Today let's sew together this Glory Be quilt block. I actually think this is four blocks with sashing but that's not the way it's presented. The Glory Be appeared in Quiltmaker in 1992. It's a big block - 18" finished so you don't need to make very many to get a quilt top! Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for an 18" Finished Glory Be Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 4 - 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles, and 16 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Medium/Pink: 24 - 2.5" squares
- Dark 1/Blue: 16 - 2.5" squares
- Dark 2/Aqua: 8 - 2.5" squares
- Dark 3/Navy: 1 - 2.5" squares
That's a lot of fabric for one block!
Four Patch Unit:
Using eight of the Medium/Pink 2.5" squares and the eight Medium 2/Aqua 2.5" squares, sew together four Four Patch units as shown in the picture below. You can see that I've pressed my seam allowances using the tweak/twirl/furl method. You can find the tutorial for making a Four Patch block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-quilt-block
Half Flying Geese Units:
For lack of a better name, I'm calling this unit Half Flying Geese. You can find the Flying Geese tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block. Using eight of the Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and eight of the Medium 1/Blue 2.5" squares, make eight Half Flying Geese units with the Medium 1/Blue fabric in the lower left corner as shown in the picture below.
Now you can repeat Step 2 using the remaining eight Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and Medium 1/Blue 2.5" squares. Only this time put the Medium 1/Blue fabric in the upper left corner as shown below.
Here you can see the differences in these Half Flying Geese units.
Lay out the Four Patch unit, four of the Half Flying Geese units (2 of each orientation), and four Medium/Pink 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the patches together like an uneven Nine Patch. First, sew the patches together in three rows and press the seam allowances toward the Half Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.
Second, sew the rows together and press the seam allowances away from the center of the unit as shown below. Repeat Steps 5 through 7 for a total of four Corner units.
Putting It All Together:
Now you can lay out the four Corner units, the four Light/White 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles, and the Dark/Navy 2.5" square as shown in the picture below.
From here the Glory Be quilt block goes together like an uneven Nine Patch (sound familiar?). Sew the units and patches together in three rows as shown below.
Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles as shown in the picture below. Almost done!
To complete the block, sew the three rows together as shown below and...
Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles as shown in the picture below.
While the Glory Be quilt block took a lot of fabric, it was easy to put together. I would definitely put sashing and cornerstones between the blocks to carry the design to the next block. I think you would get a nice X design going with the Dark fabrics as well as another X with the Medium fabric.
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