Monday, May 19, 2014

Just by changing places

   Just by changing placement of the dark pieces in the block I selected for the Let's Book It project, I got a totally different look.  Instead of a dark side and a light side, the dark value is down the middle.  It is a much stronger look and not so muddled.










I have only gotten to sew about half the blocks, but here is an idea of what it will become....a zig-zag chain, or x's and o's...it just depends on how you look at it!
  This is a great strip/scrap buster project.  So here is the recipe I followed for the Hot Dish variation.

1 square of dark value----3 1/2" square

Dark value strips:
    4 strips 2" by 3 1/2"
    2 strips 2" by 5"

Light value strips:
    2 strips  2" by 3 1/2"
    2 strips  2" by 5"
    2 strips  2" by 6 1/2"

Each block requires one set of the above strips.  Block will be 9 1/2" when sewn, and finish at 9" in the quilt.


  Assembly:
    Lay out the pieces according to the photo at right.
    Begin in the center, adding strips to the center square.
    Sew one light and one dark shorter strips together at one end.     Repeat for the second set.  Sew to the center panel.
   Add the top and bottom light strip.
   Sew one light strip and one dark strip --2" by 5"-- together at one end. Repeat for the second set and attach both to the block.  Done!
 



   

    You can see there are only 2 spots that need matching....very easy to nest those seams and get a nice match.  And be sure to be consistent in your placement of the print in each block.
  I will be carrying this project over to finish up next month.



   I am straightening up the sewing room, and pulling out the luggage.  We are heading north for a visit with daughter and son-in-law in a few days.  That means pulling out the sweatshirts and jackets that I just put away!  What was I thinking?  So tomorrow is for errands, and such...I got orders to bring Duke's mayo and Cheerwine.   If you are not from the Carolinas, let me just say that both are must-haves in our dietary regime.    Then to gather the supplies for the Daddy-do projects that are on the schedule.  We never seem to travel without those tools and saws!  See all on the flip side.  Happy stitching.    

7 comments:

  1. What a difference with the change. The book it can certainly be carried over - times as you need. Family time sounds great.

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  2. That works beautifully. I love the design created when the blocks are side-by-side.
    Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe. I think I need to try this one. I have a box full of 2" strips.

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  4. A zig zag X's and O's, it looks great. Have a wonderful time on the trip and keep me in your head, LOL.

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  5. Have a wonderful trip!
    Hugs

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  6. I'm slowly catching up my blogroll - and oh does this look fantastic in florals!

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