Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ok, as promised, here is a closeup of the cherry block. I got the cherry pattern from this book. I did not use their setting pattern- just sort of made one up. I used fusible web and machine stitched around the pieces with a satin stitch.

I am making 15 each of the following blocks using random placement of red, green, black and white fabrics:
This one has a 1-inch strip around the center, and then the outer one will be 2"(finished).

This one has a 2-inch strip and the outer one will be 1"(finished). I am just alternating these blocks.
My outer strips look bigger in the picture because I make 1/2" seams in my quilts. I had issues with my quilts coming apart (we use them pretty hard) with 1/4" seams, so I switched to 1/2" a few years back. I don't use patterns, so it hasn't been a problem. This is not something I would recommend for everyone, but it works for me. (It also makes the math really easy!) Another thing that I like about it is that it makes a heavier quilt. The most obvious drawback is that I go through more fabric this way, but I just plan for that.
Does anyone else do this? I am the only person I know of who does it.


  1. It really is a nice block and the quilt is going to look great! Love the scrappy freshness of it...

  2. PS I like to use a fat 1/4" seam when I sew, but try for a scant 1/4" when I am in a block exchange. A larger seam allowance makes a lot of sense when quilts are loved a lot...

  3. This is very cute! certainly have the machine applique down pat...good job. This is not easy...but practice makes perfect right. I haven't done any in a while, but i kept detailed notes from experience on the applique..i know exactly where to set my stitches when i get ready...even if it has been a while. Keep up the good work!!

  4. I am so in love with these cherries!!

    Mmmm.. now this is edible fabric.

    Congratulations on your blog. It is looking fab!!

    Loz in Oz

  5. Oh, you already learned how to hide the http!!! LOL!!

    Anyway.... happy new year!!

  6. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Nice to read about you too! Where are you situated, I wasn't sure if you were in America or across the pond in UK? Do tell! The quilts look great.


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