|by Devon Iott|
In case you missed it, contributor Christopher came up with the genius fry quilt idea (his fabulous tutorial is here) which has been in my head constantly since. I love things that look like food – like those tiny Japanese erasers, or pool floats, or lamps.
And in my many hours of fry quilt day dreams, one thought led to another, and eventually – BURGER. There must also be a burger.
So here is a tutorial using the same semi-improv piecing style as the fry quilt so that you can make a burger block to go with your fries, if you are so inclined. The colors below are for a classic burger, but by switching up the colors/prints you could make all kinds of toppings…BBQ burger with sharp cheddar and red onions? Turkey burger with sprouts and pepperjack? Veggie burger with whole wheat bun and ranch??
Warning: making this block may cause unreasonable burger cravings.
1/4 yard navy fabric
FQ or scrap tan fabric (bun)
FQ or scrap green fabric (lettuce)
FQ or scrap red fabric (tomato)
FQ or scrap yellow fabric (cheese)
FQ or scrap medium brown fabric (patty)
Here are the cutting dimensions for the burger portions. Each section will be made by combining a color with navy strips of the same width. The navy strips need to be about 6″ long, but since we’ll be trimming them down eventually, they can be a little more or a little less.
Top bun – tan: one 2.5″x6″; navy: two 1.5″x1.5″, two 2.5″x6″
Lettuce – green: one 1.25″x8″; navy: two 1.25″x6″
Tomato – red: one 1″x6″; navy: two 1″x6″
Cheese – yellow: one .75″x7.75″ ; navy: two .75″x6″
Patty – brown: one 1.75″x6″; navy: two 1.75″x6″
Bottom bun – tan: one 1.25″x5.5″; navy: two 1.25″x6″
The additional navy pieces will be cut as you go to fit the finished burger portion, so those will be described in the instructions below.
Ok, let’s sew this thing together! First, turn your stitch length down to 2.0. This means you won’t have to backstitch. All seams are 1/4″ seam allowance.
Place a 1.5″ navy square on each upper corner of the top bun piece and stitch diagonally across them as shown. Trim off outer corners.
Press navy triangles away from bun.
Attach a navy strip to each side of the bun unit. Press away from center.
Take the green lettuce piece and overlap one end with a corresponding navy strip. Make the overlap about 1.5″.
Cut diagonally through both layers from one corner of the overlap to the opposite.
Align the short diagonally ends with right sides together, offsetting by 1/4″.
Press navy away from center. Repeat with the other navy strip and other end of the green piece, cutting this time at an opposite angle to the first. Feel free to vary the amount of overlap. This is improv!
For the tomato, cheese, patty and bottom bun, attach a corresponding navy strip to each short end and press away from center.
Now stack all your burger components, staggering them in a way that looks good to you. It’s ok if the ends don’t line up.
Flip the lettuce up so that it’s right sides together with the top bun, and stitch along the long edge. Press lettuce away from bun.
Repeat with other burger ingredients.
Trim sides so that block measures 9″ wide.
Attach a 2″ wide strip of navy fabric to the bottom edge. Press away from block and trim edges if necessary to width of block.
Attach a 4.5″ wide strip of navy fabric to the top edge. Press away from block and trim edges if necessary to width of block. (Note: this block is designed to go with the Fry Quilt block, so the burger is sitting at the same level as the fries. If you’re making it as a stand-alone block and you want it to look more centered, feel free to use the same width strips all the way around.)
Attach 2″ navy strips to both sides. Press and trim if necessary.
Make some fries to go with your burger (that tutorial is here)! Omit one edge of the final navy border when making the fry block. Attach this edge of the fries to a side edge of the burger block.
Pin baste, quilt and finish as desired.
What’s next…milkshake block??
DEVON IOTT Miss Make
Devon is a sewing writer and educator living in Nashville. When not obsessively sewing she can be found knitting, gardening, or drinking wine with her two chickens and cat.
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