Meet the Makers Quilt Along and Block #1

Did you see the news? Riley Blake Designs has launched the eagerly anticipated Quilt Along called "Meet the Makers". It's called that because all of the RBD designers/makers are creating blocks using their own fabric lines. It will be fun to see all the variations. I used our Road Trip Fabric to make Block #1. It was easy to piece together and I love the result.

As you can see, there are Half Square Triangles in Block #1. I like to use HST paper (that I designed) to make accurate piecing but there are other ways to make HSTs and Cindy Cloward shows you a great alternative without paper (see video below). But first, this is how I made mine:

 

My HSTs were finished at 2 1/2" squares. I continued to cut my other fabrics into 2 1/2" squares and then I was ready to piece the block together.

I sewed my squares together 1 at a time to complete a row but if you want to speed up the process, watch Cindy's video below to see how she chain-pieces her blocks (5 at once).

I love how my finished block turned out. The quilt pattern calls for 8 of these blocks, but I've only made one so far. That's the great thing about a Quilt Along, you can make as little or as much as you like and at your own pace.

The quilt design that we are all following was made with RBD's Confetti Cottons which are solid colors. Here is a photo of the completed quilt. Isn't it gorgeous? I love it - such happy colors! There are more pics and info about the Quilt Along and the first block on the Riley Blake Designs BLOG.

The Confetti Cotton version of Block # 1 is pictured here:

Each week Cindy Cloward will show you how to make a new block with a blog post and the help of a video tutorial. She has great tips and tricks so it's worth watching. Here is the video tutorial for Block #1:

I hope you join in and make your version of this beautiful quilt. Follow the hashtags on Instagram to see what others are making too: #meetthemakersquilt #meetthemakers #RBDmakers . It's wonderful how we're all inspiring and encouraging each other as we quilt along don't you think?