Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 3: Modern “T” Block}

Reposting original post (JUL 2014)

In May, I taught a Modern Block class at Spoonflower. I promised folks that I would share the designs/patterns of each blocks of my sampler quilt.


As promised, here is the first one – the modern “T” block. Finished size is 12″.

Planning your Block

This block is actually a repeated pattern (the whole repeat blocks are marked in blue below). You can chain piece the block pieces or you can make it using paper piecing.  Start by planning your block, color in the pieces so you know where pieces go. I have included a template you can color here.

Note: This is considered a challenging block due to the small pieces – to give you an idea the sashing is 1/2″, the small square is 1″.


Method 1: Piecing

Cutting Instructions

Below are cutting instructions for the pieces. I have mapped these instructions with the colors in the T Block photo above.

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)  Fat Eighth
  • 4 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 6 1.5” x 3”
  • 7 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 5 1.5” x 1.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 5 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 5 1.5” x 3”
  • 6 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric D (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 6 1.5” x 1.5”
Fabric E (White Sashing) Fat eighth
  • 8 1” strips (~20 inches long)

Making your Block

  1. I chain piece all my small colored pieces to the white sashing strips. The white sashing will be pieces 2, 3, 4, 6, 8b and 9.
  2. Start with all the 1 pieces and sew them to a strip of white sashing (#2). Trim all the pieces so that you now have 1+2 combined. Press seams open.
  3. Now chain piece on the other side another white strip to the 1+2 pieces. Trim all the pieces, and now you have 1+2+3 combined. Press seams open.
  4. Now chain piece 1+2+3 to another white strip (#4). Trim to create 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  5. Add #5 pieces to 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  6. Chain piece 1+2+3+4+5 to a white strip (#6). Trim and press seams.
  7. Add #7 to the 1+2+3+4+5+6.
  8. Chain piece 8a to a white strip (#8b). Trim and press seams.
  9. Sew 8a+8b to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 block. Press seams.
  10. Finally, chain piece 1-9 block to a white strip (#9). Trim and press seams
  11. Repeat 8 times for the whole block repeats (the sections marked above with blue lines).
  12. At this point, use a design board. Layout your whole blocks. Take the other remaining pieces and lay them out. For the remaining pieces, you can sew each of the pieces one by one, using the same system as a whole block above, sewing just the relevant pieces.
  13. Once all pieces /repeats are sewn, join pieces of each column (i.e. piece going down instead of the typical rows across).
  14. When piecing the 4 columns together, use a lot of pins. I recommend lining up all the colored pieces to ensure alignment is accurate.

Method 2: Paper Piecing

This is not an instruction for paper-piecing, I am assuming you know. The template for the repeat block can be found here. Here are some instructions:

  • Print template at 100%
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down around the A, B and C sections
  • Once you finish paper piecing each section; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Join sections in the order A–>B; AB–>C
  • Once the ABC block is complete make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Follow the above steps 13-14 in method 1 ( to join the blocks down each column and then joining column to column.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:


Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 2: Fallen Obelisks}


Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Green)   Scrap
  • 1 6″ x 6″
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 1 6″ x 6″
 Fabric C (Grey)  Fat eighth
  • 1 6″ x 6″
  • 1 2.5” x 15” strip (or 4 2.5” x 3.5”)
 Fabric D (White)   Fat eighth
  • 1 6″ x 6″
  • 1 2.5” x 15” strip (or 4 2.5” x 3.5”)
 Fabric E (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 1 1.5” x 15” strip (or 4 1.5” x 3.5”)
 Fabric F (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 1 1.5” x 15” strip (or 4 1.5” x 3.5”)

Planning your block

In this folder, is a blank map for your block. Use colored pencils to plan out your fabric selections.

Making your block

  1. To make the HST (Half Square Triangles) take the 6″ x 6″ squares and pair them based on your block plan. For this block the pairing was A-D and B-C.  Place each square RST (right sides together). Make sure you have all the corners lining up. Sew a ¼” seam around the square.
  2. Cut the square twice, corner to corner. This will give you the 4 HST of each color pairing. Press seams. Trim the blocks down to 3.5″.
    NOTE: Line the 45 degree diagonal seam up with your cutting boards 45 degree line while trimming. This seam line should remain finishing in each of the corners.

