Updated: Jun 23, 2021
Welcome back for the third week of our Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along. I’m so happy to be quilting with you all each week!
Don’t “fall” behind — check out last week’s blog to see what you might’ve missed or to refresh yourself with our newly acquired technical skills. Keep up the hard work, I think everyone is doing great!
Please don’t forget to send us or post your progress pictures along the way. We really love seeing how each and every one of you are doing with your Alaska Rainbow blocks!
This week we will be working on Blocks 4 and 8.
Block 4 – We will make a total of 4 Block 4’s. Begin by arranging your cut pieces to form the block. This block has two new shapes, so lets start here.
Combine one Diamond A, two Half-Diamond B’s, and one Triangle D using all the techniques you have learned thus far:
Note: Press seam allowance towards Triangle D.
Repeat the above steps 3 more times to complete all four corner units following the pattern’s listed colors.
For your wedge units, use the same methods learned last week and continue to master your quilting abilities.
Repeat 3 more times until you have a total of four wedge units.
Now your block should be in 4 separate units.
Edyta’s Tip: Square off your units before sewing the block together allows for you to achieve nice, flat square block.
Most of the questions and concerns that we have received from the last two weeks has been
“How can I get my block to lay flat? Is there a way to square things up?”
The best way to check your unit to make sure that it’s 90° is by placing your ruler right over the unit. Match the 45° line with the center seam, and check that everything aligns.
This block arrangement is the most difficult one that you will have to do. I am so proud of you! Lets reward ourselves with a simple one.
Block 8 – We will be making a total of four Block 8’s. Arrange all your fabric as shown above.
Start by marking two Wedge C’s and one Triangle D.
Repeat this process 3 more times to make all four corners of the block following the pattern’s listed colors.
Combine the units so that you have two halves of a block. Line up the halves and pin together.
Repeat these steps 3 more times to finish all four Block 8’s.
I think scrappy and happy rhyme for a reason. I am always happy when I get to play scraps!
and pressing as directed in the pattern for Block 4.
Repeat this exact color arrangement 3 more times to make four Block 4’s.
Scrappy Block 8 – Cut and arrange your pieces as shown then follow the steps above to complete Block 8. Repeat this exact color arrangement 3 more times for all four Block 8’s.
Keep finding Rainbows no matter where you are!
Happy Quilting! Edyta