Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday quilt block Feb. 5

It's Feb. 5 and time for a short tutorial on the block H-6, Pie Sale, which I promised last week.

The idea of piecing or appliqueing all those quarter circles made me tremble, so I came up with a different way, which I thought was new.  Of course when it comes to quilts in the style of Jane Stickle someone has tried this method before.

Anyhow, I pieced the center block of focus fabric surrounded by background fabric, following the measurement in The Book, and four 4-patches the size of the quarter circles plus 1/4 inch seam allowances. (Sorry, I did not write down my actual measurements.).

I then prepared my 4 patches into circles for applique.  I use freezer paper on the bottom and fold over the seam allowances and crease them with a hot iron.  I then baste down the seam allowances to hold them in place while I applique.  You may use your own method.

Carefully pinning or basting in place to match the block in the Mother quilt, applique around the circles, remove basting stitches and freezer paper if any, and press.

Well, I thought I was doing a "new" method for this block.  However doing some web searching for images of the actual block in the Mother Quilt in the Bennington Museum, I came across the blog Connie's Quilts and her entry on reproducing this quilt block.  And yes, she used the same method, over 2 years ago.  Connie, are you still out there?  Are you going to continue your reproduction Jane Stickle project?

I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River as I do most weeks I have blocks to share. Both blog hops have of pictures of pretty quilt blocks and other projects.

I am on Facebook too: just search for Viridian61. I post only when I have put up a blog post, and very little else.


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Paula said...

Very nice tutorial. I have just finished my DJ but I think I will start another one soon.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous! I have a deep respect for those who make DJ quilts. I am too afraid of applique to do it!!!

Connie said...

Wonderful tutorial and a much easier way to do it! Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

Frances said...

I have just finished a Pies and Tarts quilt, so I am very familiar with sewing on circles! I look forrd to watching the progress of your DJ.

Brigitte said...

Very clever method, never thought of doing it this way - thnak you!
Brigitte from Germany

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