Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Technique Tuesday with Festive Season and Hexagons

Here are two versions of one block: same fabrics but different technique. The first is English Paper Pieced (EPP) using Katja Marek's New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar. It is 6" wide (3" along a straight side).

November 25 block from the New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar
I tend to be a renegade and don't always follow the rules exactly. (Nothing illegal, just a bit off the beaten path.) I first looked at this block and realized I could easily rotary cut and sew it by machine. And that's exactly what I did.
November 25 block rotary cut and sewn
This is all part of a year long adventure with Katja's quilt shop and her "Quilt with Me" project. Each month Katja selects one of the blocks in the calendar and then we make a wreath of 6 blocks. Quite a lot of work when you EPP. As a renegade, I have used rotary cutting to make several of them.

Today at the Benartex blog (Sew in Love with Fabric), I share my finished November wreath using this block and Festive Season fabrics by Jackie Robinson. I absolutely love this fabric and have made quite a few blocks with it (besides the wreath). My favorite fabrics are those with the large cardinals, which I fussy cut for a few other blocks.

Fussy cutting one of the cardinals
Here is the finished wreath of 6 blocks with that awesome fussy cut cardinal in the center.

Festive Season table topper
Go check it out at Sew in Love with Fabric and see my steps. And you will see my finished Festive Season table topper. And there are NO y-seams - honest!

9 comments:

  1. Hello Debby; Your Wreath is gorgeous! I am so glad that you shared your tutorial on how to use our rulers to make this block. It will be a fun and challenging project to learn. In my opinion, I think gorgeous fabric such as this should be highlighted or used in a way that it is showcased specially as you have done! I would love to own bolts of each of these fabrics! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my sharing about those ruler lines! And, yes, this fabric is truly gorgeous!

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  2. Love the cardinal in the center! Gives me lots of ideas for fussy cutting fabrics I have in my stash.

    Sandy A

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    1. Sometimes we have to sacrifice some extra fabric to get those special motifs, but it really is worth it. thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Your wreath is fabulous, Debbie! Thank you so much for being such a giving quilter! Your blog directions, insights, beautiful projects, and wonderfully written books and patterns are a true inspiration to quilters everywhere! I so appreciate all you do for the quilting world!

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    1. Thanks for your very kind words about my work. I've been at this for 25 years and I'm so glad I'm able to share things that inspire other quilters. thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Debby! It's beautiful! Thanks for giving us permission to "break the rules" now and then. :)

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    1. I think this is Jeannine, right? Yes, we can break rules (as long as we don't put anyone in danger!)

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  5. Hi Debby, I love your Festive Holiday table topper, and what pretty fabrics. I skipped over to Sew in Love with Fabrics to see how you made it. I have lots and lots of Christmas fabrics, and can see something like this in my future. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity. Ann Marie in Arizona. I have to post as anonymous for now. Loving your blog.

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