Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Paintbrush Studio 2016 New Block Blog Hop--Nautical Compass

Today is my stop on the Paintbrush Studio 2016 New Block Blog Hop.  Last year I participated in Fabri-Quilt's 2015 New Block Blog Hop with my Watermelon Taffy Block, so when Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter extended an offer to participate again, I thought, why not?

This year's color palette was called Ocean Sunrise and featured six fabrics; Midnight, Daydream, White, Peach, Coral and Bordeaux.  The only rules for the design are: the blocks measure 12 1/2" and use at least three of the colors in the palette (and no additional fabrics).  I played around with many block designs until I came up with one that spoke to me.  So without further ado I present to you Nautical Compass.  

Cutting Instructions

Midnight (dark blue)                                                  Daydream (light blue)
1--2" squares                                                                 2--2" squares
8--1 1/2" squares                                                           8--3 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
8--2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles 
White                                                                             4--2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
20--2" squares                                                                2--2" squares
4-- 1 1/2" squares                                                           8--1 1/2" squares
8--3 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles                                          4--3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles

Bordeaux                                                                      Coral (light pink)
6--2" squares                                                                  12--2" squares
8--1 1/2" squares

We are going to start off by constructing some half square triangles.  Combine the 20 White 2" squares with the 6 Bordeaux, 12 Coral and 2 Daydream 2" squares.  Start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of one square.

Place the squares right sides together, and sew a 1/4" away on both sides of the diagonal line.

Next, cut on the diagonal line, press the seams towards the darker color and trim to 1 1/2" square.

You should have a total of 4 Daydream/White, 12 Bordeaux/White and 24 Coral/White HST's.

In this block you will also be creating some pieced rectangle units as well.  Construction of these units are very similar to HST's.  You start with your rectangle and square pieces.

Place the square on top of your rectangle and draw a diagonal line in the direction you want your triangle to flip.

Trim your square leaving about a quarter of an inch seam.

Then press your HST open to create your completed rectangle unit.  Personally I do not trim the rectangle underneath to help ensure my unit is the size I need.

Small Block 1

8--3 1/2" x 1 1/2" Daydream rectangles
8--2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Midnight rectangles
8--1 1/2" Midnight squares
8--1 1/2" Peach squares
4--3 1/2" x 2 1/2" Peach rectangle

For this block you will need to create 4 of each of the following rectangle units using the Daydream and Midnight rectangles and Midnight and Peach squares

Step 1:

Sew the two Midnight/Peach rectangles together to create a total of 4.

Step 2:

Connect the Daydream/Midnight rectangles to the Peach 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to create 4 of the units below.

Next connect your units from steps 1 and 2 to create your finished Small Block 1 for a total of 4 blocks that measure 4 1/2" square.

Small Block 2

8--3 1/2" x 1 1/2" White rectangles
4--1 1/2" White squares
8--1 1/2" Bordeaux squares
12 Bordeaux/White HST's
24 Coral/White HST's

Using the White rectangles and Bordeaux squares construct 4 of each the following rectangle units.

Step 1:

Using the 4 1 1/2" White squares, 8 Bordeaux/White HST's and 24 Coral/White HST's construct 4 of the following unit.

Step 2:

Attach the correct Bordeaux/White rectangle to the 9-patch created in step one to form 4 of the following units.

Step 3:

Connect the remaining 4 Bordeaux/White HST's with the 4 Bordeaux/White rectangles.

Step 4:  

Connect the unit created in step 2 with the one from step 3 to form the block below.  You should have at total of 4 blocks, that measure 4 1/2" square.

Small Block 3

1-- 2" Midnight square
4--2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Peach rectangle
2--2" Peach squares
4 Daydream/White HST's

Step 1:

We will be creating the center of the block.  You will need the 2" Midnight square and the two 2" Peach squares.  Draw diagonal lines on the Peach squares and cut on the line creating four triangles.

Step 2:

Fold the square and triangles and finger press to mark the centers.  Then you will line the center of the square with the center of the bottom long edge of one of the triangles and sew a 1/4" seam.  Press toward the Peach triangle and then repeat on the opposite side of the triangle.

Step 3:

Next fold the square in the opposite direction to mark the center and repeat step two with the last two triangles to finish the Peach Midnight square in a square.

Step 4:

Next combine the square in a square unit with two 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Peach rectangles.

Step 5: 

Combine two Daydream/White HST's with a Peach 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to form the unit below.  Make a total of 2 units.

