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Little Boxes Block Tutorial

I Saw this great cubby unit on Papernstitch yesterday and the arrangement of squares and rectangles were so intriguing that I had to make a quilt block out of it.

I started out by choosing 4 fabrics, and cutting some 2 1/2″ strips, and  4 1/2″ squares.

This is the layout I came up with.

It looked pretty bland, so after taking another look at my inspiration I decided to add a white strip between each piece.  Of course this raised a technical issue.  Because of the varied sizes of the blocks I need to cut down the pieces to fit the sashing in.  Also to piece the blocks easily I couldn’t have the long strip in the top center.  But with a little tweaking I figured it all out.

So, here is your cut list.

Cut two or three pieces from each fabric

3x 4 1/4″x4 1/4″

2x 2 1/4″x2 1/4″

2x 2 1/4″x4 1/4″

1x 2 1/4″x6 1/4″

1x 2 1/4″x7 1/4″ (this is the strip for the top middle)  cut this strip down into three pieces, a 4 1/4, a 3/4 and a 2 1/4, cut them in  that order so they go together well when they are joined back together.  Set aside the 3/4 piece for later, and insert the other two pieces into the layout.

2x strips 3/4″ wide of white 

Lay out your block.  It will not line up at this point, so don’t be concerned.

Start by piecing the most basic units. 

Make sure you press the seams away from the white sashing, otherwise it will get really bulky.

Assemble the units into larger units until you have two halves.  Now comes the tricky bit.  I was not willing to give up the look of the large strip at the top, so I faked it.  Get the 3/4″ piece that was set aside earlier, and sew it to one end of the white sashing.  Press the seam toward the white.

Carefully pin the strip in place so the seams line up, and sew, do the same for the other side.

Done!  If you want you can add an additional piece of white sashing around the outside. 

This is a somewhat fiddly block, but well within the reach of anyone who has been quilt for a while.  Just take your time and don’t be afraid to take out stitches and do it again to get it right.  Please let me know if you have any problems following this, and send links of your versions.


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