Monday, April 23, 2012

Sew into Solids - Week 7

Sew into Solids has been ticking along quite nicely for a few weeks now and I thought for this week’s post I would do something completely different...because let’s face it my blocks are all the same and posting the same thing week after week gets a bit boring :o)

I dug out the fabrics I won from the Village Haberdashery and thought I’d have a go at this tutorial I saw for Drunkards Path’s blocks.  This method of cutting the shapes is genius as there is very little fabric waste.  Two squares of equal size are cut and then the curve is cut out of the squares.  I used a circle ruler I had to get the shape rather than use the template in the tutorial.  Then, and this is the clever bit, a 3/8” sliver is taken off both sides of the concave shape…meaning that your shapes are ready to sew and you haven’t had to cut an inside and outside shape leaving you with weird fabric scraps.

Then the next thing I did to make my life easier is that rather than use pins to hold the pieces together I used some Roxanne’s Glue Baste it.  I matched the edges and the centre first, then went back in with a dot-dot-not-a-lot in the seam allowance.  As the seam was all matched and glued before I went to the machine, nothing shifted and the sewing went smoothly.

Not stopping at one idea, I tried the same method again but on a larger sized square.  This time I started with a half square triangle block and cut curves out of both corners.  Then I cut my 3/8" sliver off the edges and swapped my curved piece pieces around so the dark fabric would be next to the light fabric.

I think these blocks offer lots of possibilities and I really love the boldness the solid fabric gives the pattern.
Now that you've seen what I've been playing with, pop over to Katherine and see her work.

Until next time....


susan said...

Cool! Love the gluing idea.

Lynda said...

Wow! These blocks look fabulous in solids! And although I love scraps, a method which doesn't generate any is even better!

Rachel said...

Great job!! I am impressed by how easy that make drunkard's path!! I didn't get any blocks done on my solids quilt last week, but I do plan on doing some this week hopefully. :)

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Thimbleanna said...

I love the gluing idea Jane -- very clever!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great photo collages...almost like being in your sewing room and watching you work!