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Date: 7/24/13 2:10 PM

I've seen some interesting "stained glass window" patterns. And I'm thinking of creating my own (to use as smaller things like maybe a table runner or mug rugs). But I'm not sure how the effect of the leading is created. (I don't do much quilting/piecing - most of it has been standard star/square/triangle stuff. And mainly for pillows.

My first notion is to use bias tape, lol. But then I think, no, just lots of thin strips sew to/around the colored pieces and then into blocks.

Here are some examples:





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Date: 7/24/13 2:22 PM

The examples you show are all straight, so the tape would not have to be on the bias. You could actually use skinny piecing, but it might be hard to keep it consistent unless paper pieced.

I did one of these with all curves and used Fusible Bias Tape

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Date: 7/24/13 2:45 PM

It's all fabric, cut on the straight of grain.

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Date: 7/24/13 3:04 PM

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It's all fabric, cut on the straight of grain.


Yup, all straight of grain.

You can do it by sewing narrow strips onto cut blocks. If there are "repeats", you can sew a long "block" strip to a black narrow strip, then sew another "block" strip on the other side of the black narrow strip, then cross cut the strip set into smaller sub-units.

The "trick" to this technique is the order in which you sew things together. You make the smaller sub-units first, then join those into larger sub-units with strips in between, and then into blocks. (You can see the individual blocks in the first 3 pics you posted.) Then sew the blocks together with strips in between.

Missouri Star Quilt video tutorial: Window Pane disappearing 9-patch. OK, so she does cut the window pane 9-patch apart at the end, but this does illustrate how you need to pay attention to the order in which things are assembled. ****ETA: I just watched this again and realized that this would look great with sashing added between the blocks (the 4 cut pieces of the original 9-patch). Once again, it comes down to the order in which you sew things together. ****ETA: Pic of Windowpane disappearing 9-patch with sashing between the blocks

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Date: 7/24/13 4:22 PM

CM - I've been intrigued by the disappearing 9-patch, and adding the sashing (and then adding more as you suggest) makes it even cooler.

Tess - how exactly dies one use that fusible bias tape? Sort of like an applique? Or do you use it like binding on one piece and then sew the finished edge down on the next piece? Maybe I need to google for some tutorials.

I like the idea of it all being cut already, lol - between the charm packs and the solids in strips. That would make it go much faster!

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Date: 7/24/13 5:33 PM

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how exactly dies one use that fusible bias tape?

I'm not Tess, but when I've used the fusible bias strips I've just pinned them on flat and then ironed them down where I wanted them. You can sew the edges down for more permanence, especially if the item will be going thru the laundry a lot.

I've mostly used the premade strips on banners though, where no one is looking closely at the 'perfection' (or lack of it)

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Date: 7/24/13 8:15 PM

I've done these quilts; was going to post a few photos here, but I'm getting ready for a class, so I won't.

What I've used is soutache braid. It's like trim, but without the fancy doodads. Using bias tape will make the "leading" stretch, so don't use it. Some people use fusible bias tape, but that's too fiddly for me. Soutache braid is nice, but you sometimes can see the ends, where it joins.

However, the samples you posted are actually strings (very narrow strips, less than 1-1/2" wide) that are sewn with the blocks. For example, the second one up from the bottom is nothing but 2" strips, sewn end to end, but have a 1" string attached to each end. Then they are cut, and another 1" string is attached to each side, as they are sewn across.

The bottom example has a 1" string running down the diagonal on each half square triangle. Then more strings are attached to each square, like sashing.

The disappearing nine patch, third one up, has the strings attached to the squares before the squares are sewn into nine patches.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/9/13 1:43 PM

You can purchase pre-cut strips in 1 1/2 inch width. They are called honey buns. They would work great with the charm squares in this pattern!

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Date: 8/9/13 2:01 PM

Thanks, everyone.

This is the one that I really love the look of:


But I will probably make my sister a table runner of either HST Christmas trees (from sewmamasew) or (if I can figure out how to make it a runner) something like this -



I had pinned a bunch of them and the last one was the one she commented on (her comment was "I love that"). I was very surprised because neither the colors nor the style of it seem like her at all. I expected her to go for either the stained glass or the zigzag -

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