Big Block: 24″ of Fabulous


Announcing the next BIG (as in block) challenge! Here is a block that is big, big, big – 24″ of fabulous big!

To review:

Each pattern will take two weeks.

  • The first week, the block pattern instructions are given. You whip up a few awesome blocks and share them.
  • Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a project using the block, it can be a quilt with lots of the blocks, a pillow with just one, or whatever you can imagine.
  • The second week, we will share a free pattern that we came up with for the block and you share your ideas too. Send us a picture and we will post your creation here.
  • As an added bonus, you will see the block hang around for an extra week to showcase some quilting inspiration to help you finish up.

For last week’s block, Leaf, Nancy Sietz shares the project she made titled, Maple Leaf. Take a look.

As each person shares their pictures, we will post them on the respective block’s post.


Grab your rotary cutter, a stack of fat quarters and let’s get started!

24″ of Fabulous

A special thank you to P&B Textiles for their generous donation of Susy Pilgrim Waters’ Fresh Pick fat quarter bundle. Perfect scale!


Block Size

24″ finished (24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ unfinished)


Fabric Requirements

Great for a large print fat quarter bundle.

White – 13″ scrap

Stripe – 13″ scrap

Veggies – 9″ x 18″ scrap

Blue – 1/4 yard


Cutting Instructions

White –

1 – 13″ x 13″ square

Stripe –

1 – 13″ x 13″ square

Veggies –

2 – 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ squares

Blue –

2 – 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles

2 – 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles


Assembly Instructions

  1. On the back of the white 13″ x 13″ square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Draw a line a 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line.




  1. Lay the white 13″ x 13″ square on top of the striped 13″ x 13″ square, right sides together, and sew on the two outer lines as shown below. Cut on the center line.



  1. Press the half squares open and square (trim) the squares to 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ square.



  1. Lay a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ blue rectangle on top of the left side of an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ veggie square, right sides together, as shown below. Sew along the edge. Press. Repeat to make 2.



  1. Lay a 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ blue rectangle on top of the top edge of the unit made in step five as shown below. Sew along the edge. Press. Repeat to make 2.

step-5-1      step-5-2


  1. Lay the block out as shown below. Sew the units together into rows, then sew the two rows together to make the block.

step-6-1   finished-block-9-7

Download the tutorial here.

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Cool, I like this…will use scraps from stash and see what I come up with…24″, wow.

Mary chevalier

Beautiful big blocks .I wish the instructions were in PDF format it would be so much easier to down load .I am writeing them out by hand.Don’t know of any other way to get them

beautiful big blo


Is there a PDF available for this block?

Mary & Beth, Our designer is working on making the PDF so we can add that to the post. Please check back later today or tomorrow, should be done by then. Thank you and don’t forget to share your blocks. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

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To what email address would I send a photo of my blocks to?

Hi Mary, You can email your big block photos to: Betsey is the designer on these projects and will be happy to see your blocks. I can’t wait to see them, too! ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager


I sent an email and photo to above address and it was returned as undeliverable