Welcome to the Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour! Charleston is the first REVIVE collection that is re-colored from vintage prints from different eras, movements, or artistic styles. This collection has been curated to highlight the Art Deco period, but colored and styled for use in modern-day projects. You can see all 28 prints in the Charleston collection here. The prints are mostly metallic, and are very elegant.
I designed a quilt block for the blog tour, and have provided a tutorial below. Before you get busy sewing, though, you should hop over to Timeless Treasures' blog, Sew Timeless, to enter the giveaway for a complete 28-piece fat quarter bundle of Charleston. You just might be one of the three winners chosen on July 27th. And don't forget to leave a comment here to win one yard of your favorite print from the collection! I'll close the comments Monday at 10:00 p.m CDT, and announce the winner here on Tuesday.
And one more thing -- Do you EQ? You can download the entire Charleston collection over at The EQ Blog. And there's still time to design a block for the Timeless Treasures Block Challenge! You'll want to hurry, though. All blocks need to be submitted electronically by Monday, July 27.
In case you missed any stops on the tour, here's the schedule.
Monday, July 20:
Shayla Wolf, Sassafras Lane Designs
Tuesday, July 21:
Leslie Meltzer, 50 Sq Ft Studios
Wednesday, July 22:
Rebecca Silbaugh, Ruby Blue Quilts
Thursday, July 23:
Kim Brackett, Magnolia Bay Quilts (You're here!)
Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell
Friday, July 24
And here's a little tutorial for you. The block I designed for the Charleston by REVIVE blog tour is 12" square. "Bonus" triangles from one block are switched and used to complete a different block so that you end up with two different main fabrics in each block. The cutting list below is for two blocks.
Glitz Revive CM4205 Red
Art Deco Revive CM4208 Cream
Glamour Revive CM4212 Navy
In the instructions, I'll refer to the fabrics as red, cream, and navy.
Cutting for two blocks:
From red fabric, cut 4 rectangles, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
From navy fabric, cut 4 rectangles, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
From cream fabric, cut 8 squares, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"; and 8 rectangles, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".
1. On the back of each 4 1/2" cream square, use a sharp pencil and the edge of a ruler to make a light diagonal mark from corner to corner.
2. Mark another diagonal line 1/2" away from the first diagonal line.
3. Place a 4 1/2" cream square on top of a red print rectangle, right sides together, as shown below. Pin in place, then sew along both of the diagonal lines.
4. Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, cut between the diagonal lines.
5. Press the main unit (folded-corner unit) so that the seam allowances are directed toward the cream triangle. Make 4 matching folded-corner units.
6. Press the seam allowances of the "bonus" half-square triangle unit toward the red print.
7. Place a square ruler along the upper and right edge of the half-square triangle unit as shown, with the diagonal line of the ruler following the seam line. Trim the top and right edges.
8. Rotate the half-square triangle unit so that the trimmed edges are aligned with the 2 1/2" horizontal and vertical markings on the ruler as shown. Trim the extra fabric from the top and right edges. Make 4 matching half-square triangle units.
9. Repeat steps 1 through 8 using 4 blue rectangles and the remaining 4 cream squares.
10. Sew together a red half-square triangle unit to a cream 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle as shown. Press the seam allowances toward the cream rectangle. Make 4 matching units.
11. Sew together the blue half-square triangle units to the remaining cream 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles. Press the seam allowances toward cream rectangle.
12. Sew a blue pieced unit from Step 11 to a red folded-corner unit from Step 5. Press the seam allowances toward the blue pieced unit. Make 4 matching units.
13. Sew a red pieced unit from Step 10 to a blue folded-corner unit. Press the seam allowances toward the red pieced unit. Make 4 matching units.
14. Sew together together two units from 13. Press the seam allowances to the right. Repeat for the remaining two units from Step 13.
15. Sew the two half-blocks from unit 15 together. Before pressing, remove the vertical stitching above the horizontal seam allowance with a seam ripper.
16. Turn the block to the back, and open the seam allowances and "rotate" them to form a tiny pinwheel. Press the tiny pinwheel with the tip of an iron.
17. Turn the block to the right side and press the seam allowances in a clockwise direction.
18. Repeat Steps 12 through 17 using the blue folded-corner units and red pieced units.
How easy was that? Now you have two different 12" blocks! If you have any questions about how to construct the blocks, just leave a comment here, or e-mail me using the link in my sidebar.
And here's what your quilt might look like using almost all of the prints from Charleston.
I hope you're enjoying the Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all the stops. And good luck with the drawings!