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I’ve been part of the #superawesomequiltbee this year and it’s been so much fun! You can see photos of the blocks we’ve made using the hashtag on Instagram. I picked November as my month because birthdays in my family start in full swing (Happy Birthdays to the boy, his mother, my childhood bestie, Rosi, Aimeeee and a few others) and roll right on through the holidays (Happy Birthday Busta!) and on to the new year (Happy Birthday Esteban!). Needless to say, November is when I hit the “oh shit, I need to get the holiday crafting going full throttle!” panic button. 😀
For my block I’ve picked the Polaroid block. I wanted something quick and easy to make that would allow everyone’s personal tastes to shine through. I may have also been inspired by the DC Immortals collection. There have been a couple Polaroid swaps around Instagram lately and I loved them but the center image on those was a bit too small to showcase my awesome Immortal Ladies prints. After some time with my acrylic rulers and a few prints I decided a 4″ finished center square would be awesome for showcasing the ladies and many other prints.
I made a spreadsheet and did some ratio math to figure out how large to upsize the Polaroid block so everything would be proportional. Turns out, you don’t actually want everything proportional. It’s the thin frame that signifies the Polaroid block. So I just folded my too big block up until it looked about right. 🙂
Once I started pulling fabrics for the center image it was hard to stop. I figured eight examples was more than plenty to get folks going. haha. I am not sure how big the quilt will be at the end, haven’t done the math yet, so there will be plenty of time to cut up my whole stash later. 😀
Hope you have fun making this block!
For 4 blocks
- 1.25” x 60” for sides and tops of border fabric
- 2” x 24” for bottoms of border fabric
- 4 – 4.5″ squares for the center image
For a single block
- 1.25” x 15” for sides and tops
- 2” x 6” for the bottom
- 4.5” square for center image
Any of the Bee solids, but no more than one pepper frame per person please.
any noun – person, place, thing, or shape – have fun with this! (see email or spreadsheet for more information)
Unfinished Block Size
6” wide by 6.75” tall
- Cut 4 – 4.5” squares for your center image
- Cut 2 – 1.25” x width of fabric (wof) for your sides and tops
- Subcut into 8 – 1.25” x 4.5”
- Subcut into 4 – 1.25” x 6”
- Cut 1 – 2″ x wof for your bottoms
- Subcut into 4 – 2” x 6” rectangles
Alternatively, you could skip sub-cutting the frames before piecing and sew the center images to the frame fabric in strips and then cut the frame fabric.
Piecing the Block
Seam allowance = ¼”
1. Sew your two side pieces to your center image, right sides facing.
2. Press your seams to the side.
3. Sew your top and bottom pieces to the center image, right sides facing. Be sure you have your center image facing the right way and your frame isn’t upside down! :O
4. Press your seams to the side.
5. Do not trim your block.
6. Repeat for remaining 3 blocks.
7. You’re done! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!