Take an exciting quilting adventure with a variety of quilt blocks, techniques and color options. The result is a stunning Sew Hometown quilt—by Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine—that is sure to push you past your comfort zone, while improving your piecing skills.

Sew Hometown 2019 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern by Insipiring Stitches

Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine are talented quilters and good friends of Team NZP. And, they know how to have a good time with sewing! When Amy and Heather extended an invitation for the NZP Team to participate in the launch of their new Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar, we immediately said, “YES!”

Inspiring Stitches Creators - Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine

The Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar measures 6″ x 10″ tall. Each calendar page includes a monthly calendar on the front of the page with a quilt block pattern on the back. Stitch 3–5 of each of the quilt blocks and create a throw size quilt measuring 67″ x 79″.

Amy and Heather designed the quilt blocks to be simple and fun, with a hint of a challenge—to grow your quilting skills. The Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar includes 12 quilt block patterns, a layout guide, and finishing instructions.

Amy and Heather designed The 2019 Sew Hometown Quilt to be made with fat quarters and scraps—to make your very own one of a kind quilt.

Sew Hometown 2019 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern by Insipiring Stitches

While perusing The 2019 Sew Hometown Quilt Block options of hometown trees, houses, butterflies and more; we were immediately drawn to the April Hometown Block, titled “Flutter.” The NZP Team is very familiar with the Flutter Block, and Sewing With Nancy fans will also know this block as the versatile “Modified Quarter-Square Triangle Block” from Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks Series!

 

Modified 1/4-Square Triangle Block Tutorial

Learn how to sew a dozen super-quick Modified Quarter-Square Triangle Blocks using the speediest, most accurate, no-math, “Nancy Zieman” way. Make sure you are subscribed to Nancy Zieman Productions enews—so you won’t miss a thing. Sign up today! Join us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Each block is a 6-1/2″ (6″ when sewn into a quilt).


Choose the Fabrics—one light, one medium, one dark

For our twelve super-quick Modified 1/4-Square blocks, we chose the following fabrics from Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs, and used the Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gauge by Clover.

Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal, Afternoon Picnic Black Gingham & Afternoon Picnic Black Main

Create Modified 1/4-Square Triangle Units

1. Cut crosswise fabric strips.

2. Cut Squares.

Subcut strips into squares—also known as block sets.

Construct The Units

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of block pairs.


Half-Square Triangle Units (HSTs)

1. Create three 1/2-square triangle blocks.

 

 

Mark block sets using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen. The left side of the gauge is designated to create 1/2-square triangle blocks. Depress button on sliding portion of the gauge and move to size of the desired 1/2-square triangle.

Place No-Hassle Triangles Gauge on block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with an erasable gel pen.

2. Stitch blocks

  • Attach Patchwork Foot to sewing machine (optional).
  • Set machine for straight stitch 2.0–2.5 mm.
  • Align foot along one side of center mark, stitch. Do not cut the thread.
  • “Kiss” the next block set to the stitched block, and chain stitch from one block to the other.
  • Rotate blocks 180 degrees, and stitch the second side of the blocks.
  • Continue chain stitching until all three block units have been stitched.
  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.

  • Cut the blocks apart along center markings with rotary cutter, ruler and mat.

Create Modified 1/4-square Blocks

  • Stitch squares.
Note From Team Nancy The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double-check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.
  • Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut squares into modified 1/4-triangles.


3. Lay out blocks into desired quilt pattern. Rotate squares as necessary.

Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows how to create this block and 11 others. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman

Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.

 

No Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks as Seen on Sewing With Nancy

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

 

Sew Hometown 2019 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern by Insipiring Stitches

Longtime friends, Amy Ellis & Heather Valentine are fabric lovers that savor every scrap in order to make the most of their stash. Visit Amy and Heather over at the Inspiring Stitches Blog.

Inspiring Stitches Creators - Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine

Go ahead and grab your scrap stash, pull your fat quarters, and sew your very own Hometown Adventure Quilt with Amy and Heather.

For a chance to win a copy of Amy & Heather’s Sew Hometown by Inspiring Stitches, please leave a comment below.

 

Sew Hometown is our 2019 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

 

April is National Serger Month! Celebrate with Baby Lock!

April is National Serger Month! Celebrate with Baby Lock!

 

Thank you, Heather and Amy, for including the NZP Team in the launch of your new Sew Hometown 2019 Desk Calendar!

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Happy Quilting,

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