Kim’s Design Wall: Rebuilding the Temple
I love the Temple Court pattern: deceptively simple, changes in value and fabric placement drastically change the way this block appears. For The Word in Patchwork, I simplified the block by adding a couple of lines to turn the centre into a square-on-point surrounded by flying geese units. This allowed newer patchworkers to learn simple, accurate techniques for creating flying geese and squares-in-squares, matching points, and constructing blocks by building units then combining them.
But, for this gorgeous floral border stripe, I needed to go back to the traditional version of Temple Court. I chose to substitute a “stack-and-whack” style four-patch for a kaleidoscope effect in the centre, while the stripe portion of my print is cut carefully for the rectangles.
Construction of these blocks has proven challenging. My original plan to use set in seams was better in theory than in practice: the various units went together smoothly, but, even with y seaming, I found myself ripping and resewing so often I was afraid the fabric would be in shreds. Achieving crisp points while maintaining straight seams along the striped units was difficult, to say the least. Eventually, I decided that close is good enough.
Clearly, if I was going to make a dozen of these blocks, I’d have to reconsider my technique. Once again, a tilt of the head gave me the solution. This method would require a different tool from the patchwork toolbox: partial seaming.
TaDa! In less than half the time I spent fiddling with the set-in version, the partial seam version went together smoothly and easily. I expect to finish all the blocks by the end of the month. Stay tuned to see the rest!
A simpler version of this block is included in The Word in Patchwork available to purchase from Quilter’s Neighbourhood. If you’d like instructions for our partial-seam version [maybe you have your own drop-dead-gorgeous border print], add a note below. If enough people ask for it, I’ll post a tutorial and PDF with the Electric Quilt rotary cutting instructions.
Entry filed under: Kim Graham's Quilter's Neighbourhood, Kim's Design Wall, Quilt lessons, The Word in Patchwork. Tags: Bible Block quilt, partial seams, quilt design, quilt pattern, set-in seams, y-seams.