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Bias Tape Applique Quilt Blocks – January’s Try Something New Every Month Experiment

Bias Tape Applique Quilt Blocks – January’s Try Something New Every Month Experiment

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Trying out bias tape applique on quilt blocks, as a part of my annual Try Something New Every Month project.

Another year, another round of ‘Try Something New Every Month’! This year, Rebecca from Hugs are Fun is co-hosting and we are making it even easier for you to join in too (no blog required, everyone is welcome). See the introductory post and all the monthly themes here.

I decided to sign up for one month of the “Mighty Lucky Quilting Club” from Lucky Spool Media, which perfectly coincided with the January theme of ‘Quilting’. The club sends out monthly challenges/lessons from different designers, focusing on experimenting and practicing skills. The description mentions it is for people who are ready to move beyond the basics, but I decided to dive in as a beginner quilter.

modern bias tape applique quilt block

January’s designer is Krista Fleckenstein, and she sent out a challenge to experiment with bias tape applique, giving instructions for making a small quilt. I have never used bias tape in this way, so I was intrigued! The method she detailed for making the bias tape was cool and new to me, using a fat quarter of fabric. I used a scrap of Anna Maria Horner’s Free Spirit line, with its funky graphic print. Instead of white background blocks, I used up some black scraps from my very first quilt.

quilt experiments

I started with two funky mountains.

stitching detail

I really slowed down my top-stitching, instead of rushing, and am happy with the results!

colorful bias tape applique quilt block

An asterisk was up next, trying out some angular lines.

geometric bias tape applique quilt block

I struggled the most with the circle – the folded over end looks pretty awkward. I think clipping the wonder tape before the end would’ve helped reduce bulk. Next time.

beginner quilt block

I wanted to throw in a mitered corner/tight angle too. I didn’t think I would like this, but I do!

Now, I’m not sure what to do with the four blocks! Instead of rushing to decide or finish anything, I’m just going to let them simmer. I don’t think I have enough of either fabric to make something large enough to sit under, but maybe a wall decoration? I’d love to hear any suggestions!

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Trying out bias tape applique on quilt blocks, as a part of my annual Try Something New Every Month project.


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Laura B

Monday 11th of January 2016

These are so cool! I love the fabrics you chose too :)

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks Laura!

Bethany (Sew-Not-Perfect)

Thursday 7th of January 2016

I love all the color against the dark background for your blocks. As soon as I finish one more deadline, I'm getting started on this challenge and I can't wait! Thanks for sharing and encouraging me to join in!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 11th of January 2016

Yay!! Can't wait to see what you make!

Ajaire

Monday 4th of January 2016

I haven't really thought about experimenting with bias tape in this way. I love the colors your chose and now I kind of can't get it out of my head :)

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Thanks!! I hope you do try it - I always love seeing what you make :)

Rebecca

Monday 4th of January 2016

I really love these a lot! The fabric is really great, especially against that dark background! I think these would be a great mini quilt to hang up!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

I hate the finality of making them a mini, what if I want to use them for something else! BUt I should decide on something :)

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