October 22, 2019

Path to Friendship Block Tutorial

In November I'll be one of two queen bees for the True North bee, so I needed to pick a block to have my bee mates make. I knew I wanted a scrappy block, preferably with a star in it, so I designed this one that I'm calling the Path to Friendship block 😊
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
This is a 12" finished block, perfect for using up small scraps in a couple of different colours. I've chosen blue and orange as my main colours as that has become one of my favourite combinations. I had no trouble at all pulling enough fabrics from my stash 😊
Blue, orange and white/cream fabric scraps | DevotedQuilter.com
Here's what the blocks look like tiled together.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
And here's how they look with 1" sashing and orange cornerstones. I think this will be how I assemble mine once they all arrive from the other True North Bee members.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com

Make the Blocks

You need scraps in three different colour groups - one for the friendship stars (blue), one for the squares that make up the path (orange) and one for the background (white/cream).

To make 1 block, cut:

Blue
4 3" squares
2 2 ½" squares

Orange
2 4 ½" squares
2 2 ½" squares

White/cream
4 3" squares
4 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles
 2 ½" squares
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com

Make the Friendship Stars

Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the white/cream 3" stars. Pair each white/cream square with a blue 3" square, right sides together, and stitch ¼" away from the drawn line on both sides.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Cut apart on the drawn line and press open. Trim the HSTs to 2 ½" square. Make 8 background/blue HSTs for each block.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Using the HSTs, the blue 2½" squares and the white/cream 2½" squares, layout the Friendship Stars as shown. Stitch the units into rows, pressing the seams away from the HSTs.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Stitch the rows together, pressing these seams open to reduce bulk. Make 2 Friendship Stars for each block.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com

Make the Path Units

Layout the orange 2 ½" and 4 ½" squares with the white/cream 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles as shown.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Stitch the pieces together as shown, pressing the seams either open or towards the orange pieces.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
 Then stitch the rows together. Make 2 path units for each block.
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com

Assemble the block

Layout the friendship stars and the path units as shown to create the block. Stitch the units into rows, pressing the seams open. Then stitch the rows together, again pressing the seams open.

Here are close ups of my three blocks. I love all the scraps in them!
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
Path to Friendship quilt block tutorial | DevotedQuilter.com
These were so much fun to make! I can't wait to see what beautiful scraps will be in the blocks sent to me. I'll be sure the share them when they arrive 😊

What colours would you choose for your Path to Friendship blocks?

8 comments:

  1. A very nice block. I may use it in the future for a veteran's quilt. Thanks, and enjoy getting blocks from your friends. That's always fun.

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  2. A lovely block - it will be fun to watch this quilt grow with your bee mates’ blocks.

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  3. Great block for a bee. The scrappy colors will be great with the sashing.

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  4. Thats a great one!! Thanks for sharing it!!

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  5. I'm really liking this block and how it works up into the quilt you displayed. Hmmmm... so many scrappy possibilities.. you have me contemplating.

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  6. That's a great block. Can't wait to see all the blocks you receive.

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  7. That a really fun-looking block, and it will make a great quilt. I'm wondering about your quilt mock-up though - wouldn't you have to make one of the two stars in each block "spin" in the opposite direction?

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  8. What a fun and cute block. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the colors you chose- orange and aqua. Mine will probably include some green as well.

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