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Herzstück

Herzstück

As with the Spitzenstücke quilt, the name of its quilting pattern is also a play on words in German. Herzstück could be interpreted as “heart piece”, but usually denotes the core of something. The inspiration came from the patterns on the fabrics we used in the quilt which were created by Sunprinting. The faux lace created very interesting contrasts on the fabrics and by outline quilting them, this contrast was even more emphasized resulting in a 3D effect...

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Houston

Houston

The Houston block is an original design combining the classic and all-time favourite Lone Star with the equally popular Log Cabin patterns. As with all the other previous BOM blocks, we used reproduction fabrics in rather demure colours, but the block would certainly look stunning in more riotous colour combinations... (5 September 2011)

Pieced Sawtooth

This interesting block is based on a 3 by 3 grid which makes it effectively a Nine Patch block. It is not really difficult to make, but the size necessary for the Labyrinth quilt makes it a very fiddly business and requires “aggravated accuracy” in cutting and sewing. The block is made up of 9 small half-square triangles and a larger half-square triangle the same size as the nine triangles when sewn together... (20 April 2011)

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Pine Burr

Pine Burr

The Pine Burr block made it into the selection for the American Impressions BOM for two reasons:

First of all, it is a very, very beautiful block which has been around for quite some time. The famous Kansas City Star newspaper published it for the first time in August 1939, stating that the contributing lady copied it from a quilt her mother had made forty-five years earlier. In spite of this, you don’t see many quilts with this pattern. The Virginia Quilt Museum possesses a beautiful Pine Burr quilt and if you are in the Shenandoah Valley region, do stop by and see whether it has been allowed to come out of storage again. ;-)

Secondly, the American Impressions BOM was conceived to cover many different techniques. The many small triangles and the lack of 90° angles make Foundation Piecing an obvious choice, technique wise. The Foundation Piecing sections are complemented by two shapes cut with the help of templates. There you are: two techniques in one block and two techniques that haven’t had much attention so far at Quilt around the World... ;-)... (14 February 2011)

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