dinner date block tutorial


So… remember this quilt? It’s still not finished, but I’ve had a number of requests for a tutorial, so I decided to put a quick one together for you today.

You might recall that I originally made my Flying Farfalle quilt using this technique, which was inspired by an image in Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II book. For my second quilt, I decided to change it up just a little bit, adding in a thin little strip of white to offset the bright colored points from the coal background.

I’m calling it Dinner Date because the coal background reminds me of a men’s suit with the pops of color as a fun tie.

So, to start, collect your materials…


For this quilt, I’m using Kona Coal as the background. I’ve decided to go with 6.5″ squares for this one, but you should feel free to switch it up as you’d like – rectangles, larger squares… whatever works for you! Along with your background fabric, you’ll need fabric for the points – I’m using up some of my colored solid scraps. The size doesn’t really matter, though I think it works best if you use a longer strip that’s at least 2″ wide. If you decide to include the thin white strip, you’ll also need some white fabric. My white fabric is 1″ wide.


Sew the 1″ wide white strip to the long side of your solid strip (1/4″ seams) and press. (I press my seams open, but feel free to do whatever works best for you).


I wanted my white strip to finish at 3/8″, so after sewing the white strip to the colored solid, I trimmed it back to 5/8″.


In order to sew the colored points to your solid background square, flip the colored strip over and position it along one of the corners, as shown in the photo above. (You will end up flipping the colored section back over that gray triangle after sewing your seam, so just make sure that the colored portion will adequately cover the background triangle.) I like my triangle points to be wonky, so I vary the angles when sewing the colored portion to the background fabric.

Sew along the edge of the white strip.


Repeat for the opposite corner, using another of your colored strips. Iron the points and you’ll have something that looks a little like the photo above.


And the back will look a little like this.


Using your background square as a guide, trim off the excess fabric along all sides of the square.


Since your colored fabric has now become the points of the square, you can trim off the excess background fabric that’s under the colored point. Just trim along the edge of the white fabric.


And voila! A finished block! Make several more and you can start to see the fun pattern when you put them together!


As always, let me know if there are any questions, and if you make a quilt like this one, be sure to add it to the FITF Flickr group!

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26 Responses to dinner date block tutorial

  1. 1
    Raven says:

    Love it Ashley! And your ring is soooo pretty!! šŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  2. 2

    I do like this quilt.

    May I make a suggestion? To avoid less waste of your coloured scraps, have you considered sewing the white to the grey first, then sewing the coloured piece on. You could use smaller strips of both the white and the coloured piece that way.

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    Nathalie says:

    That will be my next quilt !

  5. 5

    Ashley, you kill me. So simple and yet stunning. I will definitely be adding this to the queue!

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    Jeni says:

    Love this idea! The colors really do pop with that extra bit of white! šŸ™‚

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    Afton says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. As a newbie I really appreciate learning new techniques. Beautiful quilt!

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    Susan McKey says:

    Thanks Ashley! I can’t wait to work on one myself. I’ve had a bin full of corners all ready for “Flying Farfalle” type quilt…now to get cracking!

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    Kelly O. says:

    thankyou for sharing this technique!

  11. 11
    Ruth says:

    thank you sooo much! i’ve been wanting to make a quilt like your flying farfalle one – now i can! šŸ™‚

  12. 12
    Sarah C. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! What a cute quilt…….

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    mandylifeboats says:

    i have seen this design somewhere else where they just used the leftover from half square triangles. does that make sense? but i like the white trim on yours. very effective. [\]

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    Julie says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! I was so taken with your quilt, I went and checked out the book from the library and even bought the second book. This will make it that much easier!

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    Thanks for the great tutorial, and how did I not know that you have a flickr group!?!?!

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    Terri says:

    This has a very cool effect. I especially love the name you gave this project. Very fitting!

  17. 17
    Beth T. says:

    Wait a minute…Julie bought the book? What book? I would love a Film in the Fridge book. Does such a thing exist? Details, please–I’m begging you!

  18. 18
    Beth T. says:

    Oh, I get it. Liberated Quilting II. Darn! I was hoping for a Film in the Fridge collection.

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    Cristin says:

    Really easy!!! Why do I always picture the hardest way to do something? šŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your process~

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    Nova says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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    Rachel says:

    That block is so beautiful! Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

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    Linda Dunn says:

    Look for the book “It’s ok if you sit on my quilt” – real clear instructions on how to do this and other strip-pieced patterns fast. Great resource for quilters.

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    stephanie says:

    this quilt is great! nice work and thanks for the inspiration. i want to make a quilt my school aged boy can keep for years to come and in the graphite/charcoal color.

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