Start blog hopping if you haven’t already! Today is day #2 of the Vintage Shirting and Dress Fabric blog hop. That makes it my turn to present a tutorial on one of my all time favorite blocks in two color-ways using Barb Eikmeier’s beautiful Vintage Shirting and Dress Fabrics for Paintbrush Studio. Paintbrush Studio will be giving away fabric bundles in conjunction with the hop! What could be more fun than to make blocks and enter to win fabric and other giveaways?

Barb presented her block on Friday along with a cool giveaway (drawings for giveaways are held next week). I’ve chosen a block that I’m drawn to over and over again through the years. You’ll find it in a couple of my books and an upcoming project that will be unveiled later this year. I call it Folded Box because of the amazing 3-D effect you can create with the use of value. So one of my two blocks is made with values of blue creating the effect of an origami box being folded in on itself at the corners. The second version is not so 3-D using Barb’s beautiful black, claret, and gray prints coupled with one of the pretty cream shirting prints. I love that gray print so much I bought a LOT of it!


Next week I’ll be drawing a name for the winner of my giveaway which includes my Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro, and a copy of my two newest books, Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and 2. All three are loaded with sewing skills and lots of tips and tricks for perfect piecing. So stop by Inspired by Fabric, get registered, and start having fun!


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Okay so let’s get started with cutting the block. I’ll be referring to the blue value-based block for assembly instructions.

From the dark indigo (or red in second version), cut: 

8 squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, for the flying geese units

1 square, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, for the block center


From the medium blue (or black in second version), cut:

2 squares, 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″, cut once on the diagonal to make four large half-square triangles

4 squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, for the block corners


From the light blue (or gray in second version), cut: 

4 rectangles, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″


From the cream shirting print, cut:

4 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″, cut in half once diagonally to make 8 small half-square triangles

4 rectangles, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, for the flying geese units




Now on to the fun! Please note that I give pressing directions every step of the way. Sometimes these directions seem counter-intuitive but, if you follow them, you’ll find that all your seams, both straight and diagonal, will nest at intersections.

Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of an indigo square. With right sides together, sew it to the corner of a cream rectangle as shown. Flip the indigo square over the corner to check the corner for accuracy, adjust if necessary, and then trim away the excess 1/4″ from the seam. Press the seam allowance to the corner. Repeat on the opposite corner to make a flying geese unit. Repeat to make four.


Step 2: Sew a light blue rectangle to a flying geese unit as show. Press the seam allowance to the light blue rectangle. Repeat to make four.


Step 3: Sew a medium blue square to the side of a cream triangle as shown. Press the seam allowance to the square—trust me on this! Now sew a second cream triangle to the adjacent side of the square as shown. Press this seam allowance toward the triangle. Trim the dog ear from the center of the long edge. Repeat to make make four corner units.


Step 4: Sew a large medium blue triangle to a corner unit from step 3. Press the seam allowance to the corner unit from step 3 —again trust me!! Press gently so you don’t stretch the bias. Repeat to make four.


Step 5: Lay out the eight assorted patches and 4 1/2″ center square as shown. Sew the patches into horizontal rows. Nest the diagonal seams securely where they meet to make sharp points. Tip: When sewing seams where diagonals meet at the edge, whenever possible, always start sewing from the corner where the seams meet so they are locked in perfectly right away. If you start sewing from the opposite side of the seam, the diagonals can be pushed away from each other by the time you get to them, leaving a gap or misaligned points. Press the seam allowances in each row away from the flying geese units.



Step 6: join the rows together, nesting seams again, to complete your block! Press the final seam allowances in whichever direction you prefer.

Ready to start the hop? If so, click here to head on over to Paintbrush Studio’s blog, Inspired by Fabric, and register by signing up for their blog. Then come back here and leave a comment below so I know you’ve signed up.  Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact whoever wins the giveaway! This blog hop and its giveaways are closed now.

And while you’re here, tell me which version of the block you like best: the value graded origami folded box version, or the rich black, claret, and gray version.

Here’s the rest of the Blog Hop Schedule. Be sure to collect all the blocks so you can make a gorgeous Vintage Shirting quilt of your own. This blog hop and its giveaways are closed now.

Thursday, 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday, 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @ Barb’s Favorites

Monday, 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday, 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday, 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday, 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday, 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts