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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop! It is my pleasure to bring you a brand new block tutorial using this gorgeous collection of cirrus solids from Cloud 9. There are over 60 participants who have created new block tutorials and I hope you visit all of them! A special THANKS to our hosts (who are also having giveaways)

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs!

When I saw this color family, the first thing I thought of was playing with transparency, so that's what I've done, in a (hopefully) easy and fun way! 

Through the Glass Block

Materials Needed:

  • ·       ¼” yard each: Cloud 9 Amazon, Shadow, Iris and Lilac. You will have plenty of fabric left for at least 2 more blocks.
  • ·       Sewing machine
  • ·       Cutting mat/ruler (Block-Loc ruler is helpful for trimming half square triangles)
  • ·       Rotary cutter/scissors
  • ·       Frixion (or other) marking pen

Block Instructions

Step 1: Cut

Amazon (background)
(1)    2.5 x 2.5”
(4) 2.5 x 4.5”
(3) 4.5 x 4.5”
(1) 3 x 3”
(1)    2.5 x 2.5”
(1)    4.5 x 4.5”
(3)  2.5 x 4.5”
              (1) 3 x 3”
              (2) 4.5 x 4.5”
              (1) 4.5 x 4.5”

Step 2: HST Time!

We need to make half square triangles by two different methods. I like to chain piece, so I arranged all my squares, sewed them all, and then trimmed them.
1.           Pair the Amazon and Iris 3” squares right sides together to make a traditional HST. Draw a diagonal line and sew ¼” away from either side of the line. Press, cut on the line, press one HST open and then trim it to 2.5”.
2.           Pair the Amazon and Iris 4.5” squares right sides together and pin.
              Pair the Lilac and Shadow 4.5” squares right sides together and pin.
              Sew both all the way around the square ¼” from edge.

3.           Press, then cut diagonally both ways. (A rotating cutting mat works great for this.)

4.           Press the HSTs open and trim to 2.5”. I used my 2.5” Block-Loc ruler and it speeds things along nicely!

This leaves us with
(5) Amazon/Iris HSTs and (3) Lilac/Shadow 2.5” HSTs. One Amazon/Iris HST and one Shadow/Lilac HST are scraps.

Step 3: Sewing Part 1

 (again I did all the pairing and then chain pieced this step)

1.           Pair 2 sets of Amazon/Iris HSTs together as shown and sew RST (right sides together.)

2.           Pair 2.5” Amazon square with Amazon/Iris HST as shown and sew together

3.           Pair 2.5” Shadow square with Shadow/Lilac HST as shown and sew together.

4.           Pair 2 Shadow lilac HSTs together and sew as shown.

Step 4: Sewing Part 2

1.           Pair the 2 Amazon/Iris HST units with Amazon 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles as shown and sew together along long edge.

2.           Pair the 2 Shadow 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles with the Amazon 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles and sew
 together along long edge.

3.           Pair the Shadow/Lilac HST set with Shadow 2.5” x 4.5” rectangle and sew together.

4.           Pair the Shadow/Lilac HST unit with Amazon Iris HST unit and sew together

5.           Press all units open
Step 5: Arrangement
Arrange your block pieces as shown and sew together into 3 rows and then join the rows together.

Result: A 12.5” “Through the glass” quilt block... in the sunshine, through the window and all mixed up!

Thank you for  visiting and don't forget to visit all the other fantastic participants!


  1. What a very fun and amazing transparency design, Francine! It really tricks my brain on the size and angles, too, because of the different sizes of the shadow blocks. Thank you so much for participating in the hop. :)

  2. Cool transparency effect, and I really like how the blocks fit together into the larger layout. Nice block!

  3. I love the transparency play! Great block and tutorial!

  4. I looked at this block and I said "Now that's cute" I like that the block has a wonky tilt to it. Nice work with the transparency effect as well. I think you should expand this block and make a block quilt from it. It's awesome!

  5. Love the transparency! I never would have thought to do something like this. So impressed with the blocks in the hop. Great job on the tutorial! :)

  6. Very cool! I can't stop looking at it, playing with how it moves with the transparency effect :)

  7. Very cool! I can't stop looking at it, playing with how it moves with the transparency effect :)

  8. Great block with the transparency affect. Your tutorial rocks!

  9. Great block with the transparency affect. Your tutorial rocks!

  10. Very cool block. I love transparency in quilts.

  11. I enjoyed visiting your blog and plan to return on a regular basis. I don't know what transparency effect is yet, I love the way your quilt looks with this block.

  12. I love the play on transparency that you have achieved with this lovely block! I haven't done any yet but having seen a couple on this blog hop there definitely on my to do list! Well done on a lovely block.

  13. Lovely transparency block. I like your use of colour too.

  14. Oooh, this is fantastic! I really like how you've rotated the blocks to make a circular pattern! Really fun and lovely design!

  15. Love your block. It amazes me that with all the bloggers designing blocks, they are all very different. These Cloud 9 colors are gorgeous together and the individual blocks are awesome. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

  16. Love the transparency look of this design!

  17. This is a really wonderful design! The mockup view of the block arranged in circles is really fun. That transparency effect is a first class illusion. GREAT JOB!!

  18. I love a good transparency quilt--and yours really fits the bill! Love the shapes and colors you used :)

  19. The transparency effect is perfect and when I saw the design it looked simple but I couldn't figure it out until I saw your tutorial. Very nicely done,lovely quilts layout too šŸ‘


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