Housewife Desperation Time:
When Jane first asked me to contribute a block to the Desperate Housewife’s Quilt, I jumped at the chance. You see, I often get to see and do things before they hit the gate, but they’re always for other people. Don’t get me wrong! I love the opportunity to test patterns, make samples or just plain help friends out. But this is different, I have to think about it! And make my own choices. Not to worry, we women do it every day.
So here it is:
Flights of Domestic Fancy
I’ve had this fabric for ages;this project gave me the inspiration to CUT it!!
I loved the domestic ladies on this print as soon as I saw it, but when it came time to take the rotary cutter to it, well, practical considerations had to be made. Because the designs are printed randomly I was concerned about stretching. So, I sprayed it with starch. Lots of starch. Pressed it, and pretended it was like any other fabric. Denial you say? Why yes!!
2 4 ½” squares Fussy cut from something you love.
4 4 ½ x 2 ½” rectangles From a pretty something that looks lush
8 2 ½ x 2 ½” squares From something contrasting.
Firstly, flip over the 2 ½” squares and rule a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner
Then place one 2 ½” square on top of each of the 4 ½ x 2 ½” rectangles,
and stitch as shown.
Trim the spare triangle away ¼” from the stitching line, leaving the bulk of the rectangle and the square intact. Press the seam, then flip the triangle out and press again.
Take another 2 ½” square and place it on the other side of the rectangle to form the next wing. This means the diagonal line from each square will meet at a point in the centre of a long edge of the rectangle.
Stitch, trim, press, flip and press again.
Do this again and again and again, until you have 4 flying geese. These are your flights of fancy.
Really, you can play with them until you find a combo that you like.
I stitched mine like this
To reduce bulk I unpicked the few little stitches in the seam allowance of the centre and then pressed the seam this way.
There you go…
All done … 8 ½” unfinished.
Remember, please be gentle if you’ve fussy cut your large squares at an awkward angle.
Enjoy your domestic desperation!