Monday, June 25, 2012
love...Mamie Blocks...Fabric and Cutting
The blocks in the inside of my quilt are 6" finished and I needed 72 blocks...my border blocks are 3" finished and I needed 80 blocks. To change the size of your blocks you're going to cut the size of your squares today the finished size you want plus 1 1/2"...so my blocks are 6" finished I'm cutting my squares 7 1/2"...we're going to use Billie Lauder's method of making these 9 patches and we'll end up with 2 from each combination we sew...it's lots of fun! She has a great video online if you want to check it out...I just Googled Billy Lauder's 9 patch. OK, so enough chatter from me let's get down to business...
For my size quilt (which is 68" X 74" finished) you will need to cut..72- 7 1/2" squares...you want 36 to be dark to medium in value and 36 light to light medium in value...you just need a bit of a contrast...as you can see in mine I used the different colors in some blocks as my contrast because it's hard with 30's to get a real difference in value.
You will also need to cut 80-4 1/2" squares...40 need to be dark to medium and 40 need to be light to light medium in value.
I'll be back Wednesday to sew these blocks together! Have fun!
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I'm going to ignore ALL of the mess that is screaming for my attention---and go pull me some fabrics---I WANT TO DO THIS!! :0
Very cool! I have 3 of BiIlie Lauder's books and have yet to do a technique from them. However, I have lots of scraps that I cut into 2.5" strips so I will probably do a bit of strip piecing, too.
I will have to save the instructions for another time, but I do want to make this!
This should use up lots of those 30's prints I've collected over the years. Barb
Oh how gorgeous. :0)
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