Quilts du Jour

Crudités Block/Project

From Quilts du Jour by Marny Buck and Jill Guffy


Class Description:
Crudités Block pp.12-15

  • Suitable for confident beginners, but intriguing to all levels
  • Half-square triangles, strip sets, trimming to size
  • Components can be combined in countless ways
  • Complete four 8˝ blocks, suitable for a pillow
  • Simple techniques with sophisticated results


Class Length:
2-3 hours, depending on skill level, to cut and complete four blocks

4-5 hours to complete four blocks, quilt pillow top (straight-line quilting with walking foot or free motion), finish knife-edge pillow


Class Supply List:

  • Fabric for blocks: ¼ yard color and ⅓ yard background
  • Quilts du Jour by Marny Buck and Jill Guffy
  • Additional fabric and batting if completing pillow: ½ yard each
  • Recommended rulers: 8 ½˝ square and 8 ½˝ x 24 ½˝
  • Rotary cutter, mat
  • Pins, marking pen or pencil, scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Neutral thread for block construction
  • Appropriate thread if quilting
  • 16˝ pillow form


Classroom Preparation:
Individual workspaces, counter-height cutting table


Class Agenda:

  1. Follow the cutting instructions on page 14 for 8˝ blocks.
  2. Make the four blocks following the instructions on page 15.
  3. Assemble optional pillow top from four blocks.
  4. Refer to Pillow with Overlapped Back on page 10.


Note to shop owners and teachers:

Quilts du Jour offers a variety of class options. Instructions for six modern blocks could be taught individually (as above) or continued as a block of the month. They offer a skill progression through half-square triangles, strip piecing, value, negative space, layered cutting, and trimming oversized blocks. Specific directions are offered for using each block in a pillow and two different quilts. Or once the block(s) are completed, use the unique settings menu with its size and layout options to “make it your own.”