  3. Take the 15″ strips, and pair them based on your map, D-E and C-F. Place each strip RST (right sides together). Make sure you have all the corners lining up. Sew a ¼” seam. Press the seams.
  4. Cut each strip into four (4) 3.5″ pieces.
  5. You now have all the squares for making each row. Use your design wall to line up each row (HST, Stripe block, HST, Stripe block). Sew each of the blocks in each row together. Press seams.
  6. Once each row is complete. Sew each row together, pinning (using pins or glue) to match seams. Press seams. Your block is complete.

Here are some great examples from folks in my class last year.
1. Daisy @ Ants to sugar; 2. Michele @ Undiscovered Optimist 3. Unknown

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:
{Block 1: Broken Chevrons}

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 1: Broken Chevron Tutorial}

I am finally getting around to posting each of the block tutorials for the Spoonflower Sampler quilt. Just a reminder of what the sampler looked like, here is a picture of the quilt top. Each block is 12″ finish.  This is a great project if you want to practice Half Square triangles (HST), Half Rectagle Traingles (HRT), Diamonds and a lot of 1/2 inch piecing!! If you have any questions at anytime just leave a comment or send me an email.
Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Top

Block One: Broken Chevron


Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Green)   Fat eighth
  • 3 4.5” x 4.5”
  • 3 3.5” x 3.5”
 Fabric B (Blue)   Fat eighth
  • 3 4.5” x 4.5”
  • 3 3.5” x 3.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 4 4.5” x 4.5”
  • 4 3.5” x 3.5”
 Fabric D (White)   Fat eighth  

  • 2 4.5” x 4.5”
  • 2 3.5” x 3.5”

Planning your block

In this folder,  is a blank map for your block. Use colored pencils to plan out your fabric selections, as this is important to work out your HST combinations. For example, the above block had the following combinations:

  • A-B
  • B-C
  • C-D
  • D-A
  • A-C
  • C-B

Making your block

This block is made up of all 2″ (finished) HST. There are two main methods used to make these blocks based on the size squares you cut out above. Follow this tutorial, as it walks you through:

  • The two main methods of making the HST’s
  • How to finish your block
  • Pressing seam options (pros and cons with HST’s of pressing open to one side).

Once you complete the tutorial this block is complete. Again, let me know if you have any questions. Stay tuned for block 2, later this week.


Abstract, Improvisation, Intent

Our Guild has decided to participate in the QuiltCon Charity Challenge 2016. The theme is Improv with intent and it uses a limited color palette. I have been so inspired by #beesewcial (check out the hashtag on IG) that I was so excited about this challenge, even though the color palette is a little scary (1/2 the colors very bold, the other 1/2 very neutral).

Our guild did things a little different but playing in the rules:

  • Each person was allowed to pick fat eighths of any or all the colors that the MQG had selected.
  • We chose to stick with solids only.
  • Also, we added that the block must have a triangle in the design.
  • One block required by each person who collected F8’s.

I am so inspired right now with the abstract movement, I think that you will definitely see that in both my designs. My first design, I wanted to use the white, black and grey in stripes and just have pops of color. ImprovIntent_Design1

That turned into this…
I loved the whole process of using no rulers and just using my rotary cutter, ignoring 1/4 seam allowance as I pieced pieces together.  It made it seem so much quicker (maybe 30 minutes).  I had plenty of fabric left over.

That night, I was thinking about how the past week at work, deadlines and having family visiting had made me feel a little more stressed/pressured lately. I was trying to relax and the idea of a second block popped into my head, opposing triangles pushing down (or up) on a line. I literally jumped off the sofa and put the idea into this next improv block.

I have to say this is one of my favorite blocks ever. I really wish I was making the whole quilt :-)…maybe over Christmas break I can come back to playing/experimenting.

It is so fun seeing my guild’s and other guild’s blocks coming alive….check out #quiltconcharityquilt.


Carry All Pin Cushion

Where has September gone!! I thought I will try to get a post done, finally. I am so busy at the moment and finding it hard to post.  It’s all good news, I have recently signed on for 4 projects and 2 blog-hops all due before the beginning of November. All are secret projects, with many of them not being released until next year. So if I am missing, please bear with me – I will post when I can.

Today, though, I am so excited to show you my first finishes from Anna Graham’s (aka Noodlehead) new book, Handmade Style. Can I say this is a fabulous book….LOVE IT!!


We had a “In your bag” swap, with our guild this past month. My secret partner said she would be happy with anything with color preferences of teal, navy and coral. I decided that the Carry All Pin Cushion would be the perfect project.

My Project Details

Timing: The pin cushion takes about 30 minutes to cut all the pieces and an hour to put together.

Easy to Follow

My favorite are all the pockets, two side pockets perfect for hexagons, bobbins, and smaller items, a slip pocket for a quick’n’pick or markers and lastly the large pleaded pocket.

Creativity: There is lots of opportunity to be creative and make the project unique for you.


My partner (Valerie) loved it!! A great gift for a quilter or a sewer.

I loved the end result and the making process, that I had to make a second one for me. I really wanted a black and white pin cushion with splashes of citron. I had my neutral Umbrella Trimmings Packet, that I used for a patchwork top.  Don’t you just love that “YOU”.

Project Details

Fabrics: Umbrella Prints, Black Essex Dyed Linen, Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 print, Cotton and Steel, Carolyn Friedlander.

Dimensions: 8.5″ x 3.5″ x 3″

Other materials: Pellon F101, and Annie’s Soft and Stable


Other than the umbrella prints patchwork top, I am loving the pops of the greens of Alison Glass Handcrafted print and the C+S print.B&WPinCushionBottom

I can highly recommend this project and book. I am hoping to make several of the projects over the next couple of months…Handmade Christmas gifts are on my list this year :-).


3 Year Anniversary – Giveaway!!

Can you believe it, I have hit the 3 year mark with my blog and my quilting hobby. Surprisingly, it feels much longer than that. In a good way, of course.

This blog started out as more than just a quilting blog. It was a space in which I shared all my hobbies & interests. Slowly, quilting/designing has consumed my world, and I have moved some of the other content to my IG account (ml_wilkie), focusing here on all things quilting.

I was thinking about the best way to recap this past year. It has been a crazy productive year, especially considering that I only have the weekends to really concentrate on quilting. To share with you how crazy it’s been here is a mosaic of my main finishes (links to the projects can be found on my Project Finishes menu above).


A lot of these projects, represent some big accomplishments this year, including:

  • A couple of great swaps, and participating in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts
  • Contributing 5-part tutorial series “Design to Reality” on Sew Mama Sew
  • Two quilt entries accepted to QuiltCon 2015 & just the fantastic experience attending QuiltCon.
  • Block of the Month (February) Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids
  • A quilt featured on the cover of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Publication)
  • A second publication in Quilt Now Magazine (Publication)
  • A quilt featured in one of Art Gallery Fabric LookBook + pattern release.
  • Quilt of the Month pattern for the Modern Quilt Guild

It is starting to get hard now to choose a favorite. I expect more of the same for the next 12 months, maybe a little less chaotic.

Ok, so I have to say this……I would not be where I am today without my wonderful supportive husband (in both allowing me to work on my quilts in my limited free time and understanding my fabric addiction) and the support system you all have provided. Thank you so much, to those who follow me here on my blog and/or Instagram. Thank you, thank you!!

This giveaway is a small gesture in which I can give back to this fabulous community I find myself immersed in. I am giving away a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Threads.

So, how do you win this gift card?

  • Just leave a comment answering  “What quilting accomplishment do you hope to fulfill over the next 12 months”. It doesn’t have to be big – anything.
  • If you are a follower please leave a second comment, just letting me know you follow.
  • A giveaway winner will be chosen at random at 8pm next Monday 7th (Labor Day here in the US)
  • This post will be updated with the winner and the winner notified via email.

Note: I read every comment but due to the number of comments I may not reply to your comment.

You, also, have a second chance of winning a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Threads by visiting me on IG (Instagram ml_wilkie)…look for the give away post in the next 30 mins.

Again, thank you!! Good luck and I hope you all have a great week.


The winner is Lynn over @Monkey Needle!! Lynn I will be sending you the gift card today!!


