Now, you will have noticed that free-cutting and free-piecing can lead to what we might call inaccuracy, or I might call Interesting Variations Of Size

As you can see, the first set came out in all sorts of ways, as I was using scrappy strips and did not attempt to change anything along the way

First, I try to match edges – my theory is that any two pieces of the same size must be meant for each other – a match made in heaven, perhaps?

Trim, sew together. Make long strips, trim these straight and sew again, pressing nicely every time, please…

Here you see the start of two strips, one much wider than the other

And so on..

Here’s the panel, all stuck together and layered ready for quilting – I used this piece to make a cover for a box for my workroom.


You can trim them all to the same size – you still get a really nice variation of tone and placement. This is my new computer bag (the new laptop is bigger than the old one, so I’ve retired that. I cut all the blocks in this set to 4-1/2 inches, set them in rows diagonally, and did a stitch-and-flip quilt-as-you-go sort of thing with them onto a heavy French interfacing..

And here’s the Other Side – set in rows as described above. With these blocks, I used the really dark blue for 3 sides each time, then added a lighter blue or blue-purple to each block. This makes it look much cleverer than it actually was..

Next time, Three-In-One, and no, I don’t mean the oil…