Hi, I´m Aylin from Aylin-Nilya and it´s fantastic to be here as a guest-blogger on Lynne's wonderful blog. I had the chance to make something beautiful with a F8-bundle from Oakshotts called Italy.
When I saw these shimmering colors I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them: a traditional block called spiderlegs in a modern way with text-fabric in the center framed with these wonderful soft colored Oakshotts. I was so excited to get the fabric bundle!
Here is my way to make spiderlegs-blocks:
If you use a F8 like me, you have to cut very carefully, because you will need all your fabric and this is the way you are going to cut:
For the Background (fabric 1) you need 1 rectangle 7x14 inch. Then cut 1 5/8 inch-stripes from the rest. The thinner stripe above the rectangle is your emergency piece of fabric in case you have to correct something. If you have some more fabric, you should cut the stripes wider to make the sewing on the paper easier.
Cut your rectangle into 2 7x7 Inch squares and cut from one corner to the other to get four HSTs.
Then cut a 2,5x2,5 inch square from the middle fabric (fabric 2) and some strips of 1,5 inch.
Now you need the paper piecing pattern for the spiderlegs. Print it 4 times per block.
When I have longer or bigger parts on a pp-pattern, I fix them before sewing the other parts on it, so they can not slip away. You can also use glue, but I was a bit afraid to ruin my soft Oakshotts.
Then fold the first line and cut a ¼ seam allowance line on fabric 1. Now you see exactly, where to locate fabric 2. Do the same with the other stripes until your pp-pattern is finished. Be careful, if you have these 1 5/8 stripes, because you have to place those stripes very well, to cover the whole paper!
Continue until you have eight spiderlegs. Sew two of them together, then remove the paper and iron the seams open.
Now sew the triangles on both sides of one spiderleg and repeat this with a second spiderleg. Spiderlegs 3 and 4 will be sewn on the sides of the middle square.
The last step will be, to sew the triangles and the stripe together to get a square on Point.I had 12 F8´s in 12 different colors and so I made 12 blocks.
Hope to see some spiderlegs from you too :)