After having SEW much fun with Hidden
Spools, I went one step farther!
What if we divide one half of the quarter-block
Sept, 2005: This quilt
donated to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts.
This traditional block pattern is known by
Barbara Brackman lists this block as being called 'wheel' in her
of quilt block patterns and in block-base. Sew-Precise lists this block
You can EASILY make this
quilt with little
cutting of individual pieces with this fun method!! Note: Construction
of this quilt requires the use of the 6" Bias
Square by That Patchwork Place.
Step #1: Dig into your
scraps! You will need
in 2 sizes: 2" and 3 1/2". Try to have a good variety of values from
to dark in each size.
I really used up some
WEIRD stuff in this
have been in an ugly fat quarter exchange or something, because there
fabrics with macaroni and vegtables, an ugly brown with HUGE white
dots, and a bright pink with southwestern pots on it! What a
*hehehe* There is also a cowboy print with boots, hats, ropes,etc on a
blue background. YUCK! But you know what? Cut up....it looks great!
Step #2: Take your 3
1/2" strips and sew them
lengthwise. They will probably be different lengths and this is okay.
a good mix of colors...as shown. Press seams to one side.
Step #3" Take this odd
panel of strips to your
board, fold it carefully, and make 3 1/2" subcuts with your rotory
You will end up with some odd looking lengths
this is okay!
Step #4: Next, take some
of your 2" strips,
two of them with right sides together, seam them along one long
up the strip and press towards one side (doesnt matter which). (See two
strips above the pieced squares in second pic above?)
the strip down and grab some of your 3 1/2" pieced square strips. Seam
enough together to be close to the length of the 2" strips that you
stitched together. If your 3 1/2" square strip is too long, remove some
squares, if it is too short..add some squares from the pile.
(in the case above, I would remove the blue,
squares at right end of the picture.)
Step #5: Take your 3
1/2" square strip, and
2" strips..and place them right sides together. Stitch along BOTH long
sides, forming a tube. Press.
Step #6: Now the fun begins! Take this tube to
board and lay it with the squares on top.
Take your bias square
ruler and place the
down the seam line between the first two pieced squares. Place the top
corner of the ruler right at the seam line at the top of the tube (not
in the seam allowance) Watch carefully...your ruler should intersect
at the corners of the seams at the base of the squares...Can you see it
in this pic?
Cut along both sides of
the bias square. You
first 1/4 block cut!! Move the ruler down the strip and align it as
Your next two cuts will cut you TWO 1/4 blocks! Again, make sure that
top of your ruler does not extend into the seam allowance. Line the
line up along the seam line between the squares, make sure your ruler
right at the junction between the seams at the bottom of the triangle..
Continue down the length
of your tube until
are cut. Of course, longer tubes will give you more triangles, but
tubes will give you more variety if they are from different fabrics!
I got all these different 1/4 blocks from one
The more different tube
sets you make, the
in your quilt. I made 4 different tube sets before I started assembling
the blocks to make sure I had enough variety and could avoid sewing the
same fabrics next to eachother.
You will notice that the
outside edges of the
on the bias. With a design like this, bias edges have to be SOMEWHERE,
and who wants to cut all these scraps into bias strips so that the
is on the OUTSIDE?!? Just handle them carefully. You will find that the
bias edges help to ease the seams together so that points meet crisply.
You can also use spray starch on your strips when you iron the tube
cutting into 1/4 blocks. This is a SCRAP quilt, remember?? This is the
fastest way to use up these strips...
Step #7: Assemble the blocks! The blocks
be laid out like this:
When the blocks are sewn
as a secondary design where the corners of the blocks come together.
at the quilt at the top of the page again..can you find the hidden
I made 36 blocks for the
quilt above. I cut a
border, and added a 5" cut outer border. This quilt measures 55"X55".
The individual block size is 7 1/4".
When working with bias
edges ESPECIALLY..it is
that borders be applied correctly.
1. Measure the length of
the quilt top..top to
through the center. Cut 2 side border strips to this measurement, piecing strips if necessary. Mark
point of each long side of the quilt top and the center
of the border strips with pins.
2. Pin the border to the
quilt top, matching
and easing as necessary. Stitch in place, press seams
3. Measure the width of
the quilt top through
this measurement will include the border just added.
Cut the top and bottom borders to this
piecing strips as necessary.
4. Mark the center of the
quilt top and bottom
the center of the borders with pins. Pin borders to
quilt, sew and press, as in
Problem: The quilt top is
slightly longer than
Solution: Sew with the quilt top
on the bottom,
you put it through the sewing machine. Your sewing machine’s feed dogs will help resolve the problem
easing in the excess fabric.
*If the border is
longer, sew the border on
fabric next to feed dogs underneath the quilt.
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