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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Treasure Hunt ~ Fabri-Quilt blog hop

Hello and thank you for stopping in for my block tutorial in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! Fabri-Quilt has generously provided participants with fat eighth bundles to work with and you can win one as well - just visit our host for today: Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination

As I mentioned in my last post, we were to be inspired by summer and I have been amazed by the blocks created by the fellow members of this hop! The Pinterest Board is filling with loads of cool block tutes. 

Please also visit my mates today as they share their new blocks!
Sandra of One Million Stitches

Treasure Hunt

This simple block reminds me of treasure on a map with the big red X marking the special spot and the blues and greens remind me of the ground or forest. The slightly angled sides make the X look like it pops out a little 3D style.

Given my "transition" period with Windows 10 and EQ7, I ended up making this block by 2 different methods.

Watermelon Summer F8 Bundle

Method 1:

Background (blues/green): 
  • Cut (4) squares 4½" x 4½" 
  • Cut (4) rectangles 5" x 4½" 
    • Subcut into (8) 2½" x 4½" rectangles
Center X (rose): 
  • Cut (1) square 4½" x 4½"
  • Cut  (4) squares 1¾" x 1¾”
  • Cut (8) squares 2½” x 2½”

·      Lay out squares in a pleasing arrangement

On the (4) 1¾” rose colored squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other

    ·         On the blue & green 2½” x 4½” rectangles, on the long side (4½”) measure up 1¾” from the bottom and make a tiny mark.

    Draw a diagonal line from that mark to the opposite corner

    ·         The 4 corner squares are simple “stitch & flip.” Place a 1¾" in one corner and pin. Stitch right on the line (or a teeny bit inside the line) - chain piece all 4 blocks. Press and trim ¼” away from stitch line.
    ·         The rectangles are a little different. Line up a 2½“ square with the bottom of a 2½” x 4½” rectangle. 

    Stitch on the diagonal drawn line. Press to set seam and then press the square away from the rectangle.

      In order to nest seams,  press 1 toward the rectangle and 1 toward the square.
    o   At this point, you can trim one of two ways: Flip over so the rectangle is up and use it to trim off the excess rose colored square 

    OR place rectangle right side up and trim to 2½” x 4½".  Then flip the trimmed corner open and trim seam to ¼”.

    o   Stitch matching rectangles together; nesting seams in the center

    ·         Stitch 9 blocks together in normal 9-patch  using a scant  ¼” seam – sew into rows and then join the columns. 

    And you should have a 12½” unfinished Treasure Hunt Block!  

     Here's how it would look as entire quilt

    An alternate colorway really changes the look! 

    Method 2:
    Paper Piecing! Print 4 copies of the template. Ensure that your blocks print out at 4.5" finished.
    There are many awesome paper piecing tutorials available for FREE - check these out!

    Enjoy! FMT


    1. Wow - what a great block and I love the idea behind it. X truly does mark the spot and I can immediately recall many summer evenings spent searching for pirate booty in the woods beside my home...

    2. This is really fun! I can see my kids getting full on board with searching for pirate treasure beneath the X! Lovely design :)

    3. I really like your block and the pirate treasure idea behind it.

    4. Your block reminds me of tic tac toe. So fun :)

    5. X marks the spot, what a great idea. Great job on the tutorial and the block!

    6. Great block with a perfect name.

    7. I can see your block with red x's and some of the text and map prints that are out there in the market, with the quilt backed in pirate fabric. Cool block. Thanks.

    8. Love the X! It would be gorgeous as a quilt! great job!

    9. I love the 3D effect of the X! Great block.

    10. Great block and I love your description! I hope you make this into a quilt!

    11. Really like your X block and thanks for showing the color variations. Looks really great in a quilt.

    12. This is a fun block. I can see a lot of ideas springing from it. Good job.

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    14. Great block! Thanks for sharing.

    15. What a GREAT block!! and I love that it adds to the cadre of plus blocks!! It'd also be cool in an on point quilt, I bet :)

    16. Really cool block. Like how the entire look changes when you change what areas are white.

    17. I like the 3-D quality too! I is a fun block with a lot of color play potential. Congrats on a good design and tutorial. :-)

    18. All these blocks are amazing. Your tutorial is easy to follow too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    19. Superb block that you have created and written a great tutorial for. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

    20. Thank you Francine for your "treasure" block. It is a gem for sure. I love your tutorial, well done!

    21. How cool is "X" marks the spot! Love this. Your design really pops the X, too.

    22. This block is so much fun! I appreciate you're instructions for the angled pieces. Anything that's not a 45 degree angle tends to freak me out, but you've made it so simple. Thanks!

    23. What a fun block! Love the layouts! Great job!

    24. THis is a fun block and I really like the instructions. I see a cross in the middle as well.


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