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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2 guests today..scroll down to see Connie too....And Block party guest #2 Alidiza with her - Air Castle Block Tutorial

Well look at  Madame Samm-she  is at it again! This time with a Block Party. For the entire month of November she will be hosting guest tutorial block designers and I was lucky enough to be asked to show you a block today.  A little about me first, I'm Alice and I'm a compulsive quilter and fabric addict!  You may have seen a few of my things in the Ghastlies Blog hop or peek up at the top of this page, that's my quilt on the right with the ruffles: )

So here it is, my Air Castle Block Tutorial.

 
To make one 10" finished block cut:
 
one 5" square in your secondary fabric for the small triangles (dots)
two 4 1/2" squares in your primary fabric for the large triangles (peach print)
one 4" square for the center square (blue floral)
 
one 5" square from your background fabric (cream)
four 4" squares from your background fabric (cream)

The basis of this block is the Boston Block which is basically a double HST.  We are going to make 4 of these at once.


Make your first set of HSTs by drawing a diagonal line on your 5" background square. 


Place the 5" squares right sides together and sew 1/4" from both sides of line.
  

Cut on the line and press towards the printed fabric.


Trim squares to 4 1/2".


Repeat the process using the two 4 1/2" squares of your primary fabric and your HSTs. Make sure that you align the drawn diagonal line opposite the sewn seam.


Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line and cut on the line. 
Press towards the primary fabric to reduce bulk.


Trim squares to 4".

Note, this method produces two opposing sets of Boston blocks which is what we need for this block.  This method will not work for a block that needs four matched Boston blocks like a pinwheel.  Trust me on this!


Sew together your rows as shown.
Press towards the 4" square so that your seams will oppose when you sew your rows together.


 Oops, this is what you get when you're in a rush to sew your blocks together before the kids get home from school!


If you do it right this makes great secondary pattern when you put four of these together.  If you are doing this you'll want to alternate your pressing so the rows will nest nicely when you join your blocks together. 

Thanks again to Madame Samm for inviting me to post over here today! 
Want to see more of me?
I'm in all the usual places: my blog alidiza, flickr, and pinterest.

Remember, it's hip to be square!

Editors note...I love being square if it means
I can get results like this...holy moly GF
you is good....Visually..outstanding..!

52 comments:

  1. Holy Cow! That looks so easy with a machine. All you guys out there with machines should be adding a quilt to your pile every week!

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  2. . Great block in four squares.

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  3. Very nice block and wonderful tutorial. Just love those dots.

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial! What a nice block.
    Gun, Sweden

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  5. Thanks for sharing this block! I haven't made one like this, well I haven't made many blocks for quilts just yet. I've learned so far the patchwork checkerboard type of quilt, and now I'm making a pinwheel block and now I'm learning many different other blocks thanks to this month!

    Thanks...

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  6. Great tutorial and your hurried piecing and error are just what I do. Lovely block!

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  7. Great tutorial and your hurried piecing and error are just what I do. Lovely block!

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  8. Beautiful block! Perfect points!

    And thanks for including the "Oops." The seam ripper is one of the most critical notions in my sewing box.
    It is reassuring to know that even the pros occasionally need to un-sew.

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  9. I like, I like. Great fabric choices too.

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  10. And my dear Alice...oh wow...as mentioned I love the look of this, would make a spectacular STAR quilt..you is you know...a StAR

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  11. Love your star block... will definitely have to make at least one of these.... very cool!

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  12. Alice, I love the block! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. This is such a great block, can see this in holiday fabrics ...actually any fabric. Gonna do this for sure!

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  14. Great tutorial - and like Karen I agree this would be great in holiday fabrics! blessings, marlene

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  15. Great tutorial -- thanks for sharing with us!

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  16. Wonderful tutorial and that has always been one of my favorite blocks! Beautiful colors in it!

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  17. Great start block! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :)

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  18. Great tutorial! Great points!! I do believe I'll be making this block! Love the secondary pattern that you get! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Wonderful tutorial, love star blocks. I'll have to make some, lovely secondary design, is a plus. ;->

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  20. Such sharp points. You make it seem so easy. :)

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  21. Great tutorial--very easy to understand. Love the block! Thanks!

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  22. What a beautiful block and you really made it look easy!! That's

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  23. Ok, first I thought, an air castle?...it's just a star...THEN I got to the bottom! very cool looking block! And, funny how I bet every one of us will recognize that piecing error...even if we weren't trying to race the kids to the finish line. LOL

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  24. Great tutorial and such a pretty block. Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Excellent tutorial and a beautiful block too. Great job. Thank you.

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  26. That is beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  27. That is a wonderful block! I love it in the set of four too.

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  28. This block is just visually stunning! I totally fall for secondary designs and this baby really fits the bill. This is one of those times that I wish I had a program like EQ7 so I could really play!

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  29. Lovely block...simple and striking very nice colours used.

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  30. Great tut. Thanks for sharing. Love that you showed your OOPs.

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  31. What a wonderful star! Now THIS is what I am hoping for! Your diagramming is perfect to understand and makes me hopeful. I really like this one! Thank you.

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  32. Nicely done, Ms. Alidiza! I love it when you put blocks together and get a fun surprise secondary pattern!

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  33. very nice, always fun to see that others like to piece one in different just for giggles and grins. Gives the seam ripper something to do.

    cw

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  34. Oh it´s fun to be square if the result is so awesome.
    I love that there is a secondary pattern.
    Thanks for the super tutorial.

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  35. Great tutorial...love the block!!!TFS

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  36. That's definitely a good looking block, and I really like the combination of the different prints.

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  37. Oh, what a lovely looking block! Love the secondary pattern created when you put them together.

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  38. Like this block and is the first I've seen it.

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  39. Lovely block...thanks for sharing your expertise!

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  40. Very nice, love this arrangement...

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  41. Great block! Your points are just perfect!

    Jennifer :)

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  42. Very cool...I love the secondary pattern you get when you join 4 blocks. Great job.

    Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

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  43. Very clever block! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  44. Madame Samm is right -- this is a visually outstanding block all on its own. But when you group it with others ... WOW!!! Awesome job!! :)

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  45. What an interesting block. Thank you for posting.

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  46. Is there nothing as cute and as easy as the Half square??? You can make oodles of different designs and yours is very very cute!! I will definitely make this block.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  47. very cute block - I love half square triangles - thanks so much

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