Monday, November 7, 2011

Block Party begins today with Katherine.....Scrappy Bento Box Block Tutorial

Happy hello to you! I'm Katherine, from Sew Me Something Good, where I share my passion for sewing, quilting and other creative pursuits (like crochet, embroidery and the odd bit of knitting).   I have been sewing for over 30 years (thanks to being nurtured into starting as a young child by my talented paternal great grandmother) and there isn't a sewing genre that I won't try. I've tackled many... clothes (from baby wear to formals), toys, drapery, upholstery, bags, hats and more. You name it, I've tried sewing it. LOL...  Plain and simple: I love to sew!
My latest and greatest sewing love happens to be quilting (my teen aged sons will confirm this with their knowledge of my never depleted stash and for thinking that it is part of the decor to constantly have quilt tops being basted on the living room floor ;o).

    I'm over the moon to be a guest on Sew We Quilt, at Madame Samm's gracious invitation.   Thanks, Madame Samm!

What will we make? How about a Scrappy Bento Box Block?
You've likely seen a Bento Box Block before. It's not a tricky block to sew, there's no curves or triangles to piece, but this block can be infinitely more appealing by making it scrappy. My first Bento Box project followed the most widely recognized version of piecing.
Click here to view that quilt. Let's take this regular version


and jazz it up by making it scrappy!
See what happens to this simple block when you piece it using a scrappy assortment compared to the regular pieced version?



In it's simplest form, the bento box block can be broken down into quadrants. Colour arrangement is repeated in two and then reversed in the other two. Easy right?

To make a scrappy version, choose two colours from your fabrics, making sure to include light, medium and dark values of each. I'm using red and white in my blocks, but you will notice that I have different values of each. If the values are randomly placed, the block looks more complex than it really is. This is a key to making your scrappy blocks look their best.



I have selected 8 different fabrics for the white colourway and 8 different fabrics for the reds.


Cutting list to make one Scrappy Bento Box Block:
* this block will be 12.5" when pieced
* 16 different fat eighths would work great for this block or use scraps

Colour 1 (white):
A: Cut two at 2" x 2"
B: Cut two at 2" x 2"
C: Cut two at 2" x 3.5"
D: Cut two at 3.5" x 3.5"
E: Cut two at 3.5" x 6.5"


Colour 2 (red):
A: Cut two at 2" x 2"
B: Cut two at 2" x 2"
C: Cut two at 2" x 3.5"
D: Cut two at 3.5" x 3.5"
E: Cut two at 3.5" x 6.5"

Here's the layout for the pieces cut...

* Sew with a scant 1/4" seam for all piecing and press all seams carefully.

Step #1. Starting with one quadrant of the bento box block (I'm using the A,B,C,D,E pieces shown in the bottom left of the piecing layout photo), take one A(red) and one B(white) and stitch together.
Step #2: Press the seam towards A (the red piece).
Step #3: Stitch one C (white) to the AB unit just sewn - with A being at the top when stitching the new seam.
Step #4: Press this seam towards A (the red piece).
Here's how the first three pieces should look when pieced and pressed.
Step #5: Stitch one D (red) to the first ABC unit, placing it so the seam will join it to B and C (shown below).

Step #6: Press this seam towards D (red).

Only one seam left on this to make one quadrant of the Bento Box Block!

Step #7: Stitch one E (red) so that it is joined in a seam with C and D.

Step #8: Press the seam towards E (the largest red piece).
One quadrant of the Bento Box is complete!

Three more quadrants to piece!

Repeat all of the steps above for piecing the remaining 3 quadrants. Follow the same pressing and stitching instructions for the matching quadrant to the first one pieced. For the other two quadrants, you will reverse the colours given for A,B,C,D,E and reverse the direction for pressing each seam (eg. for the first seam with a light coloured A, press the seam towards B and so on. See photo below.).


Why change the pressing direction of the seams? It will make it easier for joining the finished quadrants together. The seams will butt against one another, matching perfectly.


Here are the quadrants pieced, pressed and ready for joining...


and afterwards.

Congratulations! You've sewn yourself a Scrappy Bento Box Block.
Would you like some project ideas for using them?
How about sewing some for a table runner with matching place mats to keep or place mats to give...
or kitchen chairs to make your decor look unique?
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and found some inspiration too. You're welcome to visit my blog for more tutorials, to chat and to share the love of sewing with me.
  Thanks to Madame Samm for allowing me to be here... and happy sewing!

( editors note...great start of our
Block Party..you can come back again lol)
P.S.  A little update here... Madame Samm has gently nudged me to show what I made with my finished block....

I'll be sharing a tutorial for this pillow, tomorrow, on Sew Me Something Good.

67 comments:

  1. I have a feeling I'm going to learn a lot from this Block Party this month. I may not be able to follow along, but I'm sure as heck going to learn a lot! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. :)

    I've added it to my pinterest board. :) Hope you don't mind!

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  2. What a great tutorial and an excellent scrap quilt. It really does look very complicated to make. Another quilt idea to add to my list. Thank you

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  3. Glad to see the party begin, I will be here everyday. I like your block, this would be nice for a kitchen curtain too. Thank you for stepping up, I enjoyed this.

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  4. great job sharing a favorite block- cw

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  5. Tara from S.A. Love any reason to come to a party and your block is one I will try today. I have been gathering all of my scraps for this occasion. Thank you Katherine, bring on the blocks!

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  6. Great tutorial katherine, thanks !!!

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  7. Love the idea of a block party and this bento box scrappy block is gorgeous. Thanks so much to Katherine for a great tutorial!

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  8. The party is off to a great start!
    I love this block as it looks easy enough even for me.
    Thank you!
    Margaret

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  9. Katherine started the party off with a Bang! This is going to be fun.

