Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Amanda is back...Introducing "Sky Rise"

and yes today we have Amanda back...Jean will be here on Friday...thank goodness for our 3 very talented designers to help us all through this transition to our new blog format....

Thanks Amanda you are a peach, and berry nice....( been eating lot's of fruit lately) lol I LOVE THIS ONE....

I'm so glad to be back at Madame Samm's today to make a fun block with you all!

This one is called "Skyrise". It is a happy take on glass elevator rides in really tall buildings. You know - the ones that make you feel dizzy and force your ears to pop?

Skyrise is a 12'' finished block - or 12-1/2'' with seams.

Fabric Requirements:

"Windows" (use an assortment of scraps):
  • 1'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-1/4'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 2-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 6-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 3-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 5-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 5'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 3-1/2'' rectangle
"Building" (white as shown):
  • 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/4'') rectangles
  • 1 (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') rectangle
  • 1 (2''x 8-1/2'') rectangle "Sky" (background):
  • 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') rectangles
  • 1 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') rectangles

"Elevator" (vertical strip):
  • 1 (12-1/2'' long) strip of 3/8'' bias tape (I HIGHLY recommend Clover bias tape makers)

Join the (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (1-3/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-1/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-3/4'' ) Window rectangles.

Arrange these units with the other scrap rectangles, alternating with the 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/2) Building Rectangles, as shown.

Join rows. (If you are making multiple blocks, rearrange the rectangles in each for a more interesting quilt.) 

Join the (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') and (2''x 8-1/2'') Building rectangles to the sides of this unit.

Join a 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') Sky rectangle to both the top and bottom of the block.

Join a (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') Sky rectangle to one side of the block.

Take your bias strip and use a glue stick or fusible tape to temporarily attach it to your block as shown. Secure both sides of tape with an invisible hem or applique stitch. (You can also piece in this strip, but I like the added dimension that the bias tape gives.)

Make a lot of different colored "Skyrise" blocks for a fantastic modern scrap quilt...

Or you unify the look by making the bias tape out of the same fabric...

Or try using a solid, unified "Sky".

Or try a dramatic dark background for both the "Sky and Buildings". You could quilt it in variegated, brightly colored thread. Yum!

There are lots of possibilities - if only there were more hours in a day!

If you make this block (or blocks!) please don't forget to add a photo of it to my Flickr group. Come visit me at my blog or on Craftsy if you get a chance to check out my pattern line or more free patterns! Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest blog!

Happy sewing!


  1. I think I have found my new favorite pattern. Love, love, love it. Putting this quilt on my to do list.

  2. Very unique and modern. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I Love the look of this Block and it's Variations!! Maybe the first quilt I ever make!

    Thanks Amanda for sharing!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  4. This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love this, especially the unified and the dramatic ones. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is a gorgeous block!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  7. I really like the variations of the block layout. My favorite is with a unified sky. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This design is FAB! and really like the different ways to put it together.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. I love it with the brights against the black...my favorite combination, I think. But it made me think of books on shelves! (Which is one of my favorite things!) :)

  10. Love this one for those clear, true colors. I have to get me some of those and make this.

  11. very cool. I really like that.

  12. That is one way cool pattern you just shared with all of us! THANK YOU :)


  13. This is an amazing block - it can look so different in the different colors! Thanks for sharing with us!

  14. Good day Amanda...I am always in awe with simplicity...simple-ease-city -like block.Oh yeah.... Love the white background...

  15. very interesting block! I love all the different background layouts =D

  16. Thank you! This makes a gorgeous quilt!

  17. Such a fun quilt! Thanks for sharing all the variations, too.

  18. Oh yes! I just love this!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. This is indeed quite different from your prior blocks and quilts, and very dramatic. Enjoyed reading about the process. Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. What a neat block! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I saw this over on Amanda's blog. I just love it. The white sky one is my favorite.

  22. wow, two very different endings to the same pattern--I like the black because it reminds me of stained glass. Wait a minute...I notice that the white background has the thin strips running 'through' the colored blocks while the black background runs 'alongside' the colored blocks. I like the 'through' better!

  23. I love the modern feel. I wonder how it would look out of vintage style fabrics. Thank you.

  24. I simply LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you!

  25. Very nice pattern. Great for boys also. I am always looking for inspiration for a more masculine quilt. Thanks.

  26. I LOVE the black one. I added it to my fav list so one day I might make it.

  27. Very nice but not as gratifying as looking at finished quilts.

  28. LOVE this one, it's amazing. So appreciate the generosity of all involved in sharing this with me. Thank you.

  29. A wonderful graphic design. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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