Trifle Dish: Brick Borders

Today is the last instructional post in the Trifle Dish Sew-Along. Oda May will return with a full pattern download and a giveaway opportunity on July 7. She’s going to ask to see some of your blocks for the giveaway so start sewing!

 
To make the BORDERS, use charm packs and Moda candy to mix and match for a scrappy version. Layer cakes will yield more repetitive blocks and introduce a secondary pattern.
For EACH brick border block, you will need:
Fabric:
    • ( 6) 4½” x 2½” rectangles
    • (4) 2½” squares
    Block Dimensions: 8″ x 8″ (finished) / 8½” w x 8½” h (unfinished)
    The brick borders are the perfect opportunity to use up the scraps from the rest of the quilt.
    You will need an additional (2) strips of fabric measuring 2″ x 8½” to complete the side borders to the appropriate length.
    Suggested precuts: Charm packs, layer cakes, Moda Candy
     
    1. Arrange fabric pieces as shown below and sew rows together, pressing each seam as you go. 
     
     2.  Join rows to create the block.  Because there are no seams to match, press seams open or to the side (whichever is your preference).
     

     
    You will need 8 blocks each for the top and bottom borders and 12 blocks each for the side borders (total of 40 blocks).

    3.  Join 8 blocks to create the top border. Repeat to create the bottom border. Attach to the quilt top.

     
    4. Join 12 blocks to create one side border. Add 2″ strips to each end of the border and attach to quilt side. Repeat to create the other side border.
    4 borders: 
     

    {Top Border}

    8 blocks measuring 8½” square + 0 sashing strips = 64½” x 8½” 
    {Bottom Border}
    8 blocks measuring 8½” square + 0 sashing strips = 64½” x 8½”
    {Side Borders}
    12 blocks measuring 8½” square + (2) 2″ x 8½” end sashing strips = 99½” x 8½”
    {per border}
    Block design by Cheryl Brickey of {Meadow Mist Designs}

    Trifle Dish: Butterflies and 4-Patches

     
    To make LAYER 8, use charm packs, Moda candy, and layer cakes to mix and match for a scrappy version. Fat quarters will yield more repetitive blocks.

    For EACH Butterfly and 4-Patch block, you will need:

    Fabric 1/Background

    • (1) 6″ square
    • (4) 2¾” squares

    Fabric 2/Butterflies

    • (1) 6″ square

    Fabric 3/4-Patch A

    • (2) 2¾” squares

    Fabric 4/4-Patch B

    • (2) 2¾” squares

    Block Dimensions: 9″ x 9″ (finished) / 9½” w x 9½” h (unfinished)

    Note that the above fabric requirements won’t yield a completely scrappy block. Mix and match the block components in the row for a truly scrappy look.

    You will need an additional (5) strips of background fabric measuring 2½” x 9½” to complete the row.

    Suggested precuts: Fat quarter bundle, charm packs, layer cakes

     
    1.  Create quarter square triangles/hourglass blocks for the butterflies. Mark a pencil line along the diagonal of 1 background 6″ square. Place right sides together with a butterfly 6″ square. Sew a ¼” seam on each side of the pencil line. Trim along the opposite diagonal and then trim each piece on the pencil line to create 4 hourglass units.

    Piece hourglass units together to create (2) 5″ unfinished butterfly blocks. (Mix and match butterflies between blocks in the row for a scrappier look.)

    make 2 per block

    2. Make 4-patch units. Join 1 background 2¾” square with 1 print 2¾” square to create a 2-patch unit. Press to the darker fabric. Repeat to make one additional 2-patch unit. Flip one 2-patch unit so the background fabric is opposite the print fabric and sew a ¼” seam. Press to the darker fabric.

    Make (2) 4-patch units for this block. They should measure 5″ unfinished.

    3. Join butterfly and 4-patch blocks to complete the block as shown.

    4. Make 5 more blocks to complete the row. Add (5) 2½” x 9½” sashing strips between blocks to make the row measure 64″ wide (finished)


    1 row, measuring 64″ x 9″

    Block design by Trish Poolson of {Notes of Sincerity}

    Trifle Dish: Jewel Block


     
    To make LAYER 5, use fat eighths and layer cakes. For a scrappy version, use a mix of charm square prints for the hourglass and flying geese parts of the block.

