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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rainy Sundays

Hi All 
It's been raining here in Sydney all weekend, and it's really nice! it hasn't rained here for a while and the garden really needed it.

I thought I'd show you a good way to get rid of some scraps and small bits of fabric you might have lying around.

I call this my 

Eton Mess Squares Block

I am using a 1/2 inch seam in this example. Very odd I know - but I like it, It irons down easily and sits nicer when I use big heavy linens and canvas.

In this example I had 6 different fabric ranges. Ultimately you could have a million different fabrics or just two - The possibilities in this block are endless.

First you need to make a framed Square 
- you will need one 7 X 7 inch square and then framed with 3 1/2 inch strips for each square.

Fold selvage to selvage, line up your fabric and trim to square off. 
Measure 7 inches and cut

turn your strip and measure 7 inches again - now you have a 7 X 7 inch square.

cut a 3 1/2 inch strip and then cut into 

a 7 inch strip and 12 inch strip

each framed square should have a contrasting fabric framing it.

sew both 7 inch strips to the squares, press seams open.

Sew the 12 inch seams and press seams open

One finished framed Square

For todays purpose Im working with 9 framed squares

Grab three squares from a row and place on top of each other

Make one cut horizontally and vertically, try to be a bit off centre to make it look a bit more messy.

re-arrange blocks back together again and repeat with the next two rows. Try to mix it so that no same fabrics are side by side.

sew two bottom bits together and then two top bits together, press seams open and sew the two together. You now have a Eton Mess Square complete.
One Complete Eton Mess Square.

Sew three blocks together to create a long strip - repeat with all three rows.

Sew the three rows together and press seams open

One finished Messy Squares Block containing
3 X 3 Eaton Mess Squares

What the back should look like

This finished block measures 32 Inch's.

Perfect for a nice Baby throw or cot cover. Equally great for a Big Cushion.

I've made a Flickr Group for anyone who made the Eton Mess Square or any other of my Designs to show - I'd love to see what people come up with.


If you wanted to turn this into a single bed size quilt you would need to repeat the above pattern three* across and four* down.
-three and four of the finished block from the above pattern, this would give you 12 small squares across by 18 small squares long! does that make sense :) I hope so.

I'm thinking I'll keep adding to it.
I'm also thinking of Eton Mess and wondering if I have the ingredients to make it......


Suzee Newton said...

Great tutorial..ty for sharing

Siobhan Rogers said...

Thanks :))

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