Today let's look at a second version of the Loop the Loop quilt block. A few days ago I did a tutorial for the Loop the Loop block and realized there was more than one way to sew it together. (You can check out the first version at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/free-tutorial-loop-the-loop-quilt-block.)
I think this is an easy block to sew together especially since you don't have seams to match up. So here's version 2.0!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Loop the Loop (Version 2.0) Quilt Block:
- Light/Ivory: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 2.5" squares
- Light/Gold: 1 - 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle, and 1 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle
- Medium/Gold: 1 - 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle, and 1 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle
- Dark/Green: 2 - 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 2.5" squares
On the back of a Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle mark a 45 degree diagonal line from the bottom right corner toward the center. Sew the rectangle to the Light/Gold 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle along the marked line as shown in the left image. Make sure you have the orientation of the fabrics and marked line as shown. Repeat with the Medium/Gold 2.5" x 8.5" rectangle.
Fold the Light/Ivory rectangle along the marked line and press (right image). Also repeat with the Medium/Gold and Light/Ivory strip.
Trim away the excess seam allowance and refold as shown in the picture below.
Three Patch Units:
Sew together the Light/Ivory 2.5" squares with the Dark/Green 2.5" squares and press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Green fabric as shown below. Repeat for a total of two units.
Sew a Dark/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle to one of the Step 3 two patch units and press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Green rectangle as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of 2 Three Patch units. Make sure you have your orientation of the fabrics as shown.
Sew a Dark/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle to a Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle and press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Green rectangle as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of two units.
Lay out and sew together one Step 4 Three Patch unit, a Step 5 unit, and the Light/Gold 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle as shown in the left image below. Repeat substituting the Medium/Gold 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle for the Light/Gold rectangle. Press the seam allowances toward the center of the unit as shown in the left image below.
Putting It All Together:
Match up the Step 6 units with the Step 2 Strip units as shown in the picture below.
Sew the Steps 2 and 6 units together and press the seam allowance toward the Step 2 unit as shown in the picture below. You will have two units.
Sew a Dark/Green 2.5" x 6.5" rectangle to the bottom of each of the Step 8 units as shown below. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Green rectangle. You how have two halves of the block.
Rotate one half block 180 degrees so it looks like the picture below.
Sew the two halves together and...
Press the seam allowance whichever direction you prefer - even open if you want. You're done!
This block makes an awesome quilt! For layout examples check out the first tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/free-tutorial-loop-the-loop-quilt-block
This method of constructing the Loop the Loop block has fewer seams and so goes together a bit quicker. I did have issues getting the center two strips to line up but that could be operator error-lol! You can probably see where I took a little tuck and it still didn't end up perfect! I still like this block and enjoyed putting it together.
I have some of these same scraps leftover from another quilt so I'm thinking I'll make a few more blocks for a quilt.
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P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need