Friday, November 25, 2011

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 22 Ornamentallist


Welcome to week 22 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about adding appliqué to create an illusion of a curved block. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.



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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

My guest blogger this week is the ever lovely and talented Melody from the House on the Side of the Hill blog. Melody has created a scrumptious ice-cream block. Make sure when you visit Melody you have a look around her blog and see her wonderful hexagons.

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Ornamentallist
The tree branches hang low to ground, weighed down by the ornaments that adorn it. The ornamentallist looks for even the smallest space to attach another. 

Materials
  • 4 - 5 1/4" squares for background
  • 10" square for curved appliqué
  • 3" square for fussy cut centre circle
  • Light fusible webbing ( Heat n Bond Lite )
  • Templates found here
Assembly
  • Place 2 - 5 1/4" squares right side together. Draw a diagonal line.
  • Sew 1/4" either side of the line
  • Cut on line. Yields 2 blocks
  • Press open seams
  • Trim blocks to 4 1/2" square
  • Repeat
  • Arrange 4 HST ( Half Square Triangles ) into a pinwheel block
  • Sew blocks in pairs and then join the rows
  • The background block will be 8 1/2" square

  • Trace Piece A onto dull side of fusible webbing. 
  • Cut around the trace line leaving 1/8"all around
  • Cut out inside of Piece A approximately 1/4" wide
This leaves enough fusible webbing to attach appliqué and prevent fraying
without making the block too stiff and heavy
  • Press onto wrong side of fabric
  • Cut our Piece A on trace line
  • Using a cooler iron, press onto background block
 
  • Trace piece B onto dull side of fusible webbing.
  • Cut out leaving extra 1/8" all around
  • Press on wrong side of 3" squares
  • Cut on trace line
  • Press onto centre of background block
  • Using your favourite appliqué stitch, sew appliqué to background block.
Hint: For this block I used a straight stitch 1/8" from edge of piece. If I was making a whole quilt using this block I would prefer to use needle turn appliqué. If using this technique add 1/4" seam allowance around Piece A and Piece B.

Let's Play

The Block

Horizontal Layout

On Point Layout

On Point with solid alternate blocks

On Point with solid replacing the patterned fabric

I hope you enjoyed this festive block. Next week I will be bringing you the third instalment in the DHWQ blocks festive series.




*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

6 comments:

  1. A very pretty block.Thank you

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  2. Oh how pretty, and what a fab way to highlight the critters in that fabric line.

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  3. oooo! This is really, really cool!

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  4. Love this block! It is a bit like a simplified wedding ring block.

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  5. At first those curves scared me, but seeing this as a whole quilt looks amazing! Methinks I need to get back to working on these blocks again as I've gotten a bit behind :)

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  6. I saw this over on flickr and had to pop over to see more!
    Really great block.

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