Sew Hometown Block Spotlight: April Flutter Block
Take an exciting quilting adventure with a variety of quilt blocks, techniques and color options. The result is a stunning Sew Hometown quilt—by Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine—that is sure to push you past your comfort zone, while improving your piecing skills.
Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine are talented quilters and good friends of Team NZP. And, they know how to have a good time with sewing! When Amy and Heather extended an invitation for the NZP Team to participate in the launch of their new Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar, we immediately said, “YES!”
The Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar measures 6″ x 10″ tall. Each calendar page includes a monthly calendar on the front of the page with a quilt block pattern on the back. Stitch 3–5 of each of the quilt blocks and create a throw size quilt measuring 67″ x 79″.
Amy and Heather designed the quilt blocks to be simple and fun, with a hint of a challenge—to grow your quilting skills. The Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar includes 12 quilt block patterns, a layout guide, and finishing instructions.
Amy and Heather designed The 2019 Sew Hometown Quilt to be made with fat quarters and scraps—to make your very own one of a kind quilt.
While perusing The 2019 Sew Hometown Quilt Block options of hometown trees, houses, butterflies and more; we were immediately drawn to the April Hometown Block, titled “Flutter.” The NZP Team is very familiar with the Flutter Block, and Sewing With Nancy fans will also know this block as the versatile “Modified Quarter-Square Triangle Block” from Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks Series!
Modified 1/4-Square Triangle Block Tutorial
Learn how to sew a dozen super-quick Modified Quarter-Square Triangle Blocks using the speediest, most accurate, no-math, “Nancy Zieman” way. Make sure you are subscribed to Nancy Zieman Productions enews—so you won’t miss a thing. Sign up today! Join us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
Each block is a 6-1/2″ (6″ when sewn into a quilt).
Choose the Fabrics—one light, one medium, one dark
For our twelve super-quick Modified 1/4-Square blocks, we chose the following fabrics from Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs, and used the Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gauge by Clover.
Create Modified 1/4-Square Triangle Units
1. Cut crosswise fabric strips.
- Spray starch fabric or use starch alternative, such as Best Press or June Tailor’s Quilter’s Starch Savvy.
- Stack two starched fabric strips, Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal and Afternoon Picnic Black Gingham, right sides together. Cut one 7-1/2″ crosswise strip, from each of the two fabrics.
- Cut one 7″ crosswise strip, from Afternoon Picnic Black Main.
Subcut strips into squares—also known as block sets.
- Cut three 7-1/2″ squares from Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal.
- Cut three 7-1/2″ squares from Afternoon Picnic Black Gingham.
- Cut six 7″ squares from Afternoon Picnic Black Main.
Construct The Units
The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of block pairs.
Half-Square Triangle Units (HSTs)
1. Create three 1/2-square triangle blocks.
- Align 7-1/2″ squares, from Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal and Black Gingham, right sides together.
Mark block sets using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen. The left side of the gauge is designated to create 1/2-square triangle blocks. Depress button on sliding portion of the gauge and move to size of the desired 1/2-square triangle.
Place No-Hassle Triangles Gauge on block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with an erasable gel pen.
2. Stitch blocks
- Attach Patchwork Foot to sewing machine (optional).
- Set machine for straight stitch 2.0–2.5 mm.
- Align foot along one side of center mark, stitch. Do not cut the thread.
- “Kiss” the next block set to the stitched block, and chain stitch from one block to the other.
- Rotate blocks 180 degrees, and stitch the second side of the blocks.
- Continue chain stitching until all three block units have been stitched.
- Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.
- Cut the blocks apart along center markings with rotary cutter, ruler and mat.
- Press seams to the Afternoon Picnic Black Gingham side of the squares.
Create Modified 1/4-square Blocks
- Align each 1/2-square triangle unit to one 7″ Afternoon Picnic Black Main square, right sides together.
- Mark as a 1/4-square using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen.
- Stitch squares.
- Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut squares into modified 1/4-triangles.
- Press seams to the Afternoon Picnic Black Main side of the square.
3. Lay out blocks into desired quilt pattern. Rotate squares as necessary.
Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.
Longtime friends, Amy Ellis & Heather Valentine are fabric lovers that savor every scrap in order to make the most of their stash. Visit Amy and Heather over at the Inspiring Stitches Blog.
Go ahead and grab your scrap stash, pull your fat quarters, and sew your very own Hometown Adventure Quilt with Amy and Heather.
For a chance to win a copy of Amy & Heather’s Sew Hometown by Inspiring Stitches, please leave a comment below.
Thank you, Heather and Amy, for including the NZP Team in the launch of your new Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar!
Team Nancy Zieman
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.