Friday, December 3, 2021

Moon Quilt Block Tutorial


Hello and Happy Friday! I'm back to share the next quilt block tutorial for my National Days scrap quilt project. It's for National MOON DAY!🌒 




We love space and the sky at our house so I had to include a moon block! Here's a flashback to one our sky peeping adventures. haha



And more..






And another flashback to when we saw the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. So amazing! My eyes misted. For real. They also have a moon stone there that you can touch. And a space suit with moon dust on it. It's all so fascinating.








Continuing the space theme, one of my favorite patterns I've ever done is One Giant Stitch. (in my shop here)




I've had messages and pictures sent from quilters who made it for the wee small aspiring astronauts in their lives. Below are from @dejongdreamhouse and @mlsmith325 on Instagram.




And messages from retirees from NASA who are making it, or making it as a gift for someone who worked for NASA. One (Vicki!) even shared with me this pic of a quilt she made of all of her shuttle launch patches that she made into a quilt.. with the shuttle launching in the background! She had worked in the shuttle program! I'm in awe!





So.. I HAD to include a moon quilt block for National Moon Day in this scrap quilt! (It kind of goes along with the block for Astronaut Day.) But how to do a moon!? A white blob? Boring. And didn't really scream moon. A crescent! But that's hard to configure while having it remain all straight seams and appear crescent-like at the same time. Then my son gave me the idea of the face. After much changing and fretting and shifting lines all over the place, here's how it ended up. I'm so glad he offered his input so we could work on it together.

I hope you enjoy it. Here are the details.



Fabric A - Background
(4) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"
(2) 2 1/2" sq.
(1) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"
(1) 4 1/2" sq.


Fabric B - Moon
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 1 3/4"
(2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/4"
(1) 2 3/4 x 3 1/2"
(1) 3 1/2 x 4"


Fabric C - Face
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)


--Match the symbols (*,+ etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.




Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper 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 above method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B and 4 1/2" sq. of Fabric A, make one unit.


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Right Lower Clip & Flip


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





--Using above method, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-short edge at the top, make one unit.


--Repeat steps using 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top.



--Repeat steps using 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 3 1/2 x 4" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top.



--Repeat steps using 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 2 3/4 x 3 1/2" rect.-long edge at the top.



--Repeat steps using 1" sq. of Fabric C and 1 1/2 x 1 3/4" rect. of Fabric B-short edge at the top.



--Repeat steps using 1" sq. of Fabric B and 1 x 1 1/2" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top.


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--Using SCANT quarter inch seams, stitch together as shown below.









Voila!! You'll have an 8 1/2" sq. moon quilt block. (8" finished in quilt.)



Thanks for visiting! I hope if you stitch up a moon that you'll show me and that your weekend ahead is out of this world! :) I'll be back soon with the next.

Happy Stitching!

xoxo,



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.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


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!
xx

3 comments...:

Unknown said...

Love the blocks, esp. the moon block, and your little astronaut!! Thanks for all your work and sharing the awesome blocks!

I have One Giant Stitch and all my fabrics ready to go. I am a bit worried about running out of background fabric if I make a mistake in my cutting.

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