The patchwork cutwork quilt block came about when I was asked about the holes that you need to make in a dashboard cover for the speedometer and such like. I was actually asked how best to bind the cutout pieces and my answer would have to be ‘I’d try not to bind them’! I think that I would cut the holes required and satin stitch them to cover the edges if I wanted to make the dashboard cover in one piece, or I would make smaller blocks using the method shown below and then sew the blocks together. Using this method it isn’t possible to have two holes within one piece of fabric – you can only turn the fabric right side out if there’s only one hole.
Once I’d started thinking about it, though, I realised that this would make a stunning border for a quilt. But I was definitely not going to try binding such a small circle, so the answer had to be in making the hole so that the raw edges were already taken care of.
Making the patchwork cutwork quilt block
Using 9.1/2″ squares of fabric, layer them with wadding first and then the top and backing fabric with right sides together. Mark the middle of the square and then draw round a glass or something similar to mark a circle.
Sew around the circle and then cut it out through all three layers about 1/4″ inside the stitching line.
Clip from the circle towards the stitching, taking care not to cut the stitching itself.
Take hold of the outer layer of fabrics – the blue – and push all the brown fabric and wadding through the circular hole.
This turns the patchwork cutword quilt block right side out – if that doesn’t seem clear, the video may help. Gently ease the fabric around the circular hole and press. You may want to topstitch around the circle just to be sure that the block keeps its shape.
If you wanted to use this as a border, it would have to be joined to the quilt using quilt as you go techniques. I’ll try and show that some time soon.
Here’s the video:
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