Stripes or designs with an even repeat can give you a chance to create some really fun effects. This is a good technique to use if you are limited to only one or two fabrics, or you just want to do something fun with your fabrics! In the photo above, I've used my sister's fabric called "Riding the Waves" (available on Spoonflower here) to create these fun, informal squares to use in what will become my latest quilt. The blocks have a different look depending on where I cut. Many of you have tried this - it's not a new idea - but perhaps you've forgotten how useful this little trick can be! It's like pulling in a new fabric with the same colors and design elements. You could make an entire quilt with only one fabric using this method.
To begin, you will cut 4 triangles for each square after stacking your fabric in 4 layers. (You will have to figure out the size you need on your own! Of course, each triangle should be 1/2" larger on the two sides you will sew to allow for your seam allowance.)You want each triangle to be exactly alike or in the case of the very informal stripes, make the top of the triangle at the same place on each. I stack the fabric by finding a prominent design element (a flower, a swirl, etc.) and placing that element over the one below it. You will not want your fabric folded in half to do this unless you have an even stripe. In other words, you want your fabrics to be lined up with the designs all exactly over each other. This is a method used in Kaleidoscope type blocks.
Sew triangles together by first sewing two pieces together and then pressing the seams open. (YES, I do! I find I have less bulk this way.)
Then sew each half together and again press the seams open. The squares above are the results of these fabrics:
You can add triangles to the sides of these squares to make them bigger and frame them. Can you see the possibilities? This is one of those old tried and true techniques that makes piecing a quilt together fun.
Try this with some of your fabrics to see what you get! It can be surprising and almost magical! Remember that you will be dealing with some bias edges, so starching your fabric can be helpful in keeping those edges from stretching.
|Design in progress.|
Until next time......