Simplicity – Block 3 Cards

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 3 Cards main v2 2015-06-15

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18Is it Monday again!? Well, here’s the third block, Cards, to add to your growing Simplicity modern sampler quilt. There’s more cutting than before, but seams are as straight-forward to sew as usual.

Let’s start by looking at the graphic version of the block first. The idea is of course to create a transparency effect of the two cards placed on top of each other, but you can achieve this also when using a monochromatic scheme.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 3 Cards graphic 2015-06-15

I wanted to make my block with warm colours, and the easy thing to do was to pick yellow and red as starting points, with orange being the blender in between. I’d love to see what you come up with, though!

Cutting pieces

  • Red (card 1):
    • One (1) piece 3” x 6”
    • One (1) piece 3.5” x 3”
  • Orange (overlap section): 3.5” x 3.5”
  • Yellow (card 1):
    • One (1) piece 6” x 3”
    • One (1) piece 3” x 3.5”
  • Pink (background):
    • Two (2) pieces 5” x 5”
    • One (1) piece 8” x 2.5”
    • One (1) piece 2.5” x 8”
    • One (1) piece 3.5” x 2.5”
    • One (1) piece 2.5” x 3.5”
    • One (1) piece 3” x 2.5”
    • One (1) piece 2.5” x 3”

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, which is why you see on the cutting list two pieces of the absolute same size as their own listings.

Block construction

Sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Press them open as you go, before adding new pieces. To help you in sewing your block, here’s a construction diagramme with suggested piecing order:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 3 Cards construction 2015-06-15

Piecing tips

Lay out all the pieces according to the construction diagramme above, then pick up pairs for chain piecing, if you don’t want to sew in chronological order as pictured.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 3 Cards pieces 2015-06-15

For increased accuracy, remember to pin through the seam allowance first, just like we did in the first block, at meeting points along longer seams.

The finished Cards block

My fabric stash is a bit limited in the tone-on-tone section still, and I want to avoid using the lovely Jewels by Lizzy House everywhere all the time, so the orange overlap piece became darker than the red and yellow. Works a bit like a log-cabin effect as well, I think!

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 3 Cards finished v2 2015-06-15

Questions? Comments? Enjoy the new block! The fourth one will be up again in a week, Monday 22 June.

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