Saturday, May 28, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #70 ~ Exploding Block

Exploding Block
about 5 inches
This is the baby quilt that went inside the gift bag
shown  during the last Tuesday Tutorial
Found the pattern at a Missouri Quilt Company video
Start with 4 inch squares
Put 2 squares right sides together.
Stitch quarter inch all around the square.
Cut one of the layers from corner to corner.
Press open (explode)
Place a 5 inch square, or whatever your block exploded to,
right sides together and stitch all around.
Cut the new added fabric only from corner to corner
Press out (explode again)
Notice the points weren't created with this method.
I didn't worry about matching.
Just made sure the edges of the block lined up.
It really didn't show up in the whole quilt look.

Put fat quarters together to make the back.
I pieced together batting.
I used painter's tape to hold the pieces side by side.
Zig-Zagged stitched the batting together while laying side by side.
I just needed it to hold together until I got the quilting done.
I was crazy enough to even piece the corner.

I decided to use the "birthing" method that Eleanor Burns used to use in her beginning days.
She may still do it?
Lay the front and backing face to face, and then the batting on top.
Stitch 1/4 inch all around except for an opening to turn the quilt inside out.
Turn inside out.
Press the edge seams out, turn under the opening 1/4 inch and press.
Top stitch around the edge to make sure to stitch down the seam.
I try to sign my quilts on the binding, or in this case here.
I did add a border of  leftovers that I pieced together.

It was fun to see these blocks explode.

Thanks to the FREE program

 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo & other alterations to pictures.
and making the quilt sample pictures with the COMBINE tool.
Sharing at several Linky Parties including:

Linky TuesdaySew Cute Tuesday


  1. Thank you so much for showing us Jenny's new block. I love her stuff. Made most of her disappearing blocks. The last one I tried was the disappearing hourglass. I'll give this one a shot. Usually make them as baby quilts for our church service project. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone so I could see this.

  2. That's a beautiful block. And a fun way of making it. The not-matching points really don't seem to be apparent in the completed quilt, with such busy fabric. The baby certainly won't notice! ;-) I like where you sign your quilts.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good weekend!

  3. I really enjoyed this post. Love those blues and browns and that was a very good tutorial you did.

  4. This is such a fun block, isn't it? and you used some gorgeous fabrics to make a great quilt. Thanks for linking up to DBM at Bits 'n Bobs....I really enjoyed visiting your link.

  5. The quilt is adorable, but the name -- EXPLODING blocks sound SCARY, like Wiley Coyote is ordering quilt kits from Acme to attack the Roadrunner! :-)


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