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Experimenting w Anita's Arrowhead Block

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4 fabric experiment by JaneyQuilts

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Traditional Blocks Made Simple taught by Anita Grossman Solomon

Get piecing in no time with Anita Grossman Solomon's innovative techniques for cutting and assembling four classic quilt blocks.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Retro / Vintage, Casual, Traditional, Classic
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What materials did you use? 3 and 4 different (scrap) cotton fabrics for 1 block, the same tools as prior Anita's Arrowhead projects, digital camera to record various layouts while immersed in curiousity.

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What are you most proud of? I'm posting these blocks even though they're experiments (fabric colors and perfect seams aren't priority) ~ lol, 1 fabric even has an iron stain ;)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Grab some scraps and be curious. Take digital photos of the various layouts you come up with! The ideas are endless.

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Your experiment with black (or is it navy), white and red is a definite favourite of mine! Beautiful result.

02/03/2013 Flag

Thanks. It's great fun!

02/05/2013 Flag

Your wanderings rock

02/03/2013 Flag

Thanks, Anita ~ So does your method :)

02/05/2013 Flag

Can you describe your initial layout of the fabrics so that Anita's method of sewing will produce these color blocks?

02/04/2013 Flag

Sure, I'm happy to :) The 3-color block starts w one square of a single fabric and one square of 2 half square triangles (HST) sewn together. The 4 fabric block starts out with 2 squares, each made up of 2 HSTs sewn together. Treat these fabrics as you would the 2 Anita uses, following her same steps. Keep in mind that the look of your center 4-patch & setting triangles, among other units, are determined by the initial placement of the diagonal seam allowance of the HST(s). I hopethis makes sense ~ Thanks for asking and have fun!

02/05/2013 Flag

What did you do? Start with HST? Very interesting, this class really sparks creativity.

02/06/2013 Flag

For the 4-fabric ones, yes, I started w HSTs. I agree - I personally have found Anita's method to be an inspirational launching pad :) I do a lot of scrappy and crazy quilt-type work and even worked up an Anita's Arrowhead design that incorporates beginning w a solid square and a scrappy square! This class has been great fun for me :)

02/15/2013 Flag