Pink Magnolia Quilt Block

Last week I shared with you that I was given what I’m calling a Quilting Scrapbook Treasure Chest. As promised, I will share a bit from the book regularly and this week I played with the Pink Magnolia block from The Farm Journal circa 1935.

Pink Magnolia Newspaper Advertisement

I love the sample layout they shared showing a different way of laying out the blocks with the large negative spaces. Imagine the fun longarm quilting we could do in that space.

Pink Magnolia Quilt

I thought it might be fun to redraft a block based on the ad using EQ7. You can download these PDFs to see a closeup of the block and a traditional quilt layout.

Download: Pink Magnolia Block Color

Download: Pink Magnolia Quilt

Pink Magnolia Layout

As I started plopping blocks next to each other I was pleasantly surprised to see the results. The block creates what looks like sashing and posts in the layout.

So, who wants to make a block? Here are the details to create a 15″ block:

Fabric Cut List

Cream

  • 4 @ 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • 4 @ 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
  • 2 @  5-5/8″ – If this scares you, cut it to 5-3/4″ and trim later

Aqua

  • 4 @ 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • 1 @  5-5/8″

Red

  • 12 @ 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • 1 @ 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • 1 @  5-5/8″

Piecing Instructions

  1. Start with the half square triangles. You’ll need 16 of them, 8 in red/cream and 8 in aqua/cream. We are going to make 8 half square triangles at one time. Here’s how:
    1. Draw an X on the cream fabric from corner to corner.
    2. Layer the cream fabric squares on top of the red and aqua squares. (You will be making two sets. One in cream/red and one in cream/aqua
    3. Stitch a scant 1/4″ seam on each side of the drawn lines forming an x with your stitches.
      Half Square Triangle Step 1
    4. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, slice the sets top to bottom and left to right.
      Half Square Triangle Step 2HalfSquareTriangleStep3
    5. Next you will cut on the lines you drew earlier.
      Half Square Triangle Step 4
    6. Press to the dark fabric.
  2. Layout the half square triangles to create your 8 sets of cream/red and cream/aqua flying geese.
  3. Stitch (4) 4 patches using 3 red squares and 1 aqua.
  4. Layout flying geese, 4 patches and remaining pieces and sew together rows to complete the block.

Pink Magnolia Finished Block

 

Enjoy! I’d love to see your blocks if you try it!

 

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  • I love how modern the layout they suggested reads, and making a tutorial for the block is a great idea!

    • Andrea

      Thank you! I love how fresh and modern what they suggested is too. Definitely humbling when considering we feel so modern and hip, yet we aren’t that different from the past.

  • Liz

    This is a great block! From looking at your main image my initial thought was how pretty it would be with some sashing – but now I see that adding sashing would be completely unnecessary since it’s built right in! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

    • Andrea

      I know, huh? Pretty cool how this one works out!

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