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Cut your quick blocks faster than ever.

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After I had been quilting for a while, I discovered there were formulas for making certain quilt blocks faster. I thought this was amazing and proceeded to find all the formulas I could. This was great but they had to be calculated properly to work.  Sometimes I would enter a number wrong or add a number when I was supposed to divide. Then there was the problem with cheat sheets. They could be cumbersome and didn’t include the block assembly instructions. After a while, I tried finding a quilting app that would do the formulas for me but with no luck. I considered making my own app but that would be too expensive. Then, I discovered an online calculator builder where I could create my own calculators. I created calculators for ten quilt block formulas. The formulas could now be calculated instantly and each one included assembly diagrams.  I'm now sharing my Quick Block Calculators with the quilting community free of charge. I hope they help those of you who may have been as frust

How to Square Up Hourglass & Pinwheel Blocks: No special ruler required!

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This post is a supplementary tutorial for the Quick Block Calculator . When using the shortcut methods to make Hourglass and Pinwheel blocks, you often have to " square up " the block to the correct size you need. If these blocks are not squared up properly, you will end up with very wonky looking squares that will only be good for the scrap pile. In this post, I'll show you a simple method for squaring up Hourglass, Pinwheel, and Half Square Triangle blocks that doesn't require a special ruler. MATERIALS Square quilt ruler at least 8" x 8". Rotary cutter Masking tape or transparent quilt ruler tape . INSTRUCTIONS Hour Glass Divide the desired block size in half, e.g. 4½"÷ 2 = 2¼" Find this number on the ruler. Place a piece of tape horizontally and vertically on the ruler to mark the center of the block. Line up intersecting point of the tape with the center of the block. Line up the 45º angle with angle of the block. 6. 

Blue Diamond Quilt Block

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Who doesn't love a little bling? This cute blue diamond mini quilt designed in facet art style would brighten up any area of your home or office. Blue Diamond Quilt Block BUY NOW While designing my diamond I soon realized that the facet colours had to make sense. The biggest challenge in doing faceted art is positioning the colours so that they look just right. Below is the inspiration for my little diamond quilt. This stunning quilt titled Bling was designed, pieced, and quilted by Katherine Jones. Bling won Best in Show at the 2017 QuiltCon Quilt Show , and you can sure see why. The details in this quilt are stunning!  Bling  by Katherine Jones

CELTIC TWIST Quilt Block | Step-by-Step Tutorial

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This tutorial is for the 17" x 17" Celtic twist block shown above. It may look complicated, but it's simple to put together. There are no Y-seams and no templates to worry about. The block consists of two 6 inch units (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangle units; that's it! You can make one block or add more units to make a quilt or table runner. I love this block for showcasing big prints. These are the four units to make the block. MATERIALS NEEDED FOR ONE BLOCK (All measurements include a 1/4 inch seam allowance) Unit 1 - Makes 4 [8] 5" x 2" dark print [8] 5" x 2" light print [4] 3½" x 3½" medium print Unit 2 - Makes 4 [1] 7¼" solid Unit 3 - Makes 4 [2] 7" solid [4] 2" x 2" dark print Unit 4 - Makes 1 [1] 6½" x 6½" large print [4] 2" x 2" light print UNIT 1 - Make 4 1. Arrange your fabric pieces to ensure you have the correct colour placement.

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern

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Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished. Butterfly Garden Quilt Block BUY NOW This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely pillow for a sunroom or a girl's bedroom. Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring décor. . . . . . or a sweet and cheery table runner.

Krazy Kites Quilt Block

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This fun kites quilt block is a great stash buster for all those pretty scraps you've been hanging on to. For good contrast, I used multiple creams and beige scraps for the background, which makes the colours really pop. I like the block without embellishing, but if you like to embroider, you can add tails. BUY NOW Krazy Kites Quilt Block by Monica Curry This block makes a great summer themed pillow. I think it would also be stunning as a baby blanket or a wall quilt with embroidered tales.

Autumn Star Quilt Block - FREE Download

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Designed for the beautiful colours of autumn, the Autumn Star quilt block is stunning. I created my sample using batik and hand-dyed fabrics. This block would be nice in any fabric, but I really like it with batiks. FREE DOWNLOAD Autumn Star Quilt Block by Monica Curry Autumn Star  quilt idea

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

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The cold Canadian winters can be trying, but they can also beautiful. When conditions are right, ice crystals form on the tree branches (called hoar frost) and it's a sight to see; it's truly magical. And in the sunlight, the snow takes on a gorgeous blue cast. My favourite thing about this block is that it's Jelly Roll friendly. The strips required are 2-1/2 inches wide. So, if you have any Jelly Roll scraps hanging around, this could be the block for you. It's quick to make and a great project for quilters new to foundation paper piecing. Blue Frost Quilt Block BUY NOW

Make Perfect Pinwheels Every Time!

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I love the pinwheel block. It’s a timeless classic that can easily be incorporated into traditional as well as modern quilt designs, but piecing all those little triangles is a pain. Below is a quick method for making any size Pinwheel block you need. FORMULA FOR QUICK PINWHEELS Note: The finished block size is the size of the block after the quilt is finished. Determine the finished block size, e.g. 6 inches Divide the finished block size by 1.41. (6 ÷ 1.41 = 4.25) Add this result to 0.875 (4.25 + 0.875 = 5.13) Round up the above result to the nearest 0.125 inches. (5.13 + 0.125 = 5.25") The parent size squares will be 5.25" Square up your block to the correct unfinished size (finished size plus 1/2") CUTTING + ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS