My March Stitch Along week 3

Posted by Ruth on 20 March 2017 | 5 Comments


My finished block ended up a little over 15" but I figured that was fine for now, I'll use the excess for straightening up later once I get an idea of where I'll be cutting.

To cut this block into 5" squares, I started by laying the block on my cutting board so I could clearly see the lines at top and bottom. By using the board lines as a guide, it gave me an indication of where the cuts would be made. I saw that if I centered it, I would make one cut through the red strip as shown with the arrow in the image below.

block centered with purple arrow indicating cut line

For this reason, I moved the block over so the 1/2" overhang was at the right side.

block moved right ready for cutting up

Then I trimmed it off to 15". There was no trimming needed on the adjacent sides as these happened to be 15" already.

block trimmed

It's time to make the cuts - free form of course. First one way...

block cut into three strips

and then the other...

cut into 9 squares

Now the fun begins as I swap the blocks around and see what I come up with.

nine square arrangement

nine square arrangementThere are many many combinations!

nine square arrangement

nine square arrangementI played around for quite some time but will only post a few images here.

nine square arrangement

nine square arrangementThen suddenly this arrangement popped up and the row on the right caught my eye. The two red blocks in the corners appeared to be joined by a bridge.

nine square arrangement

Keeping those three blocks as is, I rearranged the rest until I discovered another arrangement where the center red block looked as if it was spilling out into some space. I put this in the middle next to my first-row arrangement.

nine square arrangement

I arranged the last three block with the two darkest blocks in the corner.

Now it was time to join them up in rows. I found, even though everything was cut free form, there was very little straightening to be done. Only the block on the left of the middle row!

sewing blocks into strips

With the rows joined I completed my block. I rotated it to look at it and to decide which I liked best. Different images popped into my mind as I did so. I chose this one to be the best as it reminded me of an abstract lighthouse.

all blocks sewn back together

What does it remind you of?

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  • Awesome, can't wait to see!

    Posted by Ruth, 23/03/2017 7:12pm (4 years ago)

  • I am still working on mine! Over the weekend maybe photos.

    Posted by Susan, 23/03/2017 7:11pm (4 years ago)

  • Yes I did. I replied to two of the emails. I have just loaded them into the gallery page.

    Posted by Ruth, 20/03/2017 8:32pm (4 years ago)

  • Nice. I ended up using the center block as a starting point because it was the only one without the deep red contrast fabric after cutting squares. Are you getting my photos?

    Posted by Barbara F, 20/03/2017 4:40pm (4 years ago)

  • I love this idea. I have now added this to my quilting bucket list of things I want to try.

    Posted by Andrea, 20/03/2017 1:47pm (4 years ago)

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