Simplicity – Block 10 Stripes

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes main 2015-08-03

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18Oh wow, this was a challenging one! And hello, happy Monday, too :) Welcome to the tenth block, Stripes, of the Simplicity quilt. I realise I’ve forgotten to mention in quite a few posts the hashtags you can use for instance on Instagram, #simplicityquilt and #simplicityquiltalong.

We have just stepped into August, which means there are only two more blocks after this one, but first let’s look at the graphic version of Stripes.

Nina With Freckles - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes graphic 2015-08-03

The reason I picked two green hues and orange is once again the colour wheel, this time two secondary colours. Also, orange happens to pop more than violet does, when paired with green. But make it your own!

Cutting pieces

Instead of cutting a lot of thin strips from a larger piece, I started by cutting a rectangle for each set of green stripes, then subcutting it further into strips.

If you wish to do that, cut as follows:

  • Vertical stripes (dark green): One (1) piece 10.5” x 8.5”
  • Background (light green): One (1) piece 9” x 8.5”

For the block, eventually you will need:

  • Background (light green):
    • From the above cut 9” x 8.5” rectangle:
      • Two (2) pieces 1.5” x 8.5”
      • Six (6) pieces 1” x 8.5”
    • For top and bottom borders:
      • Two (2) pieces 12.5” x 2.5”
  • Vertical stripes (dark green):
    • From the above cut 10.5” x 8.5” rectangle:
      • Seven (7) pieces 1.5” x 8.5”
  • Horizontal stripe (orange):
    • One (1) piece 1” x 12.5”

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, go ahead and cut however is the most logical in relation to your fabric.

Now we sew. I kept saying that a few times when constructing the block, so I thought I’d share this with you, too. Sharing is caring as they say.

Block construction

The block is constructed in a few steps, and there are several chain piecing opportunities. The only hickup at first could be regarding the left and right background borders of slightly wider size, but otherwise it’s sort of about pairing dark greens with light greens. Sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes construction 2015-08-03

Construction steps:

  1. Sew the whole mid-section of pieces together, press all seams in one direction. Chain piecing works beautifully here.
  2. Cut through the middle of the panel. It is 8.5” tall, meaning the halfway point is at 4.25”.
  3. Sew the orange stripe in place. It helps if you run the seam allowances as suggested in piecing tips mentioned in earlier block blog posts, pointing away from the feed dogs. When sewing one seam, you will therefore have the orange piece on top, whereas for the other seam, it will be at the bottom, closer to the feed dogs. There’s relatively much bulk in the stripe panel and so it makes sense to press both newly sewn seams toward the orange.
  4. Sew the top and bottom borders of background fabric in place, and press as above, away from the bulk, toward the border.

Press the block and admire your work.

The finished block

This Stripes block of Simplicity has been yet another example for me to pay proper attention to. While the look is smashing, a bit like Fibonacci earlier, the thin pieces are no walk in the park to deal with. As a result, my block is a bit crooked, but who cares. We are here to learn new things, including what doesn’t work for us to include in the future. I still like my block, though!

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes finished 2015-08-03

Are there some questions or comments perhaps? How has the speed of posting blocks this summer been for you? Happy striping!


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