2016 Cloud9 new block blog hop {raspberry swirl quilt block tutorial}

Welcome to the very first day of the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog hop! This blog hop is being sponsored by Cloud9 Fabrics and features a bundle of their organic Cirrus Solids – this amazingly gorgeous and oh, so soft “Berry Harvest” bundle was curated by none other than our super awesome hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quiter!

All of the new quilt blocks being created for the design challenge will be assembled together by magical quilting fairies (aka the blog hop hosts) and donated to charity! So, be sure to hop on over to the other blogs that are being featured this week (see the list at the end of this post) and check out all the wonderful new blocks – and maybe even make a few for yourself!


Raspberry Swirl quilt block tutorial:

The Cloud9 Fabrics used in this tutorial are:


» Cutting:

Click here for half-square triangle tutorial

From Iris fabric, cut:

  • 1 square – 3 ½ x  3 ½
  • 1 square – 4 ½ x 4 ½ (cut to make 4 half-square triangles)

From Lilac fabric, cut:

  • 1 square – 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”
  • 4 rectangles – 2 ½” x 7″
  • 6 rectangles – 2 ½” x 5″
  • 1 square – 4 ½” x 4 ½” (cut to make 4 half-square triangles)
  • 1 square – 3 ⅜” x 3 ⅜” (cut to make 2 half-square triangles)

From Shadow fabric, cut:

  • 6 squares – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • 1 square – 3 ⅜” x 3 ⅜” (cut to make 2 half-square triangles)

From Amazon fabric, cut:

  • 4 squares – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

»Assembling the block:

Unfinished block: 12 ½” x 12 ½” (use a ¼” seam allowance) 

1) To make the center diamond-in-square, cut the Lilac square diagonally twice, to create 4  quarter-square triangles

2) Sew two lilac triangles to opposite sides of the Iris square (fig. 1). Press the seams to the Lilac fabric (fig. 2). Repeat with remaining 2 triangles (fig.3)

3) Trim to 5″ square

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3

4) Sew two 2 ½” squares of Shadow fabric to each of the 7″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles, one at each end (fig. 4)

5) Draw a diagonal line from the top inside corner of each Shadow square to the bottom outside corner. Sew along drawn lines. Trim the corners ¼” away from each seam (fig. 5). Press seams toward triangles (fig. 6)

Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6

6) Sew one 2 ½” square of Shadow fabric to each of the 2 ½” x 5″ Lilac rectangles, repeat step 5 to trim away corners (see pieces 1 & 2 in fig. 8)

7) To make two Lilac and Shadow half-square triangles (fig. 7) from your 3 ⅜” squares, refer to my previous HST tutorial here

Fig. 7

7) To complete the 6 steps shown in in fig. 8, first sew your 2 ½” x 5″ rectangles to each side of center square. Sew together one of the 2 ½” HSTs to a 2 ½” x 7″ rectangle. Attach to the top – then do the same for bottom units to complete the square (fig. 9)

Fig. 8
Fig. 9

8) Sew one 2 ½” square of Amazon fabric to each of the 7″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles like you did in step 6

9) Draw a diagonal line from the top inside corner of each Shadow square to the bottom outside corner. Sew along drawn lines. Trim the corners ¼” away from each seam, as shown in fig. 5. Press seams toward triangles (fig. 10)

10) Repeat steps 8 & 9 for each of the 5″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles.

Fig. 10

11) To make four Lilac and Iris half-square triangles (fig. 11) from your 4 ½” squares, refer to my previous HST tutorial here

Fig. 11

12) To complete the Raspberry Swirl block, assemble each set of 2 ½” squares, HSTs and 2 ½” x 5″ rectangles together, as shown in fig. 12 then sew both units to either side of your center square. Repeat for top and botton units to complete the block.

Fig. 12


There you have it! 😄 I’d love to see your Raspberry Swirl blocks! If you’re on Instagram, tag me at @amandawardxo and use the hashtag #RaspberrySwirlNewBlock 💜

Don’t forget to check out the other featured blogs listed below – and be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY on Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl’s blog for a chance to win a Cloud9 Cirrus Solids bundle of your own!

2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday, September 12th

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. « That’s me!
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


Happy sewing!


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58 thoughts on “2016 Cloud9 new block blog hop {raspberry swirl quilt block tutorial}

  1. Your block is dominant in the raspberry. One could also make one of the other colors dominate and it would be an entire different look!


  2. A really great block! I’m totally in love with triangles these days so this really makes me smile. I think it has amazing versatility and movement – so fun! Really love this block – great job!


    1. Thank you for hosting and for the kind words! I’m feeling pretty lucky to be part of such a fun and exciting blog hop along side so many talented quilters! Can’t wait to get started on some of these gorgeous new blocks! 🙌


  3. Wonderful block Amanda! Your tutorial is detailed and really well written. I totally cheaped out in that department and linked to your HST tutorial 😝. Happy hopping!


      1. Oh emm gee, Amanda I deleted your other comment by accident. Certainly did not mean to. But thank you for your kind words! Now to figure out how to get the comment back.


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