I am excited to be participating in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop. The blog hop started on 31 August and ends today. Each participant will present a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block using 6 fat-eighth Fabri-Quilt fabric. When I designed this block, I did it without the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric. You can read about why I did not construct my block with the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric in my blog post dated 6 August 2015.

I wrote the tutorial and sewed the prototype with fabric from my stash. I tried to use fabric which were of colours as close to the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric as possible. This is my first time designing a block and writing a tutorial on my design. As I sewed the block, I photographed the process then I inserted the photos into my tutorial. However these photos did not show Fabri-Quilt fabric. After I have completed the tutorial, I sent the file to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl. She then sewed out my block (with Fabri-Quilt fabric) following my tutorial. As she went along, she photographed the whole process, just as I did. The photos that you see below are the photos that she had taken. I really think she did a very good job with the photography. She then sent me the photos that she took so that I could insert her photos (showing the sewing process with actual Fabri-Quilt fabric) into my tutorial.

Yvonne did more than just take the photos, she provided me with feedback and tips and even modified my step so as to make it easier to construct the block. Thank you Yvonne for helping this newbie here 🙂

I love scrappy blocks so I have included all the 6 Fabri-Quilt fabrics when designing this block. I also love chevrons so the block I designed is mainly made up of chevrons. By looking at the block, you will know why I have named it – **Chevron among the chevrons**

You can use different colour fabrics to construct the block. I have stitched out four 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ blocks together using fabric from my stash. As you can see, a secondary pattern, the four-patch, is formed.

__Materials:__

6 Fat Eighths of Fabri-Quilt fabric in Watermelon Summer palette

__Cutting:__

__Fabric colour__ |
__Shape to cut__ |
__Size to cut__ |
__Number to cut__ |

Coral |
Square |
4″ x 4″ |
2 |

White |
Square |
4″ x 4″ |
2 |

Lapis Blue |
Square |
3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ |
2 |

Chartreuse |
Square |
3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ |
2 |

Turquoise |
Square |
2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ |
16 |

Aqua |
Square |
2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ |
16 |

__Method:__

__Sewing Half-Square Triangles (HST)__

- Place one 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Turquoise coloured square and a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Aqua coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out. Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:

- On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the 2 squares together), Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line.

- Using a pair of scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line apart like this:

You will get 2 HSTs

- Press the HSTs open.

- Repeat Steps 1 to 4 for the rest of the fifteen Turquoise coloured and fifteen Aqua coloured squares.

When you have completed Step 5, you should have 32 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs.

6.Trim all the 32 HSTs down to 2″. You can use a square ruler with a diagonal line.

- Place one 4″ x 4″ Coral coloured square and one 4″ x 4″ White coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out. Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:

- On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the two squares together), Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line

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- With ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line. You will get 2 HSTs:

- Press the HSTs open.

- Repeat Steps 7 to 10 for the remaining Coral coloured square and White coloured square.

- Trim the 2 Coral/White HSTs down to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. You can use a square ruler with a diagonal line.

Before we start sewing up the block, check that you have the following basic units:

__Squares__

Lapis Blue 2 units 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Chartreuse 2 units 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

__Half Square Triangles (HSTs)__

White/Coral 4 units 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Aqua/Turquoise 32 units 2″ x 2″

__Sewing Chevrons__

- Sew 4 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

and place one on top of the other HST right sides facing each other

Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

Next, take the other 2 HSTs,

place one on top of the other right sides facing each other

Sew the 2 HSTs together

Press the 2 HSTs open

You should now have these 2 parts:

You will sew the 2 parts together. When I first sewed my prototype, my seams were ironed to one side. This makes the intersection of the seams very bulky as I sewed the 2 parts together. When Yvonne sewed my block (with the Fabri-Quilt fabric), she opened up the seams and this reduced the bulk at the point where the seams intersect. Thanks Yvonne for this tip.

Press open and you will have a chevron measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

14, Repeat Step 13 until all Turquoise/Aqua HSTs are used up. You should have 8 chevrons, each measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

- Sew the 4 Coral/White HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

Place 1 HST on top of the other HST right sides facing each other.

Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

Next, take the other 2 HSTs

Place one on top of the other right sides facing each other.

Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

You should now have these 2 parts:

Sew the 2 parts together. Before sewing them together, press open the seams of each of the part (refer to Step 13 above when we sew the Turquoise/Aqua chevron). After sewing the 2 parts together, press open. Your chevron should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

If you manage to get to this far, you should have the following:

__Piecing the Block__

- Sew a Lapis Blue square to a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

- Sew the Chartreuse square to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

- Sew the 2 parts that you had sewn in Steps 16 & 17 together and you will get the following:

- Repeat Steps 16 to 18 with the remaining Lapis Blue square and the remaining Chartreuse square, swapping the position of the Lapis Blue square and the Chartreuse square.

You will now have these:

20: Sew a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

- Repeat Step 20 with the remaining two 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevrons. You will now have 2 sets of these:

- Sew the 2 sets of chevrons that you have completed in Steps 20 & 21 to the sides of 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Coral/White chevron as follows:

. You now have 3 parts:

- Sew these 3 parts together and Ta-Da, we have our
**Chevron among the chevrons**

To download a pdf version of the tutorial, click Chevron among chevrons – a tutorial

We want to thank the hosts of this blog hop for all their hard work. Thank you Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist and Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination. We also want to thank Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring this blog hop by providing the fat-eighth fabrics that we used when we design the blocks. Not only that, they are also sponsoring the giveaway of fabric. Do hop over to our host for today (3 September) Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination for the giveaway. Don’t forget to also visit the other bloggers who are posting their tutorials for the 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block today.

I always prewash my fabric before I use them. Therefore, I recommend that you prewash the fabric with like colours before you start your project. Enjoy!