I lived the first 30+ years of my life in Sydney and I was lucky enough to spend a lot of my time at the Sydney Opera House. I’ve performed there and later worked at Opera Australia for a number of years. There are not a lot of things that beat sitting in the Green Room watching life go by on the Harbour as the sun goes down.
Here, then is my improvised version of the Sydney Opera House.
Block twenty-one designed by Linden Vine of Vine Lines Creative
FABRIC AND CUTTING GUIDE
 4″ x 10″ rectangles from fabric one (Linden used a blue fabric with green stars)
 2½” x 10″ rectangles from fabric one (Linden used a blue fabric with green stars)
 4″ x 10″ rectangles from fabric two (Linden used a green print fabric)
 2½” x 10″ rectangles from fabric two (Linden used a green print fabric)
 6½” x 4″ rectangles from fabric three (Linden used a white and grey text print)
 2½” x 4″ rectangles from fabric three (Linden used a white and grey text print)
Note: You’ll have some fabric left over – why not make a second block? Be creative!
Lay the  rectangles from fabric three on top of the  rectangles from fabric one, ensuring they are both right side up. Placement is completely up to you – take a look at my picture for where I put them. There are only two important placement things to remember:
- The 2½” strips go on the right hand side of the block;
- The points of the triangles for the two left strips (the bigger ones) face towards the right; the point of the small triangle faces towards the left.
If you keep an eye on the picture of the finished block, you’ll be fine.
Place your ruler on an angle and cut. Make sure you cut at least ¼” above the bottom edge so that there’s room for the seam.
Take the “Sail” (fabric three) and the foreground (fabric one) and stitch together, pressing away from the sails. As per the photo, in order to get the sides of the strip lining up, you need to have a difference of ¼” when joining the pieces:
Lay your sail/foreground pieces on top of your fabric two sky pieces as before. Cut, making sure the cut is going in the opposite direction to form  triangles. Stitch as before, pressing away from the sails.
Stitch the three strips together and press well. I press away from the point of the triangle.
Trim the block down to 9½” square.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE YOUR PROJECT 48 QUILT BLOCKS
- Remember to always read the block tutorial in full before starting
- Seam allowances are ¼” unless stated otherwise
- All blocks are 9” finished. If you need to square your blocks once they are completed, trim back to 9½” using a square ruler
- Always press your fabrics before starting
- Press your seams to the dark side or to reduce bulk (unless otherwise noted) at each stage.