Hi everyone, welcome to Block 2 of the Beginner’s Quilt-Along (QAL). It’s Michele here and I’ll be teaching you how to piece the 13 blocks for the QAL. Pat Sloan will be quilting along with us on her blog, posting her version of the blocks and sharing a few tips too. Here’s Pat’s take on Block 2. The QAL blocks will be published here on the Quilting Gallery each Thursday morning. See the main Beginner’s QAL page for more information and additional links.
Don’t forget to upload your completed block to the Flickr group each week. This week, we have a lovely charm pack from Moda to give-away to one of you. Winner will be selected randomly from those that completed the block and the winner gets to choose from one of these (except Butterscotch and Rose):
Congratulations to the winner of Block 1 – Play a Game of Hopscotch, Karen (kvl2012). Here’s her block:
Also, congratulations to Sherry who won the Reliable iron for sharing the quilt-along on her blog.
Block 2 – Peek Over the Fence
Our second block is Peek Over the Fence. I wasn’t able to find an original name for this block in Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, however, this block came from Electric Quilt and they named it Two by Three. It is very similar to a rail fence block that is made with 2 or more patches in each block unit.
Here’s a Mosaic of photos from Flickr featuring the rail fence. You can click the links underneath to see the full image on Flickr.
I made a similar quilt using a 2×2 grid called Sidebars. This quilt used charm packs and was donated to charity. The 3×3 grid of our block would be perfect for a quilt made with a jelly roll.
A note about block colours: I am presenting all blocks in our quilt-along using black & white and shades of grey. If you’ve chosen to use a background fabric for your blocks, it’s up to you if you want your background fabric to be the white or black represented in each of the block diagrams. Our block today uses four different fabrics, and does not have an obvious background. You decide which colour in the diagram you want to use for your background colour. It really doesn’t matter, just be consistent throughout the block, so as not to lose the design.
Beginner’s Lesson and Block Tutorial
The beginner’s lessons and block tutorials for the Beginner’s Quilt-Along have been removed from this site and are now available for sale as a complete booklet.
Find out more about it here: Breezy Beginner’s Sampler Quilt.
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