I was asked to show some examples of fabric before and after I fussy cut. Your wish is my command! To start let me remind you that I usually don't know exactly how the finished block will look. I just move my window template around on my fabric until I find something I like and that is my jumping off point! I figure that if I like one, odds are that I'll like six! Once I cut out the patches I am eager to get sewing so I can find out what the block will look like! Sometimes it isn't as fabulous as I had hoped but then a few drab blocks in a quilt will make the beautiful blocks really shine! If the block is REALLY bad, it may not see the light of day but I never throw it out! I just put it away and somehow with the passage of time, some of these blocks get a little better looking and they eventually work their way into something!
All of the following modified hexagon stars were made with a 3/4" hexagon (you will find a 3/4" hexagon template here). So here we go! This is a small red and blue print. I love the way the blue swirl shows up around the center.
When I'm moving my window template around on the fabric I look for landmarks. In this case there was a little yellow circle at the edge of the inside hexagon. I lined up my template on that and at the point was a bit of a green leaf. That was my second landmark.
I think this star has a Steampunk look about it!
Again I used the flower center at the inside edge as a landmark. I made sure that the flower at the point was inside the template. The opening almost looks circular rather than a hexagon.
For this one I made sure that the burgundy swags lined up with the points at the corners on the side of the window template.
This fabric has a diamond grid which made lining up the window template super simple!
This striped fabric is interesting. I got it for a song because it had a flaw. The center was not dyed properly (I actually like that part better). It should have been dark red like the bottom half but instead is was almost like a cross hatch pattern in the background. I cut one star from the dark red and one from the flawed red. I changed the directions of the stripes so the result is two very different looking blocks.
With my Frixion pen I drew a line through the center of the stripe and then I placed my window template on the fabric making sure that the side points on my window template matched up on the line. I didn't worry about matching up the print. The result is a swirl design around the center!
With this one I placed my window template on the stripe so that the stripe ran north and south. Again I didn't worry about cutting out the exact print on each template. The stripe does the work.
Here you can see the two of them together! Two very different looks from a single fabric. Stripes and directional prints are out friends!
Plaids are also great to work with because you can use the plaid print to line up your window template. Here are six patches cut out and ready to be stitched.
I used the gold line at the bottom to line up the bottom edge of my window template. I made sure that the side points were in the middle of the tan line and the top point was centered on the vertical gold line right at the black vertical line.
Here it is stitched together and ready to be appliqued to a background!
All of these blocks were cut out and stitched using my paperless English paper piecing method! If you missed that post it you will find the tutorial here.
Skootchover has already completed part 1 of her Soupcon quilt and posted a picture on FLICKR! Isn't it stunning?
She is shy about her work but I think she should be extremely proud of it! She tells me she is self taught over the internet (I think she must have had some really good teachers). I love everything about this block but I especially love the swirl of pink posies around the green center. I think that this is an amazing start for what I hope she will think is a masterpiece! I know what I've got planned for Step 2 and this will be a wonderful jumping off point!
We are far too critical of our own work and we shouldn't be! Did you enjoy making whatever it is you made? If so that is a very good thing and so you should smile, give yourself a good pat on the back and say "well done"! So Skootchover, if you aren't ready to do this for yourself please allow me and the readers of this blog to do it for you.....well done!
Until I post again, happy sewing!
that little star is just gorgeous, well done Skootchover! I am starting mine now and since you set the standard so high, I hope I make mine just as nice :-)ReplyDelete
I look forward to seeing your quilt progress :-)
Isn't it pretty? I just wish I had made it! Next I want to see what you make Kath! I know it will be equally gorgeous!Delete
I love your stars! And of course the wonderful fabrics! Do you buy them locally?ReplyDelete
Hi Jane! I'm a nondenominational fabric collector! I buy online and in shops. I also tell friends that if they are throwing out scraps that they should throw them my way!Delete
Thank you for the pat on the back Karen. Kath, I look forward to seeing your version. I can't wait to see what other people do. It really inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and try new combinations.ReplyDelete
That`s exactly what I was hoping would happen with this QAL!Delete
thanks so much for showing the differences in the fabrics. so interesting.ReplyDelete
Skootchover's block is beautiful.
It really is difficult to imagine how a block might turn out so I think that Missie`s idea of befores and afters was a good one!Delete
Wow - I love the stars! Wonderful fussy cutting ! Nice to see you using some of my repro favourites.ReplyDelete
Thanks Hilda! I have some really old fabrics - I just can`t part with them because I know that they will come in handy sooner or later (usually later)!Delete
Love the detail in your posts it sure helps with the fussy cutting. I so have to spend more time with mine but company coming for a week now. But maybe a little hand stitching here and there I can manage. I sure am looking at my stash a little differently now. I did upload a couple of photos on flicker. BunnyReplyDelete
Thanks Bunny. I try to imagine what I would want or need to see if I was just learning something new. As for looking at fabric a different way, that is very true. And that applies to not just hexagons but to your patchwork in general!Delete
I saw your blocks on FLICKR and they are so pretty! Can't wait to see which one will become your center medallion!
I love your star Skootchover.ReplyDelete
Karen I love your fabrics. A star is what I'd love to make but I haven't even started because as I mentioned to you before the computer here at home is a real dinosaur and I don't go back to work until tomorrow. I hope I will have something to show by the weekend. Definitely before the next installment comes in.
Perfect - and I`m here to help you any time! I know your block is going to be beautiful and I know that you will impress yourself with what you make!Delete
I love your "window template" solution for doing the fussy-cutting previews against a busy print. Brilliant! I am terrified of EPP but I enjoy seeing the blocks others are making. Maybe someday... :-)ReplyDelete
The window template is also great to tuck in your purse or wallet. When you are out shopping you can audition fabrics for fussy cutting! And who doesn't need more fabric?Delete