Mid-March greetings, Robins! I hope you have found some time to add to your tops.

This round is the dot block as described by Erin Burke Harris in Make Your Own Medallion (Lucky Spool, 2017). When Googling “dot quilt block”, I got all sorts of blocks that look nothing like this simple yet versatile pattern.  Fortunately, it’s beginner friendly so I can give you the directions in these easy steps:

Fabric A (FA) – centre fabric
Fabric B (FB) – outside fabric

Size options:
3″ x 3″ is FA (1) 1.5″ x 1.5″ + FB (2) 1.5″  x 1.5″ + (2) 1.5″ x 3.5″ …finishes at 3.5″ x 3.5″
4.5″ x 4.5″ is FA (1) 2″ x 2″ + FB (2) 2″ x 2″ “”+ (2) 2″ x 5″          …finishes at 5″ x 5″
6″ x 6″ is FA (1) 2.5″ x 2.5″ + FB (2) 2.5″ x 2.5″ + (2) 2.5″ x 6.5″   …finishes at 6.5″ x 6.5”

Sew the squares into a strip, then add the sides. Press and square-up.

As I was making these I was thinking about space because RR tops can get busy, too busy. So having some space for the eye to land is good. The centre blocks are also an opportunity to feature favourite fabrics if you are a fussy cutter.  I  made the largest version, which gave me a reason to sift through my collection of charm packs.

Remember to to show off your progress on IG – follow and use the hashtags #vancouvermqg and #vanmqgrr21 🙂

Niki Storr