This is my hand/travel project I've been doing for awhile - It's coming along slowly. I think the English Paper piecing templates are about 3" wide.
So anyway the remaining bit of fabrics I was waiting for the Fall season to break out and do something with them. I came up with a plan do to Broken Dishes Blocks for the center - and have a big fat border with some fun appliques, using ONLY these fabrics.
I started out by picking out 18 fabrics from the bundle and cutting those into 16" squares.
Then I took each square and cut that up into 4- 8" smaller squares.
My pretty stack of 8" squares ;c)
I then arranged them by color ~
Then I paired them all up-
With a thin-lined pencil, on the back of the lightest square of each pair, I drew my stitching line 1/4" on each side of each diagonal.
I just lined up the square on my mat, and placed the ruler 1/4" away like this:
After all the lines were drawn, I pinned them Right Sides Together. I just used two pins on each side like so:
I then stitched on each line. Some people do this by just drawing ONE line on the diagonal, but I find I am more accurate if I draw the two stitching lines.
Now I press on both sides.
Then I cut on each diagonal, and also across each way.
I found a more efficient way to cut - by laying out your 4 sewn pairs on your mat like this. The red lines are where you would cut.
Then you have all of these cut in less strokes.
Then I took all my little HSTs and pressed them with starch.
There was 8 of each pair. and I laid them all out to make the broken dishes blocks.
While they were in order, I pinned them.
Took them to the machine and stitched ~
After the pairs were stitched, I then pressed those.
Pinned the pairs together and stitched. . .
Pressed with starch. . .
I pinned all the blocks up on the wall, if you use the same formula as me, you can get a center quilt that's a 7 blocks X 8 blocks layout.
I am almost finished with my Fat, Applique borders and should be able to update you soon with the result. The second half is even more exciting then the first. Also, I would like to add that this quilt WILL be done with the quilt -as-you-go method. . as usual ;c)