Sunday, February 14, 2010

TATRWJ - Row 6, Block 5

My sixth "Trip Around the Rainbow With Jane" block.
TATRWJ - Row 6, Block 5
Completed on Feb. 12, 2010 (9pcs)
TATRWJ - 6 Blocks, 0 Triangles, 0 Corners, 98 Pieces

Jane's Block
In War Time - Row 6, Block 5
Photo of Jane's Block - With Blue Lines Added to Outline the Block

For this block I printed a freezer paper pattern, and cut out the appliques. Then I pieced the center applique.

After that, I pressed the freezer paper for the center applique onto the back of the joined piece, then folded the seam allowances under and basted them to the paper, and pressed again. I did the same with the 4 melons. This way I had nice sharply outlined pieces to applique.

Then I pressed the remaining piece of freezer paper (the background with the appliques cut out) onto the center of a 6 inch square (I wanted extra that would be trimmed off at the end).

When I held the background square up to the light, it was easy to see where the appliques should go, and I pinned them over the holes in the paper that I could see. After that, I could just sit and sew until all 5 appliques were done.

Then I slit the back of the center (careful to cut ONLY the background fabric!) and cut the background down to about 1/4" seam allowance, and removed the basting and freezer paper. For the melons I only cut a slit since they were so small, and removed the basting and paper.

One final press and trim, and DONE! The freezer paper inside the applique gives a nice edge to sew against. I liked this method, and will use it again.


luv2quilt2 said...

Beautiful block. I haven't done this one yet, so your instructions will be helpful.

viridian said...

I use the freezer paper inside/on the bottom too and like it.

Minka's Studio said...

I just discovered your blog. I live in NH and have been trying to get to Bennington for several years now to see the DJQ. Thank you for the photos and your comments about the quilt! I had no idea about the sashing. I have 136 blocks done; I do not planning to make the "snowcones." I've been thinking about the sashing lately and you have given me so much more to to think about!

Connie said...

I haven't worked on any blocks in a long time. But hope to get back to it in the near future.

Minka, I like the way you documented the changes to your blocks. You have some beautiful blocks. I love how you fussy cut your fabric, and the birds ones are fantastic!