Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 37 Foofy Frills

Welcome to week 37 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Foundation and curved piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.

Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

My guest today is McKenna Powell from Textile Diva. McKenna is presenting this awesome block named 'Ray-di-ant', a foundation piece star block.

Foofy Frills
Every girl deserves to wear a dress that they can swirl around in and be completely over the top. 

  • Download the foundation templates from here P1, here P2 and here P3
  • Make the three sections and sew together. I would suggest clipping inside all the curves to make it easier to manipulate the fabric as you sew.
Alternative method
  • For the 'curve shy', cut an 8 1/2" square of paper and draw 3 evenly radiating lines from one point.
  • Foundation piece your block.
  • Use Section B of the foundation templates to cut the swirl and appliqué it to your foundation pieced block using your favourite technique. 

The block using one piece of feature fabric for the swirl 
Block using pieced swirl
Horizontal Layout with rotation
Horizontal Layout with feature fabric

Horizontal Layout with Rotation
On Point Layout with Rotation
Horizontal Layout with Rotation and colour replacement

I hope you have enjoyed todays Block. See you next week for Block 38. Only 13 weeks to go to reach 50.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***


  1. Love the movement in this gorgeous block!

  2. That is a gorgeous block, the possibilities are endless!

  3. Oh my, aren't these just lovely!

  4. squeel, this looks like so much fun, thanks for the pattern pieces

  5. Whoa! That's really super cool


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