DIY Block Design


DIY Block Design


I had this flash of an idea in my head recently and I knew I wanted to sew it up. Immediately if possible.

The idea was a low volume quilt with rainbow “bites” throughout the patchwork. There was nothing terribly innovative about it, but as someone who usually sews from a tutorial or pattern I needed some help to get my measurements right.

rainbow mini quilt 1


Enter my quilting and blogging buddy Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts, who is the go-to quilting maths whiz. She’s got a talent for quilt design and the maths behind it, and has just published an extremely helpful e-book called DIY Block Design. If you have an idea for a quilt design but are not sure how to bring it to life, this is the book for you.

rainbow bites 2


I decided to give it a go in a small scale for my first try.  (Small patchwork is HARD. I find accuracy very difficult to achieve.) As you can see, each square or mini block within is a low volume square with a small coloured triangle. Not quite a HST, but just a ‘bite’ of colour. Alyce’s book gives a full run down on HST sizing, and I was able to use that information and adjust it to cut my coloured pieces at the right size for the effect I wanted.

rainbow bites 1


I love the outcome and I think I will quilt and bind this as a mini to hang in my sewing area, but use Alyce’s sizing references to scale it up and make a large quilt next time. It would make a great cot quilt – I love a rainbow palette for a baby.

Thanks Alyce for such a great reference. It’s a book I’ll go back to again and again. You can check out all the details here and see all the fantastic quilt inspiration and designs popping up on instagram using #diyblockdesign and there are weekly challenges happening on #mydiyblockdesign. You can also follow Alyce @blossomheartquilts .

21 thoughts on “DIY Block Design

  1. This is so lovely! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE your low volumes.

    1. Thanks Alison! They are so fun to play with. I love hunting for new ones when I go fabric shopping.

  2. Looks fantastic and I’m with Alison – you have such a knack for low volumes. You should have your own low volume club – like a weekly round up of your favourites at the moment. I would totally buy what you buy!!

    1. Ha great idea! Maybe I should make the occasional bundle and sell it via my blog. Limited editions every now and then! If only the Aussie dollar wasn’t so terrible.

  3. I made a all subtle off white one, with the same bright pops of color in the corners, not the same fabrics of course but very bright cheery colors. I love it. Its so much fun to look at. I just woke up one day and made it. I love those sudden urgency quilts.

    1. Oh I can imagine that white with bright colours would be so fabulous! Love those days when inspiration strikes!

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