Fun with directional Fabrics

January 24, 2012

Hello I have been having so much fun with the Arrow Crown Block. It has been great to re-discover my lovely stash of reproduction fabrics. It has been fun to play with the fabrics design elements and make them work in the block, directional fabrics can add another element to your blocks or quilt. Here are some of the ways I have used these directional fabrics to get the full advantage of them. With this block you can see how I used the 45 degree angle to cut the fabric, first cutting squares and then into half square triangles. You have to find the repeat and then the centre of the repeat so you can position your ruler correctly. With the half square triangles, on this fabric I wanted the lines with flowers on the diagonal and the straight lines to go straight up and down. I also use the 45 degree line to line up my ruler to ensure an accurate cut. This picture shows you how my half square triangles would look if I cut the fabric the other way, with the flower stripes on the 45 degree angle, creating a different look. These are things to consider when using these directional fabrics, giving your block or quilt extra design potential. Happy Stitching   Sharon        


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