The fourth block of the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza is here! This month, you’ll learn how to create a contemporary quilt block, featuring semicircles machine appliquéd to the scrappy background fabrics. Use the Carefree Curves Template to create the shapes easily and without setting in any curved seams.

Have you selected fabrics and created the strata for your 2016 Block of the Month? Check out the details in the January 9 blog. I encourage you to use as many scraps from your stash as possible. I’m using bright and neutral fabrics in this quilt.

All blocks for 2016 will be created from pieced fabric strata. Read more on this blog post.

2016 Block Of The Month Quilt Extravaganza by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
2016 Block Of The Month Quilt Extravaganza by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Block #4: Angled Quarter Circles


Cut Fabrics

Cut the following fabric and interfacing pieces:

  • Cut four 6-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ squares from neutral strata. (not pictured)
  • Cut two different 9″ x 9″ squares from two different bright strata.
  • Cut two 9″ x 9″ squares interfacing.
  • Cut two 1″ x 6-1/2″ fabric dividing strips (horizontals)
  • Cut one 1″ x 12-1/2″ fabric dividing strip (vertical)

Create the Semicircles

  • Use a fine tip marking pen to trace the quarter circle 6″ finished block onto the interfacing. (This is the pink ring on the template.)
  • Straight stitch, using a short stitch length, 2.0–2.5, directly on the marked curve.
Note from Nancy
Use a short stitch length to ensure a smooth stitching line when sewing a curve. I often compare using a short stitch length to driving in the mountains. To maneuver the curvy road, a slower speed ensures that you’ll stay on course.

  • Remove the excess interfacing from within the circle, leaving approximately 1″ of interfacing.

  • Turn the interfacing to the wrong side with a turning tool.

  • Press.

Build the Block

Set the strips on a perfect 45 degree angle with this trick:

  • Position the template on the finished circle aligning the horizontal line parallel with strata seams.
  • Mark the twelve o’clock and three o’clock positions.
  • Place pins in the twelve and three o’clock marks.
  • Repeat these steps for remaining bright strata and interfacing.
  • Working with one prepared circle at a time, fold circle in half matching pins and wrong sides.
  • Press along fold.
  • Remove pins. Unfold.
  • Move pins to the ends of pressed foldline.
  • Fold in half again, matching pins.
  • Press along new foldline; unfold and add pins at ends of new foldline.
  • Align pins with grid marks on rotary cutting mat.
  • Cut along the vertical and horizontally marked lines.
  • Choose opposite quarters of the circle.

Note from Nancy

Pin together and save the unused quarters. You’ll be using these sections later in the year.

  • Repeat these steps for the remaining prepared circle.
  • Arrange the block pieces as shown.

Note from Nancy
Notice how the direction of the background strips are turned 90 degrees in each quadrant.

  • Layer the quarter circle on the background square by aligning the corners.
  • Pin
  • Edgestitch with monofilament thread.
Note from Nancy
You may choose a narrow blanket stitch to stitch the quarter circle to the background. Each point takes a small dip into the circle itself. Choose a blanket stitch, decorative stitch, or straight stitch to apply the shapes.
  • Repeat this step to apply all quarter circles to background squares.
  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, add a 1″ x 6-1/4″ strip to the lower edge of right and left top quadrants.
Note from Nancy
Here’s where accuracy is important. If the seam allowance is wider or narrower than 1/4″, the finished block will not be square.

  • Add the lower right and left quadrants.
  • Press seam allowances towards the narrow dividing strip.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join the center dividing strip to one side of the block.
  • Press seam allowances towards the center dividing strip.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to add the remaining side.
  • Press seam allowances towards center strip.
  • Ta-dah! Another block is complete.
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What would a Quilt Look Like?

Suppose we were to make a quilt using only this block style, what would it look like? Digital quilts are made using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software.

  • This large, 88″ x 100″ traditionally-set quilt repeats 56 blocks in an expected quilt grid. The sashing in between the blocks is intentionally narrow, finishing at 1/2″, to replicate the dividing strip design in each block. You’ll notice the blocks are turned 90 degrees. If you were to make this quilt in fabric, rather than virtually, the circles will be much more diverse as they’d be cut from various bright strip sets.
  •  The second digital concept quilt uses the block presented and a secondary block created from this month’s directions. The secondary or Plus Block mimics the original design, though the quarter circles have been omitted.
  •  The last digital quilt builds on the two previous designs. Isn’t that often the case? This last modern quilt concept is set on a traditional grid and features four different quilt blocks: 1. Quarter Circle Block, 2. Plus Block (described above), 3. Single Line block, 4. Neutral Strata Block. See if you can find all four.
We’ll be using the Carefree Curves Template throughout the entire 2016 Quilt Extravaganza. Watch episodes online for more tips on using the templates in my two-part series featuring the Trace’n Create Carefree Curves tools on Sewing With Nancy.

Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Sew and Share

Send in a photo of your blocks and quilts and we’ll share with others in upcoming blogs and on Facebook. I’d really like to see what fabrics you’re using! Send the images to [email protected]
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