Color Block Winged Square

My mother-in-law just got a new tablet, and so I decided to also make her a tablet case for mother’s day (see the iPad I made my mom for mother’s day here). For this one, I followed this tutorial at During Quiet Time for making a winged square block with a two-color gradient. I love that it takes a very traditional quilt block but uses color to interpret it in a modern way. Amy at During Quiet Time is working on a quilt full of these blocks with different colors – check them out here.

Color Gradient Winged Square Quilt Block

My husband suggested using navy and purple for his mom’s mother’s day gift, so I made this color gradient winged square block in navy and purple for the front of the tablet case. I have lots of effectively monochromatic prints in my fabric stash, so the hardest part was finding a nice fabric with purple and blue together in the right scale for a block to fit on the tablet case. I had to reduce the size from During Quiet Time’s tutorial to fit on the tablet case, and the final ‘quilt block’ on the front is about 6″ square – so those half-square triangles are only 1″ finished on each side. I even broke into my treasured collection of fabrics I brought back from Japan on my trip there last December for the first time for that navy cherry blossom print.

Color Gradient Winged Square Quilt Block Zipper Tablet Case

This is a great block for using up scraps because all you need for the ‘wing’ triangles is one ~2″ square of each of 6 prints.

Color Gradient Winged Square Quilt Block Zipper Tablet Case

I lined the tablet case with some navy flannel for a soft inside, and used a purple zipper to go with the colors on the front. I also used a craft-weight fusible interfacing on the flannel to make the case more sturdy.

Color Gradient Winged Square Quilt Block Zipper Tablet Case

I’m really pleased with how this turned out. This is my first tiny-piecing project, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well I managed to get most of the tiny corners and triangle points to line up. I’m completely in love with this block, and definitely see more of them in my future – although maybe on a larger scale. I love the mix of traditional and modern and how it features the two colors in a really fun way.

Kraft paper, printed card, washi tape

I wrapped it up in kraft paper and printed out this lovely free printable card onto some linen cardstock I have left over from wedding invitations. I attached it to the package with some washi tape I have that matches the card perfectly. I know its past mother’s day, but you could store this card away for next year if you like it. I did share the card on my facebook and twitter before mother’s day – like/follow me there if you use those by clicking the links above or the gray circles on my my right side bar!

8 thoughts on “Color Block Winged Square

  1. This looks so great! We recently got a tablet too and I’ve been looking to purchase one – maybe I should try making one instead 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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