Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Firecracker Quilt Block Tutorial and Bottle Rockets Quilt Pattern

Happy 4th of July! In November! haha! :) I'm back today, to post the next National Days scrap quilt project block tutorial, and this one is in honor of the 4th of July or Independence Day. It's a simple one with zero corner flips. Just some little scrappy firecrackers.

This block has room for some improv. You can add ribbon or ric rac scraps for the fuses, something I used in my Bottle Rockets quilt pattern that I did back in 2018. I used vintage ric rac and ribbon from my late MIL (that had been passed to her by her mother) in my Bottle Rockets blocks. 

Here are a couple of close up pics of a couple of my blocks, do you spot that 15 cent ric rac??? 15 cents! Vintage for the win! 

And a few other pics I spotted from @fijimamaquilts, @sewberrysweet, and @huckleberryquiltingco.

Bottle Rockets is scrap friendly, (and fat quarter friendly, too!).. a little bit larger scraps but still scrap friendly! It's in my shop HERE

But for this tiny firecracker quilt block, though, you could even use lots of irregular size blue and red scraps, as long as the firecracker itself measures 2 x 5 1/2" when you go to start stitching the block together. I like the idea of improv. 

Fabric A - Background
(2) 1 1/4 x 8 1/2"
(2) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(2) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"
(2) 2 x 2 1/2"
(1) 2 x 3 1/2" 

Fabric B - Blue
(9) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)

Fabric C - Red
(6) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)

Stitch together as shown below, using SCANT quarter inch seams. The green line is the seam where you want to add in the fuses by laying your ribbon in between the two pieces, right sides together, and stitching the seam as you normally would.

When you're done you'll have an 8 1/2" sq. firecracker quilt block! (8" finished in quilt)

I did a mockup of a quilt! And drew on all of the ribbon fuses. haha It took ages but I wanted to see what it would look like. No sashing, just 30 blocks. I kind of love it. Would make a great scrappy outdoor quilt that you could picnic on or take camping!

That's it for today!

Stay tuned next time for National French Fry Day. More food blocks! I really wish I could sew! I miss it, but I'll get there. Practicing patience... I'm able to do more with my hand.. it's definitely getting stronger, but the rotary cutter still scares me right now. haha! And the typing mostly with one hand continues! I'm pretty efficient at it now. :)

See you soon! Thanks for visiting!! Hope you enjoyed the quilting fireworks!🎆🎉

Happy Stitching!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 90 or so blocks I've posted so far. If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!


these are fun. thanks.
hope you and yours have a fantastic and fun thanksgiving

KatieQ said...

I love the firecracker quilts. Thanks for the designs. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Another great block! I’m glad your hand is getting stronger xx

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