Part 4: Simple Piecing that looks Harder

As promised, the final, brief, installment of “What I did on my Summer Vacation”.  Playing with piecing that was easier than it looked. Some of these pictures have been used before, and some of the projects may be from before the Summer. In Berkeley it’s hard to remember when Summer starts and ends….

I got to make circles from “tumbler” shapes in a couple of different sizes, and use the Six-Minute Circles method to make them into square blocks. I learned about this method from Dale Fleming’s book, but there are countless links on the Internet you can check out as well. Simple, but not for the purist as it involves the use of both freezer paper and washable fabric glue. I am not a purist.


These “peppermints” also have the set-in centers, but were cut in a more traditional, rotary cutter/template method.


This is the template I used for the wedges, using a red/white striped fabric alternating with white-on-white. Alternate the direction of the template on the striped fabric — just be sure the skinny ends of each wedge line up on the edge of a red stripe, if you want the stripes to match up.

The last items for this post were these four, all experiments, as my projects always are. The picture on the left is an assignment from a book called 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, by Victoria Findley Wolfe. This particular assignment. like some others in the book, is a good warm up or a project to keep on hand when you “gotta have something and it’s gotta be sweet and it’s gotta be a lot and you gotta have it now?” [see: Crackerjack for this definition and others.]

The middle two pictures are shapes that often occur in “charm” quilts (where every fabric appears only once). These were cut with the aforementioned Accuquilt GO! Baby, are both quite striking and cheerful. The major difference between the “tumbler” and “spool” shapes is the curved seam on the “spool”. For a minor effect, it makes a huge difference. Curves are harder than straight lines! I liked doing both pieces, but the spool quilt will never be bigger than crib size. A fun experiment, anyway, and it will be a fun baby quilt, the solid colors are Kona cottons, but the “grey” is seersucker. I’m thinking of ways to add more textures to it…

The last picture is of a quilt I call “Burano”, made with a simple block called “Hugs and Kisses” that Angie Woolman showed us at the Albany Library quilt drop in awhile back. She had another name for the block, that referred to happy rabbits, because this quilt pattern tends to multiple and spread… Indeed, several of us made tops using the block, and showing them off was a delight — unlike rabbits, every one was completely different. Mine is very special to me, as an experiment I think worked, and as a memento.

But… that is a story for another day. For now, wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving next week. Hope you are warm, well, and with at least some of those you love What’s not to like about a four-day weekend that reverts to leftovers for the last three days? It’s the scrap quilt of holidays!




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