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Tutorial: Fabric art blocks

For Christmas gifts for my colleagues, I needed something quick but handmade. I had a couple of designs in my head, I needed to get out (they were keeping me awake at night). I had an idea to make those blocks into hanging art blocks.
FabricArtBlocks

I had a few folks ask about how I mounted the blocks. Here are the steps I used.

Materials

  • One (1) Canvas Frame (eg. 12 x 4″)
  • One (1) Fabric Block (eg. 16 x 8″)
  • 1 1/2″ Fusible Batting Tape
  • Staple Gun

Instructions

  1. When making your block, add two inches to each side (allowance for wrapping around the canvas).
    FinishedBlock
  2. Cut four (4) pieces of batting tape the length of each side. The batting tape will be used to stabilize and finish the edges of the block.
    BattingTapeFinishing
  3. Fold the batting tape over each edge (one at a time). Iron to adhere the batting tape and hold it in place. Take the pre-made canvas board and place it on the back of the block face down.
    Frame_Placement
  4. Take the first long edge of the fabric block and fold over the frame. Staple in the middle, in place. Repeat on the opposite side, stretching the block flat. Fold the corners (try folding a 45 degree angle), pull lightly to stretch the block smooth, staple in place. Repeat with each corner. If needed, add additional staples to provide the appropriate even stretch over your frame.
    Staple_Print
    NOTE: Check as you add the staples, that the block is laying flat and have smooth edges with each addition of a staple.

  5. Turn your block over….your block is all done. This block is a 12 x 4″.
    Pink_Art_Block

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 3: Modern “T” Block}

Reposting original post (JUL 2014)

In May, I taught a Modern Block class at Spoonflower. I promised folks that I would share the designs/patterns of each blocks of my sampler quilt.

Spoonflower_Class1_Blocks

As promised, here is the first one – the modern “T” block. Finished size is 12″.
T_Block

Planning your Block

This block is actually a repeated pattern (the whole repeat blocks are marked in blue below). You can chain piece the block pieces or you can make it using paper piecing.  Start by planning your block, color in the pieces so you know where pieces go. I have included a template you can color here.

Note: This is considered a challenging block due to the small pieces – to give you an idea the sashing is 1/2″, the small square is 1″.

repeatpatternTblock

Method 1: Piecing

Cutting Instructions

Below are cutting instructions for the pieces. I have mapped these instructions with the colors in the T Block photo above.

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)  Fat Eighth
  • 4 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 6 1.5” x 3”
  • 7 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 5 1.5” x 1.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 5 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 5 1.5” x 3”
  • 6 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric D (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 6 1.5” x 1.5”
Fabric E (White Sashing) Fat eighth
  • 8 1” strips (~20 inches long)

Making your Block
TBlock_Order

  1. I chain piece all my small colored pieces to the white sashing strips. The white sashing will be pieces 2, 3, 4, 6, 8b and 9.
  2. Start with all the 1 pieces and sew them to a strip of white sashing (#2). Trim all the pieces so that you now have 1+2 combined. Press seams open.
  3. Now chain piece on the other side another white strip to the 1+2 pieces. Trim all the pieces, and now you have 1+2+3 combined. Press seams open.
  4. Now chain piece 1+2+3 to another white strip (#4). Trim to create 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  5. Add #5 pieces to 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  6. Chain piece 1+2+3+4+5 to a white strip (#6). Trim and press seams.
  7. Add #7 to the 1+2+3+4+5+6.
  8. Chain piece 8a to a white strip (#8b). Trim and press seams.
  9. Sew 8a+8b to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 block. Press seams.
  10. Finally, chain piece 1-9 block to a white strip (#9). Trim and press seams
  11. Repeat 8 times for the whole block repeats (the sections marked above with blue lines).
  12. At this point, use a design board. Layout your whole blocks. Take the other remaining pieces and lay them out. For the remaining pieces, you can sew each of the pieces one by one, using the same system as a whole block above, sewing just the relevant pieces.
  13. Once all pieces /repeats are sewn, join pieces of each column (i.e. piece going down instead of the typical rows across).
  14. When piecing the 4 columns together, use a lot of pins. I recommend lining up all the colored pieces to ensure alignment is accurate.

Method 2: Paper Piecing

This is not an instruction for paper-piecing, I am assuming you know. The template for the repeat block can be found here. Here are some instructions:

  • Print template at 100%
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down around the A, B and C sections
  • Once you finish paper piecing each section; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Join sections in the order A–>B; AB–>C
  • Once the ABC block is complete make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Follow the above steps 13-14 in method 1 ( to join the blocks down each column and then joining column to column.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

 

Awkward Paper Piecing Angles??

I love paper piecing and have been doing a lot lately. Previously, I blogged about some useful tips and lessons learned when paper-piecing. I have another tip, for those awkward angles.

You know those angles that the fabric starts off not in line with the shape you want to cover, at all. The one you can just cut a really big piece of fabric to make sure it folds over and covers the whole piece.

What about trying these few steps to make it easier.

1. Place fabric covering the shape you are piecing. In the photo I have the fabric, right side facing down and the paper template facing up.
Positioning_fabric

2. Fold  the template and fabric carefully, along the line of the paper template that you will be stitching on. Press with an iron.
Folding_fabric

3. You will now have a crease in your fabric.
Fold_Pressed

4.  Use that crease to line up your fabric with the template, readying it to stitch along the line. Note the fabric in the picture is now right side facing up, and is positioned in that awkward position. Hold in place (you can use pins or glue). Stitch along the template line.
Stitched_piece

5.  Trim excess (allowing for a 1/4″), fold over the fabric and press along the stitched line.
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6. This is how my block finished up.
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Let me know if you have any questions, or any trouble when trying it out. Linking up with Stephenie @Late Night Quilter for Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays.

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