|In her 'how-to' article I liked that she states, "The first rule of quilt making|
is there are no rules - hooray!" On the next page, she goes on to state the
wrong and right way of piecing a 'door' type frame.
- door frame type, as illustrated above
- mitered corners (or fake mitered corners)
- off-set frames
- use of cornerstones
|The block with the red & white diamond pattern show the off-set|
frames type of framing. It give balance and the eye walks it's
way around the block, not being stopped where the seams meet.
|Another example of off-set frame: these boots look like they are marching|
circles around the fish. I like how it looks continuous and not disjointed.
|Sew the top strip on first, leaving the last inch not sewn. |
The hardest part is remembering not to sew to the end, but
that is why we have seam rippers!
|I like to leave a little extra and trim when I have surrounded my block.|
If you are into quilting math, read Lynn's formula for getting your strips
just the right length.
|This is how the finished block looks. Solid colors really |
make an impact, as you will see in the following slides.
|Step 1: sew the top one first, and leave an inch left unstitched.|
Press after each strip is added. Step 2: sew the left side on.
|Step 3: sew the bottom strip|
Step 4 sew the right strip on; press the seam flat
|Step 5: finish sewing the seam of the top strip to the block; you may need|
to press it first, so it lays flat
Step 6: press the seams out; square the block up
and you have a nicely balanced, finished block
|I used the off-set frame technique to make this wall hanging for my daughter.|
It is not a square block in the center, but it works just the same way.
I did not want to incorporate too many skulls into this, so it worked perfectly!
Notice, in the center of this photo, how the off-set frames create a weaving effect where the blocks come together. If you use bolder stripped fabrics around your blocks, this woven effect is much more pronounced than with the choices I used in this quilt. I was trying to use what I had in my stash, instead of heading out and buying more fabric.
Even though those weaves at the intersections of the blocks are not hugely noticeable, I really love how this quilt turned out. The best fabric choices for accentuating the woven intersections are bold strips and plaids.
Thank you for reading and viewing my presentation. Now I have to decide what to do with these two log cabin blocks, because I have run out of the outer swirly blue fabric and only had a fat quarter of the bicycle fabric . . . I guess it is time to make another fab bag!