‘Quilt-Along-With-Me!’ Part One: Block Prep & Piecing!

GET THE PATTERN SHEET : QuiltAlongWithMe – PartOne

Father's Choice Block
Father’s Choice Block


Welcome to the first instalment of my ‘Quilt-Along-With-Me!’ series! I’m so excited to get started and I hope you are too!

In part one, I introduce the block we’ll be piecing together (which is the Father’s Choice block!) along with showing you the way I like to prep and cut my fabric as well as how I choose to make a bulk load of HSTs and how I piece and press my blocks.

Now, if you find it hard to follow along with the instructions in the video, you’ll find everything you need to know in the pattern sheet above. All of the measurements, cutting instructions and steps to piece the block are there for you!

A few facts about this quilt:
– The quilt that we’re making together will feature four Father’s Choice blocks, each one measuring 23″ (58.5cm)
– The blocks will be pieced together using a sashing technique
– The final quilt top will measure approx. 59″ (150cm) squared

I first came across this block when I was flipping through the book 500 Quilt Blocks by Lynne Goldsworthy & Kerry Green and looking for inspiration for this series. I had never heard of the block until it’s star-like nature caught my eye. The block featured in this book was a little bit too small for the type of quilt I wanted to design and make with you all, so I doubled the measurements, made a test block and fell in love!

Father's Choice Block
Father’s Choice Block

I was a little conscience to the fact that the piecing of this block could be a little tricky for beginners to manage. But once I made it and thought about it, I actually think this is a great block for beginners to try as it touches on some great basic technical skills that all patchworkers should learn and know. These include cutting basic squares, piecing and trimming down HSTs, basic forms of layout design (eg. learning how to make a four-patch unit), how to press units to achieve perfect nesting seams as well as how to manage piecing a large-ish block together.

{If you are new to patchwork and are going to give this block a go, let me know how you go! Tell me if you thought it was a bit hard or if you felt comfortable with the challenge…}

Also, don’t forget to show me your finished blocks! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter at @3and3quarters, send me an email or share them on Facebook!

In the next video I’ll be showing you how to sash all four blocks together as well as adding a boarder around the outside, completing your quilt top! You’ll find the pattern sheet with all of the information here once it’s uploaded!

Father's Choice Blocks
Four Father’s Choice Blocks

If you have any questions or thoughts about this block, the finished quilt or the series as whole, please comment below and I’ll try my very best to help you out!!

Happy Sewing, Friends!


PS. If you missed out on the Introduction post I published, you can click here to get up to speed! 😊


21 responses to “‘Quilt-Along-With-Me!’ Part One: Block Prep & Piecing!”

  1. Hey Amanda, I sent you a message on Instagram but since I’m private and you don’t follow me maybe you didn’t get it? I just had a question about my square; I did my first one, but it measures 22.25″ square instead of 23″ square.. how could I have lost .75″ ?? I didn’t trim any extra off really when I squared it up at the end.. is the fact that my finished square is measuring small going to effect the rest of the quilt if I continue to make squares? I cut out my pieces 5″ & 5.5″ respectively as instructed, but was I supposed to add on a seam allowance or something??

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    • Hello! I’m sorry that I didn’t get your message on Instagram. Because you’re a private user, unfortunately I am unable to see your photos.
      But alas, you found a way to contact me and I’m more than happy to help you out!
      So in regards to the size of the block, it’s okay if it doesn’t measure exactly 23″. The block size/s that you’ve ended up with shouldn’t impact the rest of the quilt. You may have a little bit of extra overhang when you attach the sashing and borders, but they’re easy enough to trim off at the end.
      If you’re still concerned on trying to the block closer to the 23″ measurement, check the seam allowance you’re using – make sure that it’s as close to a 1/4″ seam as possible. That’s the only thing I can think of that could be affecting your measurements if you’ve cut everything at the correct quantities.
      Hopefully this advice helps you out! It’s sounds as though you’re doing a great job already though!
      Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you out with!
      PS. Another way you can contact me if you need some answers, help or advice is by email: 3and3quarters@gmail.com – I definitely won’t miss your message there!! 😊


  2. Finished one of these this morning. I cut the size of the blocks in 1/2, but the half-squares didn’t measure 2 1/2″ as hoped, so they became 2 1/4″ blocks. Put all together, the block measured about 9 1/4″. It was fun, and I want to do 4 total for a wall hanging. Thank you for sharing! Lynne


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