2020 Bloom-Topia Quilt Along – Release 10

Welcome back to the Fat Quarter Shop 2020 Charity Quilt Along, Bloom-Topia!

finished bloomtopia block 14

This final block, the Richmond Block, uses Half-Square Triangles and Four Patch Units and measures 18½” square!

Preparing Materials

organizing fabric pieces for easy quilt block assembly

If you’re following along, you’ll see that I deviated a bit from the original cutting instructions for pieces E and F. I chose to use a strip piece method for my four-patch blocks, as it always improves my accuracy in matching seams.

1. Cut and sew strips

Instead of cutting 16 squares total for Units E and F, I chose to cut one strip for each, measuring 2⅝” x 21″, then sew the strips together on the length.

strip piecing technique for quilt blocks

2. Subcut strips

Next, subcut your strips into block units. measuring 2⅝” x 4¾”.

strip piecing to make a 4-patch quilt block

Make eight two-patch units. Having a small ruler is handy for this process. I am using the Creative Grids Quilt 3.5″ x 6.5″ Ruler.

Assemble blocks

After making your subcuts, assemble the pieces into 4-patch blocks, following the original instructions, then add your outer white triangles.

aligning an omnigrid ruler on a quilt block

Having a 6½” ruler is great to square the block to the exact size.

trimming up a quilt block with a square ruler

I make sure I have a ¼” surrounding each point of the 4-patch center, then cut the excess on all four sides.

trimming a square in a square quilt block

From this point, I followed the rest of the pattern instructions as written.

finished bloomtopia block 14

finished bloomtopia block 14

If you’re not already, follow the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along web page which includes this and all the patterns, as well as video tutorials.

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All About the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along

Starting February 1, 2020, Fat Quarter Shop releases two patterns each month for six months on their blog. Simply follow along to know when the patterns are posted! FQS will also be filming free complementary videos for each pattern.

With all our help, we can reach the goal of $30,000 in donations towards Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas! With each donation, we’re getting closer to the goal of granting FIVE wishes, and closer to releasing a new finishing pattern.

Just a reminder that this year’s QAL benefits Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. Fat Quarter Shop offers all of the patterns for free, but offers the opportunity to make a $5 donation per pattern download to support Make-A-Wish. All proceeds from the pattern downloads will be donated to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, with Moda Fabrics partnering along. To learn more about the cause you can view this Make-A-Wish video.

Be sure to follow the Bloom-Topia’s Quilt Along’s web page which includes all patterns and video tutorials, Facebook, and Instagram! Join the Kimberly Stitch Squad Facebook Group to join the group of quilters who are also quilting along. And be sure to hashtag your Bloom-Topia Quilt progress with #makeawish and #bloomtopia on Instagram so we can see and share your work!

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