Virtual Quilting Bee
Block #3 Tutorial

Virtual-bWelcome friends!

I’m happy you’re here at my blog! If you’re visiting for the Virtual Quilt Bee, hello! Let me introduce myself really quick: My name is April Rosenthal, I’m a quilt pattern designer and blogger, a mom to 5 year old twins, and a wife to my high school sweetheart (awwwww). I have a sweet little pattern company called Prairie Grass Patterns, which I absolutely adore. I also adore fabric, herbal tea, the color orange, helping my family be healthy, and above all, I’m an obsessive learner. I would love it if you’d stick around and introduce yourself so I can get to know you, too! I’m naturally pretty introverted, but I truly love my friends {<–that’s you}–and I love helping others learn.


I’ve known Amy for a couple years now, and darnit, she’s one of the coolest people I know–and hey, when one of the coolest people you know asks you to be a part of their virtual quilting bee, well, the answer is quick and obvious. So here I am, with my block pattern!

Let’s get to it, shall we?


First, cut the following, being careful not to stretch your triangles:

Orange polka dot: (4) 2½” squares

White and red floral: (4) 2 7/8″ squares, subcut once on the diagonal to make (8) small triangles.

Aqua check: (2) 4 7/8″ squares, subcut once on the diagonal to make (4) large triangles.


Sew the short side of a small triangle to one side of each orange square. Press seam toward the square. Repeat with another triangle on adjacent side. Press toward square.


Right sides together, sew one pieced unit to each large triangle, along the long edge. Press toward large triangle.


Lay out the block. Sew top two blocks together, and bottom two blocks together. Press toward large triangle.


Sew rows together. Press to one side.

There you have it! This one is quick and easy, you’ll have it put together in a flash. When I finished putting mine together, I was shocked at how different they look. There is so much less contrast in the solid orange block, but the darkest fabric stands out so much more. The Happy Go Lucky block is fun and balanced, and has a more traditional feel. They look like totally different blocks! Which do you like better?


I seriously can’t wait for the rest of this quilt to come together, the finished quilt is going to be so fun!

Thanks again for stopping by, let’s talk really soon!



PS Stay tuned this weekend for some pretty pictures of some works in progress…

PPS, If you missed the first two blocks, click on the “Virtual Quilting Bee” button in my sidebar. Amy is listing them all there, just for you.


  1. 1
    Lynn B says:

    Love this block! So pretty and can be modern and traditional!

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    trish says:

    Hi April!
    This is a fabulous block tutorial. I will make mine today!
    I am glad we “met” through the bees knees quilting bee. :o)
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Trish Poolson

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    Wendy L says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! I just finished mine, and am headed over to the flickr pool now. Have a great weekend!

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    maria says:

    Hi. I’ve just found the Bee and have all three blocks to make. I look forward to making yours, thanks Maria.

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    KatieQ says:

    Thanks for sharing this great block. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

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    lisa mci says:

    Lovely! I really love traditional blocks like this one.

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    Melissa says:

    What an adorable block! I can’t wait to make mine.

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    Kathy says:

    You just keep getting better and better. Love it! ;)

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    Rosalee says:

    Love the pattern, thanks!

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    Claire says:

    Great tutorial, I’m delighted with my block. I made the block in under an hour, it’s sharp, precise the only downside is I need to wait a day or so to get daylight so I can take a picture.

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    Kay Losh says:

    It’s interesting how much the block changes with the solids versus the patterns. I’ve got to make one of each! thanks for the patterns! I’m looking forward to making a “Sampler” quilt with the Virtual Bee Blocks.

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    millie p. says:

    Love the pattern. What a difference between solid colors and pattern. Think I will do the block with pattern quarters. Thanks for the tutorial..what fun.

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    […] Block 3 of the Virtual Quilting Bee is out and I love this tutorial.  I immediately grabbed 2 separate stacks of fabric for 2 block versions and got started.  I did have a little trouble with the first block getting the points to fall on the seams, but I re-squared and adjusted my needle position and think it’ll work out just fine.  It’s a love-hate relationship with the seam ripper.  hate doing it but love the good results I get afterwards.  sigh…  First block is almost done…have to sew all the large triangles together then sew the 1/4 blocks together.  Just need to find 5 min this week to sit down and do it.  Here’s a sneak peek: […]

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    Kaitlin says:

    Lovely block! I’m a little behind, but I can’t wait to work on this today.

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    Patty says:

    I’ve made two of these – it’s interesting how the look changes when the focus fabric is in a different positition.. Easy tutorial to follow, thank you.

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    Stephie says:

    Hi April, I’m just joining in with this bee and have made your block this evening :) It’s a great pattern and your instructions were very simple to follow, thank you! I’ve almost ‘lost’ the small triangles though, so might have another go later in the week just to see what else I can do with it! Thanks again.

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    Hi April! I am following along too and was wondering if this block has a name? Love it and was wondering if it was an original design.

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    […] a detailed tutorial check out April Rosenthal of Prarie Grass Patterns…..this is her block for the Virtual Quilting Bee. For more info on the Virtual Quilting […]

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    […] block was designed by April Rosethal of Praire Grass Patterns and is very simple to make (less than an hour including choosing the fabrics – follow the […]

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    I love your block and it is a wonderful tutorial! But I have a shortcut for you if you are interested. It does not require any triangles to be sewn. Give me a shout if you are interested to know. Gonna be following you!

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