Thursday, July 4, 2013

Waving Pennant Block Tutorial - Do. Good Stitches July

Rashida Coleman-Hale, you are a girl after my own heart.  If I could take this print and make a whole quilt top with it, I would.  

And I suppose I actually could and at some point will, but for now, July is my month as quilter for my Do. Good Stitches group and also my birthday, so what's a girl to do but ask for blocks inspired by this perfection.

I am asking my ladies to make blocks inspired by these pennants in pinks, teals, turquoises, oranges and grays.  To keep things easy and uniform, we'll use a simple white background.  I would like everyone to vary the number of lines and angles in each block.  In my block (seen below), I have even decided to intersect two rows.  Don't worry about direction. The important thing is that each row covers the entire block (be sure to leave about about a quarter of an inch on each side of each row for seam allowance).  You can have as many or as little as you like at whatever angles you choose. 

Step 1: Cut your white background fabric to 12.5" x 12.5".  Be sure to press flat.

Step 2: Get all of your scraps together and start sorting colours.

Step 3: Iron scraps onto an iron-on adhesive.  I used Heat and Bond Lite.

Step 4: Cut scraps fused to adhesive into triangles of various shapes and sizes. Do not remove paper backing yet.

Step 5: Using a non-permanent fabric marker, draw the lines your pennants will follow on your 12.5" x 12.5" block.

Step 6: Remove paper backing from triangles and lay them out along these lines.  Be sure to vary or alternate their direction and leave a quarter of an inch on the sides for seam allowance.

Step 7: Iron triangles into place following the temperature and steam settings in your adhesive instructions.

Step 8: Use a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to secure appliqued triangles to your block.  Be sure to sew around all edges of the triangles.  I used white thread to help it blend with the background.

Step 9:  All done!  Admire your creation and thank Rashida Coleman-Hale for the inspiration!


  1. great tutorial :) Would be fun as a baby quilt...

  2. Great tutorial - cute block! I might like to try this with the simply solids bee.

  3. Those will be really cute blocks, Laura!

  4. I knew it would be a master piece the moment I started reading the blog.

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