Let’s Free-Piece some Reeds in May
The shapes have an organic feeling and abstracted, natural look. I see reeds and am calling this block Reeds, but you might see green shoots or leaves of grass.
Kim made this great example block. Thanks, Kim.
The squared-up and trimmed blocks should measure 7-1/2 inches square (for an 7 inch finished size block).
This block is an opportunity to learn and/or practice a few free-piecing concepts:
- Gentle curves are quite easy to sew
- Bias stretches and will easily follow a curve.
- Two matching curves–no matter the shape–can be sewn together (and will lay flat afterward)
Directions for making the block are here:
Alternatively you may choose to use a stack-n-slash approach to making this block (see technique #3 in the Wonky Shoo Fly directions), HOWEVER, the green background blocks you make MAY NOT be used for the block lotto . . . personally, I think they’d make a great summer tote 😉
Your Reeds block should have a background that is white–solid or white-on-white (WOW), black–solid or black-on-black (BOB), OR a black & white print. The “reeds” should be lime green–solid or tone-on-tone (TOT) print.
If you make multiple blocks–the maximum number of blocks for entries in the drawing is nine (9)–you may repeat fabrics as long as each block is a unique combination of background fabric + lime fabric.
In these blocks, you will be designing your own interpretation of “Reeds” with these rules:
- Each block must contain three (3) curved inserts (these must be pieced–no appliqué please).
- One of the inserts must be made of both fabrics so that it appears that the “top of the reed” is inside the block.
- The inserted bias strips should be trimmed so that they have a changing width.
How much your “reeds” bend, in which direction and how tall the short reed is are up to you. Have fun creating your own composition of these elements for an original block, designed by you.
Some More Examples from Sneak Peekers
The blocks in this virtual quilt were made by Caroline, June, Kate, Kim, Rho, Pat and me. Click any of the individual photos for a closer look. (Sorry for the darker photos–I wasn’t able to lighten some of them up enough to match the rest.)
All of the blocks made by these sneak peekers follow in the post, Sneak Peekers’ Reeds Blocks.