Replace suggested fabrics with colors and styles that suit your needs.
Finished block size: 8" x 8"
Materials Required for One Block Blue fabric: (1) 3" x 19" strip. This can be a medium to a dark. The fabric should definitely read as blue, and can be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric. Do not use large multicolor prints that appear to be a mix of several colors from a distance. Blue should be dominant.
My blue is somewhat directional, but works okay for this block. Please avoid stripes.
Neutral: (1) 2" x 19" strip. This can also be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric, but the same guidelines apply -- creamy neutrals, white, even gray -- but the neutral should rule. The print I used in the example block is actually a creamy neutral color, not yellow, but my photos are a bit off. See page 3 for more examples, and pages 4 and 5 for layout ideas.
Cutting strips from the longest edge of a fat quarter produces strips slightly longer than necessary, but offers plenty of squaring-up room.
- Sew your strips together lengthwise as shown. Press seam allowance towards the blue fabric.
- Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 4-1/2" segments from it.