It's week two of the Riley Blake Designs Quilt Block Challenge! This week’s block is a free 10″ quilt block pattern named Sparkle & Shine.
It's week two of the Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge, and Bev McCullough of Flamingo Toes designed this week's quilt block pattern!
The block is a fun version of a strip block that features a truly unique assembly method.
About the Quilt Block
- This quilt block, like all other blocks in the challenge, finishes at 10″.
- You will need five different fabrics and a background fabric to complete your block.
- The block is cut out by creating half-square triangles using the point and flip method.
Tips for Assembling Quilt Blocks
I have already sewn the Sparkle and Shine quilt block and have some quilt block piecing tips to share with you.
- If you are sewing the quilt block with fabric colors other than those listed on the instruction sheet, be sure to clearly note which colors you are replacing the pattern colors on your pattern. I used a pen and wrote with my colors next to the fabric labels. Since this block has five different fabrics, you can easily get lost.
- After cutting out the center section take a moment and make sure it is the right size, I had to cut and square mine a bit.
- If you notice when quilting that your quilt blocks usually end up a little smaller than what is indicated on the pattern, press the seams of that block open rather than sideways. This will help you give a “little” extra fabric. The first time I made my block it was too small, but I went in and opened up a few seams and was able to fix it.
Quilt Block Fabric
I create my quilt blocks for quilting with my new Tulip Cottage fabric collection. It should arrive in stores shortly. Ask for it at your local quilt store.
The fabric background on my blocks comes from my Sparkler collection.
How to get the block model
All Challenge Quilt Block Designs
Here are all the quilt block designs shared so far in the challenge.
Block 1: Vintage Delight Block Template
Additional fabric choices
Here you can see the same quilt block pattern sewn by Bev (the creator of the block) using her beautiful new collection of Afternoon Tea fabrics.
If you prefer to make your quilts with plain fabrics, do not hesitate to consult Riley Blakes version made with their plain cotton confetti.