Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Tutorial: Peek A Boo Block

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And now for this week’s Sew. Happy. Quilt. Quilt Along tutorial, a block I call Peek A Boo:

You’ll need 4 fabrics:

  • {1x} 4.5″ x 4.5″ square for the centre
  • {4x} 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares for the peek-a-boo squares
  • {4x} 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares for the other squares
  • {16x} 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares to make the peek-a-boos.

Draw diagonal lines down the backs of your 2.5″ squares.

Pin 2 squares in opposite (diagonal) corners as shown above.

Stitch just a hair inside the diagonal line – this makes it fold better. Trim the excess to 1/4″ and press the triangle to the outside.

Sew squares to the other corners of your peek-a-boo squares – you should have 4 squares that look like the one pictured on the right.

Now all you have to do is line them up and stitch them together. My recommendation is to press AWAY from the peek-a-boo squares. There’s no need to press open here.

Once you’ve sewn your ‘rows’ together, simply join them into a block. Because you pressed away from the peek-a-boo squares, the middle row should slot in perfectly to the top and bottom row at the seams, making them line up perfectly!


Here’s my progress so far. Not bad, eh? I’m pleased with it!

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12 Responses to Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Tutorial: Peek A Boo Block

  1. Kelsey says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to get home and make mine!!

  2. Jenna : Love this block too ! looks like fun ! AND I WILL BE BACK tomorrow for the giveaway !!! woohooo…..

  3. karenkay says:

    I love this block…never saw it before. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

  4. Toni says:

    What’s that block in the lower left? I don’t think we’ve seen that one yet!

  5. Mrs.Pickles says:

    yay another great block and so much easier than i thought it was going to be…granted I am 4 blocks behind on the QAL…but i can’t wait to catch up :)

  6. rosa says:

    Your blocks are awesome and I love to see all together.Spectacular!!

  7. Emily says:

    Love it, my machine is out of action at the repair shop and I am falling behind! I cannot wait to get going again :-)

  8. Katy says:

    Aaaaand done :D Do I get a gold star?

  9. kiera says:

    Looking great Jenna! You always do such a good job on tutorials. Love how it’s coming together and the color pallette. Very, very nice my friend!

  10. CeLynn says:

    Love how your blocks flow! Can’t wait to get busy on this one myself,but since I am baking tonight it will probably have to wait until the weekend.

  11. teresa g says:

    Really like this block. I fell behind at the Template Star but had to jump in and do this one today. It gave me the jump start I needed to get the fabric cut for the other 3 blocks I am behind on. Sewing tomorrow night on those so I can be caught up again

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