Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Signature Blocks {Tutorial}

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Signature blocks are so much fun to exchange!  I made these for my daughter's class for them to sign.  I made a quilt from them and we presented it to her on the last day of school.
Here is what you need:
  1. 2 yards of Kona White or bleached quilter's muslin {for the siggy blocks & sashing}
  2. Assorted fat quarters or scraps
  3. Freezer paper {to stabilize the fabric for signing}
  4. Batting of your choice
  5. 3 yards of your choice for the quilt backing
  6. 1 yard of your choice for binding
  7. Thread to match
  8. Pigma pens or markers {for signing the blocks} *You can buy these at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, etc
  9. Ruler, pins, iron, scissors, rotary cutter, etc...
After gathering your supplies, press your fabrics and get ready to cut... 
  • Cut 20 5" squares out of the white. 
  • Cut 20 matching sets of strips {40 total} that measure 2.5"x 5".
  • Cut 20 matching sets of strips {40 total} that measure 2.5" x 9".   
  • I cut one additional 2.5" x 9" from each fabric when I was cutting the strips.  These extras will be for my binding... :)
Now you are ready to sew your signature {siggy} blocks!  Grab 1 white square and 2 matching strips that measure 2.5" x 5".  Sew those on opposite sides of your white square.  Open and press seams toward the darker fabric.

Next you will need 2 strips that measure 2.5" x 9".  They will be slightly longer than the block edges but that's OK.  Sew those to the other two sides of your square.  Open and press seams again. 

Square your block and you now have one 9" block done!  You can continue this process block by block or you can chain piece the rest of your blocks which makes this process go much quicker. 

Once you are done with all of your blocks, cut 5" squares of freezer paper and iron each square to the back of your block.  This will make it much easier for the little hands writing their names on their block!

I completed these blocks by sashing them with white. Cut 2" x 9" strips and 2" x 11.5" strips and just like you sewed the other strips, sew these strips onto the block as well.

Sew the blocks together in rows and sew the rows together to complete your quilt top.  Baste and quilt as desired.  Use your extra strips that you cut to bind your quilt!

*Helpful hints: 
  • I picked 20 different fat quarters because I wanted each child to have a unique block.  You can use as few as 5 fat quarters to cut your strips from.
  • If you have a small number of kids or an odd number, consider making blocks that the parents can sign too.
  • Make extra blocks to be signed to allow for mistakes. 
  • I highly recommend making the blocks before the kids sign them.  That will eliminate someone writing in the seam allowance and getting their signature cut off.
  • Make sure the pens/markers you are using are Pigma/Acid free/Waterproof/Washable
Feel free to email me or ask any questions here! 
You can see the finished quilt here...


Connie said...

This will make a perfect gift for a teacher.... the quilt will be a goog memory to have. HAPPY SEWING!

Anonymous said...

This is GREAT! Wish I had thought to do this for my daugher's class. Her teacher came down with breast cancer this year. The kids have had 4 teachers this year but none can compare to their Mrs. T. I do have reason to make it for a dear couple in our church who will me leaving us to go to seminary. Thanx!

That Girl said...

That's too bad that you can't do one for your daughter's teacher but that is so cool that you can use this tutorial for the couple in your church!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Jennifer :)

Andrea said...

Two questions - the little 'bit' left over, would it help for the white square then to be 5.5" for it to all fit?

What do you do with the freezer paper after it's ironed on and the kids have signed their blocks? (I've never worked with freezer paper before!)

I think I may just squeeze this in this week for my son's all boy class!

Andrea said...

oh yes, and recommendations where I would get those kind of markers?

I am Just One Mom said...

this is a most excellent tut! for a most excellent project. this will be the perfect addition needed for a few quilts in the works. thank you!

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