Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Scraptastic & Folded Blocks - The Something New Sampler: Week 2


Two new blocks on



First up is Block 2 -  A Scraptastic Technique Block from Chelsea @Pins & Bobbins


Not exactly the block we were shown, Chelsea told us to cut our 'created' fabric into 3 strips and then sash them back together but I loved the scrap technique so much that I created the whole block that way rather than sashing it.

I can't believe it only took me a few minutes to create this!


The third block on the hop is The Something Folded Block from Heidi @Buttons & Butterflies


 Again I didn't follow the instructions exactly, changing the colour sections slightly and also the weaving sections/pattern.  If you decide to give this a go then here's my tips:

  1. I used a piece of very lightweight muslin for my foundation/backing fabric - there's so much folded fabric in the finished block that you don't want to add more weight to it unnecessarily. 
  2. I didn't use the same number of fabric sections that Heidi suggested - I did cut them but found there were too many to fit on the backing/foundation fabric so I reduced the number.
  3. I used my Hera marker and my cutting ruler to draw/score a 1/4" line down each strip of fabric. The fabric then turned back easily and perfectly along the 1/4" line which made it very easy to iron the folded seam back into place. 
  4. I used a lot of pins to hold each strip in place and then as a section was complete I did large basting and removed the pins until I was ready to weave the strips.


And here's the 3 blocks I've created so far



Next Time:
Sashiko and Reverse Applique


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12 comments:

  1. The something folded block looks very interesting. I might have to try it out!

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    1. I wasn't sure I liked the folded block at first, I felt like there was a lot of wasted fabric, folded under, that you can't see and that grated on me quite a bit and it's also surprisingly heavy but I have to say it's really grown on me! I saw someone else created the block with the sections at various angles rather than all perfectly lined up and that looks really great too. :)

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  2. These are really interesting blocks Chrissie. Sounds like they were fun to do too.

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    1. They were and they're a bit different. I've just created this week's two blocks and I'm not sure yet just how the finished quilt top will look, I'm trying to keep an open mind on that one :)

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  3. your blocks are fabulous, just the kind of style I like. I really need to have a go at this...

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    1. If you do Wendy then I'm looking forward to seeing them :)

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  4. I like the scraptastic block, what a great way to use up scraps!

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    1. Isn't it just Mary - I can't believe that I can make a whole new piece of fabric out of all my scraps, I'll be doing more of this :)

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  5. Wow, I've never seen this folding technique before! It's like log cabin on steroids in 3-D :))) I truly love the fabrics you picked. The scrap blocks look awesome!

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    1. Kati, the folded block was a bit time consuming, prepping all the layers and the finished block is incredibly thick and heavy but now I've fmq'd it I kind of like it :)

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