Alrighty, Melanie requested a tutorial for the style of block I used in this quilt:
So, I have put one together for whoever is interested!
I start by cutting strips of white in various sizes. Sashing scraps are great!
Gather the fabrics you want to use. This is a good project for string scraps!
I like to separate each print or color with a white border. The few blocks I made for the red, pink, and aqua quilt that had prints next to prints were my least favorite, so I didn't make any this time.
I don't precut my strips down to size, either, I just trim the strips down as I sew them on. Oh, and it doesn't really matter what size your second strip is, it can be whatever you want!
So, now choose the next fabric. I went with a solid orange this time. It was from a fat quarter, so I ended up having to cut 2 strips off the fat quarter to go all the way around the block. Once again, it doesn't really matter what the width of the strip is; we will start worrying about that on the next one!
Now we have to start doing some math. Yuck, right? Don't worry, it's not too bad.
I want my blocks to finish at 9" (mostly because I have a 9 1/2" square. Choose whatever size you want, the principles are the same!) I did the math down on the picture, hopefully you can follow it...
This is also when you have to think ahead a little bit. For example, I want the outside of this block to be a color, not white, so I have two more rows to go. I also only need 1 1/4" on each side, and I have to split that between two fabrics.
For this one, I went with a 1/2" FINISHED size strip of white (1" CUT size!)
Now there is only 3/4" left on each side to get me to that 9" finished size. As you can see from my math below, that means I need a strip cut at 1 1/4", so that's what I cut out!
Aaaand, ta da! A cute block that will finish at 9"! (It's 9 1/2" right now though).
This was my first block that then became this: