Eastern Shore: a New Block Blog Hop pattern

Introducing “Eastern Shore”, a 12.5″ by 12.5″ unfinished block, created for the New Block Blog Hop, sponsored by Paintbrush Studio, and hosted today by my quilty friend, Cheryl Brickey, of Meadow Mist Designs.

Paintbrush Studio (formerly Fabri-Quilt) has a new line of solids, called Painter’s Palette. And each blog hopper received six fat quarters of these colors: White, Peach, Coral, Bordeaux, Midnight and Daydream, to create a New Block for the 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop. The hosts chose these colors, called Ocean Sunrise Palette.

They’re about 40 quilt bloggers who are participating. Today, these quilt bloggers are introducing their blocks. They’re all free patterns.

I live in Virginia, and one part of the coast is called the “Eastern Shore.” Do you see the sun rising over the east coast of Virginia, USA?

Eastern Shore

This is a traditional block. It’s usually in two colors such as red and white. I created this Eastern Shore block pattern (click on link to get the pdf) to show you how to make it, using four of the colors: Peach, White, Bordeaux and Coral, from the Ocean Sunrise palette. Let’s get started with the cutting instructions.

But first, two important tips.


Why? The selvage side doesn’t stretch as much as fabric cut crosswise. As you sew the selvage-side strips, they will continue to be straight. The crosswise strips tend to bow and you’ll get curves instead of straight strips.


Why? It’s more efficient. Once you finish cutting the longer strips, you can go back and cut the smaller ones, then the 1.5″ squares.

You’ll notice from the diagram that each strip is 1″ longer as you move up the block. In the diagram, I made the “White” strips in a light gray to make them easier to see.

Eastern Shore cutting instructions

The color key and exact cutting instructions should help:

Eastern Shore Assembly color key cutting start here



That means the 1.5″ Bordeaux square is sewn to the 3.5″ by 1.5″ White strip. The 1.5″ Coral square is sewn to the 4.5″ by 1.5″ Bordeaux strip and so on. Follow the diagram. The 1.5″ square is sewn to the strip to its right.

Eastern Shore chaing piecing


This will help you get nice straight seams.


The 3.5″ square is first. Sew the 3.5″ White strip to the left side of the 3.5″ Peach square. Use a scant 1/4 inch seam.


You should match the seams. You should now have a 4.5″ block.


The next strip is the 4.5″ by 1.5″ Bordeaux strip. Then sew the Coral/Bordeaux strip on top.

Eastern Shore Assembly second row


There are nine single strips and nine pieced strips. Keep sewing the single strips to the left then add the pieced strip to the top until you have a 12.5″ inch block.

Some photos of the process:

This block is versatile just like a Log Cabin block.

Eastern Shore block

I made some additional blocks, using the Midnight and Daydream colors. It’s fun to experiment with the layout.

Let me know which one you like the most.

(Or I could make 30 more blocks and put them together as shown. That would be fantastic).







Day 4: Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

THE FINAL DAY of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.

Today’s host is Terri Ann , and we have more wonderful new quilt block patterns, free again, and from such extraordinary individuals:

You can also find links to all the blocks on this Pinterest page.

Just a little sad it’s over.

Now to make some of those blocks,


Day 3 of Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Today we have more amazing free 12 x 12 inch blocks from these equally amazing bloggers:

Hannah @ Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @ Stitchin At Home
Abby @ Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @ Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @ The Iron and Needle
Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic 
Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Liz @ Lizzy Clips Design
Kim @ Leland Ave Studios

Kitty @ Night Quilter

Today’s host is Stephanie.

You can also find links to each blog block on this Pinterest page:

Doubly impressed,


Day 2 of Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Today’s New Block bloggers are:

Josi @ Avacodo Quilts
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @ Love You Sew
Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts
Shelly @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @ Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @ Thistle Thicket Studio 

Adrian @ Making It — Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @ PInk Doxies
Sarah @ 123 Quilt
Jane @ Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @ The Zen Quilter

The host for today is Cheryl.

Go check out their free 12 x 12 quilt blocks.

You can also find links to each blog block on this Pinterest page:

Sew impressed,


Subject to Change: Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

INTRODUCING a 12″ x 12″ block designed for the 2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop. It’s called SUBJECT TO CHANGE because you can easily move the pieces or change the fabric selection to create a subtle difference in each block.

We received SIX FAT EIGHTHS from Fabri-Quilt, called the Watermelon Summer Bundle, one of each of the following colors:

Coral, Aqua, Turquoise, Chartreuse, Lapis and White

cut one strip three inches wide

Because I was able to make FIVE (5) [12 1/2 by 12 1/2 unfinished] blocks out of the SIX FAT EIGHTHS, I gave each of the blocks a name, representing each of the hosts of the Blog Hop: Stephanie, CherylTerri Ann and Yvonne:

Subject to Change Mosiac

Once they are assembled you get a cool modern quilt. I turned each block so that the “four patches” were together in the middle:
Subject to Change Four Patch

Let’s Get Started:


You can cut the fat eighths into three strips: (2) 3″ wide by the length of each fat eighth and one (1) strip 2 1/2″ wide by the length of the fat eighth.

subject to change Cutting Instructions

Subject to Change Assembly Page One

Subject to Change Assembly Page Two

That’s it. I took some photos of the assembly of the blocks and marked them with letters. You can see how easy it is to CHANGE.

The Stephanie

The Stephanie

The Terri Ann

The Terri Ann

The Cheryl

The Cheryl

The Yvonne

The Yvonne

With the scraps I made “fabric slabs” and cut the pieces according to the Cutting Instructions to create The Wanda:

The Wanda

The Wanda

For a pdf version of the block, Subject to Change, click here.

The four-day Blog Hop features more than 60 blogs where you will find free 12 x 12 inch quilt blocks. Today we have these bloggers:

Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

There is also a giveaway each day on each hosts’ blog. Yvonne is today’s host. Inspired by Fabric blog will also be hosting a giveaway.

And, we are donating our blocks to the hosts who are going to make charity quilts for Project Linus, Meyers Center and Teen Impact.

Subject to Change,