How to: Idle Moments Quilt Block - 30 Days of Sewing Quilt Blocks

You guys, I cannot believe it! The 30 Days of Sewing Quilt Blocks has come to an end! I have shared a new quilt block tutorial here on the blog every single day of 30 days, it has been so much fun for me, I've grown so much creatively and I've been so flattered every single time that you've commented, shared your blocks and your progress. 

I'll be leaving the tutorials here on the blog, so you can refer back to them whenever you'd like. :)

I'm planning to continue this series, but most likely only once or twice a week. I'll be working on details and share about it when I'm ready to get going on more blocks! YAY!

I've also sketched up a sampler quilt using all 30 blocks, I'll share details and more about that tomorrow!

So, the final block is;
Idle Moments
It's a fun happy block, and for some reason the name "Idle Moments" seems quite fitting for a sew-along.

(This block will finish at 12"x12" square.)
Green fabric - 4 - 3 1/2"x3 1/2" squares
Gray fabric - 4 - 3 1/2"x3 1/2" squares
4 -3 7/8"x3 7/8" squares
(draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of all of these)
White fabric - 4 -3 7/8"x3 7/8" squares

Place one white 3 7/8"x3 7/8" square together, right sides together.
Stitch 1/4" on both sides of the draw line.
Cut on the draw line.
Press toward the darker fabric.
Repeat, make a total of eight green and white half square triangle units.
Sew one green square, two green and white half square triangle units and one gray 3 1/2" square together.
Make two of these rows, exactly the same.
Sew one green and white half square triangle unit, one gray and one green 3 1/2" square and one green and white half square triangle unit together.
Make two of these rows, exactly the same.
Sew the four rows together.

Now, lets make it into a quilt!
To make this quilt 96"x96" you'll need to make, 64 blocks and sew them into eight rows of eight blocks.
You will need the following fabrics:
White - 3 1/8 yards
Green - 5 7/8 yards
Gray - 2 5/8 yards

For this fun version I simply rotated every other block. It's cool to see what that little rotation can change in the pattern.
And, here is a scrappy version of Idle Moments

Hope you all enjoy! Crazy that the 30 days has really come to an end, click here to see all of the blocks and tutorials.
 If you're sewing any of these quilt blocks make sure to share them on facebook and instagram using #pnq30quiltblocks

Make sure to check out our books for more inspiration and patterns: Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion QuiltingModern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.


  1. Very beautiful!
    Liebe Grüße,

  2. Thank you for all 30 blocks and for all 30 tutorials! I appreciate them very much! With just these blocks, I could be happily quilting new and distinct quilts for years and years :)

  3. What a fun month Natalia and enjoyed all the blocks.....great selection of many really good blocks. Thanks and did enjoy following along and doing some of these blocks. What is up next...;)))


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