Sunday, September 20, 2020

Unicorn Quilt Block Tutorial

Hola!🦄 It's a new week! One week closer to the end of 2020!

I have another scrap block tutorial to share today. Did you know there's a National Unicorn Day?! It was back on April 9th and I'm finally getting the block diced up for my National Days scrap quilt. It sure wasn't easy to compose an 8" unicorn block, but it was a fun challenge. ha! I looked at some pixelated pictures and tweaked it around and this is what I came up with. It uses some small pieces, but here it is! There's only one clip and flip unit (the horn). The rest are just small squares and rectangles, which are good for using up small scraps!

Happy Unicorn Day! Here's how she goes together. My unicorn is a she. :)

Fabric A (background):
(5) 1" sq. (~)
(3) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 4"
(1) 2" sq.
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2" sq.
(1) 2 1/2 x 3"
(1) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"
(1) 3 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Fabric B (body-white):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(3) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(3) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Fabric C (gold-horn/feet):
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 2" sq.

Fabric D (red):
(1) 1" sq. (~)

Fabric E (orange):
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)

Fabric F (yellow):
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)

Fabric G (green):
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)

Fabric H (blue):
(1) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)

Fabric I (purple):
(1) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 2" (>>)
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)

Fabric J (black):
(1) 1" sq. (~)

Left Lower/Right Upper Double

1. Place a square at the left end or lower left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or upper right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.

*Using the above method, (except you will have two squares instead of a rectangle and square),  first place your 2" sq. of Fabric A and Fabric C (gold) right sides together. With the gold side on top, Stitch from upper left corner to lower right corner. Trim, flip and press. You'll have a half square triangle, actually.
*Place your 1" sq. of Fabric A right sides together in the left lower corner of this unit, against the gold fabric side of the half square triangle. Stitch from corner to corner. Trim, flip and press. You'll have the horn unit.

*That's the only clipping and flipping for this block of tiny pieces. Now you're ready to assemble the block as shown below. Be sure you're always using 'scant' quarter inch seams. For the longest time, I didn't know the difference between regular quarter inch and scant quarter inch seams. You can read about it *HERE* if it's new to you.

Wow, that's a lot of tiny pieces! You should now have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) little colorful unicorn!

Here's a mockup of what a quilt would look like using unicorn blocks, with a 1" sashing between the blocks to give them a little space. I did it with a darker background to make the unicorns really stand out. I kind of love it! Of course you could cut down the number of blocks and make it smaller. I think it'd make a cute baby quilt!

If you like bigger unicorn blocks, I have a couple of unicorn patterns, Team Unicorn and Unicorn Scrappuccino, in my Etsy shop. I'm no stranger to the unicorn. haha!

Here's Unicorn Scrappuccino hanging in the Timeless Treasures/Dear Stella fabric booth at Quilt Market a couple of years ago.

And here's a Team Unicorn that someone shared with me on Instagram, hanging at the Riley Blake Garden of Quilts this year! With a happy, excited child in front of it, which makes me so happy! :) I wouldn't post it if it showed her face, but since you can't see her face, I figure it's okay. Seeing kids (and the young at heart!) get excited about quilts is one of my favorite things about doing this!

Are you unicorn'd out yet? haha If not, go check out my friend, @robotmomsews, and her awesome Unicorn Thread Gloss!

I'll be back soon with another block! If you make any of these National Days blocks (I'm keeping all the posts organized *HERE*), come find me on social media and tag me! I'd love to see. @kellifanninquilts on IG, or *HERE* at my FB page, or in the sew along group on FB *HERE*, where you can see lots of blocks from this and the free Minecraft, Pokemon, and Harry Potter sew alongs.

I hope life is going well for you, and that you're squeezing in some Happy Stitching! :)



Lori said...

Oh this is so cute. thanks for sharing. have a great day.

I have so many other projects on the go right now, but I want to stop and make a tiny unicorn!! Quilt blocks like this make great baby tag blankets!

bookworm52 said...

Now I need to make some unicorn blocks! Super cute!

Susan said...

Sooo cute - I hope to make it soon or at least a pillow for now! Thanks so much!

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