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......