Trifle Dish: Sponge Roll

 
To make LAYER 7, use charm packs and Moda Candy (mini charms). For a non-scrappy version, use layer cakes and charm squares.

For EACH Sponge Roll blocks, you will need:
Fabric 1/Background:

  • (2) 5″ squares

Fabric 2,3,4,5/Charms

  • (2) 5″ squares

Fabric 6,7,8,9/Moda Candy

  • (4) 2½” squares

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.

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

Suggested precuts: Charm packs, Moda candy, layer cakes

 
1.  Create half square triangles by matching 1 print and 1 solid charm square with right sides together. Using pencil or fabric marker, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the solid squares. Following the marked diagonal line stitch ¼” seam either side of the line. Repeat for all charm  squares. cut along the marked line to yield two half square triangle pieces {4 in total}. Press towards print fabric. Trim to 4.5” squares.

2. Using mini charm squares, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each square. Place right sides together against solid corner of HST. Stich on the marked line. Cut ¼” from the line.

{NOTE: the diagram below shows dog ear corners on two sides of the charm square. For this block, only one side needs a dog ear corner. See block diagram below.}

3. Sew 4.5” squares together in block layout yielding an 8” x 8” finished block

4. Make 7 more blocks to complete the row.


1 row, measuring 64″ x 8″

Block design by Keera Job of {Live.Love.Sew.}

Trifle Dish: Posies


 
To make LAYER 6, use jelly roll strips, which is particularly useful when using this block for an entire quilt top. The posies block is very precut friendly and you can substitute almost any other cut – fat eighths, fat quarters, and layer cakes. Note that there are two versions of the block, one with top sashing and one with bottom sashing, which gives the posies movement.

For EACH Posies block, you will need:
Fabric 1/White Solid:

  • (1) 2 ½” squares
  • (2) 2″ squares
  • (1) 1 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle
  • (8) 1 1/4″ squares

Fabric 2/Flower Top:

  • (2) 2″ squares
  • (4) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

Fabric 3/Flower Bottom (green print):

  • (4) 2″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles
  • (1) 1″ x 3 ½” rectangle

Block Dimensions: 4″ x 8″ (finished) / 4½” w x 8½” h (unfinished)

You will also need (12) 1 ½” x 8 ½” strips (one in between each flower) of background fabric to make the row equal 64″

Suggested precuts: Jelly rolls, fat quarters, fat eighths, layer cakes

 
1.  Use (2) 2″ flower top squares and (2) 2″ white solid squares  to construct 4 HST’.  Trim to 1 ½” square.  Press toward print fabric.

2.  Sew an HST onto each end of a 1 ½” x 2 ½” flower top rectangle as illustrated.  Press toward center.  Make 2.

3.  Sew a 1 ½” x 2 ½” flower top rectangle to each side of a 2 ½” white square as illustrated. Press away from center.  Sew the 2 units made in Step 2 to the top and bottom of the rectangle unit. Press toward center.

4.  Draw a diagonal line across the back of all the (8) 1 1/4″ white squares.  Use the stitch and flip method to sew (1) 1 1/4″ white square onto the lower left and upper right corners of a green 2″ x 2 1/4″ rectangle.  Make 4, taking care with directional fabric.  Press toward the white.

5.  Sew together the dog ear corner units made above. Add 1″ x 3 ½” rectangle between them as the flower stem.

6.  Sew the flower top to the flower bottom.  Press seam toward flower top.   Press toward the white.

Sew the white 1 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle to the top or bottom of the flower (you will alternate to give the flowers movement in the row). The block should measure 4 ½” x 8 ½”

Note:  To complete the strip a total of 13 flowers are needed.  7 of them should have the last white rectangle sewn to the top and 6 should have the rectangle sewn to the bottom.  I used a total of (12) 1 ½” x 8 ½” strips (one in between each flower).


1 row, measuring 64″ x 8″

Block design by Corey Yoder of {Little Miss Shabby}

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: Strawberries


 
To make LAYER 4, use layer cakes. There is no scrappy version of this block unless you mix low value prints to create the background.

For EACH Strawberry block, you will need:
Fabric 1/Background:

  • (2) 3½” x 4¾”
  • (2) 2¼” x 2¼”
  • (2) 2¼” x 1½”

Fabric 2/Strawberry:

  • (2) 5″ x 2¼” pieces
  • (1) 9½” x 7¾” piece

Marking pen
You will also need (5) 2½” x 9½” rectangles to go between blocks to complete the row.

Suggested precuts: layer cakes

 
1. From your background fabric, cut:(2) 3½” x 4¾” rectangles
(2) 2¼” x 2¼” squares
(2) 2¼” x 1½” rectangles

background fabric shown with marked lines

On the wrong sides of the 2¼” squares, draw diagonal lines with marking pen. On all four of the rectangle pieces, draw diagonal lines in opposite directions, i.e., one from the top left to bottom right, second one from the top right to the bottom left. Be sure to draw lines on the wrong side of the fabric.

2. From your berry fabric, cut off 2¼” from the top off the layer cake square. Sub cut into (2) 5″ x 2¼” pieces. Cut the bottom piece to 9½” wide.


3. Take your 2¼” background squares and 2¼” x 5″ strawberry pieces. With right sides together, lay one background square in the top left corner of the rectangle. Sew on the diagonal line. Trim off the seam allowance and press the corner.

    
On the right side of this piece, lay the 2¼”  x 1½” background piece on top, lengthwise, with the diagonal going down the right side of the piece. Lay the 1/4 line on your ruler directly on the drawn line. Cut off the top.

Flip your white rectangle over and align with the newly cut line. Match the tip of the white triangle with the edge of the red. Sew a scant ¼” seam and press.

4. Repeat the process on the opposite corners of the second berry 5″ x 2¼” piece for the other side of the top of the strawberry.

5. With right sides together, sew both top pieces together and press. 

6. Sew the bottom and the top piece together and press.

7. In the bottom left corner, lay one background 3½” x 4¾” piece on top lengthwise with the diagonal line going from the top left down to the bottom right. Line your 1/4″ ruler line on the diagonal drawn line. Cut off the seam allowance.

  

Flip over the white triangle. Align the new cut edges matching up the point of the triangle to the bottom of the red piece. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam and press.

Repeat this process on the right side of the strawberry. Press. Your strawberry should measure 9 1/2″ square.

8. Make 6 strawberry blocks. Join strawberry blocks with (5) 2½” x 9½” rectangles so the finished row measures 64″ x 9″.


1 row, measuring 64″ x 9″

Block design by Anjeanette Klinder of {AnjeanetteK}

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}