Patchwork City Quilt Along (QAL) – City Hall block

Today I would like to announce a Quilt Along (QAL) for Patchwork City!

For Christmas the Hubs bought me this book: Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman (I am a fan!)  It is broken down into 3 sizes of blocks: 5″x8″, 8″x8″ and 5″x14″.  There are 25 blocks in each size.  Then she has 6 quilts made from these 75 blocks: the 25 smaller blocks, 25 medium sized blocks, all 25 large, each of the 75 blocks, 60 blocks (20 of each size) and 48 blocks or 16 of each.

I like all the blocks but am especially drawn to the 5″x14″ ones.  So, I am inviting you to participate with me in this quilt along of ALL the 5″x14″ blocks.  One each week, to be posted on Thursday or Friday.  Starting today, we will be finished with the blocks by the end of June.  You will need your own book to participate.

The sampler she includes in the book using this size (5″x14″) is called Residential.Patchwork City bookHere is a thumbnail of each of the 5″x14″ blocks.  So cool!Patchwork City 5x14 block thumbnailsI wanted to start at the beginning of the blocks in order of pages instead of skipping around, or possibly forgetting one.  The City Hall block is first in that order.City Hall block pattern

You may ask how much fabric you will need?  I plan to use my stash of red, white and blue assorted fabrics.  I have quite a pile of those & it will lend itself to a scrappy look but with a theme.  Elizabeth Hartman is also a master of fussy cutting and I have a good supply of fabrics that could be fussy cut in those colors.  In the book she does not include the blocks in her fabric requirements for the Residential quilt, just the sashing, backing & binding.

This block uses templates from the back of the book.  I traced them (A, B1 & B2) exactly onto freezer paper and cut them out on the lines.  I then ironed A (a tumbler or trapezoid shape) onto the fabric I chose with the waxy side on the wrong side of the fabric.

I then used a ruler and my rotary cutter to cut around the template and included a 1/4″ seam allowance.  After cut, I peeled off the freezer paper.

I reused the freezer paper on the next piece of fabric (see how it was on stars and then moved to anchors).  They can be reused anywhere from 4-8 times, depending on if it can still be ironed on with the wax side.  It does not harm the fabric or iron, if the wax side is toward the fabric and not the iron.

Also showing templates B1 and B2 below.  You will need 2 pieces of A and 4 pieces each B1 and B2.

Next, I like to lay out all my cut pieces in the correct order.  I do this each time that I attach a new piece to make sure I am putting it together correctly.City Hall block step 6Attach the 2 sides to piece A, then square up the block.

Join strip pieces C1, C2 and C3 and use the template A again (I did this not ironed this time) to trim excess.City Hall block step 8

Here I go, skipping steps again.  Helping my Freshman son with his algebra homework makes me realize that I like to do 2, or sometimes 3 steps at the same time.  Do you do this too?  I am a compulsive strip piece-er.City Hall block step 9Laid out again to make sure connecting the correct way.  Pinning the points to make sure that everything lines up at this point is key!

Ready to iron the final strip!City Hall block step 12

Completed City Hall block!City Hall block complete

I really think I will LOVE this color scheme!  Not sure if I will use white for the sashing or start to incorporate into the blocks.  I may need to work on fussy cutting a bit – I know I need practice.

Please follow along with me and feel free to share images of your blocks


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