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Folded Flock – Process

This is my technique for joining nonuniform pieces together to form a workable rectangle when making a quilt.  I want to show you how I started combining my birds and triangle blocks together to make large rectangles that could be pieced together for Folded Flock.

Here is a group of three birds and a cluster of triangle blocks that I wanted to piece together.  I already joined the dark blue and the minty colored birds, adding a strip of fabric first to the right of the blue bird so it’d be the same width as the mint.  I also added a strip of white between the two birds so they would have a bit more space to soar.

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With an intention to stagger the birds and to ensure that the lower row of triangles could fit flush beneath the mint bird, I added fabric to the top of the orange bird and additional fabric to the yellow triangle set.

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I joined the orange bird with the yellow triangle base to the other birds and trimmed the fabrics.

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When joining these pieces, I looked for places where I could match seams.  The below aligned perfectly because I am good with the cosmos and luck is sometimes on my side.  I learned from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts that having seams either match or decidedly NOT match (meaning 1/2″ or more “off”) is the best way to ensure an eye-pleasing quilt. part 3-1

I needed to add a bit more fabric to the bottom row of triangles, and I matched the seams so that the white and blue triangle block could align directly below the yellow and yellow block.  An additional strip of fabric was joined to the bottom.

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Lots more information can be found in my original post here.

So there you go!  This quilt was designed with the intention that I would be adding light printed fabrics to my original pieces in order to join my elements together as a whole, and this is how I did that!

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Ugly Skirt

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They said, “What are you thinking??”  They said, “What’s this from – a muumuu?” and I said, “I know- this fabric is ugly… but I love it.”

Like the suiting fabric from my Peplum Dress, this material was found in my husband’s grandfather’s attic.  I think it’s like FROM the 70s.  It’s a cotton, as far as I can tell.  And man – it’s brilliant.  The gold leafing actually has a bit of shine to it… amazing.

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I used this tutorial from The Big Oak Tree as a launching point (I ended up cutting the rectangular pieces into A-line shapes, and I didn’t make a bow).

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Back-to-Front Binding Tutorial

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One alternative to making traditional binding is to make a quilt-back big enough to fold over to the front of the quilt and sew in place.  That’s right, you can use the backing for the binding!  I’ve had a tutorial for this process up on the blog – it was one of my very first posts back in 2010!  But that tutorial needed some updates – here we go!

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