In a matter of days, I received all these fabrics from the Coffee House collection designed by Debi Hron. I had until the end of November to get some projects done!
I started by cutting up the little panels. There were six different designs which I trimmed just 1/4" larger than the printed edges (for seam allowances). As with every panel I have ever used, they were all slightly different sizes. So I always like to add a frame and then trim them up consistently.
Rather than go right into a print frame, I decided to piece in a thin solid black strip.
I used three of the smaller prints that were sent to me and framed up 12 of the panels.
Just like the ceramic cups in my cupboard, I wanted these panels to be stacked crookedly.
I thought I would share how I did this....
The first step is to sew a nice wide frame around your blocks. I think I added 4" to each side with a chocolate brown solid. I slanted the blocks how I wanted them and drew some lines in chalk where I wanted them joined. You can see the chalk lines run right at the corners of those inner frames. Now I can pull them down to cut them, remembering to add a quarter inch seam allowance.
When you sew them up, they will look a little strange but don't worry - this is how they should look.
Next, you trim them to a consistent width. This is the step you will probably wish you had attached wider solid frames to your blocks. Just remember to not slant your panels too much and you should be okay.
I decided to simply sew some wide strips together to showcase all the fun prints in this collection. I then cut two strips at about 4.5" wide off the strip sets to use as outer borders to add some color to the outer edges of the quilt. This gives a great illusion to the quilt.
Here is a closeup of the fabrics and quilting for you!
It is all ready for a snuggle, a cuppa and a good book!
I still had a number of the panels and some fabric scraps left over so I decided to make some nice big snack mats to share with lots of my quilty friends. I simply added some scraps to just one side of each cut panel. Each one is different!
How about it, are you ready to give this technique a try?
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