Traveling quilts, progress and lessons learned

Throughout the year, I have been working on 4 quilts for our Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I have loved the process and have learned so much. I thought I would share some of my thoughts of the process, some realizations and some of my contributions.
[My starter pack for my minimalistic road sign inspired quilt]

First off some background, a traveling quilt involves a small group of people. Each person creates a starter for a quilt which then gets passed systematically to the next person with guidelines and some fabric. You may be asked to add a row, a border for a medallion quilt or just blocks. The last person to contribute to the quilt, pieces the top together (if this is a row-based or block-based quilt).
[Renee’s quilt: my contribution – 1st border]

Usually each quilt will have a theme, for instance, in our group:

  • Renee (quiltsofafeather) Started with this amazing center and asked that Bison to be the main background color. You can add solid purples but keep purple prints and oyster solid to a minimum
  • Laura (littleandlots) asked for each person to add a row to her quilt, with the row containing rainbow colors.
  • Jess (quiltyhabit) asked for blocks that all had curves in it and she had a specific jewel color theme she wanted to use. With one of the colors, mustard/gold,  Jess added additional details to ensure that the color matched her desired outcome.
  • Ashley (wasntquiltinaday) had an idea for a rainbow quilt as well, but she wanted each row to be of a single color. Her initial starter kit was 72″ wide so the goal is to create a row of that length to add to the quilt.
  • Myself: My thing was minimalism with a limited and heavily neutral color palette (pops of navy, aqua and orange). The theme was interpreting road signs.

Rainbow Chorus Line
[Laura’s quilt: My contribution of the Rainbow Chorus Line]

My goals:

  • Adding “me” to another persons quilt and know that person will always know…”oh that was  done by so-and-so”
  • Making sure I produce a high standard as these ultimately are someone else’s quilts
  • Be challenged by other people’s ideas and projects
  • Have Fun and Enjoy!!

I think, I managed to meet all my goals. I have definitely had a lot of fun and enjoyed the overall process. The lessons I learned were more about me:

  • I was definitely challenged. Renee’s quilt was a very different color palette than I would choose but I love the results.
    Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid, embrace the challenge and it will surprise you
  • I had fun with Laura’s, as I played around with fabric and worked out what combinations would work best.
    Lesson learned: take the time to make the decisions that you need to make the product the best you can.
  • I enjoyed adding my own block design to Jess’ quilt – definitely something recognizable as me.
  • Now it’s my turn to actually make up Ashley’s top, as I am the last contributor. This has been fun working out the Math, adding various colors and designs for the 3-4 rows that I need to add.
    Lesson learned: while making the final top check with the “receiver” what their final expectations are. In general, get to know the people in the group and use fabrics /blocks that you know they will like.
  • As I wanted to contribute my best, many times I over committed and under estimated my time to the project.  For my contributions on the first two quilts, I choose projects, that in total took over 30-40 hours to complete. This was usually for a single row or a border. Due to some of these project decisions, I was late by 2 weeks on one quilt and 4 weeks late on the other.
    Lesson learned: this was unfair to the group, so this is something I improved for my 3rd and 4th contributions. Choose do-able projects in the time you have but still produce a high quality result. It should still be something you are proud of or you would be happy to receive.
  • One of the things I enjoyed, most was watching how others were doing on their contributions and ideas by sharing on IG.
    Lesson learned: sharing built our communication/ friendship, it also gave us all check points to see where people are etc.
  • I loved getting to know folks through the process.
    Lesson Learned  take the time to get to know each other. Also, it’s really about communication, and being part of a team. You can’t let people down but most of the time  if you communicate the situation people are usually understanding.

My recent finish, that is due end of August, was Jess’ quilt that incorporated the curves and jewel tones. I added 3 of my Phased Circle Blocks, that I designed. I also added two more blocks using the circle cut-outs as additional blocks added to a low-volume print in a like color.


The last quilt I am working on, is Ashley’s rainbow quilt (each row of one color). Being the last person, I get to also construct/piece the top. Like I mentioned above, I am loving working on the math. The additions I have added include a row of red crosses, a row of Anna Maria Horner feathers in teal/aqua and the blue row consisting of economy blocks and blocks from Patchwork City.

The red crosses will be added to an orange row (still to be decided) and Laura’s fabulous yellow and pink rows.

In this last picture, you can see how the bottom 1/2 of the quilt is progressing. It starts with Ashley’s starter row of Green flying geese, Renee’s row addition of the HST teal/aqua, my feather and blue row contributions and the purple churn dash row from Jess.


I would highly recommend the traveling quilt process. I enjoy it more than bees. I can’t wait to see how my road sign minimalistic quilt turns out. I am off to make dinner and work on more of Ashley’s quilt!!

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).