Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Little 8 1/2 " easy block for you 3 pieces with only 1 seam.

Polly sent me a pic of the quit she made with this little pattern;  it is so pretty and looks so different.  Thanks Polly. 
Just received this pic from Liz Randolph.  She made this last night using this pattern.  It is soo pretty.  Would love to have pics from others.  Send to me at bonitac@centurytel.net and I will post them here if you will permit me.  Can hardly wait.
This pattern makes the fastest, cutest, little block I have ever made, and is so easy that I chose to put it on my blog.  The yellow in the center will end up the focus fabricI cut my fabric to make 8 1/2 inch unfinished blocks.  Choose 3 fabrics and cut them 4 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches.

Lay out cut fabrics as above remembering that the center will be the focus fabric.  Always lay them out each time with the same color on the left and the same color on the right.  Fold your center focus fabric in half as shown above, with the wrong side of fabric to the inside of fold, placing the cut side to the top and the folded side toward yourself.  
Slide the center folded piece onto the top of the left piece without changing the direction of the layout.

Place the fabric on the right side on top of the focus fabric as shown above.

Be sure the top corners are matching, the bottom, top and the folded focus fabric.

Pin these layers on the right side from top to bottom making sure the center fabric is caught,

Stitch quarter inch seam from top to bottom.  Open up and your's should look like the above example.

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Open the focus fabric and pull corners over to match the others on the right and left.

Pin on the straight, forming a triangle.
You can then form the triangle into curves like the cathedrel windows or leave it straight.  Either way is very pretty.  When you reach a decision, then pin it in place to hold it.
As you can see, I selected the straight for this one. Top stitch this down to make it stationery.  You block is now complete and can be arranged into so very many different designs with this block, even the pinwheel  as you will see in the next pictures.

This one reminds me of a worm.

Oh look, here are the pinwheels,  If you look carefully, you will see that each color forms a pinwheel, even the grey is a pinwheel.  Oh I love this.  I see a baby quilt coming.

Look at this one!  I was just playing around and got this one.  Arranging these are almost endless.  Let me see what you come up with when you start playing with these.  Send me a picture, please.

This one ended up like a 3 blade pinwheel of the yellow and grey.

This one I call Cowboys and Indians because it looks like arrowheads.

Remember, all you need is 3 fabrics and these can be strip cut, which makes that easier too.  I love easy, don't you?

Still playing around!!!!!!!!!!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you like it.