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Housewife Desperation Time

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.


This                                                                            this

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!

Belle  x


About bellebooks

Foody crafty mother of 2 handsome boys and 2 gorgeous felines.

One response »

  1. That print is SUPER cute!


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