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  10. Wonderful start to the block party and your instructions are so easy to follow. Thank you so much. Now if I can just get my machine to stop acting up, I could try this myself.

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  11. Good Morning Katherine...nice way to begin our block party....and what an amazing block...lot's of pieces ...love puzzles and with your easy instructions..I think we can all do this... your pillow..you should show it here too ...

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  12. Great tutorial...my favorite is the chairs. so Awesome!!

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  13. Great block. I can't wait to give it a try.

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  14. Great tutorial. AND ~ I simply adore those chair covers!

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  15. Loving the red. Loved your big X marks the spot block too Madame Samm. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Lovely block...I am going to try to be here each day..thanks for sharing..

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  17. Thanks Katherine, what a wonderful tutorial. Your table runner and place mats are beautiful. The block looks so difficult. I think Madame Samm did it again, another block hop to love. ;-> Toni Anne

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  18. What a great tutorial! And what a fun idea this Block Party is. :) blessings, marlene

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  19. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am going to learn alot in the next few weeks. I really want to try this block!

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  20. I love your tutorial!!! I've never used this block in any project. But now I'm definitely inspired. I love all the projects you made with them. Especially the chair covers!!!

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  21. Love the scrappy version of the traditional Bento Box. GIves a whole new look. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  22. THANKS ! this is really cool and thanks so much for the easy directions !!!! yay ! ( and yes , show us your pillow !)

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  23. Love what you did with the traditional Bento Box block! It really does make it more interesting! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Timing is perfect - I need to make a pillow for my daughter's friend and I think this would be perfect!

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  25. Very clear tutorial--thanks! This is a fun block that I will definitely be attempting.

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  26. thank you Katherine for the new block love it now III have to try it

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  27. Wonderful tutorial!! Thank you SEW much!
    Paulette

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  28. I love this! Wonderful tutorial and easy to understand. I would never have thought this block would have been so easy. Thanks!

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  29. Fabulous tutorial...this is one that I have on my list of "to-do" projects. Thanks for a great, clearly written post!

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  30. This is an awesome block; I love the finished look and your particular fabric choices simply made it! Great tutorial! :)

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  31. Oh, the party is off to a great start - Great tutorial, Katherine! I'll be sure to check in to see your pillow tutorial. I agree - great use of a wonderful block!

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  32. Thanks for the very clear and understandable instructions. I love how you made this block look so very complicated when done.
    I do have a question: You are very precise in the direction of ironing the seems in one direction. Does this really matter? I have always puzzled about which way to put my seams when sewing a quilt block.
    I just know that I'm going to learn so very much. THANK YOU

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  33. Thanks for the detailed tutorial on something that uses scraps! I love it!

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  34. great tut. Love the pillow and the scrapy look of the bento box.

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  35. Love your scrappy version. It's great to have more ideas for all those scraps.

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  36. Good morning Katherine and thank you for the great tutorial! I have forgotten how beautiful Bento Box blocks are....this is now on my list of blocks to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Thank you Katherine for a great tutorial. I really enjoy your blog, btw. You are so talented! I enjoy seeing all your creative projects.

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  38. Thank you for a really great block. I see some pillows in my future.

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  39. Fun pattern - thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. A lovely block sewn on a beatiful old machine.
    I love the scrappy version. Thanks for sharing the tute.
    I´ll be back tomorrow

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  41. This is very pretty and I think I can follow your instructions! Thanks! I'm off to visit your blog! ♥

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  42. Great tutorial! Clear instructions with great color contrast! Easy to understand! Thanks for doing blocks each day!

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  43. What a fun block and great tutorial!!

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  44. Looking forward to learning all kinds of new things on your wonderful blog. Love this fist block and look forward to the up coming as well.

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  45. I like the scrappy look. So much more interesting than the plain Bento block.

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  46. Great tutorial. Love the pillow; looks great. Thank you.

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  47. Love the pillow from the scrappy block. Your tutorial is very good, very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Great tutorial! You really showed how easy it is to make this block! Thank you

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  49. Great block and really easy to follow tutorial. Thanks a bunch!!

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  50. What a great idea - so much more personality, than "regular". 8-)) Thanks for this idea.

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  51. It's a gorgeous block, Katherine - I think most things are improved and jazzed up by making them scrappy, lol!

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  52. The Bento Box quilt is high on my to-do list. I loved your post today and taking a quick look at your blog.

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  53. Love it - especially the scrappiness! Thanks so much!

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  54. That looks real easy. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks

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  55. Oh What an excellent tutorial!!! I have always wanted to make this block. Thank you so much!!

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  56. A difficult LOOKING block made easy!!
    I can do that! I'm going to go pule some scrappy Christmas Fabrics and make a block! Thanks Katherine. I'll also be over to visit your blog.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  57. What a great idea for using more stash! And I am really impressed with your very clear tutorial. Thanks!

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  58. The scrappy look does appear to be more complex and I really like it. Thank you for the great tutorial and project ideas.

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  59. Very fun block. I love the small squares in the corners of the sashing when she used the block for a pillow.

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  60. Thanks for the tutorial on this great block !

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  61. Love, love your Bento Box Block - what a fun tutorial. Judy C

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  63. That is a great block! Appreciate the clear instructions. I'd really like to try this one.

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  64. thanks for the tutorial. Love the scrappy block!

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  65. Hi Katherine with the Blog Title I told you I Love so much during the Ghastlie Hop! I Love this tutorial, very well written, and the finished Block is exactly as you say, looks more complex~ Thanks to for the info on color values too!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  66. I'm a day late but love the block and the tutorial. Great colors in the block as well. Thanks for sharing.

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