TGIFF – Union Jack Surprise!
Well, this has been a long time coming! Last year I participated in two Australian quilt bees, and for my months I asked my loyal subjects to make Union Jack blocks using my tutorial. Oh, there was some whining alright, but I beat it out of all of them, and then they gave me magic. The colour brief was simple: Go colour crazy! I have combined theirs with ten blocks of my own for a total of forty blocks using eighty different fabrics. I sashed each of them to create uniformly-sized blocks.
I wanted to create some movement in the quilt (they are flags, after all!), so decided to try putting them slightly on point. That was a challenge and a half, let me tell you! Rectangles on point, on a large scale, without my protractor or geometry teacher by my side. My brain went “Whoa!” So I just started sewing it up and worked through any problems that tried to beat me down. And y’all know I wouldn’t lose that battle! Snap! It has finished (at this stage) at 70″x114″, a bit big for a single bed, but I’ll probably leave it as is.
I’m also taking this opportunity to relaunch my Union Jack Block Tutorial, and I’ve given it a dedicated page so it’s easy to find. The tutorial looks long, but it’s really some very simple steps, just repeated four times. There’s no paper piecing involved, and it works well with traditional blues and reds, or lots of colour. If you can wash, rinse and repeat, you can make this block!
I promise to have lots more detailed pictures for you once it is quilted and bound. My good camera is currently in the shop, and by in the shop I mean: “It’s actually my MILs and she is using it while she travels through Europe for a month.” How dare she!? I know! So what am I doing with it? This one is going to that special someone I often have Proud Dad moments with. But shhh! It’s a surprise!