Black and White and Red All Over Quilt (part 8)

Next in the Craftsy Block of the Month I made some Foundation Piecing blocks. These were really fun and relaxing to do; all you need to do is attach strips on top of each other randomly. It was really nice to get into the rhythm of sew-press-trim sew-press-trim without having to worry about the precise order or placing of fabric.

First, the String Block. It started as four squares with diagonal lines marked for the initial pieces. After each strip was added, it was pressed flat and a new strip sewn to it and the foundation square. Instead of going for totally random strips I divided my squares into red and black to create a focal square. This block would be pretty straightforward to make into a full quilt, maybe alternating the colours to create lots of different coloured diamonds.

spider boxString Block

spider crossBroken Spider Web Block

The Broken Spider Web involved a little more prep (ie. measuring 3 points on each triangle), but involved the same design-as-you-go process. This time the foundation triangle was only sewn to the initial strips and then cut away at the end; the resulting block is less bulky, and all the fabric used is seen, which is great for thrifty quilting.

This is one of my favourite techniques so far; it looks more complex than it is, and was very relaxing to create. There are two more sets of blocks to show you, meanwhile I am watching Leah Day’s Craftsy course showing how to free motion quilt the quilt, while I try my hardest to rest my knitting-injured wrist.

Other posts in the series:
Part 1 – Slashed Blocks 
Part 2 – Half-Square Triangles
Part 3 – Nine-Patch Blocks
Part 4 – Star Blocks
Part 5 – Dresden Blocks
Part 6 – Hexagons
Part 7 – Log Cabins


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