Here's the tutorial for making these blocks. I'm happy to share it with you too!
|Paisley Panache, High Society Collection by Anthology|
I recommend choosing:
- a favorite multi-colored print
- strips to coordinate with it
- background fabric
To make three blocks approximately 8" X 12-1/2" (unfinished), cut:
- 3 - 8" X 14-1/2" rectangles for background
- 3 - 1-1/2" to 3" wide strips, at least 16" long
Align a ruler along the length of one background piece, allowing at least 1" of fabric on each edge. Cut.
Sew to insert your selected stash strip between the two background pieces.
Press seam allowances toward the print strip. Trim to remove strip ends.
In random widths from 1½” to 3”, cut straight across the width of the fabric to make 5 to 6 short strips.
In a pleasing side-by-side arrangement, mix the short strips to make three blocks. Note that I've aligned the strips along the bottom edge. When laid side-by-side, and before sewing, my blocks ranged from 14" to 16" across.
Variety is good! Two rectangles have six strips; one rectangle has seven.
Sew along the short sides to join the strips. Press seams open as shown.
Trim only to straighten the uneven strips. Don't do any squaring-up... yet.
To be completely honest, I haven't made any more than these three blocks. But I do know I'll make more sets. It will be fun to see the variety of scrappy prints in the blocks I receive from my One Block Over buddies. At that point, I'll decide how I'm going to put them all together. I've got several ideas in mind and I'll be sure to let you know. Linda