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I made this block using appliqué. If you would prefer to make it using foundation piecing, feel free. I’ll show you how to draw it up and then how I made it.

The block measures 28.5″ X 4.5″. I printed a few sheets of the 1/2″ graph paper I gave the link for in Block 6 and taped them together. Then I drew the pattern as below.

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I drew a rectangle 28″ x 4″ (no seam allowance on the pattern, I added that later) I marked every inch with a dotted line to make it easier to work. Then I drew a line from the bottom corner to the 2″ mark on the top level and from there down to the 4″ mark on the bottom, and so on till I got to the other end. Then I went back to the beginning at the left and drew a line from 1″ up from the bottom left corner to 1″ down from the 2″ mark and so on all the way across. I shaded in the areas as shown.

Now, you can have the zig zag part all one colour but I wanted it to look like a ribbon that twisted so I chose two colours, a pink and a purple. I realise now that I did this the hard way. I cut the pink and purple fabrics into 2.5″ x 4.5″ strips and sewed them alternately together. Then I added a 1.5′” x 4.5″ strip at each end. What I could have done is sewn a 28.5″ x 2.75″ pink strip to the same size purple strip and I would have got the same effect in the end without as much sewing. Oh well. That’s what trial and error is all about. This quilt is a voyage of discovery. 🙂

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Then I transferred the unshaded shapes from the drawing onto freezer paper.

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Then I cut around these shapes using the fabric that would look like the background, making sure to leave at least 1/2″ at the bottom edge to accommodate the seam allowance and wiggle room.

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I then put the shape, shiny side up, onto the wrong side of the fabric and ironed the edges over as shown.

I then placed the shape in position onto the fabric, ironed it to stick down and appliquéd it down and repeated along the row. I left the edges until last. Note that the bottom edges are not sewn and they get straightnened up when the block is completed.

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When you have done them all you can slide the freezer paper out from the unsewn edge, press and square up the block.

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Good luck!

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