Sunday, January 24, 2016

Slice & Dice; Mix & Match

OK, you've made all your square-in-square blocks. Place a block on your cutting mat, and line up your 6-1/2" wide cutting ruler along the left edge of the block. But don't cut yet. It's more important the center square is perfect when the pieces are sewn up, so make your cut 2-1/4" away from the seam. Cut the block along this line. Do not move the fabric.

Now place your ruler alongside the bottom edge, and slice through it, again, 2-1/4" away from the seam between the center block and the outer square.

Slice through all your blocks this way.

 

Now mix and match your pieces, and reconstruct the blocks any way you like. Try for a good balance of color and value. Try not to make any particular block too dark or too light.


 If you're worried about sewing your blocks up one at a time and ending up with some ugly blocks at the end, you can lay out your all your blocks so you can rearrange them before you start to sew them up. Or not.


Sew your new rearranged blocks together.



Have some fun. There are no rules.




Here are a few of the blocks I sewed together.

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Try to avoid doing this:


when you should be doing this:


Have yourself some fun! See you tomorrow.

4 comments:

Valerie Levy said...

Ok. Ok. I didn't play along....but now I wish I had.
Cool quilt...might just have to make me one!

Kathy said...

I am playing along, but am a few days behind. A wicked cold (the virus kind) only allows me to complete one step at a time. I'm using scrap for most of my centers and just yesterday pulled from stash for the surrounding fabrics. Haven't cut that yet... in a few days I'll be able to show you something.

Like your version very much. Thanks for the step by step tutorial!

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

I'm loving it! Now to get up and look at my snow, it's sunny outside but church is closed though.

Mystic Quilter said...

These are just amazing - I am working on four projects at the moment but I think that I have to somehow find an hour here and there over the next couple of weeks to sew this quilt!