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Cornerstone Novelty Frames

cornerstone novelty quilt block

This cute little block is very quick and easy.  The larger you make the squares and rectangles, the faster the project.

I put this block in the Novelty section, because once again, it is a great way to highlight novelty prints.

You can bring a lot of color into this quilt with the cornerstones.  One way to design your quilt and make your blocks is to coordinate all the cornerstone squares with the center prints.  If you use a lot of different novelty prints, when all the blocks are place together, you will have lots of different colors in the  squares that come together in the corners.

This will make a fun, colorful secondary pattern that will give personality to the quilt.

constructing the cornerstone novelty quilt blockAs you can see from the grid lines, this is a 4-patch (or a 16-patch).

The small squares in the block were made with 2-inch squares.  When you put the 2-inch squares together, you lose 1/2 inch in the seam allowance, so the rectangles are cut at 3 1/2 inches.

The center block would then be cut at 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

It is very easy to make this block larger or smaller.  If you make your small squares 3-inches, the rectangles would be cut at 5 1/2 inches.

When you make quilts using Novelty fabrics, you usually want to get a large piece of the fabric in the center to show off the print.  Some novelty prints are small scale, while others are quite large.  Make your block larger or smaller accordingly.

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