19.6 Ten Minute Block MadnessSeptember 16, 2011
Wow, this week really flew by!
Quilt guild, we had someone show us the ‘Ten Minute Block”. The instructor was nice, but the group demonstration dissolved after getting the 2nd step done, which was fine.
It was great to see everyone’s block & what they were working on, but this time was one of the first & only times I forgot my camera.
Sad as I am the ‘self-appointed’ guild webmaster, and always try to get the show & tell up on the site, this week coulda been great getting actual sewing pictures up too. Oh well.
Anyway, this sparked my own ‘color controlled’ quilt design with the Ten minute block.
I currently have 9 completed blocks done, and 10 blocks 2/3’s done.
Here’s a picture of the three different fabric sets I am choosing to do for the ten minute block quilt as 3 almost completed blocks.
I am getting stuck at the 2/3 block state because of all the pinning & fighting the fabric to make sure that you keep the ends in or you don’t pinch the middle.
This is slightly concerning me because I could see me getting to this point and then not finishing the blocks.
I did get some leaders & enders done & this is the first project that I’ve been actively trying to use leaders & enders before starts & stops.
Two things I learned from the guild meeting.
1) You can cathedral window this block with or without a 4th (6th) fabric. The block in the very center becomes the edges to the cathedral window. You just pin a fabric in the center & fold around the center.
The black & grey fabric in the first picture would have been a great edging to the 10 minute block that I have. But will also look good in the middle too.
2) You can create ‘diamonds’ in between blocks to continue the 10 minute block. Once you make 4 blocks, each one of the new blocks become 4 blocks for the 10 minute block.
If you use a fabric piece the same size as you were using, the middle 10 minute blocks look the same. I’ll get a picture once I do this for this quilt.
Blocks you see here started off as 5 inch blocks.
Finishing at about 9 and a half. This is an easy block to trim down to a size, I’ll probably trim to 9 inches each before sewing together.
Here’s a link to the video I used to conceptualize it.