    For EACH Jewel block, you will need:

    Fabric 1/Background:

    • (2) 8½” x 1″ rectangles
    • (2) 9½” x 1″ rectangles
    • (2) 2½” x 2½” squares

    Fabric 2/Jewel:

    • (2) 6½” x 2½” rectangles
    • (2) 4½” x 2″ rectangles
    • (2) 2½” x 2½” squares (for HSTs)
    • (4) 2″ x 2″ squares

    Fabric 3/Flying Geese: 

    • (2) 3½” x 2″ rectangles

    Fabric 4,5/Hourglass:

    • (2) 4½” x 4½” squares

    You will also need (2) 2½” x 8½” strips for the ends of the row to make it finish at 64″ wide

    Block Dimensions: 10″ w x 8″ h (finished) / 10½” w x 8½” h (unfinished) 

    Suggested precuts: Fat eighths, layer cakes OR charm packs

     
    Use a scant ¼” on all seam allowances. See the Scant Rant series for details.

    1. Make Hourglass/quarter square triangle units with 4½” x 4½” prints. Use (2) 4½” x 4½” print squares to make (2) Hourglass units. (Only one Hourglass unit is needed per block – but the extra Hourglass can be used in the row.) Label one square Fabric A and one square Fabric B. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the Fabric A square. Layer the Fabric A square atop the Fabric B square with right sides together. Sew pairs together, stitching ¼” on each side of the drawn line. Cut the pair apart along the drawn line to make two half-square triangle (HST) units. Without moving the HST units from the mat, cut along the opposite diagonal. Match pairs of triangles together to sew the Hourglass block.

    The Hourglass block should be trimmed down to: 3½” x 3½” unfinished.

    2. Make Flying Geese Units. Use (2) 2″ x 2″ jewel squares and (1) 3½” x 2″ print rectangle to make (1) Flying Goose unit. Label the squares Fabric A and the rectangle Fabric B. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the Fabric A squares. Layer the Fabric A square atop the Fabric B rectangle with right sides together. Stitch on the drawn line. Cut the excess ¼” away from the drawn line as shown. Press the unit open. Place the remaining Fabric A square atop the unit from the previous step as shown. Sew on the drawn line again. Cut the excess ¼” away from the drawn line as shown. Press that triangle open.

    Make 2 Flying Geese Units. Unfinished Block Size: 3½” x 2″ / Finished Block Size: 3″ x 1½”

    3. Make four half-square triangle (HST) units by pairing 2 background squares with 2 jewel squares. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background square. Layer the background square atop the jewel square with right sides together. Sew pairs together, stitching ¼” on each side of the drawn line. Cut the pair apart along the drawn line to make two half-square triangle (HST) units. Repeat the process, pairing the remaining background square with the remaining jewel square. Make 4 HST blocks total. The HSTs should be trimmed down to: 2″ (unfinished size).

    4. Layout the Block. Layout the Hourglass unit, 2 Flying Geese units, the 6½” x 2 1/3″ rectangles, the 4 HSTs, and the 4½” x 2″ rectangles as shown.

    5. Sew the Flying Geese units to the left and right sides of the Hourglass block. Then sew the HST blocks to the top and bottom of the 4½” x 2″ jewel rectangles.

    6. Next sew the 6½” x 2½” jewel rectangles to the top and bottom of the Hourglass unit.

    7. Sew the HST/jewel rectangle units to the left and right sides of the unit from step 6 to create the “Jewel” shape.

    8. Finally, attach the background border strips by first sewing the 9½” x 1″ strips to the top and bottom of the block. Then sew the 8 1/2″ x 1″ background strips to the left and right sides of the block.

    9. Make 6 blocks to complete the row. Add 2½” x 8½” border strips to each end of the row to make it 64″ (finished) wide.


    1 row, measuring 64″ x 8″

    Block design by AnneMarie Chany of {Gen X Quilters}

    Trifle Dish: Pinwheels



     
    To make LAYER 3, use charm squares to create a scrappy version. One layer cake and a fat quarter will make a non-scrappy version.


    For EACH Pinwheel block, you will need:
    Fabric 1/Background: 4 – 5″ squares
    Fabric 2,3,4,5/Pinwheels: 4 – 5″ squares (mixed prints or cut from one or two prints)

    Suggested precuts for scrappy version: fat quarters, layer cake

     
    1. Create 4 half square triangle (HST) units from 2 charm squares

    • With right sides together, sew a scant ¼” seam on each side of the charm squares. 
    • Trim along the diagonal of the HST unit to create 4 half-square triangles.
    • Press to the darker fabric.
    • Square up each HST to 2½”.

    Make 16 sets of HSTs per block.

    2. Lay out your block pieces as shown.


    Piece together in rows.


    Press well.
    3. Repeat steps 1-2 to make 7 more blocks (8 total).

    4. Join 8 blocks to form Layer 3.


    1 row, measuring 64″ x 8″


    Block design by Amanda Castor of {Material Girl Quilts}

    Trifle Dish: Orange Peel



     
    To make LAYER 2, use layer cakes and yardage to create a two-color version. One layer cake will make one block. Alternatively, use charm squares to create a scrappy version.


