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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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Bonus: Lady of the Lake Cushion

Bonus: Lady of the Lake Cushion

At Quilt around the World, all patterns are explained in a lot of detail and include pictures for every important step. This means that for quilts that come to us already in a finished or semi-finished state, we re-sew all parts as necessary.

This was the case for the Lady of the Lake quilt. The top was almost finished when we bought it. The Lady of the Lake block is not very difficult to make, but still has some interesting details that needed to be documented properly. So we made a sample block to make the “photo shooting” and verify the appropriate measurements... (11 March 2011)

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)

Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Whilst the Harlekin sashing corner blocks are not as time consuming as the sashing blocks described in the previous section, they are a little more complicated to sew. The block itself is again a simple Hourglass block. However, the use of striped fabric makes it necessary to apply a little care when cutting the squares for the quarter square triangles used in this block... (originally published on 21 February 2011)

Harlekin Sashing Block

Harlekin Sashing Block

The Harlekin quilt is an example of an inverted world order of sorts: Whilst the main block, the Harlekin block described in the previous chapter, is a simple and quickly sewn block, the sashing in this quilt requires some major staying power. There is nothing difficult about the block as such, but making 120 identical Hourglass blocks does need more than a little forbearance.... (originally published on 16 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)

Harlekin Block

Harlekin Block

The Harlekin block is an easy block that can be cut and sewn very quickly.

In our version, we used striped fabrics for the triangle units. We wanted to create the impression that the stripes in the fabrics radiate from the centre of the block. Therefore, we used a “trick” to cut the triangles... (originally published on 31 January 2011)

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