I Sew For Fun Project Tutorial: Two-Piece Block Quilt

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I Sew For Fun Project Tutorial: Two-Piece Block Quilt

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bd3115 141Celebrate March as National Quilting Month and sew a super-easy quilt, with six fun fabrics, and Nancy Zieman’s I Sew For Fun Two-Piece Quilt Block Tutorial (below). Precut your fabrics; then set a stitching date with your little sewing partner!

I Sew For Fun Book with DVD by Nancy Zieman Available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Two-Piece Block Quilt Sewing Tutorial

Approximate Finished Block Size: 8″ x 8″

Approximate Unfinished Block Size: 8½” x 8½”

Approximate Quilt Finished Size: 36″ x 44½”

Supplies Needed:

Note From Team Nancy8


Optional: Spray-starch fabrics with a starch alternative, such as June Tailor Quilter’s Starch Savvy.


Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.

1. Prepare and cut fabrics:

– Cut two 4½” crosswise strips from Fabrics A–F.


 – Cut one 50″ x 41-1/2” rectangle from Fabric F, for backing with self-binding. Set aside.


2. Pair the following sets, right sides together, long edges aligned:

Fabric A with Fabric B

Fabric C with Fabric D

Fabric E with Fabric F


  • Stitch each pair along one lengthwise seam to form strata.


  • Press seam flat, then toward darker fabric.


  • Subcut each strata into 8½” blocks.


– Cut seven A/B blocks.

– Cut six C/D blocks.

– Cut seven E/F blocks.


 3. Arrange blocks as diagrammed below.

Note From Team Nancy8This is a fun part of quilting! It is much easier to visualize the quilt at this stage.



4. Assemble quilt top:

  • In each row, place blocks from Column B onto Column A and Column D onto Column C, right sides together aligning cut edges.


· Chain stitch block sets.

– Stitch lengthwise edges of one pair, guiding presser foot along edge of fabric.

– Kiss a second pair to the first and continue stitching. Repeat until all pairs in each column are joined.


– Clip threads between blocks.

-Repeat steps for Column C & D

  • Press block seams in odd rows in one direction and even rows in opposite direction.


  •  Place stitched blocks from columns C/D onto stitched blocks from columns A/B, right sides together. Stitch two block units into rows.


  • Press seams flat, then press seams in the same direction at the block seams. Press all block seams in odd numbered rows in the same direction. Press all block seams in even numbered rows in the opposite direction.


  • Stitch rows, right sides together, nesting seam allow­ances to create quilt top. Press seams flat, then press seams open.



5. Finish quilt using your favorite binding technique.

 bd3115 142I Sew For Fun Book with DVD by Nancy Zieman Available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Susie Furgason
    March 2, 2019

    I am making a T-shirt quilt and a quick quick for a great niece.

  • Deborah
    March 2, 2019

    Beautiful Quilt!

  • Shirley Clark
    March 2, 2019

    Sewing is almost always fun for me, but more so when it’s something for my house or something easy like making a pillow. I’m working on a block of the month quilt for myself, and I could do that all day every day!

  • Marilyn
    March 2, 2019

    I totally love this pattern. I’m going to make this out of snuggly flannel !

    March 3, 2019

    I’m sewing my first pieced quilt ever! – Pinwheel tossed in purple/lavender prints. Keeps the mind busy as I am working from a picture I saw on the internet.

  • Tammyd
    March 3, 2019

    I’m starting a wedding quilt for my niece.

  • Rosie
    March 3, 2019

    I’m working on an applique baby quilt right now, and have a tee shirt quilt to start in a week or so. This book is a treasure, and I’d love to share it with my grandchildren.

  • Joan Deaver
    March 3, 2019

    I belong to a charity sewing group and we dress bears and add a blanket. I’m working on getting the bear size blankets made. So this pattern gives me a good idea for another blanket.

  • Margaret Scott
    March 3, 2019

    I am working on three quilts. Violet Crafys elephant quilt, a paper piecing project. Moda Modern Building blocks block of the month club. Sleigh Bells, also block of the month club.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    March 3, 2019

    I am working on 3 quilt tops ( block a week pattern for 52 weeks), designing and cutting for the back of a quilt I just finished piecing and am getting fabric to make 6 pillow cases to go to relatives and Shoe box Ministries ( each relative will get 1 and it’s match will be gifted in thier name to a Shoe box). Hoping to finish pillow cases in 1 week.

  • diane c
    March 3, 2019

    I have so many projects started I think I will just work on getting some things done so I can clean my sewing room and start something new!

  • Kalen Hahn
    March 3, 2019

    I bought a sewing machine for my granddaughter’s birthday. This pattern and book looks like a great place for her to start.

  • Hannah W
    March 3, 2019

    I’ve got some simple patchwork quilts on my to do list. My sons is getting hand quilting this month and I’m just beginning one for a graduation gift.

  • Beverly
    March 3, 2019

    My plan is to complete 2 quilts for charity this month.

  • Karen
    March 3, 2019

    I’m currently working on a quilt as you go quilt and would like to finish in a timely manner.

  • Bonnye
    March 3, 2019

    I am replacing binding on 2 quilts that were made 30 years ago.

  • Clovis
    March 3, 2019

    I have different projects that I am sewing. Trying to work on each one.

  • Dixie OBryan
    March 3, 2019

    I’m working on a wedding ring quilt for my granddaughter.

  • Barb K
    March 3, 2019

    After the cold winter we are having, I felt like sewing something with Spring florals–so started a mystery quilt using flowery and spring like colors.

