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Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel

This month’s block, the Virginia Reel, was chosen for several reasons. First of all, it served as “logo” for QuiltTimeTravel 2010, the quilt trip Jutta organized together with her friend Carola for a group of German and Swiss quilters. Secondly, it is a very versatile block which offers many options for different colour placements which then create stunningly different overall quilt patterns.

You are probably familiar with the block as such, but might rather know it under the name of “Snail Trail” or “Square on Square”... (15 April 2011)

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Scraps have played a prominent role here at Quilt around the World almost from the very beginning. You only have to read the articles in the Scrap Management book (A book at Quilt around the World is a set of instructions with its own table of contents. Most books can be found in the projects section, but most articles in the technique section are also organized as books.) and you’ll know that we are really passionate about really small shapes cut from leftovers “normal” people would probably throw away... (14 April 2011)

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Scrap Championships

Scrap Championships

We have been toying with the idea for months. And now we will put it into action: We will hold our own very personal championships! The “we” in this case being only Jutta because Johann is more interested in designing quilts than in producing minute pieces of fabric. The advantage of having a one woman show in this case is obvious however: We already know who the winner will be... ;-)... (10 March 2011)

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Star Cross Block

Star Cross Block

The Star Cross block is basically a 7 by 7 grid block. However, if you look closely and consult with the quilt police, you will come to the conclusion that it is really a 14 by 14 grid block. It is part of a quilt based on 7 by 7 grids that will be published in a few months here on Quilt around the World.

With the colour setting chosen for this project, the star in this pattern is not that obvious. The cross seams to jump out of the block. No wonder: The dark green marbled fabric offers the greatest contrast to the surrounding patches while other fabrics blend in more with their environment... (9 March 2011)

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Quilt

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Quilt

For a lot of people, quilt challenges are a lot of fun. For Jutta, they are not. They have rules and they have a deadline. Both things seem to put an immediate stop to any creative flow which might have been there before.

But still, peer pressure can be quite persuasive. So when a lot of her friends signed up for the 2009 Fabric Challenge, she did likewise. Two very different flowery prints had to be used in a small textile object which should measure no more than 50 cm (ca. 20”) square at each side.... (originally published on 25 February 2011)

Bonus: Windblown Square

Windmill

Playing around with blocks for the BOM and with pictures from the QuiltZeitReise 2010 at the same time made us think of ways to combine both. As is often the case we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for but our archive produced this photo of a windmill from a previous US visit... (7 February 2011)

The 1” Template Free Family

1” Template Free Family

The 1 Inch Template-Free Family is not appreciably different from the 2 Inch Template-Free Family that we introduced in Techniques: Template-Free Piecing. Its members are just smaller... ;-) This is certainly not for the faint hearted: Squares with a finished size of 1” or 2.5 cm need a little time to get used to and certainly a great deal of dexterity to master... (17 January 2011)

The 2” Template Free Family and the Scrapmaster

Neat Triangles

According to our definition, a scrap is considered a scrap if it is too small to be cut into a 2” or 5 cm square. If a piece of fabric does not pass this test, it is put in the Scrap Management container to await its destiny.

Many scraps that don’t yield a 2” (5 cm) square are actually quite big. Very often, they just have such an odd shape that a 2” square simply doesn’t fit. However, it is quite probable that you can still cut a 2 7/8” triangle from such a scrap... (14 January 2011)

Windblown Square

Windblown Square

The first block in the American Impressions Block of the Month series is called Windblown Square. The block was first mentioned in 1931, but we think it has been around for longer than that. Our version consists of half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles and a square. You can also make this block entirely out of half-square triangles which results in a lot more seams... (11 January 2011)

Slanting Triangles Block

Slanting Triangles Block

The Slanting Triangles block is an easy block to sew. Although this block has surely been used by other quilters for decades, if not centuries, as a quilting greenhorn, Jutta believed that the block was her original design... (25 December 2010)

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