Step 6:

Combine the units from step 4 with the step 5 unit to finish the center block.  This block will measure 4 1/2" square.

Now we can arrange our small blocks to create the finished 12 1/2" Nautical Compass Block below.

You can download a printable copy of the Nautical Compass pattern here.

I thought it might be fun to give you a little preview of what Nautical Compass would look like in a full sized quilt.  Here it is in rows.

And on point.

There isn't a huge difference between the two.  Both make a nice secondary block with a star.  So why did I name this block Nautical Compass?  I love how the peach sections point to the four cardinal directions.  When I saw the secondary pattern of a star, I knew I had found my name.  When you can't find your compass you can look to the stars.

And what would a blog hop be without awesome giveaways?  Make sure you visit each of the hosts' post on their day of the hop for a chance to win a half yard bundle of Ocean Sunrise palette.  Below is a list of the hop schedule.  I hope you can take the time to bounce around and see all of the creative blocks these talented bloggers have designed.

If this is your first time visiting wonderland, please feel free to stick around and check out my tutorials, quilt gallery and Aurifil minis.  And please come back and visit me any time.

I would also like to thank Sandra at mmm! quilts and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for looking over my tutorial and giving some helpful feedback.  When writing a pattern, it's always nice to have a few other sets of eyes to make sure you're not out of your mind.  Thanks guys, you are the best!

Today, Tuesday, March 29th

Wednesday, March 30th

Monday March 28th
Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe 
Mary @ Quilting Is In My Blood
Diana @ Red Delicious Life
Sara @ 123 Quilt


Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I think you might be the queen of tiny piecing! Great design and I am intrigued by how similar it is set in rows and on point. Thanks for joining the hop again. :)

Sandra Walker said...

I agree with Yvonne on the queen of tiny piecing title she bestowed upon you! I like the way you incorporated all 6 colours in the palette and that you get a secondary design. I've always loved that in quilts. This is such a well-written, professional-looking tutorial. We will be talking in that department just so you know...Hope Stephanie puts you as the first week of January for the next planner!

Stitchin At Home said...

I agree with both Yvonne and Sandra you are the queen of tiny piecing! Love the secondary design created with your block. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Paige said...

Yes, that is some serious piecing! I just love, what look like, the little baskets in the corners. Great job!

Jayne said...

Dang!!! This block is wonderful Tish! Perfect name and it fits your design. Are you going to make a quilt with this one?!

Rosa said...

Just stunning.I also love to play with paperpiecing patterns.

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

What a fabulous block and just as I was thinking how much I'd like to see it multiplied up into a quilt design there it was, vision complete! Thanks so much for linking up at Sew Cute Tuesday today - Chris (guest host) @madebyChrissieD :D

Lori Smanski said...

your block is lovely. thanks for sharing. this would be a fun red, white and blue placemat
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Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Beautiful block. I love how the standard layout actually tricks the eye into looking like it's on point.

quilter said...

Wow, what a beautiful block!! Thanks for sharing!

Quilting Tangent said...

Good toturial, new follower on Bloglovin'.

Anonymous said...

Tish, this is a great block with so many options. Gorgeous!!!

Sarah@123quilt said...

Such tiny pieces! I really like the secondary design. Fun block!

Anonymous said...


the zen quilter said...

This looks like a really cool mosaic. Great job. Lots of options for it.

Cheryl said...

This is an awesome block! Thanks for allowing me to review it. It looks great finished!

Cecilia said...

Fabulous block! Thanks for sharing.

Cassandra said...

I love all of the detail that you have packed into this block- your design is beautiful!

Lisa J. said...

What an amazing quilt this block will make. Great block Tish!

Terri Ann @ ChildlikeFascination.com said...

This block is so lovely Tish - you've packed so many details into it. I bet this would look GREAT with prints as well as solids.

Unknown said...

I like the secondary pattern this makes. You will need a chain piecing party for all those HSTs first. Now that I think about it this might make one of those wonderful Big block quilts by enlarging the HSTs. You've done a great job with the instructions. I think we've all gotten better at this. I am so impressed with your block and every block I've seen from us "newbies".

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Great block. How did you create your images?

Preeti said...

That is a LOT of work for one block. But it turned out to be worth all the effort - it is a striking block and makes an impressive statement. Kudos to you!!!

Shannon said...

I love how it all comes together in the quilt layout - stunning design!!

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