It’s time again for Fat Quarter Shop’s Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along, Week 5, and this week I have a few tips to share with you as we feast on the Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla blocks! Did someone say “hot, creamy, drinks with a dollop of whipped cream?” Yes, please!
I loved these two blocks. Every week I mention how quickly they go together, but this week seemed even quicker because of a few shortcuts easily incorporated.
With the French Vanilla blocks (we made four), I stacked my printed layer cake fabrics, made all the cuts at one time through the stack, shifted the fabrics and was ready in just a few minutes to take everything to the sewing machine. Fast!
Dutch Chocolate has probably been my favorite block so fat in this quilt along, as far as cutting and assembly! I love half square triangles, especially when I can use my Speedy 8 method which I’ve written about so many times in the past. You can read about the Speedy 8 HSTs method in more detail in this blog post from the FQS Snapshots QAL.
A 10-inch square is a bit bigger than needed to use the Speedy 8 method, but I didn’t bother to trim any excess and left my three squares full size.
Next, I cut three 10-inch white squares and drew lines on each with a Frixion marker.
Now it was time to stack a white square on a print square and head to the sewing machine where I stitched a seam a quarter inch away on either side of the diagonal lines.
When done stitching, I cut on ALL the drawn lines. This gave me the eight HSTs I needed from each print.
Now it was off to the press the blocks, then return to the cutting mat and square up each block with my “can’t live without” Bloc_Loc ruler. Seriously….can’t live without.
From there, I followed the remaining instructions to assemble the block. Easy, easy blocks this week!
Resources for the Perfect 10 QAL
- Perfect 10 Book by It’s Sew Emma
- Perfect 10 Ruler from Creative Grids
- Perfect 10 Book/Ruler Combo
- Layer Cake precuts: Smitten Layer Cake by Bonnie & Camille
- Smitten Navy Floral Lawn fabric for the backing
- Smitten Navy Dot fabric for binding
- Moda 9900-98 (white) background fabric
- Perfect 10 Combo Pack
- Pleasant Homes Ruler Pal
- Creative Grids 2½” x 6½” ruler
- Bloc_Loc HST rulers
- Frixion markers
Who’s Quilting Along
- Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create
- Gina of Thread Grafitti
- Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies
- Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts
- Kim of Persimon Dreams
- Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff
- Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
- Sinta of Pink Pincushion
- Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio
Quilt Along with us using #FQSPerfect10
Let us see your Perfect 10 Sampler blocks on Instagram or Facebook using #FQSPerfect10 ! Here’s our schedule for the next several weeks. I hope you’ll join us!
October 9, 2018 – Banana Block and Birthday Cake Block
October 16, 2018 – Buttered Pecan Block and Coconut Block
October 23 – Coffee Block and Cookie Dough Block
October 30 – Cookies ‘n Cream Bock and Cotton Candy Block
November 6 – Dutch Chocolate Block and French Vanilla Block
November 13 – Lemon Sorbet Block and Mint Chocolate Chip Block
November 27 – Neapolitan Block and Peaches ‘n Cream Block
December 4 – Rainbow Sherbet Block and Rocky Road Block