Monday, April 28, 2014

Chester Criswell

  Block 20 Margaretta Harris’s Block

I decided to use the quick, fabric wasting method to make my Chester Criswell block this month.  Since I have more fabric than time.
First I  printed 4 copies of the pattern, reversed two and taped them together to make a complete pattern.  Then I traced the whole pattern onto freezer paper.  I then ironed this to another piece of freezer paper to make it sturdier. So I could turn the edges.

Since there were no connecting lines in the pattern I made sure to put some registration marks so I would be able to line the pieces up again once cut apart.

After cutting the pattern out I ironed two pieces to one piece of fabric and two on another.

I had previously marked the pattern on my background with a blue wash away marker and was careful to include the registration marks.  Difficult to see in the picture but they are there.

I then turned the edges with my starch and little iron.  Placed them on the background and stitched.
I have never done  back basting but I think it would be a good method to use for this block.
With back basting it could be done from one piece of fabric without all the waste.
Happy Stitching,


  1. Nancy, great tutorial on how to do this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for showing your method - looks wonderful!

  3. I will probably also be fabric wasteful when I make this block.

  4. Muchas gracias!!!!
    me gusta!!! y el tutorial muy bien

  5. Your block is wonderful!
    I love seeing how everyone is making theirs. There are almost as many ways to make a block as there are quilters!

  6. Wonderful! I like your background fabric too.

  7. Your block is gorgeous! I agree with Miriam, it's really interesting to see the different ways other bloggers are making this block. I'm about half way through mine so thanks for spurring me on :)

  8. Thanks Nancy, I agree with the rest, it's helpful to see how everyone tackles a tricky block. Who would guess that there are so many ways to applique?

  9. Hi Nancy great tutorial on how you made your block. Thanks for taking the time to show us. It's a real fiddly one but oh how lovely it looks when done so perfectly like yours is. I'm working the same way but using iron on wash away so I'm not removing it at the end. Love the fabric you are using. Cheers Glenda Australia


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