Simplicity – Block 6 Rectangency

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 6 Rectangency main v2 2015-07-06

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18We are halfway through the Simplicity quilt with this block, people, and I’m pleased to introduce Rectangency to you. Yup, Rectangency. Rectangles and transparency. There’s a lot more cutting in this block compared to previous ones, but if you follow the diagrammes and lay out the pieces on your cutting mat or other surface, then grow the block units methodically, I’m certain you’ll have success with it.

Here’s the graphic version of the block first.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 6 Rectangency graphic 2015-07-06

You need three colours for the rectangles with transparency. If you don’t go for monochrome, I suggest you pick three neighbouring hues from the colour wheel, and put the colour in the middle in the overlapping square areas of the block rectangles. If you want a matchy-matchy block, pick a background colour from the same region of the colour wheel, or if you want to go for drama, perhaps choose a hue from the opposite side of the wheel. In my case, it could be orange to oppose the blue of the transparency effect.

Cutting pieces

  • Background (light blue):
    • One (1) piece 3.5” x 5.5”
    • One (1) piece 5.5” x 5.5”
    • One (1) piece 3.5” x 3.5”
    • One (1) piece 5.5” x 3.5”
    • Two (2) pieces 4.5” x 1.5”
    • Two (2) pieces 1.5” x 4.5”
    • One (1) piece 3” x 3.75”
    • One (1) piece 3.75” x 3”
    • One (1) piece 1.75” x 3”
    • One (1) piece 3” x 1.75”
    • One (1) piece 3” x 3”
  • Rectangle 1 (violet):
    • Two (2) pieces 2.5” x 1.25”
    • Two (2) pieces 3” x 1.25”
    • Two (2) pieces 4.5” x 1.25”
    • Two (2) pieces 1.25” x 3”
  • Rectangle 2 (green):
    • Two (2) pieces 1.25” x 2.5”
    • Two (2) pieces 1.25” x 3”
    • Two (2) pieces 1.25” x 4.5”
    • Two (2) pieces 3” x 1.25”
  • Transparency areas (blue):
    • Four (4) pieces 1.25” x 1.25”

If you’re using directional prints, please recall that the first length of a piece is the width on the x axis (horizontal), whereas the second one is on the y axis (vertical). If print direction doesn’t matter, as usual, cut two pieces of the same size straight away.

Block construction

The Rectangency block is constructed in units, visible below.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 6 Rectangency units 2015-07-06

I warmly recommend placing all the pieces according to this diagramme to avoid confusion regarding sizes listed during cutting. And now the suggested piecing order:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 6 Rectangency construction 2015-07-06

If you click on the assembly diagramme, you can download for your personal use a larger version (1000 px) with larger numbers.

Sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance and a matching 50-weight thread. Or use white like I do, it’s my go-to thread colour and works fine. Press seams open as you go.

Piecing tips

Do pay attention to points. If you find sewing accurate points difficult, please try my pinning trick presented in the first block tutorial, Boxes.

If you feel like it, keep the assembly diagramme nearby, and do chain piecing of block units in such a way that you take them “one step at a time”, if it makes any sense? That’s how I did mine, too, and sewing it was quite swift.

The finished Rectangency block

Edit 23.7.2015: I will have to take another photo with the “real” camera, because this usual one just looks bad. Violet is notoriously difficult to shoot and that happened today in cloudy conditions once again. Here’s my finished Rectangency:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 6 Rectangency finished 2015-07-06

As for the Simplicity gallery (link up on top via quilt-along logo), it’s updated as per block 5 now.

Questions? Comments? I have to run, have a film to catch! Happy Monday :)

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