When Fat Quarter Shop asked if I’d be interested in making the Classic & Vintage Union Square quilt block, the answer was a resounding YES! (You see, I’ve taken an interest in reimagining vintage quilts lately.) I love their series of quilt patterns that use fresh, modern fabrics to recreate classic blocks like Lady of the Lake and Tree of Life. They offer a free pattern and a video tutorial for each block, plus you can buy a pattern if you’re interested in making the whole quilt. Here’s where you can find all of the blocks they’ve offered so far.
The Union Square quilt block looks like what would happen if a quilter couldn’t decide between making a Bear’s Paw or making an Economy block, and I fell in love with it immediately.
For my version of the Union Square quilt block, I turned to my fabric stash to find the colors that were calling to me. It turns out that there was some Tic Tac by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics and the Circle print from Edges by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics–and it was already washed and set aside for an abandoned challenge! Perfect! It felt like scratching a UFO off of a list to use it.
Tips and Tricks
I’ll tell you a little secret: I cut the F and C squares a little bigger than the pattern calls for. I measured them to 3″, then sewed them together according to the pattern. I used a Bloc-Loc ruler to trim them to the correct size.
And the secret to cutting those hourglass triangles perfectly? I layered the A and E squares right sides together. Then, I sprayed the BOTTOM of the bottom square with Best Press and pressed the squares. The heat from the iron draws the Best Press through the fabric. The Best Press not only reduces any distortion from cutting on the bias, but it helps the fabrics to stick together–so you can just carry them straight over to the sewing machine and stitch them up without worrying about if they’re aligned or not.
The fabrics I used have been discontinued, but luckily I have enough that I think I might go back and make some of the other Classic & Vintage blocks. Wouldn’t they make an interesting sampler?
The kit features the fabric collection Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics. You can purchase the whole kit (which includes the pattern and fabric for the 60.5″ x 84.5″ quilt top and binding) and a separate backing set, or opt for the stand-alone pattern to use your own fabrics.