Ah, dear friends! A new month is upon us, and that means it’s time to add another block to our growing stack of Sugar Block goodness– and not a moment too early (admittedly, I’m hesitant to get into the nitty gritties of why this month’s block is being released later than usual, but suffice it to say, this imperfect human is so grateful for your patience and understanding).
September’s block is inspired by classic flying geese-based quilts- but with 2 different shapes/sizes of triangles, it’s much more whimsical! I call it “To & Fro”, which I thought was just perfect for this busy back-to-school month.
If this block looks familiar, it’s because it’s straight out of my brand new book, The Quilt Block Cookbook! It’s been SO much fun to see designs from the book starting to pop up on social media now that it’s finally in stores and folks are able to get their hands on it, so I decided to celebrate by sharing one of the book blocks with you as part of our Sugar Block Club this year. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
This block is truly one of my absolute favorites because it’s so playful, and it’s perfect for using up scraps and charm squares, featuring extra special favorite prints, or playing with fussy cutting (I did all three in mine!). Can’t wait to see your version!
This month’s new quilt, inspired by the block, is Razzle Dazzle and the pattern is available for download in my shop. Isn’t it fun? I just love how alternating the direction of the blocks really adds movement, chaos even, but it still manages to convey a feeling of order because of the spacing between the blocks. So whimsical…oh, and PERFECT for using up charm squares!
Anyway, here’s the free block pattern! Enjoy! If you stitch it up, be sure to post a pic on Instagram and tag @sugarblockclub and me, @SticheryDickory.
To & Fro Block
Finished Size: 12” square
1/4 yard of white
Scraps from Various Prints at least 2 1/4” x 4 1/2” and 5” square (charm squares work great!)
- Cut (12) 5 ½’’ x 3’’ rectangles (triangles)
- Cut (12) 2 ½’’ squares (geese)
- Various Prints:
- Cut (6) 5’’ squares (triangles)
- Cut (6) 4 ½’’ x 2 ½’’ rectangles (geese)
You’ll find the templates for this block HERE. Print three copies.
1. If you’re comfortable paper piecing these, then print your templates and jump right in! If not, please refer to THIS photo tutorial of a similar block, or revisit the Craftsy BOM October lesson for a video demo. Piece all six large triangle units using this method, then press with starch, trim, and remove the paper.
2. The flying geese units are constructed by adding two 2 ½’’ white squares to a 4 ½’’x 2 ½’’ print rectangle using the draw, stitch & flip method as follows (Figure 1): Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white squares, then align square to one side of the print rectangle. Stitch on the line, then trim 1/4’’ past the line of stitching to form a seam allowance, and press the corner open. In the same way, add a second white square to the other end of the print rectangle, taking care that the drawn lines are perpendicular to one another. (Figure 1). Make 6 flying geese for this block.
3. Stitch the twelve units together into 3 columns of 4 units each, following the block layout guide (Figure 2). Press seams away from triangle points, then join columns. Press.
Square up block to 12 1/2″ as needed.
And that’s it! One of the quickest and easiest foundation paper pieced block you’ll find!
PS- Looking for the other block patterns from this year’s club? Look HERE.
PPS– Want a super printer-friendly PDF download of this pattern? Sign up for a Premium Sugar Block Club membership and receive all 12 months of block and full quilt patterns for a flat $19.99. You’ll get 24 patterns (12 blocks and 12 full quilts), complete with step by step diagrams, tips, photos, and many in multiple-size options- for just $.83 per pattern! You can sign up to be a premium member HERE.
Have a fabulous September, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!