At the Seashore – Sparkler

Hello! I’m Heather Long of Coffee and Quilts and I’m thrilled to be part of this summer’s quilt-a-long. Each summer, my husband and I follow his family’s tradition of going to Vinalhaven, ME. My father-in-law’s birthday is on the Fourth of July and we all enjoy watching the fireworks. I designed this block, Summer Sparklers, in honor of my father-in-law and his festive birthday. The gorgeous blues and greys of Origami by Janet Clare were the perfect choice of fabrics for Maine – cool and restful.

This post is part of our summer quilt-along series. Find the rest of the posts by clicking {here}.

NOTE: Heather’s block uses only three fabrics. The instructions below are for 4 fabrics.

Fabric A:

  • (8) 2.5” squares
  • (8) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles
  • (8) 1.5” squares

Fabric B:

  • (4) 4.5” squares

Fabric C:

  • (4) 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles

Fabric D:

  • (1) 4.5” square
  • (8) 2.5” squares

1. Draw a diagonal line on the back of (2) 2.5” Fabric A squares. Place 1 Fabric A square in the corner of (1) 4.5” Fabric B square. Sew along the marked line. Trim 1/4” away from the line and press. Repeat on the opposite corner. Repeat to make 4 of these units.

2. Draw a diagonal line on the background of (2) 1.5” Fabric A squares. Align with the top left edge of (1) 2.5” x 4.5” Fabric C rectangle. Sew on the marked line. Trim 1/4” away from sewn line. Press. Repeat on the adjacent top corner. Repeat on each of the remaining 2.5” x 4.5” Fabric C rectangles to make 4 of these units.

3. Sew (1) 1.5” x 4.5” Fabric rectangles to each side of the unit created in Step 2. Repeat to make 4.

4. Add 2.5” Fabric D squares using the Easy Corner Triangle method as described in Step 1. Make 4 of these units.


This block measures 12.5” square unfinished.

This block finishes at 12″ x 12″.

Thank you for sewing along with me and Moda Bake Shop this summer. You can find me at my blog, Coffee and Quilts, to see more pictures of my block, my quilt setting, and Vinalhaven.

Heather Long

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7 comments on “At the Seashore – Sparkler

  1. Lisa Searight says:

    OMGOSH I am loving this sew along!!!! Thank you thank you for making my sewing life so much fun!!!!!! I just love it so far and I am sure I will continue to be surprised by such wonderful talented people designing the blocks!!!!!! Keep them coming!!!!

  2. Mary says:

    so fun ! love it !

  3. Ann Tembreull says:

    My birthday is July 5th so this is perfect 🙂

  4. Linda eveling says:

    I like this one

  5. Renee M. says:

    I finished my block. It is so pretty! I actually used four colors and it turned out fine. Nice choice!

  6. Vicki Hale says:

    Fun block, I did mine out of Tula Pink seahorses and jellyfish mostly. It is really cute!

  7. Bella Dunlap says:

    So awesome! I was able to have seams and points line up so easily! Great designing! Thank you for all your effort! Just lovely.

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