    For EACH Orange Peel block, you will need:
    Fabric 1/Background: 4 – 5″ squares
    Fabric 2/Peels: 4 – 5″ squares

    You will also need:
    Applique thread (hand or machine)
    Applique needles (for hand applique)
    Basting glue
    Template plastic

    Suggested precuts: fat quarters, layer cake, charm pack


    This block can be made using machine or hand applique techniques. 

    1. Create template pieces for the orange peels. See Printer Friendly Version at the end of this post to download the orange peel template file. Cut out a total of 32 orange peels for the row.

      Tip: Be sure to label your template with permanent marker so you can use them again in another project.

      2. Cut out background fabric. You will need 4 squares for each block, cut them to 5″ to allow yourself some wiggle room for the applique.

      3. Applique one orange peel to each 5″ square, using the applique template as a placement guide. Use your preferred method of applique. Make a total of 32 orange peel blocks. Trim to 4½” square.

      4. Join 4 orange peel blocks together to make one complete block. The unfinished block should measure 8½” square.

      4. Join 8 blocks to form Layer 2.


      1 row, measuring 64″ x 8″

      Block design by Leila Gardunia of {Sewn by Leila}

      Trifle Dish: Cherry Spools and Lady Fingers


       
      To make LAYER 1, use fat eighths to create a two-color version. Two fat eighths will yield two blocks. Alternatively, use a variety of precuts to create a scrappy version.

      For EACH Cherry Spool block, you will need:
      Fabric 1/Spool:

      • (2) 2½” squares 
      • (2) 2″ x 8″ strips

      Fabric 2/Leaves:

      • (6) 2½” squares

      Fabric 3/Cherries:

      • (4) 2″ squares

      Fabric 4/Background:

      • (8) 2½” squares
      • (2 ) 2″ x 8″ strips
      • (9) 2″ squares

      You will need (6) 2½” x 11½” strips for sashing between blocks (Lady Fingers)

      Finished block measures 11″ square

      Tip: use a mix of low value prints for the background if desired

      Suggested precuts for scrappy version: fat quarters, layer cake, charm pack

       
      1. Create half square triangle (HST) units


      • Draw a line on the wrong side of each 2½” background square. 
      • Pair each 2½” background square with spool squares and leaf squares (a total of 8 pairs of background fabric + print), right sides together. 
      • Lining up the edge of your foot with the pencil line, sew a scant ¼” seam on each side of the line. 
      • Cut on the pencil line and press to the darker fabric. 
      • Square up each HST to 2″.

        Make 12 sets of background/leaves HSTs and 4 sets of background/spool HSTs per block.

      2. Lay out your block pieces for the center as shown.

      Piece together in rows.

      Add background side strips and spool top and bottom. Press well.

      3. Repeat step 2 to make 4 more blocks (5 total).

      4. Join 5 blocks and 6 lady fingers together to form Layer 1.


      1 row, measuring 64″ x 11″

      Block design by Robin Nelson of {www.craftsisters.com}

      Scissor Case


       

      2) contrasting  5″ charm squares
      1) 5 1/2″ square of batting
      1) 12″ length of skinny ribbon  1/4″ or smaller
      1) Button
      thread that matches
      walking foot if you have one

      Place the two charm squares right sides together on of the batting square. Centering so there is a little batting all the way around the charm squares.

      Start sewing 1″ from the top right hand corner. Continue to sew all the way around to the top left hand corner. Sew in 1″.  this will leave an opening at the top.

      Remove as much batting as you can from the seam allowance all 4
      sides, by carefully cutting it close to the stitch without cutting into it.

      Clip all 4 corners to reduce bulk.

      Turn inside out between the two charm squares.

      Use a chop stick to make the corners nice and crisp.

      Press the opening 1/4″ into the seam allowance.

      On just 2 sides start quilting with a stitch 1/8″ from the edge and then move in 1/2″ at a time. Make 7 lines.

      Fold the ribbon in half and place the fold 1/2″ from the top right hand side on what will be the body of your scissor case.

      Fold in half with the body to the inside to form a triangle.

      Sew 1/8″ seam down the edge with the ribbon.

      at the end point sew back and forth 4 or 5 times about 1/2″ from the point.

      cut off the tip 1/8″ away from the seam.

      turn inside out and with your chop stick force the point in place.

      Turn the top down and sew the button in the middle of the triangle area

      Insert the embroidery scissors, bring the tails of the ribbon through the scissors and tie under the button to keep the scissors from falling out.

      They go fast so make them in lots of color combos. Makes a great gift for your sewing friends.

      Dawn Cornell
      {modabakeshop/dawncornell}