Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



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When you hear the phrase, “Sew Big” you might think of a baby’s upright arm motion. Today that phrase gets an addendum—“Sew Big Quilt Blocks.” I naturally want to spread my arms to show the size of the blocks. Debbie Bowles, owner of Maple Island Quilts, is the designer of 18″ quilt blocks that are speedy to piece plus have great impact.

Debbie has an affinity for beautiful fabric prints. Rather than cutting up the fabric into little pieces, she designs quilts using 18″ blocks. When multiplied several times, this asymmetrical big block turns into a queen-sized quilt that has drama and movement.

First, the 18″ block

The block is from the Big Quilt pattern. There are five sections to this quilt with a large focal fabric. Debbie used an assortment of lovely batiks for this feature.


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



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Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



But there are more options!

Debbie used flannel for this lap quilt. With just 12 blocks, a lap quilt can be stitched in mere hours.


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



T-shirt quilts

Several times a week we get asked for a T-shirt quilt pattern. Well, this Big Quilt pattern is ideal. June Tailor also has a new T-Shirt Transformation Ruler, which makes centering and cutting squares from knit fabrics a breeze.


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Mix and Match 9″ and 18″ blocks

I found this quilt absolutely fascinating! The pattern gives an option for a half-sized quilt block. Featured below is how Debbie combined the blocks! Don’t you just adore that large floral print?


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



18″ block


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



 9″ block

 
Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



 So join us as we sew Big Quilt Blocks!


Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



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