Monday, January 21, 2013

Fabric Panel One Block Wonder

  I purchased a Michael Miller Fairy Panel from  I was curious to see if it would work for a one block wonder.  I liked the colors in the panel and thought it would be easy to line up the pattern.  When it arrived I was worried about how much solid color there was but thought I'd try it out anyways.  It was still a 24" repeat.   

  When lining up the fabric I tried, but you kinda just have to hope for the best in the middle.  It worked out pretty good.  You need flat pins to hold your fabric together. Your ruler always bumps around with the usual style pins with the ball on the end.  I still don't have a true triangle ruler so I used the template on my cutting board again.  Sometimes you just got to work with what you have.  The only thing that sucks is you have so many cut marks in the same spot, which might wear out your mat quicker.  I got 14  3" strips out of the panels. 

  Each strip cut 11 triangle bundles.  So that's  924 triangles...yikes!!! But a lot I think will be unusable like this beauty....

   My husband thinks eventually I should make a one block wonder quilt with all those unusable, kinda creepy hexagons, all those feet and eyeballs.  Seems like a lot of work for something so ugly but a good joke gift :)

   I keep all my ends because they might come in handy if I want to square off my quilt later.

   While sewing them together I was disappointed with a lot of them, but I kept trucking on thinking they would come in handy for the overall design. 

  I'm planning a sweeping look, green to yellow to blue.  Here's a few examples of the kaleidoscopes...   

  It will take me awhile to sew them all together obviously, with there being over 900, so until next time...


  1. You might just be surprised at the end result. It doesn't look too bad at all. Good luck. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Well I hope it turns out... cross your fingers. Every new hexagon surprises me.