Alphabet Quilt Blocks … ribbon letter edition

Alphabet Quilt Block Free Tutorial

This alphabet quilt tutorial was inspired by a pile of ribbons with all their different shades and shadows. I’m kind of obsessed with fonts so it was fun to try and work one up using patchwork squares. And it’s a good pattern for beginners because the HST squares are generously sized, meaning there’s lots of wiggle room when it comes time to crop them.

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If you make a set of ABC blocks I’d love to see them, so please leave a link in the comments, or tag on Instagram with #ribbonletters! To download a printable pattern for the letters ABC click here (you’ll also be the first to know when the rest of the alphabet is available).

Okay, are you ready for Ribbon Letters? Let’s get started!

Instructions

For each block you need three fabrics: a ribbon front, a ribbon back, and a background. You might use the same colour in a different tone for the ribbon front and back (example above), or a print with a complementary solid, as in the steps below.

Depending on the context in which you want to use these blocks, you may decide to make them with or without a border, or increase or decrease the width of the border pieces to change the spacing between the letters. For example, in a row of letters you may want to have just a single border piece as sashing between letters.

Finished block size (with border): 8” x 11”

Finished block size (without border): 5” x 8”

Note: Throughout the process of making these letters, you will end up with a few extra HSTs. Save them for your next scrap quilt!

Legend
BG background fabric
LT  light-coloured or print fabric, used as the foreground of the ribbon letter
DK dark-coloured or solid fabric, used as the background of the ribbon letter

LETTER A

Letter A

  1. To make A, cut the following pieces:
2 1/2″ square 3 square 2″ square 2″ x 3 1/2″ 2″ x 6 3/4″
BG 1 1 1
LT 1 1 1 1 1
DK 1 1 2

    If you’re including a border, cut 4 additional pieces, each one 2″ x 8″.

  1. Place one 2 1/2” BG square and one 2 1/2 LT square right sides together. Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim both to 2” square.

  1. Place one 3” LT square and one 3” DK square right sides together. Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim one of the HSTs to 2 1/2” square.
  2. Take the HST created in the previous step and draw a line perpendicular to the sewn line, on the wrong side, as in the following image. Place one 2 1/2” DK square right sides together with the HST. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line. Refer to the diagram to choose the correct HST to form the ribbon end pictured on the left side of the A, then press and trim that square to 2” inches.
  3. Arrange the pieces to form the letter A as in the photo below.
  4. Sew the pieces in each column together, then sew the three columns together, pressing as you go.
  5. If including the border, sew one border piece each to the left and rights sides, press, then sew one piece each to the top and bottom. Press.

 

LETTER B

Letter B

  1. To make B, cut the following pieces:
2 1/2″ square 3 square 2″ square 2″ x 5″
BG 2 1 2
LT 4 1 3
DK 2 2 1

   If you’re including a border, cut 4 additional pieces, each one 2″ x 8″.

  1.  Take two 2 1/2” BG squares and two 2 1/2” LT squares, and pair them with right sides together (that is, BG against LT). Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side of each pair. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim all to 2” square.
  2. Place one 3” BG square and one 3” DK square right sides together. Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim one of the HSTs to 2 1/2” square.
  3. Take the HST created in the previous step and draw a line perpendicular to the sewn line, on the wrong side. Place one 2 1/2” LT square right sides together with the HST. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line. Refer to the diagram to choose the correct HST to form the ribbon end pictured on the right side of the B, then press and trim that square to 2” inches.
  4. Place one 3” LT square and one 3” DK square right sides together. Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim one of the HSTs to 2 1/2” square.
  5. Take the HST created in the previous step and draw a line perpendicular to the sewn line, on the wrong side. Place it and one 2 1/2” LT square right sides together with the HST. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line. Refer to the image below to choose the correct HST to form the ribbon end pictured on the left side of the B, then press and trim that square to 2” inches.
  6. Arrange the pieces to form the letter B as in the photo.
  7. Sew the pieces in each column together, then sew the three columns together, pressing as you go.
  8. If including the border, sew one border piece each to the left and rights sides, press, then sew one piece each to the top and bottom. Press.

 

LETTER C

Letter C

  1. To make C, cut the following pieces:
2 1/2″ square 2″ x 3 1/2″ 2″ x 5″ 3 1/2″ x 5″
BG 1 1
LT 1 1
DK 2

If you’re including a border, cut 4 additional pieces, each one 2″ x 8″.

  1. Take one 2 1/2” BG square and one 2 1/2” LT square, and pair them with right sides together (that is, BG against LT). Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on one wrong side of each pair. Pin, then sew ¼” to each side of the line. Cut along the line, then press and trim both to 2” square.
  2. Arrange the pieces to form the letter C as in the photo.
  3. Sew the pieces in each column together, then sew the two columns together, pressing as you go.
  4. If including the border, sew one border piece each to the left and rights sides, press, then sew one piece each to the top and bottom. Press.

p.s. The fabric used here is Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co., for the ribbons, with some unbleached cotton as the background. This ABC quilt block pattern is free for personal use.

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12 thoughts on “Alphabet Quilt Blocks … ribbon letter edition

  1. These letters are awesome! Love the ribbon idea! Great tutorial too! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the other letters!

  2. Thank you for all your work presenting this to us quilters. It will be fun to incorporate these in a quilt or make a quilt with a saying spelled out such as Happy Birthday for a birthday banner.

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