25 May The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt
Do you know about the Desperate Housewife’s Quilt? If not, you should! Jane (quiltjane) has published nearly 100 8″ block designs – half of them her own design and half of them by guest bloggers. Today, I am so excited to be one of her guest bloggers! Check out some of the other blocks on the Desperate Housewife page on Jane‘s blog or in Flickr groups here and here.
square of background fabric
2¼” and 4¼” from the top on
the left side of the block and 4¼”
and 6 1/4″ on the right side of the block.
These are the guides for your path.
removable marking pencil, draw a gentle curve between the 2¼” mark on the left
side and the 4¼”
mark on the right side. Repeat for the 4¼” mark on the left
side and the 6¼”
mark on the right side. (Note: if you aren’t confident in your drawing
abilities, draw curves on a sheet of plain paper until you draw one you like. Cut along the drawn line and use it as a
guide to draw onto your block).
circle template, mark 16 1⅜”
circles on the wrong side of the pebble scraps.
Cut out the circles roughly on the drawn line. Note that you will NOT be trying to appliqué
beautifully round pebbles J.
pebbles along your path until you are pleased with the fabric mix. Pin the pebbles roughly in place – they may
need to be moved a bit as you stitch them down.
turn appliqué*, turn under approximately 3/16″
and appliqué the pebbles in place. DO
NOT make them perfectly round. Give them
bumps and straight spots like real pebbles have.
pebbles overlap other pebbles and the edge of the path, trim the pebble to the
of options. Both of these use some
blocks like the one above and some mirror image blocks. Just turning the block won’t get this
design. Making a mirror image block is
simple – all you have to do is move your path so that the left side
measurements are on the right side and vice versa – so the path goes from lower left to upper right. Doesn’t it make a great border if you fill in
web machine appliqué. Draw 1″
circles on the paper side of the fusible web.
Cut them out leaving some room around the shape. Apply the fusible to the back of your pebble
fabrics. Cut out your pebbles with some
flatter sides and bumps. Layout on your
path, trimming the edge of the pebble at the edge of the path as needed and
stitch down. Wouldn’t a blanket stitch
give a nice texture to your pebbles?