Today I’m very excited to be sharing with you the March Quilt Block of the Month. This month we are making a fun Keystone Quilt Block.
This is block #7 of 12. This block is super simple to make, I managed to stitch up 3 of them in less than an hour. I chose to make my block out of all the same fabric, but you could use 4 different ones if you like.
If you’re playing along be sure to share your finished blocks on social media with the hashtag #PolkaDotChairBlocks (if you have a private IG account, hashtags won’t work for you, so share it to my Facebook instead) , I’m on Instagram as @Polkadotchair or you can also share it right to my Facebook Page (you can post a photo over there)
If you missed it be sure to check out this post on Quilt Block Construction Tips. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
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This block is a fun one to make, mostly because it’s pretty forgiving. In the next few months I’m going to start introducing some more intricate quilt block designs, now that you’ve had a chance to build your piecing skills. While designing the entire quilt I tried to keep a balance of blocks that are all one color of fabric and blocks that can be made with multiple colors of fabric. This block, as with the January block, work well only using one color of fabric. As I mentioned above, you can switch and use 4 different prints of the same color fabric if you like. I think that is what I’m going to do when I make the block for my Christmas quilt.
Before I share the tutorial for the block, I thought I’d catch you up a bit with the progress I’ve made on a few of my quilts. To review, I’m making 4 quilts with the block of month blocks (because, apparently I’m crazy *wink*). I’m working on a quilt for my teenage son, a Christmas quilt, the pink quilt you see in the photos, and a “low volume” quilt that I plan to use on the bed in our RV.
I put all of the blocks that I have finished up on my design wall today and snapped some photos. I do not have any natural light in my sewing room, so I apologize if the photos seem a bit off. I thought you’d still enjoy seeing how the blocks are laid out.
I have a design wall in my sewing room (this one from Amazon – affiliate link). It has a flannel surface that allows the blocks to “stick” to it. It is very helpful when designing large projects, I find that by laying out my projects as I go I often catch mistakes that I would not have noticed until after the entire quilt was sewn together.
This is the gray quilt for my son. I decided to throw in a bit of Star Wars fabric for him, I’ll incorporate a bit more into a few of the blocks in the coming months. This quilt only has 6 blocks completed, I’m missing the February block, but I’ll catch up and make that one this month.
This is the quilt I’m working on for our RV. The RV has two twin beds in the back, and I want to make a quilt for each bed that coordinates but doesn’t match. I’m going for a retro “pacific northwest” theme for the quilts. I like how this one is turning out but may end up switching out some of the blocks when I’m done (it might have too much pink in it now), we will see, I’m holding off judgement until all the blocks are sewn. This one is also missing the February block.
Here is my pink quilt, made mostly of Wonderland Fabric. My goal is to finish this one up (all 12 blocks) and have it ready for Quilt Market in may for my booth.
After hearing feedback from many of you while making the blocks, I’ve decided to put the instructions for the block on a separate page from the “pretty pictures” of the blocks. I think that will make it easier for you to follow the tutorial online, since there is less information on the page.
Click on over on page 2 of this post to get the tutorial for the Keystone Quilt Block.