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Firmament Block

Firmament Block

The Firmament block is neither complicated nor difficult to sew. It just has a lot of pieces (a total of 68 and all triangles with exception of the four black squares) which makes it perfect for very scrappy quilts. You can place scraps entirely at random, but we suggest that you help "coincidence" along a little to prevent scraps of similar colours congregating. Such colour blobs tend to stick out in a scrap quilt which is otherwise uniform in its diversity... (14 June 2011)

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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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Labyrinth Quilt - Finishing

Labyrinth Label

Isn’t it always nice to finish a quilt? For us, it is an almost festive moment when we have put the last quilting stitch into our latest creation. Attaching the binding and the hanging sleeve is rather an anti-climax however... (31 May 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)

Alabama (Block)

Alabama Block

This easy block is a variation of the Log Cabin block and is based on a 9 by 9 grid. It consists of strips and corner blocks which allow a multitude of different colour settings. A dramatic and very tempting colour alternative would result if you used white and black for the strips and either multicoloured scraps or a striking colour for the squares… As with many “traditional” blocks, this block offers a huge potential for playing around... (29 May 2011)

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SommerSonnenStrahlen

SommerSonnenStrahlen

The SommerSonnenStrahlen quilt (“Summer Sunbeams”) was inspired by the colours very often associated with summer: blue for the sky and perhaps also for the sea and yellow for the sun. This is such a happy combination that it rarely fails to attract dreamy gazes and closer scrutiny... (24 May 2011)

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Square Half-square Combination Unit

Square Half-square Combination Unit

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

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