The Olympics start in less than a week. Have you cleared your calendar to watch at least some of them events? Since most of us "multi-task", I wanted to give you something quilt related to piece while watching the games.
Each day I will give you a free sports themed block to piece. The instructions will be downloadable for 24 hours. Check in each day to get all the patterns at no charge. If you miss a pattern you may purchase it in my store.
Most of the designs will be for paper peicing. One of the borders does have a fair amount of applique -- but the shapes are super simple. You certainly could omit that border if applique is not for you. There a also a few blocks with a little bit of applique as well.The quilt is designed to finish 55-3/4" x 55-3/4". But it would be very easy to modify if you wish to delete a few of the blocks and the applique.
I debated on providing yardage information -- but this quilt can be done with scraps. Or you can purchase fabric as you go.
To whet your appetite, I am offering the piecing instructions for the Rings block this week. This is the center medallion of the quilt -- or could just be a stand alone project This block finished at 14" x 14". For this block, I am providing instructions on using folded corners on each of the units.
Click on the image to download the instructions.
Block 2 will be released for opening ceremonies on Friday.
History: The Olympic rings were designed n 1894 by Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin—a French aristocrat and intellectual. Here is what he had to say about the rings.
"A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red...is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time."
Here is the layout with Block #1 added.
I have a video tutorial this week on drafting this block in Electric Quilt. Check this out if you would like to draft the quilt yourself.
If you are drafting the project using Electric Quilt, here are the layout instructions.
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