Pacific Sunset Block Tutorial

Hey there and welcome fellow Sewing Fools! I can’t wait to share my Pacific Sunset block with you created for the Paintbrush Studio 2016 New Block Blog Hop. We were given 6 colors of fabric from Paintbrush Studios in the following colors (L to R) Midnight, Daydream, Bordeaux, Peach, Coral and White.

Paintbrush Studios Fat Quarters

The collection of fabrics is Ocean Sunrise. Since I was born and raised in Southern California, I enjoyed countless and breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and that was the inspiration for this block.


Cutting Instructions


  • Cut 1 – 2.75” strip
    • Subcut to 1 – 2.75” square
    • Subcut to 5 – 1.5” squares

Peach, Coral & Bordeaux

  • Cut 1 – 2.75” strip
    • Subcut to 2 – 2.75” square
    • Subcut to 1 – 1.5” squares


  • Cut 1 – 2.75” strip
    • Subcut to 1 – 2.75” square
    • Subcut to 1 – 1.5” squares


  • Cut 2 – 2” strips
    • Subcut to 2 – 2” x 12.5” strips
  • Cut 5 – 1.5” strips
    • Subcut to 4 – 1.5” x 12.5” strips
    • Subcut to 23 – 1.5” squares
    • Subcut to 3 – 2.5” squares
    • Subcut to 4 – 2.25” squares


Sewing Instructions

We will start with our half square triangles. One of my favorite methods of creating them is to do 4 at a time. It is a super easy method that goes nice and quick. To start, using your 2.75” squares, make the following pairs.

  1. Daydream and Peach
  2. Peach and Coral
  3. Coral and Bordeaux
  4. Bordeaux and Midnight

Now stitch a 1/4” seam all the way around the pairs. 


Then you’ll cut them up cross ways.


I love this method because you don’t have to draw lines and stitch on either side!

You will want to trim them down to be 1.5” squares unfinished.


and then if you like trim the tails as shown.


Press to the dark side.

Now we will stitch the 5 pieced columns together. Once they are stitched you will press to the white.

For the 1st and 5th column use a 2.5” white piece on the top and a 1.5” white piece on the bottom.

For the 2nd and 4th column use a 2.25” white piece on the top and bottom

For the center column use a 1.5” white piece on the top and 2.5” white piece on the bottom.

Piece the columns together. Use the 2” strips on the outside and 1.5” strips between the pieced columns.



Check out some of the other blocks on the blog hop:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Jess @Quilty Habit
Silvia @A Stranger View
Cristy @Love You Sew
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Mary @Quilting is in my Blood
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Sarah @123 Quilt

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  • Wow, I can really see the sun setting over the California Coastal Range in your block (which is my view every evening)! Thank you so much for joining the hop. 🙂

    • thesewingfools

      I live in Texas now but will forever be a Cali gal. Miss that view! And thank you for having me!

  • Jayne

    Such a great block! We all love a good sunset…this is a good one!

  • Lori Smanski

    a wonderful block, thanks for sharing the tutorial. looks so much like a sunset.

  • Diana Mattoni

    Such an interesting block. In your graphic, the squares seemed to be floating in space but once it’s all put together with fabric, you really see how the imagery pops. Great job.

  • Quilting Tangent

    Good tutorial.

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  • Stephanie B

    Pretty block! Your tutorial is very easy to follow.

  • Christi Osorio

    Terrific block and tutorial Andrea!

  • Carrie Ottmers Wikander

    Oh so fun! I love the way it looks – like it’s own mini quilt! Very good job!

  • Cheryl Brickey

    Very cool block, it would be a great mini

  • Cecilia

    Great block! Thanks for sharing.

  • Cassandra

    I like all of the white space you have incorporated into the block- it really makes the colors pop!

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  • Terri Ann

    The narrow sashing in this block makes it so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing it in the hop!

  • This is lovely block. I like the cascading color. Well done!

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