Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guest Blocker today is Amanda....with this Diagonal Delight

Hello all of you quilting enthusiasts!

I was so excited when Madame Samm asked me to guest blog again for her Block Party. Thanks, Madame Samm. This theme is so fun!

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone else's ideas. By way of introduction, my name is Amanda Murphy. I design fabric for Robert Kaufman and also have an independent pattern line. Something that I have been experimenting with recently is quilts made from blocks that "feed in" to each other, so you can't tell the division from one to the next at first. My patterns Garden Paths, Bedazzled and Beribboned are good examples of this. (Incidentally, if you would like to win any of these interlocking pattern come on over because I'm having a giveaway in honor of this post!)

I decided to design a block for the Block Party just like that - a simple one that has several layout possibilities. Here she is: She looks pretty simple, right? I'm calling her "Diagonal Delight", mainly because I can't think of another name. Any suggestions?




On her own, she isn't a showstopper, but the exciting thing is that, when multiplied, she can morph into this...

or this...


or this...
or this.


You get the idea.

To make this (10 1/2'' or 10'' finished) block you will need:
  • Assorted Feature fabrics: 4 (2-1/2'') squares
  • Diagonal Motif fabric: 4 (1-1/2'') squares and 1 (2-1/2'') square
  • Background fabric: 2 (4-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') rectangles, 2 (1-1/2'') squares, 2 ( 1-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') rectangles, 2 (1-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') rectangles, and 2 (2-1/2'') squares.
To make Diagonal Delight:
1.  Join 2 (2-1/2'') Feature fabric squares together. Join remaining 2 Feature fabric squares together. Join these units together to produce 1 4-Square unit.


2.  Join 4-Square unit to a (4-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') Background rectangle, pressing seams toward 4-Square unit. Set aside.


3.  Join 1 (1-1/2'') Diagonal Motif square to a (1-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') Background rectangle. Press seams toward Diagonal Motif square. Repeat to make 2 units.


4.  Join 1 (1-1/2'') Diagonal Motif square to 1 (1-1/2'') Background square and 1 (1-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') Background rectangle. Press seams toward Diagonal Motif square. Repeat to make 2 units.

5.  Join 1 (2-1/2'') Diagonal Motif square to 2 (2-1/2'') Background squares. Press seams toward Diagonal Motif square.


6.  Join the units you made in Steps 3-5 together to form 1 Diagonal Motif.


7.  Join Diagonal Motif to a (4-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') Background rectangle, pressing seams toward Diagonal Motif Unit.


8.  Join the units from step 2 and 7 together. You are done!



I hope you enjoy this block. If you make something with it please send me pictures, or add them to my much-neglected Flickr group that I always forget to mention. (Well, not this time at least.)

Thanks again to Madame Samm for having me!
Happy sewing!
Amanda

56 comments:

  1. This would be so cute in RW&B! (everything is cute in RW&B). Adding to my TO DO list! cw

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  2. LOOOOOVVVVE IT! And again, will have to try this one too....Thank heavens there's only a few days of this left. My next quilting year is filled nicely!

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  3. Cute, cute--which is just what we expect from Miss Amanda.

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  4. What a great block (or 2). It looks easy enough :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Such an amazing block! Thank you both!
    Hugs from Brasil.

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  6. This is such a great block! I love how you "morphed" it for us...I would never have realized the many possibilities. Your instructions are superb! Thanks for sharing1

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  7. Love the block. I will add this to my one day list. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What a fun and versatile block to share. Thanks so much!

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  9. Good Morning Amanda...I am seriously enthusiastic about you and your block...YOU simply amaze me...have I told you that...? love this...and adore you..x

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  10. Thank you. this is such a diverse block. The posibilities are endless.

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  11. Great tutorial on a great block...I love chain blocks and this one has so many possibilities!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  12. Thanks Amanda...luv your block and all the possibilities it offers....can make some gorgeous quilts with this block. Thanks for sharing...(o:

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  13. Thanks Amanda. You always come up with interesting and fun new designs. Great tutorial too!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  14. Another nice block to my guestbloggers block quilt. Thank you! Now there´s only one block left!
    Gun, Sweden

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  15. Oh, Amanda, you always inspire me. Can't wait to get home from the beach to find my latest collection of Veranda awaiting my return. I'm not sure which colorway would look best in this pattern, but any of them would look superb! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  16. I love all the creations you get, and glad you shared them all too! Now which one do I want to make first?????

