Canadian Summer Quilt Along HST Wheat Bonus Block

Welcome to our second bonus block in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along. I came up with several wheat block designs and decided to offer two of them in the quilt along. This one is the Half Square Triangle (HST) Wheat Block which is an alternative to last week’s curve pieced wheat block. Of course you can make them both if you wish.

pieced wheat block
Traditional Half Square Triangle Wheat Quilt Block.

This block represents the head of a shaft of wheat once again and is a tribute to our many Canadian grain farmers and food growers.

Download this free pattern here – CSQAL HST Wheat Block. I hope you are enjoying the quilt along! Visit the main quilt along post to see the full schedule and a list of prizes and sponsors for the grand prize.

The grand prize will be drawn on Labour Day from all the quilt top photos posted in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Starts in One Week

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Quilt

Exciting news today! The Canadian Summer Quilt Along starts in one week on June 11, 2018! Start gathering your scraps so you can sew along with us. I have made all the blocks using my stash.  We have 16 blocks so you can make a 3 x 4 block quilt or a 4 x 4 block quilt. Read a bit more about it and check out the schedule on the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Badge

I have an idea for sashing to share with you today as something to consider for finishing your top. This is completely optional but it will increase the size of the quilt.

My idea is to sash between the blocks with 6″ x 12″ (finished) Canadian Flag sashing blocks. And then just have 3″ vertical sashing strips between the vertical rows. I have done a little quilt layout diagram in EQ7 to show you this idea. I wasn’t planning on sashing above and below the blocks just between the four rows of blocks but I don’t know how to get EQ7 to let me show that so just ignore the top and bottom sashing rows (or go ahead and make that many flags if you like the top and bottom sashing).

Canadian Flag Quilt Sashing
Sashing Option to increase the finished quilt size of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along Quilt.

Here is my finished quilt top:

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Quilt
Anita’s Canadian Summer Quilt Along quilt with rainbow Canadian flags sashing.

If you like this idea and want to make flags for sashing you can use  this template: Maple Leaf Template

  1. Cut your centre squares 6.5″ from white fabric and the bars on either side 3.5″ x 6.5″ in the same colour as your leaf.
  2. Use the template to make fusible applique leaves using fusible web such as Heat n Bond. Place fusible web paper side up over the template and trace the leaves. Then fuse to the wrong side of your fabric following product instructions and cut out leaves with sharp paper scissors.
  3. Centre the leaves on the white 6.5″ squares and fuse in place again following product instructions. Blanket sitch or zig zag stitch around the edges. (Or leave to stitch when quilting.) Here is a link to a little YouTube tutorial video I made on how to hand blanket stitch.
  4. Sew the 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles to either side and press seams towards the rectangles.

And there you have your flags to sew between the blocks. This template also works for this Canadian Flag Pillow Tutorial and this Canada Day bunting flag tutorial.

The vertical sashing and border strips are cut 3.5″ by width of fabric. You will need 14 strips if you make a quilt with 16 blocks.

I hope you will join in and sew with us in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along.