The seventh block of the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza is here—I’ve named it Making Waves–it’s an unexpected yet whimsical block. Use the Carefree Curves Template to create the shapes easily and without setting in any curved seams.
Have you selected fabrics and created the strata for your 2016 Block of the Month? Check out the details in the January 9 blog. I encourage you to use as many scraps from your stash as possible. I’m using bright and neutral fabrics in this quilt.
All blocks for 2016 will be created from pieced fabric strata. Read more on this blog post.
Block #7: Making Waves
- One neutral fabric strata
- One bright fabric strata
- Bright and neutral strata scraps from previous month’s blocks
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- Point 2 Point Turner
- Trace ‘n Create Carefree Curves Template Set (Wagon Wheel and Fan Template)
- Monofilament thread
- Fine tip non-permanent marking pen
Cut the following fabric and interfacing pieces:
- From each bright and neutral strata cut two 12-7/8″ x 12-7/8″ fabric squares (background).
- Mark and cut each square in half on the diagonal.
- From previous month’s scraps, find a neutral and bright strata piece slightly larger than the Wagon Wheel and Fan Template, about 9″ x 5″
- Cut four strips of interfacing approximately 9″ x 3″.
Create the Waves
- Place the Wagon Wheel and Fan Template over the wrong side of each fabric strata.
- Trace the right and left sides of the 12″ arc and 10″ arc with a fine tip marking pen.
- Using rotary cutting tools, trim the right and left side at the marked line.
- Pin the smooth side of the interfacing strips to the right side of the fabric along the 12″ arc.
- Straight stitch, using a short stitch length, 2.0—2.5, directly on the marked curve.
- Use a rotary pinking blade to remove excess fabric.
- Remove the excess interfacing from within the arcs, leaving approximately 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn the interfacing to the wrong side.
- Use a turning tool to smooth the curves.
- Pin the smooth side of the interfacing strips to the right side of the fabric along the shorter 10″ arc.
- Straight stitch.
Build the Quilt Block
- Pin arcs to backgrounds aligning the cut edges.
- Edgestitch with monofilament thread.
- Position the right and left sides as they will look when the block is finished.
- Carefully fold the right side onto the left. Line up the waves at the diagonal seam.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join.
- Press seam allowances flat to set the seam.
- Press seam open.
Note from Nancy: This block will have unavoidable bulk in the seam allowances. To really flatten the seams, press with steam and then apply even pressure using a wooden Tailor’s Clapper while the fabric is warm. It’s magic!
- Ta-dah! Another block is complete.
What would a Quilt Look Like?
Suppose we were to make a quilt using only this one block style, what would it look like?
- This first digital concept is a table runner made from five Making Waves blocks. To create a continuous wave look, three blocks are created using this exact tutorial and two blocks were made with the diagonal line pointing in the opposite direction.
- The second digital concept quilt builds on the table runner’s opposing diagonal lines to create an entire wave quilt. Find more information on creating a pieced border in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes.
- The last digital quilt features the block, as created in the tutorial. It is rotated 90 degrees and set in a basic quilter’s grid, 6 blocks by 8 blocks. A group of four blocks appears to create a circle hiding behind wedges.
Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
Sew and Share
Send in a photo of your blocks and quilts and we’ll share with others in upcoming blogs and on Facebook. I’d really like to see what fabrics you’re using! Send the images to firstname.lastname@example.org
I enjoyed reading all of your ideas about where to use appliqué alphabet embroidery designs from last week’s blog on embroidering baby bibs. The random winner of a Carefree Appliqué Alphabet Embroidery Design Collection is Cindy Schultz. She said: “You could use it to make a birthday banner with the child’s age and name. You could also make different holiday banners using the appliqués.” Great ideas!
Bye for now,