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Attic Windows with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop Notes

The 3D light effect of this block is simple to create with the use of a light strip of fabric and a dark strip of fabric.

You need to make sure that the light strip is always on the same side of your block so that the light source is consistant.

You can cut the strips any size you like (width wize) but they need to be long enough to go down the side of your piece PLUS across the dark/other border.

Sew the 1st fabric strip (say light) onto the block on the rh side of the block;   sew with fabrics rs together from top to bottom but remember on the length it needs to be long enough to cross over the lower border – which is just to come!   If in doubt be generous in length on the first few!

Sew the 2nd fabric strip (say dark) onto the bottom of the block, sewing  with right sides together from the raw edge just until you reach the sewing of the 1st strip – DO NOT stitch across this.

Fix  your stitching or  back stitch (or leave threads to do it later)and take work out of machine.

Now use your iron to put the diagonal crease into your fabric (similar to the technique used in the mitred corners) –

  • make sure that your two fabrics lay absolutely ontop of each other;  right sides together
  • Take the top fabric and fold back
  • crease them using the iron
  • open up the crease by putting fabrics absolutely back on top of each other
  • sew from the outside edge into the corner along this crease line  and fix the stitch – do not sew across the stitching in the corner

If you are happy with the result you can cut off the excess fabric leaving yourself ¼” seam allowance.

If in the pressing the corner wanders a little (it is on the bias) you can trim carefully/square up the block  before you sew to its neighbour.

A simple illusion

The visual illusion of looking through a window is simply achieved by the use of a light and a dark fabric and using a 45 degree angle where they meet (similar to a mitred corner);   Valerie shows you how you can achieve this with the simple help of the iron to press in the crease - so no need to panic.

If you would like to check out the mitred corners click here

 

 

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This is a lovely example of Attic Windows made by Vicky Munday;  she used a pre-printed panel to which she added the two colours and then she has enhanced the windows effect with the simple quilting.

 

You could do something similar with a cushion panel too. Or, for more ideas, Karin Hellaby's book, Sew Simple Attic Windows, which is featured in this video.

Featured in this video

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