10/24/2009

Trimmed blocks that hang or sit on stand and travel!

This large tote has about a dozen finished blocks in it which can be taken with me anywhere and displayed easily.. I could easily get another six blocks in this bag... It stores away easily at home. The post is actually from a post I did a year ago which should be a tutorial ... I always have trouble explaining what I do so I hope this makes sense. It seems the easier things are the harder they are to explain... Any questions or input would be appreciated...

Using the heavy pellon was Jo Newsham's idea and she wrote about it in the CQMag online. To read her approach http://www.cqmagonline.com/vol07iss04/articles/848/index.shtml But I wanted mine to have trim around it and be able to travel, hang or sit on a stand so I made some modifications.


I measure the area of the block that I want to trim. I mark that on the heavy pellon and add 3/4" for the trim... Then I put the block face DOWN on a heavy blanket so the embellishments won't be crushed. I put the pellon adhesive side down on the block, lining up and pinning the corners. Then I cover it with a damp cloth and press slowly until the pellon is firmly adhered to the back of the block. I trim off any excess fabric up to the edge of the pellon. Then I sew a piece of 3" bias strip down each side. press it back and sew a 3" bias piece across the top and bottom.... And end up with what is above right...










Then I turn it over and put a strip of Heat & Bond on the backs of the bias strip. I pull the strips firmly against the edge of the heavy pellon and when I turn it over I have what you see on the right. I tuck under the corners and finish them by hand...

Then as finishing touches I added a strip of gold cording on the inside of the trim. I secured the tassels with loops with a button so if I have to hang the block it can be done with pearl-headed pins so it hangs nicely.. or I can just display it on a stand.


I found a bunch of these stands at the dollar store.. They are lightweight and fold easily...
I love having the block all ready to go and looking their best...






3 comments:

Ann Flowers said...

Gerry this is fantastic.I hate the end of getting done with a block. I never know what to do with the smaller blocks and the ones my daughter is learning to make. Thanks for the awesome idea. I have to try it:):):) Can you email me what the backside looks like when your all done completely? Thanks again :):):)

Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

Connie said...

I love this idea and will definitely try it some day. Thanks for sharing. Do you want a big cat? He was trying to walk all over my keyboard and now is eating my plant. Good grief!

Sharon said...

Gerry what a wonderful idea. Your block looks beautiful displayed on the stand like that...thanks for sharing

Sharon

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