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Build-A-Block Bonanza – four Jennie Rayment projects

Crafter's Companion – 18/04/19

If you saw our post from earlier in the week all about Jennie Rayment, you’re going to love what we’ve got for you today. To celebrate the world-renowned quilter’s first show on Create & Craft, Jennie has created three new blocks and a bag project for you all to try out! These blocks are perfect for both beginners and experts, so take a peek further down this post to see what she’s crafted for us!

For all four projects, you will need:

We recommend using the Build-A-Block systems for these projects because they take all of the time-consuming cutting out of shaping each piece of material. Combined, the Build-A-Block and Build-A-Block PLUS provide you with 32 dies multimedia dies to help you cut through several layers of fabric at once. This will give you so much more time for sewing and making your blocks look as professional as possible!

William’s Swirl block

This block features a gorgeous mixture of rectangles and triangles to form a swirl around a central point. By using contrasting fabrics, this block creates a really interesting focal point, so it’s certain to steal the show in all of your quilting projects.

Cutting preparation:

For a 12″ block, cut:

  • Four 6.5″ Half Rectangles Country Yard
  • Four 6.5″ Half Rectangles Country Blossoms
  • Four 3.5″ Half Square Triangles Pretty Pink (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 3.5″ HST Deep Blue (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 3.5″ HST Country Blooms (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 3.5″ HST Petite Flowers (press seams and open flat)

Step 1

Lay both fabrics right side up. Cut all eight layers at the same time (Reverse design direction of one fabric). See photo A.

A

Step 2

Sew all eight Half Rectangles together. See photo B.

B

Step 3

Join all HSTs to form eight squares.

Step 4

Sew two of these squares together and attach to one side of the rectangle. See photo C.

C

Step 5

Repeat three more times.

Step 6

Sew completed squares to form the finished design. See photo D.

D

Tom’s Surprise block

Tom’s Surprise is a block that is ideal for quilting beginners! It mainly features triangle pieces pointing in towards a centre square panel. We recommend using a fabric in the centre with a bold image, as this creates a beautiful focal point!

Cutting preparation:

For a 12″ block, cut:

  • One 4.5″ Square Country Yard
  • Eight 2.5″ Quarter Square Triangles Country Blooms (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 2.5″ QST Pretty Pink (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 2.5″ QST Petite Flowers (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 4.5″ Half Square Triangles Deep Blue (press seams and open flat)
  • Twelve 2.5″ HST Petite Flowers (press seams and open flat)
  • Four 2.5″ HST Pretty Pink (press seams and open flat)

Step 1

Sew four QSTs to make a square. Repeat three more times. See photo A.

A

Step 2

Sew one Pretty Pink HST to one Petite Flowers HST. Attach one Petite Flowers HST to either side to form a larger triangle. See photo B.

B

Step 3

Sew this triangle to one Deep Blue HST forming a square. See photo C and D.

C
D

Step 4

Arrange all nine squares to form the design.

Step 5

Sew sections together. For easy piecing, follow the sewing sequence as pictured in photo E and F.

E
F

Harry’s Cross block

This Harry’s Cross block looks highly impressive, but it’s actually pretty simple to make. It’s also the block that Jennie has repeated to create the following Folded Holdall Bag, so have a go at putting this block together before you move on to the final project!

Cutting preparation:

For a 12″ block, cut:

  • Four 6.5″ x 2.5″ Rectangle Country Yard
  • Four 4.5″ x 6.5″ Rectangle Pretty Pink
  • *Eight 4.5″ Half Rectangle Country Blooms
  • Four 4.5″Isosceles Triangle Deep Blue (press seams and open flat)
  • *Cut four wrong side up and four wrong side down to get a mirror image

Step 1

Sew Half Rectangles to either side of Deep Blue isosceles triangles, forming squares. See photo A.

A

Step 2

Attach one Pretty Pink rectangle to side of square. See photo B.

Step 3

Attach Country Yard rectangle to other side. See photo B.

B

Step 4

Repeat three more time.

Step 5

Arrange the design as shown or play with the pieces and see what else you can come up with! See photo C.

C

Folded Holdall Bag

Holdall bags are perfect for a range of situations. They’re great for taking to the shops, the beach, the gym or a long drive with kids! With this project, you can easily create this bag using three lot of one of the blocks from above. You could even try adding extra embellishments to make the bag more unique!

Cutting preparation:

  • Three 12″ blocks of your choice
  • Six 6.5″ x 3.5″ Rectangle Petite Flowers
  • One 13″ x 37″ Pretty Daisies

Step 1

Make up three blocks (Harry’s Cross used here). Sew together to form a long strip. See photo A.

A

Step 2

Make handles by joining three Petite Flowers rectangles to make a long band. Fold the band in half, wrong sides together, press the seam along one side, then turn right side out. Press and repeat with the remaining rectangles. See photo B.

B

Step 3

Attach one handle to opposite corners of the long band. Position handles at an angle to the corner. Sew across end of handle a couple of times. See photo C.

C

Step 4

Lay pieced band right side down on Pretty Daisies. Pin carefully. Sew around the edge using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a gap along one long edge opposite a handle. Turn through the gap and press carefully. See photo D.

D

Step 5

Lay pressed section on flat surface, lining side up. Fold one end 1/3rd over, forming a pocket. Working on the side opposite the handle, pin or clip side of pocket together and sew along this side. See photo E.

If using a straight stitch, keep sewing very close to the edge. For preference, zigzag into the seam and over the edge or join edges with a hand buttonhole, overcast or ladder stitch. Tie off stitching firmly at both ends of the seam.

E

Step 6

See photos F and G. Fold corner at A back and bring the opposite third (corner at B) over. Pin or clip the side seams together. Sew along the edge, then open out the bag, tie the handles together and you will have a completed project!

F
G

If this is your first time dabbling in the world of quilting, then welcome! What a great handful of blocks to help you get started! Jennie also has some pearls of wisdom to kickstart your quilting love.

“Dive in and have a go – it doesn’t have to be perfect – just play. If you look at the old quilts in books or in museums, they are not perfect but were made with love and enjoyment. Quilting, or to be more precise, patchwork, is the most rewarding hobby out there. You are creating order out of chaos by fitting the pieces together, so it is very good for your brain and you are producing something to last!”

Make sure you catch Jennie Rayment on Create & Craft at 11AM to find out all about our Build-A-Block Curves and to give her a warm welcome to the Crafter’s family!

If you create any of these blocks or the holdall bag, be sure to share them with us on our Sew Inspiring with Crafter’s Companion Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanionsews), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!