Plum Crazy - A Fruit Salad Block

Mmm, mmm, another favorite fruit in our house. I suppose not everything can be the Little Man’s favorite fruit, but cherries have a pretty limited season, so he has to be enthusiastic about something else during the rest of the year.

Right now, it’s plums. Which, it turns out, are nearly impossible to photograph. What is it about dark purple? There’s probably an answer that involves white balance and aperture. But there’s a reason I’m a quilter and not a photographer!

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Anyway… Plums! A chance to add a bit of purple to this quilt! And it’s another smaller, easier one, so get out those scraps and get going!

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SUPPLIES

  • PURPLE - (16) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares

  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square

  • NEUTRAL - (4) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" purple squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the purple fabric.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Plum Crazy - 10.5x10.5" unfinished

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Quite A Pear - A Fruit Salad Block

Whew - we survived the summer, and more importantly, we survived the first two and a half weeks of school. It was not without incident, which is why this post is later than intended. But the kids are finally settling into their routines* and I'm finally getting a real chance to sew. 

In fact, I managed to get the pear and next month's plum sewn already. And I'm almost done with the planning the rest of the fruit. Which means I'm almost to the fun part - figuring out the quilt layout!

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But first, a short and sweet block for a short and sweet fruit! 

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SUPPLIES

  • YELLOW-GREEN - (20) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares
  • BROWN - (1) 2.5" square
  • NEUTRAL - (8) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the 3" green squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the green fabric.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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Quite A Pear - 10.5x14.5" unfinished

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*Literally, as I was writing this post, one of the kids was sent home sick from school. We are neeeeeeeever going to get into a routine.

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She's My Cherry Pie - a Fruit Salad Block

So, I'm super - SUPER - late on this one. Last week, I honestly thought there was another Wednesday yet to go in July, so this post was due...two days ago. Oops.

And then I realized I had an endoscopy two days ago, and ended up on the couch for the rest of the day, and of course I didn't finish my block in advance. Oops.

BUT. Since I'm skipping Friday Finishes for a month, I figured a Friday Fruit would work this time. It's summer, y'all. Just roll with it.

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All that to say - cherries! The Little Man's absolute favorite fruit of all time. We had a Rainier cherry tree in our backyard in Washington, and I had to watch him like a hawk when it was ripe because he would just pull them off and eat them non-stop. 

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In fact, he got more than a couple of my prop cherries during the photo session. Pretty much every time I turned my back to sew, another one or two would go missing. And once I was done, he was ready and waiting to feast on the whole bowl.

Needless to say, cherry season is our favorite. And so is songs about cherries. Hope you enjoy the earworm!

Scrappy Cherry Quilt Block

SUPPLIES

  • RED - (42) 2.5" squares; (4) 3" squares
  • GREEN - (2) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares
  • BROWN - (5) 2.5" squares; (4) 3" squares
  • NEUTRAL - (30) 2.5" squares; (10) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

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  • Cut ONE brown, ONE green, and ONE neutral from corner to corner on the diagonal. (Starching them in advance will help control the bias stretch!)

  • Pair one green/brown, one green/neutral, and one brown/neutral.

  • Stitch 1/4" along the diagonal edge.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams open.

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  • Draw a line on the 3" neutral squares. Pair each 3" neutral square with the remaining 3" green, red, and brown squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square.

  • Press seams open.

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Layout the block as shown. (This one was too big for my layout board!) Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

Scrappy Cherry Quilt Block

She's My Cherry Pie - 20.5x20.5"

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One in a Melon - A Fruit Salad Block

Okay, I totally couldn't think of a watermelon quote or song to go there. So, you get a pun instead! Yay!

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But even if the name is lacking, the block is not. It's big - 22" wide! And features two shades of green! You could also use yellow-greens (instead of green-yellows like mine - I know, totally different) or a white for the middle rind.

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SUPPLIES

  • RED - (30) 2.5" squares; (1) 3" squares
  • LIGHT GREEN - (13) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares
  • DARK GREEN - (13) 2.5" squares; (5) 3" squares
  • BLACK - (3) 2.5" squares (since these are the seeds, each replaces a red 2.5" square if you want more, or less)
  • NEUTRAL - (6) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" square

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

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HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

  • Draw a line on the 3" light green squares and the 3" neutral squares. Pair one light green square with the 3" red square and two light green squares with the 3" dark green squares. Pair the remaining dark green squares with the 3" neutral squares.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) 

  • Press seams to the darker fabric.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Press the final seams open.

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One in a Melon - 14.5x22.5"

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An Apple A Day - A Mini Quilt Finish

And the second of my teacher gifts! Simple and sweet - I used the test block from my Apple A Day tutorial. Since I changed the size, it won't fit in my final quilt, so it makes the perfect teacher mini!

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I quilted it up quickly with echo-cross-hatching, stitched on the binding, and voila! Teacher gift! I guess sometimes it pays off to have random apple blocks hanging out in the sewing room.

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The back is a piece of blue Kona. The binding is the same as the sewing machine cover - I made the binding for a different project and changed my mind. So now it's getting used up wherever red works.

And both gifts were finished off with gift cards to the local coffee shop!

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