Yay, it’s fabric time! I’m hugely thankful to UKQU.co.uk for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the RHAPSODY fabric generously provided by MAKOWER UK.

There are twenty-six amazing designs in this Klimt inspired Makower fabric and they truly epitomise the definition of Rhapsody by featuring two highly contrasted moods and tonality of colours. Cool/Spring consists of blues, jade green and purples whilst orange, reds and gold make up the Warm/Autumn/Bright mood.

The designs include Wavy Stripe, Triangles, Dotty Reeds, Flowers, Squares, Mini Geo, Trees and Scrolls with a metallic gold overprint. There are ten complimentary Scroll colourways to choose from too. This fabric has a soft, luxurious feel and is available from a range of suppliers; internet research shows that it is approx. £12.00-£!3.00 per metre and there is an option to buy a Wall-hanging/Table Runner Kit, Cushion Kit, Messenger Bag and Everyday Patchwork Bag from some suppliers. These patterns are also free on the Makower website.

This medium weight, 100% cotton fabric is approx. 44 inches wide (112 cm). It can also be bought in layer cakes, fat quarter packs of 6, 8 or 10 (approx. £20 – £28) on some websites. Fat quarters can also be bought individually costing approx. £2.99 each.

The fabric doesn’t fray much when cut and gives a great finished once pressed. I haven’t tried washing any for shrinkage.

Care instructions

So …. what to make? The colours and designs are so much to my liking that I’m really going to struggle to cut into it. Like so many of us ‘quilters’ and fabric lovers out there, I’ll just drool and stroke it, and put it in that ‘special fabric box’ promising myself that I will make something with it when I find the right pattern! But … I have a product review to write so I’m going to have to cut into it!!!

I decided on an …

EXPLODING SQUARE BLOCK – so simple and you don’t have to worry about getting those pesky points accurate! And it’s a block I have never made before!

For each 8 inch unfinished block (7½ inch finished):

Cut 2 – 5 x 5 inch squares from two different fabrics – one of which should be the ‘centrepiece’ fabric – I chose the Wavy Stripe for mine as it was just too luscious not to show off!

Cut 1 – 6¼ x  inch square. 

 

Step 1: Place the two 5 inch squares Right Sides [RS] together.

Step 2: Sew all the way around the outer edge using a ¼ inch seam.

Step 3: On one side, draw diagonally across from corner to corner and repeat with the other diagonal.

Step 4: Gently pull apart the two pieces at the centre, and, using sharp scissors, pierce or make a small cut across the centre where the diagonal lines meet. Carefully cut along to each corner and avoid cutting through the other piece.

Step 5: Open out and PRESS.

‘Stage one’ of your ‘exploding square block’ is now complete.

Now take your 6¼ inch square of fabric and place it RS together with your ‘stage one exploding square block’.

Repeat Step 2 to Step 4, OPEN and PRESS again.

Your 8 inch unfinished ‘exploding square block’ is now complete.

Remember I mentioned those pesky points? Well, in this exploding block you won’t have to worry about them. You can see from the picture below that the ‘points’ are lost by the seam allowance, and, as long as these are consistent throughout, that’s fine.

Want to make it bigger? Just measure your square and cut out another piece of fabric and repeat Step 1 to Step 5.

As always, I make a practice block first out of my scrap stash to see how it looks before committing to a bigger project. I cut out an 8 inch square of fabric, repeated Steps 1 to 5 and now it is an 11 inch unfinished block (10½ inch finished).

You can make this block as big as you want. You can also start with a smaller centre square of fabric; the choice is yours.

I hope you will have a go at making the ‘exploding square block’. If you do, pop back here and add some comments below or head off to our social media sites and post your pics there. We would love to hear from you.

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Lastly … once again big thanks to MakowerUK for supplying this luxurious fabric. It really is a dream to work with and to UKQU.co.uk for giving me this opportunity to review the Makower RHAPSODY fabric range.

Happy sewing everyone!

Carol Lightburn

Twitter: @quiltsewgo 

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