Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Block Blog Hop, sponsored by Paintbrush Studio! This is the second annual event, and all the bloggers involved are using Painter's Palette Solids. The chosen palette, Ocean Sunrise, is stunning, and I can say from experience that these fabrics have a beautiful, smooth hand!

Thank you to Paintbrush Studio and our hosts Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter for their hard work in making this blog hop run smoothly!

I'm Jess, and I typically make quilts using improvisational techniques. Whenever I create a block tutorial, I err on the simple side because I prefer modern design and minimalism. When you put minimalistic blocks together, you can create an overall design that is visually pleasing (with little effort)! It's freeing and exciting to let a simple block take over.

Just like my block from last year (the wonky diamond/thread block), this quilt block can be altered in a thousand ways, which I'll share some of below!

 Strippy Sunrise Quilt Block

For this block, I used 5 of the 6 fabrics in the palette (no white). You'll use the most of your chosen background color, so choose wisely! Here, I wanted the block to look like an abstract version of the sun rising (the tan is the sun, and it gets lighter as it rises into the night - almost day - sky).

Note: All seams are a scant 1/4 inch. See here to read more about scant quarter inches.
Block will be 12.5" square unfinished.

Cut (from a fat quarter):
(1) - Peach - 1.75" by 18"
(1) - Pink ("Coral") - 1.25" x 18"
(1) - Burgundy ("Bordeaux")- 1.75" x 18"
(1) - Light blue ("Daydream") - 1.25" x 18"

Subcut from those strips:
(1) - Peach - 1.75" x 9.75"
*(1) - Pink - 1.25" x 9"*
*(1) - Burgundy - 1.75" x 8.25"
(1) - Light Blue - 1.25" x 10.75"

*The leftovers for Pink and Burgundy can be used to make another block! You could also sew strips of Peach and Light Blue together for subsequent blocks. No one will notice the seams. Use your fabric up! Be aware that you will need more fabric to make a whole quilt of these blocks, especially of the background color.

                                   Original strips before subcutting

Cut - Background color (Dark Blue or "Midnight"):
(1) - 1.75" x 18"
(1) - 1.25" x 18"
(1) - 8.5" x 12.5"

Subcut (from the first two strips only):
(1) - 1.75" x 3.25" (matches with Peach subcut piece)
(1) - 1.75" x 4.75" (matches with Burgundy)
(1) - 1.25" x 4" (matches with Pink)
(1) - 1.25" x 2.25" (matches with Light Blue)

1. Lay our your strips to determine your color order, and alternate the side Dark Blue sits on.

                                 From top: Light Blue, Burgundy, Pink, and Peach.

2. Sew your small dark blue pieces to your colored strips. It doesn't matter what side you sew the strips to because you can just flip them around. See second subcut chart above for which dark blue pieces go with which color.

3. Press seams open. 

4. Sew all rows together. Your finished sunrise piece should come out to 4.5" x 12.5". 

5. Sew a large background strip 8.5" x 12.5" to the top of the light blue piece. 

6. Press all seams open. Your block is complete!

 Block Options

There are tons of options for this block. You can simply alter the order in which the strips are pieced together to create a different look. You could create less negative space in the background and instead piece together two strippy parts (one on top, one on the bottom).

You could also change the strip sizes (go even smaller or larger), or alter how far horizontally the sunset strips reach. You could even go wonky. This block takes very little fabric to make, so go wild with it!

Here's a traditional layout of the quilt block - look at all that fun negative space for quilting! This would measure 36.5 x 48.5 - perfect for a graphic, modern baby quilt.

Here's a unique one - turn the block at random! You could make 12 blocks just like above and have fun making combinations. This one has a distinct improvisational log cabin feel to me. If I was to make this block into a quilt, I think I'd make it like this!

Don't forget to pop around and check out all of the other FREE tutorials for today! There will be many more on Tuesday and Wednesday - 40 overall! - check the main blog hop post here for more info. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

Monday, March 28

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Jess @Quilty Habit (<<<<<you are here!)
Silvia @A Stranger View
Cristy @Love You Sew
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Mary @Quilting is in my Blood
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Sarah @123 Quilt


  1. I can definitely see the sun rising in this block, Jess; I love it! The second layout is such a winner, too. Thank you so much for joining in the hop. <3

  2. Very cool block! I think the second layout is my favorite.

  3. My favorite is the first layout - I love linear stuff!!

  4. Great block Jess! At first when I saw it, nothing really jumped out at me until you showed it in a quilt layout. Very versatile and definitely has a modern feel to it, especially the second layout. Great job.

  5. So many possibilities with this block! Great tutorial!!

  6. Great tutorial and block.My best favorite setting is the last one.

  7. Unique block, i like how you can change it around.

  8. Love this minimal block Jess! And how you can improv. Thank you for the great tutorial!

  9. Love the quilts you showed. Great possibilities!

  10. Love the quilts you showed. Great possibilities!

  11. Great job, Jess! This block is so versatile!

  12. Beautiful block, Jess! I really like the different layouts but I can't choose a favorite. Ah, quilter problems. Lol.

  13. Great block! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Jess, I love your block and the versatility you found with it.

  15. this is such a fun block. there are so many options.
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  16. This block is so cool, I never would have visualized what the results would look like by putting them all together in a variety of ways. I am definitely going to have to try this. Thanks.

  17. I love how you show that a simple block can have big effect using different orientations.

  18. Such a great block Jess. I love that second layout you showed; it's got a neat 80's vibe to it, don't ya think? Thanks so much for sharing it for the hop!

  19. Hi Jess: I really like this simple improv style block. The second setting is my favourite. It's interesting how you used the sun rising as an inspiration for the abstract design.

  20. Genius! I love your block, so many different layouts - Love it, Love it!

  21. Fabulous! I love the modern graphic design.

  22. This is really of enthusiasm to me. I’d love to thank somebody for taking the time to share this post

  23. Jess I really like the simplicity and also the alternate ways of placing the blocks. It's a great use of the colors,which for me are rather challenging.

  24. Very cool block, I love how it looks combined together into a quilt!

  25. Loving these blocks and the colorway. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  26. Fabulous, I loved the fact that you took your time to create something unique and outstanding at the same time.


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