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  17. Love this , the mock up designs are great!

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  18. Another really big hit, Amanda - way to go and dazzle us all again. Love this block and the concept of leading into different designs with just one block. Thanks to you, I have something new to try. Judy C

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  19. I really love this block Amanda and you always have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. What a versatile block! And I'm loving that it is made from squares and rectangles.

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  21. I love it! I my favorite is to work with squares and rectangles... This is right up my alley ;) Thanks for such a great block Amanda!!

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  22. Thanks, Madame Samm....Amanda is my fav designer! Wonderful tutorial -- I love how the simple shapes become something so special when you arrange them different ways!

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  23. What a great versatile design! I love how the secondary patterns come to life when putting this relatively simple block together. Thanks Amanda!

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  24. That block has so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial, Amanda.

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  25. OOh what a great block Amanda. I really love the first quilt option you have shown above. That looks awesome. Of course, it seems that EVERY quilt block/quilt you make appeals to me and I want it. LOL Thank you so much Amanda.

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  26. This block is spectacular.Thanks for sharing the great tutorial!!

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  27. What a neat block and so many neat ways to set it.
    I subscribe to Amanda's blog. She is so talented.

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  28. Thanks for post from Amanda Murphy. I cannot get the comments to come up on her site, but I did become a follower.

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  29. As I'm looking at this I see a use for the 1 1/2" squares I have in a little baggy, that my other quilting friends think I'm crazy for keeping! :)
    Amber

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  30. Wow, Amanda! Thanks for this great tutorial, and for showing us the fun possibilities! Wonderful!

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  31. Super great block! Very Modern! Thank you for sharing and thank you for such a great tutorial. Lots of possibilities with this block.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  32. Love the block! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  33. What a unique block!! I've not seen anything like it! Anything that's "out of line" is what I like to call "Catawampus"...How's that for a block name???
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  34. Call it the "Magic Kite" -- it's a very adorable block!

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  35. Great block and tutorial! I love blocks that are a piece of a bigger design.

    Jennifer :)

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  36. Great design anyway you sew it. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I think this block is so cool. I love all the versatile possibilities. Lately, blocks/quilts that have lots of white are so appealing and this is one of them.

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  38. Such a simple block yet creates such wonderful variations! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. All these wonderful new blocks to design, grateful indeed. Sarah J.

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  40. Thanks so much! I was just looking for a fun, new idea for a baby quilt that needs making. This will be just right.

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  41. Beautiful and easy! Thanks for the great tut!! Once the Christmas rush is over - it's on my list - HIGH on the list!!

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  42. Go directly to the top of my "must do" list! Everything else can wait a while...love the possibilities of this block...maybe a Christmas table runner!

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  43. Amanda's designs are very pretty. Versions A and D are my favorites. Thanks Amanda and Madame Samm for a good tutorial today. I Like this block!

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  44. I think Diagonal Delight is the perfect name. This would look great in my 1930's collection. Thanks sew much.

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  45. Such a fresh block! Cant wait to try it!

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  46. Thank you for the tutorial. It's amazing how it looks after joining other blocks together. I think the first version is my favorite. I am envisioning it in blues and whites, where you have the hot pink. I have such respect for those who can "crank" out such works of art.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  47. Call the quilt/block Diagonal Diane. I love it and I love the fabrics

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  48. What a great block!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  49. I love this block!! Such a great tut!!!Thank you for sharing!

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  50. I think I love this block almost as much as Godiva Chocolates. My favorite Godiva is the Gems, esp. the dark ones-sooooo goood. cnd2821@blackfoot.net
    For some reason, my google id won't work on certain blogs, so I have to post as anonymous & include my email-but I am a follower-heartsease54

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  51. The layout variations are so cool!
    Putting this on my TTD list (Things to DO)

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  52. I would call it 'The Road Home' because it looks like a road to somewhere patter and the squares make me think of rooms in a house.

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