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TUTORIAL: SIMPLE SKYLINE QUILT BLOCK

Finished block: 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”

The general idea is to piece a building fabric to the sky fabric to make a strip 2” x 12 1/2”. Make 8 of these and sew them together and you’re done. All seams are sewn using a 1/4” seam allowance.

The exact cutting dimensions* for each piece are as follows. A is the strip on the left and H is the strip on the far right.

A strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 3 1/2″, building fabric (turquoise): 2″ x 9 1/2″

B strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 5 1/2″, upper building fabric (light gray): 2″ x 3 1/2″, bottom building fabric (coral): 2″ x 4 1/2″

C strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 2 1/2″, building fabric (dark gray): 2″ x 10 1/2″

D strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 4 1/2″, building fabric (violet): 2″ x 11 1/2″

E strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 4 1/2″, building fabric (light green): 2″ x 8 1/2″

F strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 3″, building fabric (cream): 2″ x 10″

G strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 7 1/2″, building fabric (raspberry): 2″ x 5 1/2″

H strip – sky fabric: 2″ x 5 1/2″, building fabric (pink): 2″ x 11 1/2″

*I like to make my strips extra long, so I can adjust the height of each building  after I’ve made 8 strips. If you want to do this, add an inch or so to the length of each piece listed above, keeping all pieces 2” wide. For example, the sky fabric for the A strip would be cut 2” x 4 1/2” and the building fabric would be 2” x 10 1/2”.

Piece the building fabrics to the sky fabrics with right sides together using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press each seam after sewing it. See my tutorial on piecing diagonal seams as a reference, if needed. Each strip should be about 2” x 12 1/2”.

Lay out the pieced strips. Rearrange the order, if you want to. If you cut extra long strips, slide them up and down to adjust the building height as desired.

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Sew the strips into pairs.

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Sew the pairs together to complete the block. I like to press all my seams open, because it looks cool on the back, but you can press the seams to one side if you want. Either way, be sure to give it a good pressing. Here’s what my sewn block looks like on the wrong side.

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Flip it back over and trim each side to 12 1/2”. This is really easy to do if you have a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” ruler :). I am a lefty so this may look a little funny to you.Image

You are done!

Intermediate Skyline Block

ImagePlay around with more piecing to create a more complex version of your skyline block. For my intermediate block, I pieced solid fabrics together and then trimmed the pieced sections to create 8 2” x 12 1/2” strips. Piece the 8 strips together for a 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” block.

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