Hi All. I'm so jazzed about all the positive comments I have been getting. My mind has been going over time with design ideas. This week I decided to start a block of the week pattern. There will be 4 blocks total. I'll let you know which dies I used and show the block.. you should be able to figure it out from there. While putting these blocks together and looking to see if they are Studio dies and or GO dies, I noticed something very cool for all of you with studio dies. When I first purchased my studio diecutter and my numerous dies, Accuquilt was just Accucut. They sold mainly to schools and scrapbooking. Somewhere along the line some one ran some fabric through and the angels began to sing. So all of my dies were "Accucut" dies. There are two different catalogs for dies and let me tell you, the Accucut catalog has even more dies that can also be used with fabric. So warning…. in the coming weeks, I may show you a die that is on the Accucut site and not necessarily on the Accuquilt site. The die name is the same but the item numbers are different depending on the catalog you order from. So I'll leave them out. It just means lots more fun and ideas for all of us. So if for some reason you can't find it on Accuquilt, go to Accucut. Most of the time it will just be a different size offered. But sometimes it will be a die not shown on the Accuquilt site.
Ok here we go for week 3's design.
I started with some of my favorite batik fabrics. I'll use them for all 4 blocks with a little bit of a dark brown I use in two of the blocks. Sorry I don't have it pictured here. The greyish pink batik in the background is for my background blocks. Now, you are cutting out some tiny shapes and have to decide how to get them to stay on the back ground fabric. You have some choices here. You can use a product like WonderUnder or Seam a Seam and iron it on the back BEFORE running it through your Accuquilt cutter. Or you can use a glue product like a stick glue or liquid glue product like Roxannes. Whatever works the best for you. For this project, I'm going to use a stick glue and see how it does. I'll let you know later when I go to sew everything down. But you need to decide this now before cutting out your shapes.
I used 5 different dies for my first block. Now don't get all stressed… I know it's a lot of dies but I do repeat some of these as I go along. It just goes to show, you can't have too many of these things. Here is a picture of my die stash. I could easily triple this if money allowed.
The dies used are from left to right: Petal Play-Sunflower,Layering Die-Oval, Flowers and Leaves #3 and bottom is Heart #9 Sm. I'm showing the back of the dies so you can see them better.
The Petal Play-sunflower die is one of my favorites for leaves. So far I have not made a sunflower with it. I used the holes and stem from the Flowers and Leaves #3 die and the smallest oval from the layering-oval die.
I used a 9" square of background fabric for all the blocks in the series. I actually had it designed for me as they didn't have that size 8+ years ago.
Ok…. drum roll please………
I'm down to my iphone for a camera. Hang in there with me will ya.
So, that's block number 1. Hope you like it. Everyone that comes in the shop and sees it has asked me to make kits. So hopefully by the last block I'll have some done and put on Etsy.
Note: We are going to finish these in a quilt as you go wall hanging. I'll show you later how I do it. But important! You need to make sure you have at least 1/2" available around your design for the seam allowance. Yes, we will be doing 1/2" seams.
I'll see you next week! It will look great when it all comes together!
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