Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quilt-It Modern

Welcome to my day on Riley Blake Design's Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour! When I was invited to join the tour and saw it was all about the new line of Confetti Cottons solids, I was all in. I chose some colors without really having a plan, and by the time they arrived, I was thinking big and bold, like a super-sized traditional quilt block made modern.

After debating all sorts of blocks, I finally settled on Aunt Sukey's Choice, a block that could be pieced in a variety of ways while emphasizing different colors as well. Speaking of colors, I chose Mermaid Tail, Lime, Dandelion, and Rainforest, which make a bold statement against the mixed ‘background’ of Cloud and Sand Dollar.

Finishing at 48" square, the jumbo Sukey block goes together quickly and would make a generous-sized baby quilt or small lap quilt. I'm sharing a mini tutorial in case you'd like to make your own!

Supplies needed for quilt front:
1/2 yard each of Mermaid Tail, Lime, Rainforest, and Cloud
2/3 yard each of Dandelion and Sand Dollar

Cutting instructions:
8 - 8.5" squares Lime
4 - 8.5" squares Mermaid Tail 
4 - 8.5" squares Rainforest 
16 - 8.5" half-square triangles (HSTs) in Sand Dollar and Dandelion [To make 1 pair, cut 1 - 9.5" square of each color; place together, marking a diagonal line on the back of 1 square; sew 1/4" on either side of line, cut on line and press seams open. Trim each HST to 8.5" square.]
[EDA 1/14/17: A reader questioned the size of the pieced center, and until I get a chance to test in fabric, I've added the measurements according to the completed quilt. Sorry for any confusion or error.]
1 - 12.5" (11.5") pieced center diamond [Cut 16 - 3.5" (3.25") squares in a mix of colors. Piece rows and columns to create a 12.5 (11.5") unfinished block.]
2 - 13" squares Cloud, cut on diagonal [Sew one triangle onto each of two opposite sides of pieced center block. Press. Sew triangles onto 2 remaining sides and press. Trim to 16" (16.5") square.]

Arrange squares and blocks according to diagram. Piece rows and press, then sew columns together.

There's such a delightful variety of color in the full line of Riley Blake Confetti Cottons, which I found lovely to work with. See the complete schedule of the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour below, plus you can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ModernQuiltTour.

June 27 ~ Andy/A Bright Corner [abrightcorner]
Caitlin/Salty Oat [saltyoat]
June 28 ~ Caroline/Trillium Design [trilliumdesign]
June 29 ~ Debbie/A Quilter's Table [aquilterstable] you're here!
June 30 ~ Jessica/Euphoria Jessica [euphoria_jessica]
July 1 ~ Anorina/Samelia's Mum [sameliasmum]
July 5 ~ M-R/Quilt Matters [quiltmatters]
July 6 ~ Christina/Sometimes Crafter [somretimescraftr]
Natalia/Piece N Quilt
July 8 ~ Katie/Sew Katie Did [sewkatiedid]

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Show Off Saturday.


  1. Such a great color combo Debbie! And I love this size for a baby quilt. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. beautiful! I have another baby quilt to make soon, love this option!

  3. I love everything about this. Do you know who sells the fabrics? Both links didn't work for me.

    1. I found that at the Fat Quarter Shop!

    2. Great block to showcase this fabric. YOur finished quilt is wonderful. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  4. Lovely! Supersizing blocks is one of my favorite things to do. You selected great colors for summer and I especially love the name Mermaid Tail!

  5. Mermaid's Tail might be my favourite...such a beautiful hue of blue. Love your oversized block and you're right - there's so much scope for play with this pattern with the colours/value you use. Great tute!

  6. Great quilt and thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Нравится. Цветовая гамма летняя. Четко.

  8. This is beautiful! Love the colors you chose!

  9. great looking quilt and such an appealing colour pallet ! Thank you so much for the tutorial and the name of the block that inspired you

  10. Awesome design Debbie! I just love supersized blocks. Your colour combo is really fun too!

  11. Those colors are awesome!!! It's very striking and wonderful.

  12. I like this a lot! Looking for inspiration for a babybquilt. This may be it.

  13. LOVE the colors! And love the giant block quilt!