Simplicity – Block 1 Boxes

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes main v2 2015-06-01

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18Since we are writing 1 June 2015 today, it is time for the first block, Boxes, of the Simplicity quilt to be made.

Like the rest of the twelve blocks, this one measures 12.5×12.5 inches finished, or 12×12 inches in the quilt top.

First, a graphic version of the block:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes 2015-06-01

Cutting pieces

  • Red: 8” x 4.5”
  • Pink: 5” x 4.5”
  • Orange: 5” x 8.5”
  • Yellow: 8” x  8.5”

Please note that I’m using the standard from mathematics, first x axis (horizontal) and then y axis (vertical), when stating piece sizes. This can be useful if you are using directional prints with a direction that you wish to keep in the finished block.

Block construction

Use whatever thread you feel comfortable with. I usually pick white because it is the one I have the most of currently, but I think I used 50-weight light beige in this block.

Sew together with a quarter-inch seam allowance the pieces in columns (as pictured below) or rows, and then the two larger pieces to a finished block. Press seams open in both steps.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes construction 2015-06-01

Precision tips

A tip for the new quilter is to use a pin when sewing the third seam, to create a perfect point. Stick a pin through the middle of the two seam allowances, let the pin (with blue head) be in place when you pin the fabric that will approach the presser foot of your sewing machine. Leaving the pin (yellow head) in place in the seam allowance, until you’re just about to sew it over, will create a neat result on the backside of your block, without fabric puckering wildly in the seam area. (Apologies about the bad photo quality late in the evening!)

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes construction Pinning 2015-06-01

Before you press the seams open, a good idea is to “set the seam”. This means you press quickly the thread. See a before and after:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes construction Setting seam 2015-06-01.jpg

An almost perfect point:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes construction Point 2015-06-01

The finished Boxes block

Here’s my finished block 1, Boxes, of the Simplicity quilt.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 1 Boxes finished v2 2015-06-01

Do you have questions? Comments? Please share if there’s something on your mind! And don’t forget to add your photos to the Flickr group.

Block 2 will be posted next week on Monday, 8 June 2015.

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