Friday, September 29, 2017

Block 9 of the Growing Up QAL

Getting this block done just in a nick of time!


Growing Up QAL September quilt block

This is the September block for the Growing Up QAL, hosted by Alida at Alida Tweloq Designs.

The block skill this month uses bias tape applique, and before jumping in, I played with color arrangement in EQ7 so that I could maintain the red/white/blue theme.

After sewing the background pieces together, a 1" cream WOF strip was made into tape for applique. I did not make bias tape because I was not going to form the tape around any curves. A straight WOF cut is fine here.

Using Clover's handy-dandy tape maker tool, 


bias tape maker

the 1" strip made a generous 1/2" tape. 


half inch bias tape maker

Next time though, I think I'll use a bit wider strip, 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" because the folded edges are a bit narrow, and they don't touch in the center. For pressing and sewing purposes, a bit wider strip would have been nice.

Now, if I were making curves and using bias tape, I probably would have put the narrow fusible tape on the backside, as was done on the St Patrick's wall hanging.


St Patricks Day wall hanging with bias tape

But no need here, as it was short, straight lines.


half inch tape applique

So were am I in this QAL? Here's all of my blocks so far, one for every month except for two in February.


Growing Up QAL blocks 1-9

Quite the great array of blocks! Let me know if you're making these to - it's fun to share!

Happy Quilting!



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2 comments:

  1. I was really impressed at how perfectly you had sewn down the tape to the block. Did you use a special foot to get such a lovely straight stitch?

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  2. Wow, all the blocks looks so fantastic together! You chose a wonderful color scheme and it really worked out amazing!! Thanks for participating in the QAL and for sharing your experience with the different techniques!!

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