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Stash Busters With Joanna Figueroa

Join expert patternmaker Joanna Figueroa, instructor of the Craftsy class Simple Fresh Quilts, as she creates a fresh, fun block with alternating fabrics!

Watch as Joanna whips up these bold beauties here:

How to make your own block:

Step: 1: Choose fabrics that are fresh and fun.

Step 2: Cut strips in equal widths.

Step 3: Start joining the strips together.

Step 4: Press the strip sets open so they’re easy to work with.

Step 5: Create blocks with your strip sets, 7 in each block.

Step 6: Press blocks so all of your seams are going the same way.

Step 7: Add visual interest with triangles on corners.

Step 8: Use your pressing line as your stitching line.

Step 9: Open the squares and sew through the diagonal pressing line.

Step 10: Trim the extra fabric so you have corner triangles on each of your blocks.

Step 11: Audition layouts until you find your favorite.

Step 12: Press seams open so that they’ll “lock” beautifully.

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See how expert patternmaker Joanna Figueroa creates a fresh, fun block in this week's episode of Stash Busters!

How you do choose which fabrics to mix?


Carolyn Meyer

How do you calculate the size of the corner’s that are added to the block?


Carolyn Meyer

Jill D.

That is fabulous!


Wow – that is great!! It is very inspiring. How big are the corner squares that you fold in half? I am going to try this – however I don’t have all those beautiful fabrics.


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