Thursday, 18 October 2007

ANOTHER CUT-UP BLOCK

Nothing much going on on the quilting front this week. I have been busy knitting socks, sewing hanging sleeves for an exhibition and thinking very hard at the cushions I will sew (soon!)(this is for my impatient DS!).

Last time I showed a cut-up block and this week is another one which I designed. (By that I mean that I have never seen such a block, or rather half-block somewhere else but if someone has, please let me know!).
I call this block "Japanese basket" because it reminds me of a basket and I sewed it with taupe fabrics.


The quilt is machine-sewed and machine-quilted with an invisible thread and has a bit of machine-stitchery on the lower left side. I used a lot of different fabrics for the baskets: uphostery fabric, silk, shirts, satin,...
The fabric for the borders is a garment fabric.


And here is the way to sew a half-block. 2 squares cut diagonally in opposite directions and sewed together.


As you can see my students are very busy: Monika N. finished her sampler with the quilt-as-you-go method. I think it turned out really nice.

Well done Monika!
On Saturday I hope I can go to a fabric market and have a look at nice fabrics, buttons and stuff. Of course I will only LOOK!
I will tell you more next week.

12 comments:

atet said...

Oh what fun quilts and projects you have been showing -- I love those cut up blocks -- truly lovely!

dot said...

I like it. I like the name. Very clever. I will have to keep it in mind.

Libby said...

I like your 'cut up block' and a very nice tutorial - thanks for sharing *s*

gwensmom said...

I have never seen that block either- it's really unique looking! Thanks for the tutorial.

Nadine said...

Gorgeous baskets quilt, Gwen ! THANKS for the tutorial, I really have to try this one...
Congratulations also to Monica, she made a very cute sampler (I'd like to be in your class !)....
Enjoy your "only looking" shopping :).....

(watch your mailbox, an envelope is flying to you :))

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

Anne Ida said...

What a great block! A really simple yet effective way of doing baskets. I'll bookmark this post!
Love the fabric selection on your "Japanese basket"!

Let Monika know her sampler is sooo pretty! Well done student! And well done teacher :o)

Pam said...

That is a great little block you designed. Thanks for showing us how to make it.

The sampler quilt has turned out beautifully!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You have the most prolific students! The basket block quilt is unique; cool, modern and classy choice of fabrics! It's great!

Rose Marie said...

I am becoming quite fascinated with cut-up blocks. This quilt and the one from previos post are so original and quite effective looking. The sampler quilt is charming!

Ila said...

Lovely quilts! Thank you for making me look at a plain block in a more interesting way!

A question on your cut-up block tutorials, what size is the grid on your mat? Thank you again!

Shelina said...

Oh what a neat way to make a block. This one and the one in your previous post. Very clever, I definitely have to remember your techniques! Thanks for sharing.

yolanda said...

Very very beautiful