Yesterday I shared my improv hammock quilt block. The second block I made for Chris was a book.
The book block was less tricky. I started by cutting book page shaped pieces out of the blue fabric. Then I added borders of white on three sides. I used the blue and white book pages as my template for cutting the background. These strips are about 5/8" wide. Rectangles were cut for the sides and I used the curve edge of the blue fabric as my template to cut the curves white strips.
Next, I cut out the book shape from my background fabric, starting with the diagonal cut that aligns with the spine of the book.
I used my rotary cutter to follow the curve of the book along the top and bottom of each side. Since these are fairly gentle curves this technique works pretty well. (If these were more precise or sharper curves like a Drunkard's Path, it becomes more important that the two curves that are cut are actually different curves so the stitching falls along the same curve on both pieces. This is why Drunkard's Path templates or rulers have an inner and an outer template piece.)
Last cut was to trim along the straight sides of the book.
Here's what my background looked like when it was all cut up. (Of course, I oversized the starting piece of fabric to account for seam allowances and extra wiggle room.)
I removed the two yellow pieces in the center and replaced with the blue and white book pages. First I sewed the seams on the straight outer side edges of the book. Then I added the improv curves to the top and bottom of each section. Finally, my last seam was the central seam along the spinoff the book.
This block also finishes at a little larger than 12" square. If you missed the other block I made for Chris, I shared about it yesterday.
You can see more blocks that were made for Chris as well as other blocks for the Quilts Unscripted Bee on Instagram.
Fun fact: It's been just about 6 years since I sewed my very first improv curve.