look difficult

It’s time to have a paper piecing party with these three mini FPP blocks that are oozing with style and positivity! Jo Hart’s super cute designs are three easy quilt blocks that look difficult but can be sewn in no time. Even if you’re new to the world of quilting you’ll be able to make these sunglass, rainbow and cloud blocks. We also have plenty of guides and tips here on Gathered to help you. Check out our beginners guide to quilting as well as a how to use a sewing machine tutorials.

The possibilities are endless with these easy quilt blocks. Why not appliqué this block onto a cute cushion or trendy tote bag? You could add them to our patchwork cushion cover pattern or tote bag pattern. These three blocks are all the same width so can be used together in a quilt too!

All the templates you need for this project are in issue 107 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. The templates are up for free in our Love Patchwork & Quilting templates blog post.

Retro shades block

You will need

Finished Size

5in x 10in (5½in x 10½in unfinished)

Notes

  • Seam allowances are ¼in throughout unless otherwise noted.
  • Press seams open throughout, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Templates include seam allowances around the outer edge only (marked by the outer dashed line).
  • Reduce your stitch length to approx. 1.5 for Foundation Paper Piecing.
  • FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
  • Fabrics supplied by Wool Warehouse (woolwarehouse.co.uk).

Fabric Used

All fabrics in the blocks are Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman in White, Punch, Carnation and Violet.

Rainbow cloud block

You will need

Finished Size

10in square (10½in square unfinished)

Fabrics Used

Fabrics used are Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman, as follows:

  • White.
  • Silver.
  • Coral.
  • Punch.
  • Carnation.
  • Canary.
  • Parrot.

Plus Essex Linen in Pink, also by Robert Kaufman. Prints are from Add it Up by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society, as follows:

  • Soft Yellow.
  • Soft Aqua.

Rainbow block

You will need

Finished Size

6½in x 10in (7in x 10½in unfinished)

Fabrics Used

All fabrics used are Kona Cotton Solids by

Robert Kaufman as follows:

  • White.
  • Punch.
  • Ochre.
  • Candy Blue.

3 easy quilt blocks that look difficult

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You Will Need

  • Background fabric
  • Temporary glue
  • Sewing machine

Retro shades FPP block

Step 1

Cutting Out 

Cut the fabric pieces for each section of the templates. Make sure that the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around. If you would prefer, you can choose to cut out each piece as you sew the templates.

Step 2

You will use the light pink scraps for the lenses (Sections 1A and 1D) and the purple scraps for the temple ends (Sections 1B and 1E). Use the dark pink fabric for the frames (Sections 2A–10A, 12A, 14A; 2C; 2D–10D, 12D and 14D). You will then use the background fabric for all of the remaining sections.

Assembling the pieces

Step 1

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure a

On the unprinted side of Template A, place a tiny dot of temporary glue in the middle of Section 1A and place your corresponding fabric on top, right side up. Ensure that the entire section is covered, plus at least ¼in extra all the way around (Fig A). A good way to check this is to hold your template up to the light.

Step 2

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure b

Turn your template over and fold along the solid line between Sections 1A and 2A. Using a ruler to ensure straight lines, trim the edge of the fabric to ¼in beyond the folded paper, taking care to ensure you do not cut into the paper (Fig B).

Step 3

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure C

Unfold the template and place your fabric for 2A right sides together against the edge of 1A. Make sure that when sewn, the fabric will cover the whole of 2A, plus ¼in seam allowance the whole way around (Fig C). Pin into place.

Step 4

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure e

Reduce the stitch length on your machine to approx. 1.5. With the printed side of the template facing up, sew along the line between Sections 1A and 2A, starting and ending 2–3 stitches beyond the printed line (Fig D). Then press the fabric open, as shown in Fig E.

Step 5

Repeat the process in step 4 to trim the fabric ¼in beyond the line between Sections 2A and 3A (Fig F). Add the 3A fabric following steps 5–6. Continue piecing the rest of the template Section A in the same way, adding the remaining fabric sections in numerical order.

Step 6

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure g

Piece template sections B, C, D and E following the process detailed in steps 3–7. Once all sections are complete, trim to the outer dotted line (Fig G).

Step 7

easy quilt blocks that look difficult figure h

Align the template Sections A and B along the raw edges and sew them together (Fig H). Remove the paper from the seam allowance only, carefully tearing along the seam line. Press the seam open.

Step 8

Join Sections D and E, following the same process detailed in step 9. Then join Section C to AB, taking care to align the seams of the frame. After this, join Section DE to the other side of C.

Step 9

Press the block well, and remove the papers from the back, tearing along the seam lines. Trim to 5½in x 10½in to finish.

Top tip
When using an FPP template such as those used in this project, you add your fabric to the unprinted side of the template, and sew on the printed side of the template. Your finished block will be a reverse of the printed lines on the template.

Rainbow cloud FPP block

Step 1

Cloud easy quilt blocks that look difficult

Making the block

Cut out the fabric pieces for each section of the templates. Make sure that the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around. If you prefer, you can choose to cut each piece out as you sew the templates.

Step 2

You will use the rainbow fabric scraps for Sections 2F–9F, and the cloud fabric for Sections 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E. Use the background fabric for all of the remaining sections.

Step 3

Piece each of the Cloud template Sections A–F, following steps 3–8 of the Retro Shades block instructions.

Step 4

Join Sections A, B, C, D and E in a row, following the same process as step 9. Make sure to align the edges at the top and the bottom of each section. Then proceed to join Section F to the bottom.

Step 5

Press the block well, and remove the papers from the back, tearing along the seam lines. Trim to 10½in square to finish.

Top tip 

When sewing very small sections, cut your fabric piece to be larger than necessary and then trim down after sewing. This makes it much easier to ensure that the section is covered once the piece is sewn.

Rainbow FPP block

Step 1

Making the block 

Cut the fabric pieces for each section of the template. Make sure that the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover all the way around. If you prefer, you can choose to cut out each piece as you sew the templates.

Step 2

You will use the heart fabric for Sections 1 and 4. Use one rainbow fabric for Sections 12–18, a second rainbow fabric for Sections 26–34, and a third rainbow fabric for Sections 46–56. Use the background fabric for the remaining sections.

Step 3

Piece the template following steps 3–7 of the Retro Shades block instructions. Note, this block only has one section, so you will piece the whole block without needing to join any sections.

Step 4

Press the block well, and remove the paper from the back, tearing along the seam lines. Trim to 7in x 10½

Top Tip 

You can cut an extra copy of the template, and use the pieces when cutting your fabric. Just make sure that you add a seam allowance around the outer edges of each of your pieces when you are cutting

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