I saw a picture of a quilt block and I decided to de-construct it. Of course, I could have looked the block up online, found it in a book, the usual ways to choose and construct quilt blocks. But when you're procrastinating it's kind of fun of do it the hard way. After some trial and error constructing test blocks out of scraps, I was able to construct the quilt block using a layer cake and some additional fabric.
It started out as a lap quilt but after seeing 9 blocks on my design wall I decided to go the table runner route. I'm still working on it but here's what I've done so far.
I'm using Deb Strain's "Christmas Countdown" layer cake. You know how I love my precuts, especially layer cakes and I wanted to use this particular one this year. I picked several medium and darks, a few lights, and stayed away from the greens because the background is green. In hindsight I wish I'd used more of the cremes and stayed away from the black tone fabric. Oh well, you know what they say about hindsight...
|Such a pretty fabric line!|
|Here is the first section of the block. Add 3 more and you have the complete block.|
|From the layer cake square cut it into 4 5" squares (you can also use charm packs.)|
|Cut each square on the diagonal and you'll end up with 8 triangles from the layer cake 10" square or 2 triangles from a charm square.|
|Be sure to have a wide variety in color and tone.|
|From your back ground fabric cut 5" squares and subcut diagonally to make the triangles. For each block section sew one background triangle to one layer cake triangle. You'll need 4 of these units for each block.|
|Next, choose 4 more triangles (make sure none of your layer cake fabrics match, keep it scrappy!) From your background fabric cut four 2 1/4" x 7" rectangles. You'll sew one rectangle to each triangle and end up with this:|
|Sew each of the 4 sections together and press your seams open at each step so your blocks lie flat.|
I'll post more photos in a few days after I've finished the first runner. Our little peanut comes home from college today for Thanksgiving break and the big kids come home on Wednesday so I won't get much sewing done. And I'm happy about that - I love having my kids back home!
I hope you're inspired today!
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