Summer is in full swing and we’re rounding out the Fabric.com Summer Block Party today with our contribution, Half Square Gingham (ya, we’re all about the half squares lately)!
Have you been sewing along with the other blocks on the tour? If you’re just learning about it, you can download all the blocks shown above for free on the fabric.com blog and through the participants’ websites, which are linked at the end of this post.
There are a few things that really scream summer to us. Amongst them are watermelon, flamingos, and… gingham!
We love all the possibilities for this easy-to-sew block. It finishes at 12″ (along with all the other blocks on the tour), so you can sew up a mini, pillow, or quilt in no time.
Sure, you can buy some gingham fabric, but making it yourself with little patchwork squares means not only can you use any color combinations you want, but you can also use prints, which makes it that much better!
We couldn’t resist the adorable Flamingos from the line, Flamingos, by Melissa Ybarra for our block. The Flamingo Floral Multi was just what we were looking for for the focal half of the block, while the Mini Flamingos were just perfect for the medium value in our gingham. We used Kona cotton solids in Punch and Snow for the dark and light blocks in the gingham.
Make a single block into an adorable potholder, or combine four for a pillow, mini quilt, table runner or table topper. We have plans for a full quilt using the upcoming line Charley Harper Western Birds for Birch Fabrics and think it will be totally adorable! We also think this block would be darling for Christmas projects.
The pattern includes some multiple block layout ideas along with notes about altering the gingham placement to achieve different looks.
We also have some fun variations we’re working on that we’ll be sharing here soon, so stay tuned!
Please share your project pics with the hashtags #halfsquaregingham, #fabricdotcomblockparty and #sariella on social media so we can see what you make!
We hope you enjoy this block and all the others on the Fabric.com Summer Block Party Tour!
June 5 – “Candied Pineapple”
Eye Candy Quilts
June 8 – “Nautical Stripes”
Initial K Studio
June 12 – “Camp Out”
Love You Sew
June 19 – “Argyle”
Sassafras Lane Designs
June 22 – “Popsicle Party”
Elise & Emelie
June 26 – “Sunshine Days”
June 29 – “Fishy Fish”
the tattooed quilter
July 5 – “Half Square Gingham”