  • Maureen Welch
    March 3, 2019

    I starting my FIRST quilt! My great granddaughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up and she wants a princess quilt for her princess bed!!!!
    Here’s hoping I can do this!

  • Rebecca Monnin
    March 3, 2019

    Currently working on Block of the Month quilt. I wish this book would’ve been around when I was little!

  • Bridget
    March 3, 2019

    I am making a throw and cosmetic bags for national quilting month.

  • Peggy Bibb
    March 3, 2019

    Making a quilt for my nephew and his bride. I know both will appreciate what goes into making a quilt!

  • Marylou
    March 3, 2019

    I am working on a tulip spring table runner for my March project-would also like to get a St. Patrick’s table runner done too-seems my to DO list is always way longer then my it’s DONE list !!!

  • Lorraine Alves
    March 3, 2019

    This month I will make pillow covers and I will use binding technique demonstrated by Nancy in one of the Sewing with Nancy episodes.

  • Cathe Woods
    March 3, 2019

    I am making a quilted throw for my Mother’s 93rd birthday on the 31st of March.

  • Darla
    March 3, 2019

    Currently working on block of the month quilt.

  • Cindy K
    March 3, 2019

    I’m currently working on a quilt for my husbands cousin. She has Down’s syndrome. I see her every year at our family reunion. I brought quilts to show at the last reunion and she loved them so I want to surprise her with a quilt of her very own.

  • Janice Nagle
    March 3, 2019

    I’m making baby quilts for the charity, Bundles Of Love. This charity supplies a box of newborn supplies when the baby leaves the hospital. No baby in need goes home without what is needed. My contribution to the boxes is warm baby quilts.

  • Janet johnson
    March 3, 2019

    I love the simplicity of this quilt. I am hoping I can maybe re-plan it by adding a few more fabrics. I have so many pinks I would like to use up. I will sketch it out and see how I like it.

  • jo wray
    March 3, 2019

    This looks like a great beginner quilt. Pieces are larger for little hands (or beginner)

  • Dena M
    March 3, 2019

    I’ll be helping my daughter make her first quilt.

  • Mary C Jones
    March 3, 2019

    Just learned how to quilt

  • Shirley Wesley
    March 3, 2019

    I love this pattern. I plan to try it this week.

  • Jackie
    March 3, 2019

    Awesome ambassadors for the sewing community!

  • Margaret Crowder
    March 3, 2019

    I’m finishing up some St. Patrick’s Day wallhangings and a table runner. Also catching up on some other UFOs.

  • Michelle Hall
    March 3, 2019

    I have a tote bag I would like to make

  • Gail Beam
    March 3, 2019

    I plan on making a couple of body pillow cases for my granddaughters college apartment.

  • Shirley C
    March 4, 2019

    My 8 year old granddaughter is learning to quilt in a home school class. This book would be perfect for her, and I would guide her in making this easy block. Right now I am working on a log cabin quilt.

  • Peggy
    March 4, 2019

    I am sewing walker bags from recycled jeans and recycling a jeans jacket into a boho shabby chic jacket jacket , Also , making scarves to use in a dance video for our supportive living home in compition against other seniors doing videos for Senior Month in March .

  • Denise Mathis
    March 4, 2019

    I have always loved the art of making quilts, but making them the traditional way has always seemed daunting to me. So, over the years, I have made multiple quilts, using my own free-style design, but I would like to take a leap with making Nancy’s Two-Piece Quilt, as it seems pretty straight forward.

  • Christi
    March 4, 2019

    I have 3 quilts to put the binding on and one quilt cutout ready to sew.

  • Sheila
    March 4, 2019

    I think this would make a really cute tablecloth! I will just use a thin batting.

  • Darell Nenonen
    March 4, 2019

    I am 72 years old and have just bought a sewing machine to begin sewing. I would love to make a quilt for each of my grandchildren and this one seems so simple for me to understand and complete. The instructions and accompanying illustrations are fantastic; makes it so much easier to comprehend!

  • Susan
    March 4, 2019

    Plan to make some pillows this month with appliques on them for Spring. The book by Nancy is so poignant and reminds us of why many us got into sewing…..for fun!

  • Jeanne
    March 5, 2019

    I just finished up a t-shirt quilt for my grandson’s high school graduation this year. Plus I have 2-3 other quilts I am working on too.

  • Carolyn Kitterer
    March 5, 2019

    I am currently finishing quilting my first bargello quilt and working on a jelly roll rug. I like this simple pattern and will dig into my stash to make some cuddle Quilts for my guild. And I would love to have the book to share with my 8 year old granddaughter!

  • Mary
    March 6, 2019

    Thank you for this block pattern. It looks like a nice, relaxing project!

  • Linda Johnson
    March 8, 2019

    I am teaching a 19 year old special needs girl how to sew. With the “I Sew for Fun” book I will be able to help Charlotte not only learn how to sew but increase her confidence in what she can do. This book and its projects will expand Charlottes world.


  • Betty
    March 13, 2019

    I just finished two queen quilts and have all my blocks cut for this pattern, making it to a queen size using a few more colors.

  • Adrienne
    March 22, 2019

    I love Nancy and her crew! Thank you for keeping porch light on.

  • Lisa
    August 16, 2020

    Thank you!!! These were the easiest instructions to follow!

    • Debra Lyn Burchett
      June 18, 2021

      I absolutely looovvee the fabrics in gray, yellow and green thats shown on this blog. Can I order these exact fabrics? If so where?

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