Welcome to week 1 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is all about 1″ finished squares. 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 you can 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.
- Accuracy in cutting
- Accuracy in piecing
- Half Square Triangle
- Fussy Cutting
While this block could have a totally scrappy theme, I chose a definite colour pattern using limes, oranges, turquoise, greys/ charcoals, white and black. This block would look beautiful in any type of fabric as long as the contrast in the pathways are maintained and a balance of solids, tone on tones or small prints were included.
You will need the equivalent of :
- 4 x 1.5″ squares of turquoise fabric to be fussy cut ( approx. 1.5″ x 7″ strip )
- 12 x 1.5″ squares each of orange and lime fabric (approx. 1.5″ x 20″ strip)
- 14 x 1.5″ Grey Squares (approx. 1.5″ x 22″ strip)
- 2 x 1.5″ Black Squares (approx. 1.5″ x 4″ strip)
- 16 x 1.5″ squares of white fabric (approx. 1.5″ x 26″ strip)
- 4 x 2″ black squares (approx. 2″ x 10″ strip)
- 2 x 2″ orange squares ( approx. 2″ x 5″ strip)
- 2 x 2″ white squares (approx. 2″ x 5″ strip)
|Prefect for fussy cutting|
|Solids and small prints. Great for definition and contrast within a block.|
To make more than one block you would use the ‘strip’ method of piecing ( See tutorial ).
|Blocks in horizontal layout without any rotation|
|Blocks in horizontal layout with rotation|
|Blocks in horizontal layout with rotation.|
|Block on point layout with rotation|
|Block with horizontal layout and rotation|
|Block on point with rotation|
In this layout I have changed the colours of some of the pieces. There are endless possibilities when it comes to changing colours within the 64 squares.
|Horizontal layout with rotation of blocks|
|Alternative colour placement and change to centre HST’s create a totally different look.|
Thanks for stopping by. Next week I have the lovely Anorina from Samelias Mum joining me with her block.