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Firmament

Firmament

The design for the Firmament quilt was created during a particularly boring meeting at one of our former employers which, as usual, didn’t have any useful outcome. Except of course the Firmament blocks and quilt setting!

The quilt block and the quilt are wonderful for using up a huge quantity of scraps. This version of the quilt uses up a total of 1,288 multicoloured half square triangles, 912 background half square triangles and 240 half square triangles and 148 squares in black... (12 June 2011)

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Martha Washington Star

Martha Washington Star

When you are travelling through the United States and especially through Virginia, one name is always prominent in street names, on monuments, on stamps and on one dollar bills: George Washington. The first president of the United States was indeed a great man who not only helped shape the first democracy in North America, but also had great impact on further political developments in the rest of the world... (30 May 2011)

Pieced Flying Geese Unit

Pieced Flying Geese Unit

A block unit which you can use to build up your own block designs... (20 April 2011)

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Flying Geese Unit

Flying Geese Unit

A block unit which you can use to build up your own block designs... (20 April 2011)

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Half-square quarter-square Combination Unit

Half-square quarter-square Combination Unit

A block unit which you can use to build up your own block designs... (19 April 2011)

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Hourglass Unit

Hourglass Unit

A block unit which you can use to build up your own block designs... (17 April 2011)

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Template Free Block Units

Firmament Block

This chapter of the Template Free Piecing Book is meant to be a reference tool for every quilter who likes to design her or his own grid-based blocks, but is not keen on all the theoretical stuff about grid analysis. We have collected and will continue to collect block units which you can use to build up your own block designs. The units are organized in alphabetical order. You will find the list at the end of this introductory article. If the units are well-known in their own right, such as Flying Geese or Sawtooth, we have used these names. For the rest, we have tried to find fitting names... (17 April 2011)

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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)

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)

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)

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