This post will be the first in a sporadic series called From Start to Finish. As I'm sure a lot of you do, I find quilt inspiration in many unlikely places--flooring, rugs, pillows, tile, upholstery. I'll take you through my design process, from initial inspiration to completed quilt. Welcome to the first edition.
If you are here from the Sew Timeless blog, thanks for stopping by.
Soho Solids line, I jumped at the chance. It seemed perfect for a design idea that had been floating around ever since I saw this picture in a magazine.
I started sketching the idea on graph paper, changing the design from a hexagon to an octagon.
Then this arrived in the mail. Beautiful colors and the fun black and white stripe.
Marti Michell ruler, which is great especially if you decide you want to make the block larger or smaller.
You can also use this pdf template (although I have never tried to embed a pdf so you may have to email me and I can send it to you--the template should measures 6 1/2 inches from top to bottom). This particular block first involves making strip sets, and from then on the construction remains the same.
For each block, I cut three 1 1/2" strips of A, B (always the black and white stripe, although I considered changing its placement in one of the blocks--so that might be a fun idea to try), C, and D, and three 2 1/2" strips from E. Cut one white square and one black square, 4 3/8". Trim in half diagonally.
Because I was working with fat quarters, it required making three strip sets for each block.
When the strips are cut, it is time to sew. There are different opinions on how to sew strip sets together, and how to keep them straight rather than curving. Because these were each relatively short strips, for each set I sewed A and B together, then C, D, and E together. Your strip set should be 6 1/2" wide. I then pressed the seams open, and then sewed those two sets together and pressed that seam open as well. With one block I tried pressing the seams to the side rather than open, hoping that the seams would nest together in a future step, but that ended up not working well for me. Maybe you will have better luck, so use the system that works for you.
Now you are ready to cut.
Using your template or ruler, cut the kaleidoscope triangles. You should be able to get three from each strip set.
(Side note: I didn't photograph the Bullseye block steps from start to finish. Oops. So the next two photographs will be from a different kaleidoscope block tutorial, but the construction is just the same.)
1. Take two kaleidoscope wedges, place right sides together and sew from the wide edge to the point, to form four sets. After sewing the sets together, press the seam to one side; be consistent, so all the seams are pressed in the same direction, either clockwise or counter clockwise.
2. Take two of these units and sew them together, again from the wide edge to the point, again pressing the seam to one side. There are now two halves of the kaleidoscope.
3. Carefully line up the two halves, making sure that the seams match. If all the seams have been pressed in the same direction, the center seam should nest together nicely. For good measure, stick a pin in the center to hold it in place. Sew the two halves together.
4. When pressing the center seam, again press the seam in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion, which will create a little pinwheel at the center. This will help the block remain flat where the bulk of all the seams come together.
First I sewed all the triangles together.Don't they look cool when you alternate them up and down?
This was the best I could do. If only I had had some help to hold it open below the archery sign.
I hope you will give the Bullseye blocks a try. If you have any questions whatsoever, don't hesitate to contact me! I'm working on a new From Start to Finish and you can catch progress shots on Instagram-- @liveacolorfullife.
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