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Selecting Fabrics for Novelty Nonsense Projects, page 1
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If you are taking the Novelty Nonsense Workshop, please review this page as well as the general information on fabric selection (see the "What's Stack-n-Whack®?" link on the Workshops page).

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A densely packed novelty print like this will be easy to cut into a variety of blocks. Each block can feature one motif, with parts of other motifs in the background. The resulting blocks will have interesting graphic designs at a distance. Up close, the novelty designs will come as a fun surprise!

 

 

(Timeless Treasures fabric)

 

If you choose a print with spaced motifs, make sure it has enough distinct motifs. This Alexander Henry cat print had 9 different cats, which was lucky, since the workshop project has 9 blocks!

Since the cats are fairly large, this student used a 5" triangle size, rather than the basic 4" size.

In class, we will use viewing templates to determine the best size for your print. If you have a large print, you may want to allow extra fabric for the accent fabrics, since you'll need a bit more of these if you enlarge the block. An extra quarter- or half-yard should do.

Note how the "B" fabric on the tips echoes the background color from the main print. This will help to define the diamonds in the finished quilt.

 

A print with stripes can produce two different types of blocks, medallions and pinwheels.

There are more pictures and tips on page 2.

 

 


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