Friday, 7 July 2017

A wheely good way of cutting.

Hello. Well I couldn't resist it, cutting fabric and sewing it together. The book says take a 12 inch square of plain fabric for the base, I started with a 7 inch square. Then cut strips of contrasting fabric, slash the square three times and insert the strips. 
Hmmm, looks ok. The strips don't have to be an exact width and they don't have to be inserted equal distances apart. On the slant is better.

Then slash three more times going the other way and do the same again. Can be same fabric or different for the strips.

All strips now inserted.

Oh dear, I can see a fault. The first lot of strips have not matched up in a straight line when I have added the second lot over the top.
Let's have another go. I didn't follow the instructions properly, never do, I don't like instructions. Insert first strip, then turn it to insert the second strip.

Repeat, first one way then the other.

Until all six strips are in place. Best to iron as you go. Still not exactly perfect but better. The last seam on the right is slightly out by a fraction.

This is the book I got it from, free at the library. It explains everything step by step, with easy to follow diagrams, that's if you can be bothered to read it, ha ha. I just look at the pictures. 
I can't see me making a bed quilt, takes too long, I become bored with repetitive work. Prefer smaller items. I noted your comments about getting the right ruler. I already have four, they will do fine. Now I have to go out, need to do stuff in town. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

11 comments:

  1. I love the small projects too! They can really brighten up the home and make wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts.

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  2. Cute! I love the cover of the book. I tend to also look at pictures and then do my own thing. ha.

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  3. Lots of the small projects soon add up to a quilt, when I throw one of my crazy quilts together the family form an unruly queue to claim it.

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  4. You'll have more fun making them wonky, and it would be more your style. I agree it gets very boring just sewing strips together. Change it up, make one square every day using different fabrics and then sew them together. Now that's fun. Who wants all the squares to look?

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  5. I just lurve patchwork things.I once bought an old bedspread for my sofa from a vintage fayre.It had a white sheet backing,the front was old cotton clothes cut up.I have recently got a scarf made from oddments of various materials from a charity shop.I did have a velvet patchwork coat and a hat.I like walls that are papered with magazines rather than conventional wallpaper too x

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    1. Flis,Its sounds like my life that you are describing!.My bedding,my clothes,and my wallpaper.My kitchen is compleatly decorated in magazine pics and music sheets.I wanted to do the whole house like it.....but Hubby said....No,lol...You said that you...had...a velvet patchwork coat?...Dont tell me you got rid??!!!!/Apart from the summertime,i wear velvet every day.I must have about 40 pieces..dresses,coats,jackets,trousers,skirts....no make that about 50 pieces...at least!,lol.Have a great day,Debi,Leic,x

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    2. Yes,I did pass it on Debi,I gave it to an animal charity shop though,with loads of other stuff.I love velvet too but I just had to have a sort out x

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  6. Grin - When you cut-n-sew at angles and then recut-n-resew it can give some wonky placements. That is half the fun of doing that kind of quilt blocks. As some have pointed out doing a block or two everyday of something different every time and in no time you will have a quilt's worth of blocks. Just make sure all your blocks are some factor of your largest block. Example is a 12-inch square block, factors of 12 are 1,2,3,4,6and 12. Any combination of those factors will give you blocks you can work with to create an interesting quilt top of any size you want. Have lots of fun!

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  7. This is going to look great Ilona and has already given me an idea for a design for next Linus project quilt. Look forward to see it developing. Hazel c uk

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  8. Hi Ilona,
    I love patchworking and get into my sewing room every chance I get. I love "The Missouri Star Quilt Company" on YouTube for lots of tutorials that are simply wonderful. Have a lovely weekend.
    Fi

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    1. I think these would make lovely pot holders! Pat in Dawson Creek ,B.C. , Canada. Love getting your e-mails.

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