Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Official Hidden Wells Arrangement!

This is the Hidden Wells Version 1 finished.  In this version you line up all the square sandwiches with the identical orientations.

Before I started sewing strips together, I decided to test sewing a bunch of 1 inch strips together of random fabric from my huge strip collection!!  This shows what I will call Hidden Wells  Version 2.

This is the second set of strips I decided to try and decided to make two blocks just to make sure I have it right!  You will notice the horizontal squares are both the same while the two vertical arrangements are mirror images.  You stack an upper square and a lower square and then sew 1/4 inch seam around the whole outside.  Then you make two diagonal cuts and open up which results in four squares.

I always like to test a couple to see if I find the color arrangement pleasing before I commit to cutting the 5 additional strip sets.  This particular strip set is 10 1/2 inches wide so you can get four cuts out of a 45 inch wide strip.  This results in two blocks which are about 13 inches finished.  

Four are finished but unfortunately I cut one set too big and then had to scrounge around for some fabric that would match so I could remake the bottom right squares.  Measure twice, cut once is a good maxim that would have prevented this mishap!

Now I have six done.  Like in the other quilt, I have used a variety of fabrics in the filler areas -- the yellow and the lime green areas as I didn't cut up a lot of the 1 1/2 strips like I did the others.  The width of the strips was 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 1/2  inches resulting in the 10 1/2 inch wide strip which is ideal for not wasting.    These six blocks comprise half the finished top which will measure about 39 inches by 52 inches before I add borders -- nice size.  Really the most difficult part of this is the sewing together as there are lots of seams to match.  I may try one with just four 2 1/2 inch segments like my very first block, but with the new arrangement.  We shall see!  Instead of Stack and Whacks for charity, this year there will be Hidden Wells!

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