Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud9 New Block Hop! First, my sincere thanks to Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie who organized the hop, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow. There are 60+ bloggers participating, so you'll want to visit them all and pick up your free 12" block patterns! You'll find a list of links at the end of this post. Also, be sure to visit Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie for a chance to win some lovely organic fabrics from Cloud9!

Here are the fabrics being featured in the hop.

Let me introduce you to this curated bundle of beauties known as “Berry Harvest”! From left to right they are Lilac, Iris, Shadow, Amazon, and Sky, and they are all from the Cloud9 Cirrus Solids collection. Aren’t they wonderful?

Now to the reason you stopped by: my block for the hop, which I’m calling Berry Cross. I really like this block and I hope you will too!

One of the reasons I like this block is because of its versatility. I look for that when I design my quilt patterns—if a block doesn’t lend itself to multiple designs and fabrics, then I move on to another design.

Here’s how my block looks in other fabrics, such as batiks, 30’s reproductions, and modern.

Here’s my original block again (in two colorways) and how it looks in a quilt.

Change the placement of the colors in the block and you get a totally different look.

They're both so lovely, why not alternate the blocks?

Change the placement of the colors again and you get another look.

Look what happens when the blocks are placed on-point!

Back to my original colorway. Here’s what you’ll need to make this block using the Cirrus Solids from Cloud9:

1. Lay out the nine patch pieces

Layout the pieces for the center nine-patch unit as shown. Notice that unlike a normal nine-patch, this one is made up of squares and rectangles. Take care to lay out the pieces appropriately, so that the same widths match up across each row.

2. Sew each row together

Sew Row 1 and Row 3 together and press towards the center rectangle. Sew Row 2 together and press away from the center square.

3. Sew nine patch Unit together

Sew the rows together to create the Nine Patch Unit. Press seams open to reduce bulk. The Nine Patch Unit should measure 4-1/2” square.

4. Sew Unit 1

Sew (1) E 1-3/4” x 4-1/2” rectangle to either side of (1) D 2” x 4-1/2” rectangle to create Unit 1.

Press towards the E rectangles.

Unit 1 should measure 4-1/2” square. Repeat Step 2 to create (4) Unit 1s.

3. Add points to the Unit 1

Mark a line from corner to corner on the back of (1) C 2-1/2” square.

Lay the square face down on (1) Unit 1 as shown. Sew on drawn seam line.

Flip and press. Trim away excess from underneath.

Repeat to add the other triangle to create Unit 2. Repeat Step 3 to create (4) Unit 2s.

4. Sew the block together

Layout the block as shown and sew each row together. Press seams away from Unit 2.

Sew the rows together to create the block. Press away from Row 2.

That’s it! Here’s a coloring page you can save and print if you want to see how the block works in your colors. If you make this block, I’d love to see it! If you use Instagram, use the hashtag #berrycrossblock and @inquiringquilter. You can also email at with a photo of your block if you like.

If you’d like to make a quilt using this block, I’ll be hosting a Quilt Along beginning September 30th. Imagine this in fall or Christmas colors! Be sure to follow my blog for more details.

Off to mail my block! Did I tell you? All the blocks are being sewn into quilts for charity. Isn't that wonderful?

Remember, the hop runs through Wednesday so be sure to visit other blog participants and pick up your free block patterns. And don’t forget to visit Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie to enter the giveaway!

Monday, September 12th

2016 New Quilt Bloggers

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Designing and making my Cloud9 block was a goal on my 2016 Finish A Long list, so yippee! I've completed another one!

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Tell me..would you like to quilt along with me? Which design do you prefer?