Monday, November 14, 2011

Frame block tutorial

 Remember this bunny block?  Well, I thought I'd share a tutorial on how I made it!  The one I've made for the tutorial is a little different, switching in more of the background fabric where I've used that aqua print in the bunny block.  Both styles give a great frame effect, one just looks like a floating frame, the other like there's a matt in the frame.  Either one would make a cute cushion, especially if it frames a favorite fabric or an initial embroidery.  Just saying.

First, cut your fabric. 

For a 12" finished block you'll need...

center print:
one piece 5½" x 5½"

matt or background fabric:
two pieces 5½" x 1"
two pieces 6½" x 1"

frame fabric:
two pieces 6½" x 1½"
two pieces 10½" x 1½"
four pieces 1½" x 1½"

background fabric:
four pieces 6½" x 1½"
four pieces 1½" x 1½"
two pieces 10½" x 1½"
two pieces 12½" x 1½"

1.  Sew the 1" wide strips to the center square, pressing seams out.
2.  Add the two 6½" x 1½" frame pieces on two parallel sides of the block.  Press the seams out.
3.  Add the two 6½" x 1½" background pieces to the same sides, pressing out.

4.  Add the two 10½" x 1½" frame pieces, pressing out.
5.  Sew a 1½" x 1½" frame piece to either end of the two remaining 6½" x 1½" background pieces.
6.  Add the 1½" x 1½" background pieces.
7.  Sew these strip sets to the block along the long frame pieces.  Press toward the frame.

Sew the remaining background pieces to the block!  We're done!  Hope you like the block, I'd love to see it if you make any.


ps: thanks so much for all the lovely comments lately!  I was a way over the weekend and unexpectedly without internet access so I'm slowly getting back to everyone.

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