Finch Bucket Make Along – Week 1 – Post 4 – Quilt Block Mod

In my last MAL post, I promised I would release a modification to the Finch Bucket (original size only at this point) that would allow us to insert up to six 6 1/2″ quilt blocks into the bucket.

The 6 1/2″ block (unfinished) I chose to use is a scrappy maple leaf block – it is practically autumn after all. The pattern I used can be found here. I made each leaf color a little different and rotated the maple leafs to my preference at the time. Some are drifting down, some are facing up, and they also are oriented in different directions too. I was hoping to create the illusion of movement.

You could use ANY 6 1/2″ block. Entire books are filled with block patterns in this size. (I can think of three books in my library off the top of my head that contain a grand total of 300 possible blocks.) Pinterest and blogs will also be a valuable source to find different blocks. Once you’ve chosen your block and made 6 of them, follow the directions below to insert them into a Finch Bucket exterior upper panel.

6 1/2″ UF blocks6
1 3/4″ strips x length of the upper accent panel4
1 1/4″ strips x 6 1/2″4
Assembly Instructions
  1. Sew three 6 1/2″ blocks together in a row, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  2. On each end of the row of blocks, stitch a 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strip of fabric.
  3. Sew one 1 3/4″ strip of fabric along the top of your sewn piece.
  4. Repeat with the last strip along the bottom of your piece.
  5. In the Finch Bucket pattern, move to step 1 – Fabric Preparation.
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