Some of the blocks in the pile of Mile A Minute blocks needed a home today. I had designed a small quilt on EQ7 to use twelve of the 6″ blocks. It didn’t make much of a dent in the pile, but it is a start.
In the EQ7 quilt design, I had used solid or tone on tone fabric, but I’m in Maine and my stash is in New Hampshire. I do have a suitcase of Robert Kaufmann Japanese fabric. That is what I had to use. At first, I didn’t like the wall hanging, but as I look at it, I like it just a little. I may even decide to really like it when it is quilted.
Each of the 6″blocks were sliced in half and a one inch strip was inserted.
Then, it was sliced in the other direction and another one inch strip was inserted. When one inch strips are inserted into a block, the size stays the same. The blocks were still 6″. I did trim them a little as the sides are on the bias and there was a little stretching.
I sewed 1 1/2″ x 8″ strips on the bottom and the left side of the block. The strip on the bottom was a light lavender fabric and on the side was a dark blue fabric. They were sewed with a back stitch 1/4″ from the end where they met.
The strips were a little longer than necessary because the seam was mitered.
Again, I trimmed the blocks to allow for the bias fabric on the right and top.
A medium color fabric was used for the sashing around the blocks. They were cut 2″ x 7″. Another color was used for the setting squares. It was used again for the setting squares of the outside borders. The outside borders were cut 3 1/2″ wide and the length of the finished center. They were the same dark fabric as the dark strips on the left of the window.
It looks as if the sun is shining through a stained glass window. I’m not sure what color thread to use to quilt it, but am thinking of using the hand quilting look on my sewing machine. Whatever I do, I want to enhance the 3D look.
This pattern would look great using a panel cut into 12 squares. I have so many ideas to use this simple, easy pattern. I hope that there is enough information in this blog so that you can make a wall hanging from this pattern.
Have a great day and happy quilting.