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Stamp Block Quilt Project
By: Gai Perry for C&T Publishing
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40 different small blocks of fabric make up this stamp quilt from C&T Publishing. With so many different fabrics, you won't need a color scheme and can use up any scraps from your fabric stash.
This project comes form Gai Perry's book Color From the Heart.
You will need a half yard of an outer border fabric and an eighth yard of an inner border fabric, but wait until the main body of the quilt is complete before making your selections.
Cut 3 squares 2″ x 2″ from each of the 40 fabrics for a total of 120 squares. Put all the squares in a lunch-size paper bag and shake it to mix the fabrics.
Begin the Design:
Following the same procedure, add 11 more rows (10 squares across) for a total of 12 rows.
You must practice rigid self-control and put the squares up just as they come out of the bag. No peeking!
If you try rearranging the squares at this point, you will defeat the purpose of the exercise. The only reason to exchange a square is when the same fabric appears next to itself.
Ask the following questions about your design:
Is there a pleasing balance of colors? Sometimes several closely related hues will be grouped together and you will have to decide whether they make the quilt look awkward-interesting or awkward-unbalanced. Look for happy accidents like colors or prints that, until now, you would never dream of putting together–and surprisingly, they look good!
If you answered yes to the last question, now is the time to make some changes. Do a little rearranging or add some new squares of fabric and delete others. I caution you not to make any more changes than necessary. If you do, the spontaneous charm of the quilt will be lost. Let your intuition tell you when the quilt “feels right.”
When you are pleased with the arrangement of squares, it’s time to sew your Postage Stamp quilt.
2. Sew the squares together in the row directly above the bottom row and this time, press all the seam allowances to the right.
3. Working toward the top of the quilt, continue sewing rows of squares together and alternate the pressing direction of the seam allowances from row to row.
4. When all the squares are sewn into rows, join the rows. (Note: Pinning at each seam allowance juncture will produce nicely aligned squares and perhaps save some ripping out and resewing.) Press all these seam allowances either up or down. Pressing them in a single direction will make the quilt top lay flatter.
1. Cut the inner border strips 1 1/4″ wide.
2. Cut the outer border strips 3 1/2″ wide.
3. Attach the borders.
Once the quilt top is assembled, it’s ready for quilting. Refer to your reference of choice for quilting and finishing instructions.
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