Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bloggers Block-A-Palooza: Follow the Leader (Block #14) WITH GIVEAWAY!!

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Hey everyone, it's Ryan from RWQ and Patchwork Squared. Are you ready to rock out another block for Quilt Dad's Bloggers' Block-a-palooza?

Rotary cutters at the ready ... I call this block, Follow the Leader! It consists of four large geese units, 8 small geese units and 2 setting rectangles.

STEP 1 - Cut Your Fabrics!

Block A Palooza Ryan's Fabric Requirements

Please refer to the above diagram when cutting your fabrics. All instructions given apply to the fabrics used in the original quilt; Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda. Fabric names and number of blocks cut are provided, but in case you can't see the image, here's what I used for my block:

From the Bella Baby Yellow fabric cut:
2 -- 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
8 -- 3.5" x 3.5" squares
16 -- 2" x 2" squares

From the Orangecicle Picnic Plaid fabric cut:
2 -- 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles

From the Multi and Lemonade Secret Garden fabric cut:
2 -- 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles

From the Pink Sorbet Meadow Sweet fabric cut:
4 -- 2" x 3.5" rectangles

From the Ivory and Grey Petals fabric cut:
4 -- 2" x 3.5" rectangles

STEP 2 - Assemble Your Geese!

Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on one side of all 8 Bella Baby Yellow 3.5" squares and all 16 Bella Baby Yellow 2" squares.

Block A Palooza Block

To assemble the large geese units take 1 Orangecicle Picnic Plaid 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle and lay 1 Bella Baby Yellow 3.5" square (line side up) along one edge as shown in the photo below.

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Sew diagonally on the pencil line from corner to corner. Trim 1/4" from the seam line. Press the seam open toward the corner.

Block A Palooza Block

Take another Bella Baby Yellow 3.5" square and repeat on the opposite edge.

Block A Palooza Block

Block A Palooza Block

Repeat the process (so you have a total of 4 large geese units) with the 1 remaining Orangecicle Picnic Plaid 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle, the 2 Multi and Lemonade Secret Garden 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles, and the 6 remaining Bella Baby Yellow 3.5" squares.

Create 8 small geese units the same way you made the large units by using the 4 Pink Sorbet Meadow 2" x 3.5" rectangles, the 4 Ivory and Grey Petals 2" x 3.5" rectangles, and the 16 Bella Baby Yellow 2" squares.

Block A Palooza Block

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Block A Palooza Block

STEP 3 - Assemble Your Block!

Lay out the 4 large geese units, the 8 small geese units, and the 2 Bella Baby Yellow 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles and assemble the block as shown in the photos below.

Block A Palooza Geese Layout

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Ryan's Block A Palooza Block

Download and print a convenient PDF version of this tutorial here.

This block is (C)2010 by Ryan Walsh of Ryan Walsh Quilts and Patchwork Squared. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal noncommercial use only. Blocks/Quilts made with this pattern are protected by Federal Copyright Law and may not be made for resale or commercial use without prior written consent unless it is for Charity. I would appreciate credit as the source of the design for all blocks/quilts made from this pattern. This pattern is presented in good faith. No warranty is given, nor are results guaranteed.

*** GIVEAWAY ALERT ***

Please remember to upload your finished blocks to the flickr group. Anyone who uploads a block they made using my tutorial by Sunday night, March 13, 2011 will be eligible to win a prize pack of 4 yards of fabric from my blog sponsor, Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop!

The winner can order any fabric of their choice (in 1/2 yard increments) totaling up to 4 yards!

Thanks for being so generous Kimberly!

Up next on March 14 is a Sew Deerly Loved quilting pal of mine, Kerri of Lovely Little Handmades!

Thanks for visiting and participating. I hope you enjoy making my block.

Quilt on!

27 comments:

  1. One of my favorite blocks so far! Thanks!

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  2. Oh, I LOVE IT! Great tutorial, Ryan - Thanks!!!

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  3. Wow, this is an unusual block. It is more asymmetrical than I'm used to. Isn't that what a quilt along like this is for -- to push one's boundries and move into new territory, quilt-wise? Thanks for a great block, and thanks for the chance to win fabric (always a plus)!

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  4. What a fun block! Can't wait to get started!

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  5. That looks like a fun block!! And thanks for publishing it so early; I am an impatient European, and I love that I'm reading this at the breakfast table!!

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  6. I love all the great tutorials.

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  7. This looks terrific! Thanks for getting it up so early, and thanks for the shot at some awesome fabric! How exciting!

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  8. I love your block, and like another commenter, I love the fact that you had the block up first thing! And the pdf! I was wondering what time on Sunday night is the deadline. I'm headed out of town today and will be back Sunday evening. I'll get busy on it as soon as I walk in the door! Is the deadline midnight....hoping. Thanks!

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  9. This is my favorite block design so far. I am thinking of making a whole quilt of some kind with it. Thanks!

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  10. I really love this block thank you so much.

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  11. Cute block! Look at those fat geese!!

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  12. Ryan< I love this block! Can't wait to get started at nap time :o) Thx for the giveaway op also!

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  13. Beautiful and original! Thanks

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  14. It's a very nice block Ryan. You did a great job cutting those under seams because you can see them. Great tutorial. Great block.

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  15. I love this block. Its one of my favorites so far.

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  16. A nice change of pace and it goes together easily! Thanks!

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  17. Question. I'm working on my very first quilt and I haven't done a "Follow the Leader Block" before. So do we need to use the same fabric you do to enter? I would love to attempt it. I love chances to win fabric.

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  18. Love it! Thanks! Off to sew...

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  19. Love this block, I think it's my favorite.

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  20. Posted my finished block on the block-a-palooza flikr page. My seams matched well, though my baby geese have some cropped wings. Was at a loss as to the best way to press my seams. If you use this tutorial again, adding pressing and final assembly written instructions would be helpful. Just a suggestion for a newbie quilter...

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  21. Fingers crossed that I will win your generous giveaway... waiting to find out! Will you post it on this site or the BBAP QA site?

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  22. I am finally finishing the last 4 blocks (I know, they should have been done months ago!!)...thanks for the tutorial. I really like the big flying geese :)

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