Hello, Blogland Friends!
After trying a new (to me) technique this weekend at my local quilt shop, I must say I'm rather hooked!
From Jason Yenter's "In the Beginning" fabric line.
I forgot to get a pic of the first step where you stack! I tore every eight inches in the same spot (where the design repeated itself) - most everyone had a twelve inch repeat, but the eight-inch repeat worked out really nicely because it didn't waste as much fabric.
Once you tear six strips of fabric, then you pin them all in place by locating a "spot" on the fabric that you want to match exactly - none of the edges lined up, but we trimmed those. I picked out four different spots to match and smooth out. When matching them up, the layers of fabric underneath seem to bunch up a bit, so you have to take the time to smooth them out nicely so it all lays perfectly flat. So, that was the "stack".
Here's the "whack" where we cut 6 1/4" squares and then cut them each in half using a 45 degree marking line from our rulers. Each half will create one entire block! This means that from only six squares of fabric, you can create twelve blocks which makes this a fast quilt top! Next, from the background fabric, we cut one 2 3/4" x WOF strip and cut four
8 1/2" strips of that, then another 6 1/4" x WOF strip was cut for one 6 1/4" block cut in half on the 45 degree angle.
To sew one block you need:
Eight - 6 1/4" squares in half
Four - 6 1/4" squares in half
Four - 2 3/4" x 8 1/2" strips
The ironing technique is different because seams are pressed open.
The 8 1/2" strip must be trimmed away to create a triangle.
Sew the triangles together and ta-dah!
The center material above is the exact same material as the one beneath, but look how different each block looks - it's a magical effect!
How fun that the giraffes turned out so nicely!
Here is a finished tabletopper!
Have you ever tried this technique?
Do you like the kaleidoscope effect?
This is perfect for a busy fabric and with only two fabric choices that need to be made, it's simple to choose!
PS Sewing/quilting room makeover coming up!