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Infinity Fan



Infinity Fan

Instructor: Sarah Bond

Infinity Fan is a contemporary design inspired by a traditional Grandmother’s Fan quilt owned by quilt scholar Merikay Waldvogel. I made this version in scrappy strips with a tomato red background to emulate the original. The construction is a very simple paper piecing technique on a curved or straight paper foundation. You can make this quilt or design your own in any size and any configuration. This quilt is made up of 64 blocks; 40 curved fans and 24 straight sections. I’m experimenting with other designs in different sizes that still give this never-ending feel.

To make this version you will need to make 20 curved blocks starting with a background slice and 20 curved blocks starting with a color slice. You’ll finish with 24 straight blocks. Each block consists of six color or scrappy strips and six background strips.

You can cut your background strips ahead of time if you like. If you like a little extra wiggle room for paper piecing, you can cut your strips 1 ¾ inches wide by seven inches. This comes down to a 1 ¾ inch selvage to selvage strip sub cut into six 7-inch strips. If you are a confident paper piecer, you can cut your strips 1 ½ inches wide. You’ll need 384 scrappy or one color strips and 384 background strips.

 

Materials List:

  • 3 to 4 yards of fabric for your scrappy fan blades. This can be yardage or a collection of fat quarters or other miscellaney

  • 5 yards of background fabric

  • Sewing machine in good working order

  • Basic sewing supplies including machine needles, thread, pins, snips, paper scissors

  • Rotary cutter and mat

  • 12 to 24-inch ruler

  • A little snack in case we start to feel faint

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