Bias Control, a Sketch, and a Block

The second block is almost completed.

bias block 2

18 x 18

It needs one more row of green, but I still have to make the green bias.

I had planned to finish two blocks, but making the long strips of bias took longer than I expected. (Something always seems to take longer than expected.) But now it is under control.

bias made

While cutting, I thought it seemed like plenty, but I may run out of the narrow and have to cut the wider down. We’ll see. Now my excuse for working on a new project is gone–I no longer have to prevent tangles. Oh well, I’m working on it anyway.

I made a sketch for the next three blocks. The first block was made in class, detail here.

bias sketch

I wanted swirls and loops on each edge and stripes in each center corner. However, I didn’t want any exact duplication. It seemed I should sketch with the whole in mind rather than make four separate blocks and hope they looked good together.

One thing I like about Latifah’s bias quilts is that she didn’t fill every swirl. I think my first instinct would have been to fill them all.  I tried to get that effect by having lines intersect, but also wanted some loops that are empty. They will appear in blocks 3 and 4.

ETA: Ironically, Latifah’s gallery that I linked shows quilts where all loops are filled; however, in class she showed several that were not. Maybe someday they will get to her gallery.

Here are blocks 1 and 2 almost in position.

bias 2 blocks

They will have 3-6 inches between them in the finish. I couldn’t step back any farther to get them both in the photo so moved them closer just for the shot.

Maybe the blocks will be finished by the end of the week. I’ll need to dig in my stash and probably shop (oh darn!) for some yellows for the sashing.

Linking with Moving it Forward Monday.

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5 responses to “Bias Control, a Sketch, and a Block

  1. Oh this is going to be a very cool piece!

  2. Sue

    This is quite a departure from the Latifah work I last saw. I’m interested to see where it takes you!

  3. What fun! And isn’t “everything takes longer than expected ” one of Murphy’s laws? 😀

  4. Cher Smith

    looks great, I really like the sketch – and too bad you can’t come and shop my yellow stash..but I leave for Sisters Saturday…gone for a week…look forward to seeing the final four blocks…!!

  5. dezertsuz

    What interesting times you are having. That looks like a lot of bias to me, too, but then it takes a lot. I like seeing the whole sketch of all four blocks.

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