This months (ok I’m about a week out) quilt block is constructed using 1 1/4 inch hexagon english paper pieces. The hexagons (or other shapes and sizes) are available from most craft shops and online.
You cut out enough fabric to wrap a minimum of 6mm around the hexagon and tack the fabric down with a contrasting thread. You then join the fabric hexagons with a small whip stitch (mine averages at 16 stitches per inch – impressive yes?). Once tacked together you can remove the contrasting tacking stitches. I’ve left them in until I sew together the other 12 x 12 inch patches in to a quilt.
This month I went for something a little less time consuming, or so I thought. I’ve wanted to have a go at a Pineapple Block after getting inspiration from my extensive craft book collection.
It’s constructed using the foundation method. I might come back at a later date and amend the post to describe the construction method in detail. For now, I’m just going to say ‘Ah, it’s done’.
- Yep, that’s a crappy photo. I’ll retake tomorrow in better light.
I designed my own block Victorian Tiles and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I learnt a few lessons along the way.
Firstly, you need insane math skills. It actually took me longer to do the math than to do the sewing.
Secondly, fabric weight and colour really do matter. Although I’m happy with the end result I’ll take more time on the fabric selection for February.
Work in progress