My One Hour Challenge – Part 2 plus a Giveaway

It’s curious to me that sometimes I have to schedule a play date in my sewing room in order for things to get done. I guess this is just a sign of busy times. Fortunately it’s not always like this!

I’m just now getting back to playing with the charm packs and floral fabrics that I started in my last post. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap and details of my process.

I started with a charm pack (5″ squares) of solid Kona Cotton fabrics by Robert Kaufman. I separated the solid fabrics and then paired them with some floral fabrics from my collection.

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I set aside one of the six solid fabrics from each group. Then used my new 20-degree wedge ruler to cut the remaining solid squares into fabric wedges. I got 2 fabric wedges from each square. There was a bit remaining that I decided not to use in this project.
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After cutting, there were 10 fabric wedges from each group. I arranged nine and then sewed them together to make half of a circle.

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The next step is to make a straight cut along the edge of the three inner fabric wedges. I placed the completed half circle on my cutting mat and used a ruler to determine the distance from the straight, left-hand edge of the circle to the outer edges of the three inner fabric wedges.

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Cut the excess.

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Turn the fabric on the mat and make two additional cuts, as shown.

 

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It will now look like this.

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Next, I straightened the top edge even with the lowest point of the curve.

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I cut the squares that were set aside earlier, as shown in the photo.

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These are sewn to the bottom corners, and then trimmed to size.

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Next, I cut a floral piece of fabric for the top of the block and joined the two halves together.

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I did the same for the remaining combos. Here are the finished blocks. My next step will be deciding what to do with them. . . I see another play day in my future.

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I must share with you that after my previous post on this challenge, I received a comment from my friend Anita Grossman Solomon, that she too had been playing with the charm pack of Kona solids that she received in her goodie bag at the same Craftsy event. Not only was she playing with the solids, but also combining them with large floral prints . . . what are the chances?

I asked Anita if I could share her blocks with all of you. Here you can see another simple use of the solids squares combined with beautiful floral fabrics.

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Like myself, Anita too has a new class on Craftsy, “Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks: Wrenches, Stars and Twists”. She shares lots of innovative tips for cutting and block construction. If anyone can simplify the process, it would be Anita . . . that’s the name of her game. Please visit her website to learn more about her books, patterns and workshops. To preview her online class with Craftsy, simply click here.

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My new 20-degree wedge rulers just arrived. I’d like to send one along with my new table runner pattern to one of our readers. Please just leave me a comment by Friday April 22nd, letting me know what you would like to play with wedge rulers. I will announce the winner with my next post.

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Blooming Wedge Table Runner by Laura Nownes
Blooming Wedge Table Runner by Laura Nownes

Until next time, happy creating everyone!

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41 thoughts on “My One Hour Challenge – Part 2 plus a Giveaway

  1. I have a couple of wedge rulers, but not this size! I’d like to make some blocks alternating strip-pieced wedges and solid wedges. I love the ones you made last August.

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  2. I would join some fabrics together to make a scrappy look and then use the ruler to cut wedges out and then place them on a solid background randomly. I can see it now using some yellows, oranges, and aqua fabric.

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  3. I’ve always wanted a wedge ruler to make a Dresden Quilt. A few years ago I bought my sister a wedge ruler as part of her birthday gift, and wished I had bought one for myself.

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  4. I would love to use your table runner pattern and expand into a large quilt – queen size perhaps.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. Oh fun fun fun! I would love to make that table runner with some old ties of my Dad’s!!! Also one with some Halloween prints and solid charm packs! Love the tutorial post using the ruler.

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  6. what would i make with a brand spanking new 20-degree ruler? one of your blooming wedge table runners of course!! 🙂 seriously… it looks really GREAT!! thnx for the giveaway

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  7. I would love to make some dresden blocks and I really love your tablerunner, the blooming wedge! But would also love to try out something like making sunflowers with the ruler! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Greetings from Switzerland!

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  8. My husband and I love to play with wedges – Jinny Beyer border prints and Kaffe Fassett prints along with solids and/or batiks or hand-dyed fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win.🙂

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