Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 46

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 46
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 46
There are several blocks in this style in the Nearly Insane Quilt, where the block is made up of diminishing squares (see Block 11, 39).  They are quite fun to do in terms of choosing the fabric combinations.  However, depending on the complexity of the English paper piecing in the centre, it can tend to make the straight edges bulge. This one isn't too bad. Altering the original block, I have added the cornerstones to the outside border, as it made it easier to negotiate the stripe on the corner. I was also careful to 'fussy' cut the outer striped fabric, so it is the same on each side - I think I am gradually learning ...
Block 46 - Nearly Insane Quilt
Block 46 - Nearly Insane Quilt
Originally the central star of Block 46 was going to be all calico, but at the last minute, I popped in a little red pindot - who doesn't like a little red pindot?  When choosing fabrics for each block I easily fall into the trap of just sticking to a few favourites, but in this scrap quilt, the more the merrier, so the pindot is a welcome addition.

Giant sweet jars filled with fabric scraps
Giant sweet jars filled with fabric scraps
Talking of scraps, my scrap jars have recently multiplied.  For this project I have been storing my red and white scraps in a giant glass sweet jar.  Even though this project is meant to be using up scraps, I seem to have created more in the process.  These jars are lovely for seeing what you have, and you can dip your hand right inside to pull out what you need.  Knowing how much I love them, my husband picked another one up for me as a gift from Baileys Home near Ross-On-Wye. What a great husband I have :)

SMALLEST PIECE: Triangle  11/16" (18 mm) x 1/2" (13mm) x 1/2" (13mm)
LARGEST PIECE: Rectangle  6" (152 mm) x 1/2" (13mm)
TECHNIQUE: English Paper Piecing (EPP)
Christmas Past  (14547) by Polly Minick and Lauri Simpson for Moda
Reunion Cherry Sally's Skirt by Sweetwater for Moda #5473

Rail stripe Red, Michael Miller Fabrics
Cream with red pindot - unidentified


1 comment:

  1. Definitly a great hubby - the jars are beautiful.
    You mention the sides bulging based on the interior there any way to attach all the borders to themselves and then add to the center? Might be more work that it's worth cuz I don't know if that would pull in the sides or not...