Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 20 Talkin' Turkey

Welcome to week 20 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about piecing and curves. . It has unlimited possibilities. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.

Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

This weeks guest is John Adams from Quilt Dad. Everyone's favourite home boy. Be sure to check out his great block - Spinout and while you are there have a look at his featured block in the new edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 4. 


Talkin' Turkey
It's Thanksgiving soon in the Northern Hemisphere. Turkeys are hiding. People are coming together and reflecting on how lucky we really are. We have much to be thankful for.

Techniques explored
  • Curved piecing - Applique technique
  • Fat eight each of red, black and yellow fabrics
  • Freezer Paper

Red fabric
  • Cut 6 strips 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Cut 1 strip 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Yellow Fabric
  • Cut 6 strips 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Cut 1 strip 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Black Fabric
  • Cut 8 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Making the block
  • Place a black square, right sides together with yellow strip. 
  • Draw a diagonal line

  • Sew on line
  • Remove excess and leave 1/4" seam

  • Repeat on opposite side of piece.
  • Repeat for pieces shown in image below. Please note the direction of the sew line.

  • Add remaining strips to row 1 and 2.
  • Join Rows
  • Trace the template on the non shiny side of the freezer paper and cut out. Make 2.
Template found here. Remember do not 'Fit to Page' or scale when printing.

    • Press the freezer paper ( shiny side ) to back of black fabric.
    • Cut around template adding 1/4" seam allowance

    • Iron seam over curved edge of template and starch well.
    • Gently remove freezer paper. 
    • Repeat for second curved piece.
    • Place curved pieces on block and topstitch or hand appliqué to block.

    • Carefully, trim excess fabric underneath, leaving 1/4" seam.

    Stand back and admire your beautiful block.

    One unfinished 8 1/2" block.

    Let's Play

    The Block


    Horizontal with Rotation

    Horizontal with Rotation

    Horizontal with Rotation

    On Point

    On Point with Rotation

    On Point with Rotation

    I hope you have been thankful for this weeks block. Next week I will get in the Christmas Spirit.

    *** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***


      1. Something in me wants to put little white dots in those black squares, to make some eyes ;)

        I love the quilt layouts that make circles!

      2. Hi, I'd like to invite you to post your giveaways on our giveaway directory: Giveaway Scout ( Please submit your blog here: Once you receive our confirmation email you can post your giveaways on our site. Thanks.

      3. I just discovered your DHQ (via Quilt Dad), and I can't stop saying WOW! And this block? I'm having a wow attack!


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