Today I am making what I call Modern Pickles, my take on the traditional pickle dish, minus the sharp pointies that usually surround the inner pod.
one set of acrylic drunkard's path templates for rotary cutting. (mine are for an 8 inch block)
9" square of gray fabric (adjust if using different size templates)
scrap of print fabric
rotary cutter and mat
For quick rotary cutting, a set of acrylic drunkard's path templates may be used. If these are not available, simply make your own templates or cut free-form curves.
First, cut background (gray) fabric into a square the size indicated by your acrylic templates, or one inch larger than the desired finished block size. My template is for an eight inch block, so I cut my background fabric into a 9" square.
Place the template with the concave curve so that the corner of the template lines up with the corner of the fabric square. Using a rotary cutter, cut along the curve so that fabric is divided into a quarter-circle piece and a corner piece.
The next step is to piece the purple fabric pod inside the gray background to complete the block.
First, mark the center and quarter points of the curve on the smaller gray background corner unit as shown below with pins (this is done by folding the piece in half and pinch the center, then fold each edge to the center and pinch the quarter spot):
Carefully sew the curve with the gray piece on the bottom, being careful to ease fullness, avoid stretching, and keeping the edges of the fabrics matched.
Press toward the pod.