Airmail Envelope Quilt - Part 2

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Posted by Shari on April 19th, 2015

Airmail Envelope Quilt - Part 2:  Sewing the Blocks
Welcome back -

It's time to sew these cute little envelope blocks!

Are you ready to get started?

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Airmail Envelope Quilt Block:  6 1/2 inches unfinished; 30 blocks

If you missed Part 1 with the Fabric Requirements; you can find it here.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
This Airmail Fat Quarter Bundle is so bright and happy!

This quilt was so much fun to sew.

I love the fact that this red, white, blue and gray colorway is gender-neutral and works for Valentine's Day, Patriotic holidays and for anyone young at heart.

Tip:  When I sew a new block design, I always make a test block before I cut all my fabric for a quilt.

I asked three of my good quilty friends to sew a test block for me before writing this tutorial for you.

Sew...here are the cutting and sewing instructions for making your Test Block:

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Cutting Instructions for One Block:
Tip:  Chose fabrics that show contrast between lights and darks.

Fabric A:
  • Cut:  TWO - 4 inch squares and then cut each square ONCE on the diagonal (you will have one extra triangle)

  • Cut:  ONE - 1 inch by 3 inch rectangle

  • Cut:  ONE - 1 inch by 3 3/4 inch rectangle

Fabric B:
  • Cut:  TWO - 4 inch squares and then cut each square ONCE on the diagonal (you will have one extra triangle)

Fabric C:
  • Cut:  ONE - 3 inch square


Sewing Instructions:
Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Make the quarter log cabin (QLC) unit by sewing the 1 inch by 3 inch Fabric A rectangle to one side of the 3 inch Fabric C square.

Press open.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Then sew the 1 inch by 3 3/4 inch Fabric A rectangle at the right angle to the side of this unit.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Trim and square to 3 1/2 inches as shown.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Chain sew triangles.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Trim and square to 3 1/2 inches.


Layout of Block:
Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Sew the top half together with the square pointing in towards the bottom of the "envelope".

Sew the bottom half square triangle (HST) together.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Then, nesting the center seam, sew the two halves together.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Back of block showing pressed seams.

I pressed the quarter log cabin unit seams open.

I pressed the half square triangle units toward the outside and the bottom half square triangles toward the center to nest the seams.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Trim and square block.  Unfinished block measures 6 1/2 inches square.

30 Airmail Envelope blocks are needed for this quilt.


Cutting and Piecing:
Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
I sorted and cut the Airmail fat quarters into stacks - red, blue, gray and white.

I took the Multi Color Arrow fabric out of the sort as I used this fabric for my background.

In each of my scrappy blocks, I chose one print from one red fat quarter and one blue fat quarter and then one print either gray or white fat quarters.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
I cut my fat quarter as shown above.

From each of the red, blue and gray (or white) fat quarter:
  • Cut:  ONE - 1 inch strip

    • Subcut:  TWO - 1 inch by 3 inch rectangle

    • Subcut:  TWO - 1 inch by 3 3/4 inch rectangle

From the remaining fabric of the red, blue and gray (or white) fat quarter:
  • Cut:  ONE - 4 inch strip lengthwise

    • Subcut:  SIX - 4 inch squares

  • Cut:  ONE - 3 inch strip crosswise

    • Subcut:  TWO - 3 inch squares

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Then I cut each of the 4 inch squares into TWO triangles.

This gave me a good size piece of each fat quarter left.

I did have to cut additional red and blue pieces as needed to complete all 30 blocks.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
I left the pieces in stacks near my sewing machine and picked a red, a blue and a gray (or white print) at random for each block.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Using the same method as shown above for the test block, I chain pieced the blocks.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
I used my roller to press the seams and my small scissors to snip the dogears of my half square triangles as I went along.

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
30 Airmail Envelope Blocks DONE!

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial
Coming Soon - Part 3:  Cutting the background squares and border
and piecing the top!

Thanks for following along!

**Due to several requests, a PDF file for this pattern will be available in the final Part 4 post.**

If you have any questions, please email me at scrapatches@gmail.com and I will do my best to help.

Happy Quilting!

Pat at Life in the Scrapatch
"Airmail Envelope Quilt" Tutorial was designed and created for Bear Creek Quilting Company by Pat from Life in the Scrapatch.
Fabric used in this tutorial is from Airmail  by Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda.
Do you love free fabric?  Do you love to teach?  Want to be a contributor on our blog?  Send us an email at web@bearcreekquiltingcompany.com to get started!
 

Comments

  • 1. Posted by Carolaj on April 19th, 2015 at 8:44 p.m.
    I made a version on the envelope pattern with Hawaiian fabrics - 'Hello from Hawaii". I like your design better.
  • 2. Posted by Carmel on April 19th, 2015 at 6:11 p.m.
    Thank you for sharing this sweet block!!
  • 3. Posted by Dorian on April 19th, 2015 at 3:26 p.m.
    Very nice Pat. Those envelope blocks are really cute. T hank you for a great tutorial.
  • 4. Posted by Pat on April 19th, 2015 at 1:02 p.m.
    Thanks again, Shari, for inviting me to guest blog on your wonderful site! For more Airmail Envelope Quilt Block fun I have a free tutorial for a matching pillow on my blog, Life in the Scrapatch. I hope everyone enjoys sewing these projects ... :) Pat