Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jan. BOM-Stash Buster

Today's block doesn't have a pattern or photo.  it is very easy to do and is open to your interpetation.

Assemble enough strips of varying width and fabrics to make a 16" block.
Sew strips together.  Press seams flat.  Don't worry about seams going in any direction at this point.
Cut block diagonally twice, corner to corner.  Cuts will make an X across the block.
Switch a cut section from one side with top section.  Sew pieces together.  Press
Cut new block into four sections making one cut vertical and the other horizontal.
Switch two more pieces.
You can repeat this process until you are satisfied with the look as long as your block doesn't get any smaller than 13 1/2".
Trim to 12 1/2" Press ensuring seems are flat.  It will not likely be possible to have all seams press to one direction.This block makes an excellant background for a simple applique such as an apple, whale, wooden truck etc.

I have just finished a quilt top that has over 2100 two and a half inch blocks.  I still have strips and blocks left over so am continuing to sew them together.  Not sure what they will become but I am getting them used up.

Scrappy quilts seem to have taken on a new popularity.  Perhaps it is a reflection of our continued focus on frugality.  The quilt that I finished is a good sized double and it didn't cost me anything as all the bits were left over from other projects.  Many were given to me from the ladies in our local group.

I moderate a yahoo group, Hearts to Hands and our focus is scrappy quilts.  If interested in checking it out, here is the link:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hearts2hands


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