Tube Quilting Technique!

So this is an AMAZING, fun and fast way to make a block, that has the look of a “string quilt” block or  an hourglass block.   The cool thing about this idea is that you are able to either make it very matchy-matchy or you have the freedom to make it very random and scrappy.  Their are also a lot of other ways to put it together, and you achieve a totally different look however you choose to lay it out!

All kinds of ideas are mulling around in my head of what else is possible with this technique.   Jelly Rolls make this so easy, too!  (I already have plans to piece one with honey bun strips.)  I can’t wait to show you!  I swear, once you try it you will be SO hooked.

Here is the ‘Main’ tutorial for the technique…..Oh man, you are gonna love it.
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Nest

Nest

When I saw this fabric…Nest by Tula Pinkp1220023I fell in love! It is so bright and happy! I love the color! So I bought a few…(three) layer cakes! and started to dream. p1220024The possibilities were endless really…I finally settled on an easy one…Cut one layer cake into hourglass blocks. and the second layer cake into four patch, the third may become the border…we shall see!

The Hourglass blocks are made by cutting each 10″ square across diagonally from corner to corner p2090064p2090065Then you mix up your fabric…(this, for me, is very time consuming:) Then you sew two sides together, p2090068press toward the dark fabric, and then join the two triangles and you’ll have a nice hourglass square…p2090069Now onto the four patch…p2090070Cut each of your squares in half horizontally and vertically…you will then have four 5″ squares. Mix them up and sew them back together! always pressing toward the dark and lining up your seams.

Next I mixed up all my squares and laid them out on the floor…Alternating hourglass and four patch until I was pretty sure I liked it….p2260074It’s really a fabulous (Easy) pattern…I’m still in love! I added a 3″ strip of white for the inner border….p2260075Now I am debating what to do for the outer border…piano key? a scalloped edge? turquoise? lime green? yellow? red? This may take a while!!!