Happy Blocks were a special project for HeartStrings. Instructions for making the blocks are below.
Block size is 8 inches finished (8.5 with seam allowances)
First, I pulled a variety of bright fabrics that read fairly solid. Framing strips will be cut 2.5 inches wide.
Novelty fabrics for the block centers were cut into 4.5 inch squares.
I auditioned the framing fabrics by plopping the novelty square on the folded fabric.
From your 2.5 inch framing strip, you will cut
- (2) 4.5 inch pieces
- (2) 8.5 inch pieces
Sew the sides first, press, and then sew the top and bottom.
If your fabrics are directional, you’ll want to alternate sewing your short pieces to the sides and to the top and bottom since you’re going to alternate these blocks so there aren’t seams to line up when you assemble the top.
Set blocks 6 x 8 for a quilt that measures 48 x 64 inches.
Here’s a simple 3 fabric variation. Make sure to follow the instructions above for framing the novelty squares so you can rotate every other block and not have any seams to match up.
Click here to download a PDF with quilt notes.