Friday, May 25, 2012

Introducing "Encore" with Amanda Murphy...oh yes Encore encore....

Ohhh yes Amanda is here again...and isn't ENCORE a very good intro for her....
I am not adding graphic here, because I think everyone doesn't need an encore on that....but this...
well you tell

Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest-blog.

Are you ready for another block?

This one is inspired by the sumptious interiors of theaters and opera houses.  It is 12-1/2'' and is called

The little semi-circles representing the audience are perfect for scraps!

To make Encore, you will need:
  • 3 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') background rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') white rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') accent rectangles
  • paper-backed fusible web
  • tear-away stabilizer
  • applique thread
To make 1 block, trace 18 semicircles from this template onto fusible web.  Cut out the excess fusible from the center of each and fuse to the wrong side of a variety of fabrics.  Cut out and position each on the edge of one of the 2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'' background rectangles, aligning the raw edges.  The semicircles should be about 1/4'' apart and 3/8'' from the narrow edges of the background rectangles so they don't get caught in the seams when piecing multiple blocks. 

Back with tear-away stabilizer and secure each semicircle using a buttonhole or zigzag stitch.  (If you start right at the edge you don't have to knot threads as they will get buried in the seams.)

Repeat to make 3 semicircle units.

Join all rectangles to produce the block shown.

What can you do with this block?  You can lay multiple identical blocks side by side - enough to fill a theater!

Try a dynamic background!

Or vary the background rectangles and turn some blocks upside down...

Or rotate every other block.  There are lots of possibilities....

I've been experimening with more fusible applique on a small scale like this in my next pattern, so if you have enjoyed these blocks follow my blog and stay tuned!

I'll be posting a sneak peek of my next fabric collection so make sure to stop by!
Happy sewing and thanks again to Madame Samm!


  1. I like the way you show so many possibilities! The new line is gorgeous!! Sea glass is one of my favorite colors/shades of blue

  2. This is certainly a fun quilt! I'll have to give it a try! Thank you!

  3. This is too cute! I've done very little using fusible web--gonna have to try it. Thanks for making it look easy!

  4. very neat. thanks for sharing!!

  5. Always happy to see Amanda and what she brings to us! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Very interesting block! I like the different pattern suggestions =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  7. Love everyone of your patterns, this one is my most #1 love so far. Love the pink one the most. You are very modern, love that about you.
    Thank you for sharing, Kris.

  8. So cute...the color choices never stop! Love it!

  9. Love the different ways to use this pattern.

  10. Hmmmm - I might just make one of these with a FACE in each circle! That would be the stage "view"! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a colorful block. You are so talented and I am so glad you found something you love to do. Quilter have my respect and admiration. It is such an art.
    Thanks so much for stopping in with your sweet comment.

  12. This is a gorgeous quilt block. It looks like the trim on a Victorian gingerbread house. Amanada, very nice.


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