Bright Hopes Quilt Block Pattern Explains Partial Seams

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    Learn to Sew Partial Seams by Making Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    Bright Hopes Quilt Block Pattern
    Learn to Sew Partial Seams with Bright Hopes Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Bright Hopes is a quilt block pattern that looks like it was assembled using set-in seams but is actually constructed using another sewing technique called partial seams.

    Sewing quilt blocks with partial seams is simple, and the result is a block that looks a bit complicated but is actually very easy to construct. Blocks make a lovely scrap quilt and the design is a perfect choice when you have extra fat quarters of fabric on hand.

    Many other traditional quilt blocks are sewn with the partial...MORE seams method, including Woven Logs, Rolling Nine Patch, the center of Interlocking Chains, and more.

    Bright Hopes makes a good group project because even beginning quilters can stitch it easily, with no errors.

    Finished Bright Hopes Quilt Block: 12" square

    You'll find cutting instructions for additional block sizes on page 3.

    Fabrics for One Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    • One 4-1/2" light square.
    • Four 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles.. Choose four different fabrics in color values that blend from medium-light to dark.
    Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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    Begin Sewing the Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    How to Sew Partial Seams in Quilt Blocks
    Begin sewing the Bright Hopes quilt block. Janet Wickell

    Start Sewing Your Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    1. Align the light center square with the lightest medium rectangle, placing right sides together as shown above and with the square on top.
    2. Begin stitching a quarter-inch seam at the end where patches meet and sew until you reach the midpoint of the square.
    3. Backstitch and remove the unit from the sewing machine.
    4. Press the partial seam towards the center square.
    Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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    Finish Sewing the Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    Bright Hopes Quilt Block Pattern
    Finish sewing the Bright Hopes quilt block. Janet Wickell

    Finish the Bright Hopes Quilt Block

    Refer to the illustrations as you sew.

    1. Align the darkest rectangle right side down, with its long edge across the (top) seamed end of the first two patches. Lengths should match exactly.
    2. Sew a seam along the entire length of the patches as shown above. Press the seam allowance towards the rectangle.
    3. Add the medium-dark rectangle in the same way, sewing it to the (side) edge created by the second rectangle and square. Press the seam allowance towards the rectangle.
    4. M...MOREoving in the same direction, sew the fourth rectangle, matching it lengthwise with the (bottom) edge created by the square and third rectangle. Press the seam allowance towards the rectangle.
    5. Finish sewing the partial seam. Fold the first rectangle towards the right to expose the seam between it and the square. Align its edge with the remaining portion of the square and the rectangle below.
    6. Begin stitching just before the spot where the partial seam ended. Backstitch, then stitch to the end of the patches.
    7. Press the seam allowance towards the center square. That's it!

    Additional Block Sizes

    3" Miniature Quilt Blocks:

    • One 1-1/2" square, four 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" light to dark rectangles

    6" Quilt Blocks:

    • One 2-1/2" square, four 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" light to dark rectangles

    9" Quilt Blocks:

    • One 3-1/2" square, four 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" light to dark rectangles