As many of you know, I have a real inability to sit through the creation and execution of any hand work at all. With that being the case, I am ever impressed and amazed at other’s ABILITY to do so. At PIQF there were so many quilts with an incredible amount of work completed by hand.
Working on THIS would make me crazy! But I love it!
And the rules stated that we could add one fabric and we had to have a rectangle-shaped part to the block. I added the bright raspberry to bring out the flowers in the brown plaid and in the rose fabric. It’s very hard for me to work without a WHITE in there somewhere, but I persevered!
So when I went to design my block and saw that my fabrics included a brown – I JUST HAD TO make a mustache!
I designed the 12″ block to have a 6 x 12 panel in the middle to showcase the Wyatt. Then I thought the rest of the fabric would look nice with a piano key border. I drew it out nice, but then I sewed it wonky, of course!
When I drew up a brand new mustache for this block, my Thoroughly Modern Mavis Wednesday Night Drop in girls named it Wyatt! They also thought Samuel, Twain and Clemens were good names for this guy, so feel free to change the name – in fact name it after your uncle Spencer or your cousin Gilbert; it’s fine with me!
I was worried about the piano keys being too plain so I added a 1/2″ cross strip to break up the 3″ piano keys.
So strap on your spurs! Here’s how to make The Wyatt Block!
Copy the mustache to the paper side of the fusible.
Fuse the pattern to back of the fabric, then cut it out and fuse to a light background rectangle 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
I stitched around the mustache with a raspberry thread using a straight stitch. Then I traced the name from my pattern, using my trusty Frixion pen, and stitched it by hand using a back stitch. (For my loyal friends and readers who are in shock because you know that I NEVER do hand work, all I can say is needs must! And I’m a big girl now.)
I cut my strips randomly-ish as follows (pictured in order above) 2 1/4″, 2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1″ and 1″.
I sewed all the strips together randomly. Notice that I added in a tiny strip of the mustache fabric – very important visually.
Press seams in one direction or open them if you like (crispy-fried fingers).
Subcut your strips as follows: 4 strips at 2″, 4 strips at 1 1/2″, 4 strips at 1″.
When I am working with small, complex strip sets I add a bit when I subcut and then trim down when I’ve assembled the whole thing. Then I can be sure to get the measurements correct. I usually sew my just a little fat.
Create randomly pieced strips by removing a bit here or there and sewing the bits together. Rip your pieces apart and sew them back together. Don’t use a seam ripper, be rough, pull, tear, go Maverick! The quilt police aren’t watching!
Create a 2″ strip longer than 12 1/2″
Repeat the process with the 1 1/2″ strips. Create a 1 1/2″ strip longer than 12 1/2″
Move the 1″ strip bits around and then add in little chunks of the light background fabric for some visual punch.
Create a 1″ strip longer than 12 1/2″
Then sew the three strip sets together and trim down to 3 1/2″ wide and 12 1/2″ long.
Repeat the process for the bottom of the block. Have fun with this process! Don’t stress; make it wonky!
Add your strip sets to the top and bottom of your mustache bar and go get a drink!
Yee Ha, you did it!
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That means you read the posts and make some brand spankin’ new blocks for a creative project!
The lovely Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios has invited me to join in on his Blogger’s Bar Hop Quilt Along… Won’t you join us in the fun?
Here is what Scott has to say about this little shin dig…
“This year, some bloggers and a bunch of new friends have returned for this autumn’s Blue Nickel Quiltalong. This year we are focusing on using rectangles in our blocks and after much cleverness searching we came up with this title: the blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong.
Now lest we offend some of you along the way with our reference to a Bar Hop, let us all remember that Bars come in all varieties. Tavern/Pub bars, yes, but also: Candy Bars, Snack Bars, Breakfast Bars, Sand Bars, Tea Bars (okay, that would be a Tea House, I know…..) Ice Cream Bars, Behind Bars, etc. So pick YOUR favorite Bar and Hop along with us!
The fabric we are featuring has been generously supplied by Clothworks from their European TaupeVIII collection by Kinkame. Soft, subtle, and maybe just a little more “traditional” in tone. We have fourteen bloggers with styles ranging from very modern to the somewhat more traditional side of the quilting street. We believe the “wall” that sometimes comes up between quilters on those lines should be torn down, so that is part of why the collection has been chosen. If you choose to make your blocks out totally modern or totally traditional, they will work just fine. We love to see the variety of blocks that emerge from these quiltalongs!
Each designer was given four fat quarters from the collection and told they could add one solid and one print of their choice OR two solids and that was it. The other requirement was that they had to use at least one rectangle (bar) in the block somewhere. The blocks will all finish to a useful 12” x 12” size. Feel free to post your blocks here as you hop along with us!
Well, there you have it! I like what Scott said about the softer color palette: “We believe the “wall” that sometimes comes up between quilters on those lines should be torn down.” I’m up for that – are you?
Stay tuned for updates and Join Me in the QuiltAlong!