The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt – Block 17 Swing me around on the Hills hoist

Welcome to week 17 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is about foundation piecing. I cannot get enough of this technique. It has unlimited possibilities. 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.
Swing me around on the Hills hoist
Built for the roughest children, the Hills hoist was not only a clothesline but a carnival ride in your backyard.  
Techniques explored
  • Foundation Piecing
  • Scraps of fabric at least 4″x 9″
Making the block
In previous blocks I have shown the technique I use for foundation piecing. The important steps are:
  • Use a very small stitch so you can rip off the paper easily when done
  • Cut your seams back to 1/4″as you go
  • Press with a dry iron as you go
For this block piece the four units that can be printed here ( page 1 ) and here ( page 2 ).
Join segments in pairs and then join completed pairs. 
The Block

Horizontal setting

Horizontal Layout rotating every second block

On Point
I hope you have enjoyed this easy block. Try experimenting with different solids or patterns. See you all next week.

*** 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 ***


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