I wanted to do something this month that would stretch me, help me learn. I’ve always wanted to try needle turn appliqué, and I thought, hey, why not on May’s wreath block? Well, I will tell you why not. It takes forever, that’s why not. Despite that, it was fun to learn and practice something new. I now have something to practice, a lot. :)
We need a place in which we may flourish and be ourselves.
By way of explanation, I used three different kinds of appliqué on this block, but you don’t have to. I used needle turn on the leaves and stem, machine appliqué on the blossoms, and raw edge appliqué on the centers. I think it adds some fun and variety to the block, but if you are loving one kind of appliqué over another, by all means, use that method.
My friend Kathy swears that she won’t be making this block, which is sad, because it’s super cute. But I know, I know, some of you are still scared of applique. Don’t be! And if you really still are, check out the tutorial I did a while back, it will help. You can learn something new, I promise.
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
George Henry Lewes
Flourish, my friends.
(1) 14″ background square
(1) 12″ square for the wreath circle
(32) 2½” squares for leaves
(7) 2½” squares for blossoms
(7) 1½” squares for flower centers
Making the block:
Using a water soluble marking pen, mark a line 2¼” in from each side of the background square. Be sure to keep all pieces inside this line.
Cut out all pieces using the templates provided. The pieces DO NOT include seam allowance, so if you are using needle turn applique, you will need to remember to cut seam allowance.
Place your wreath circle in the center of your background block and applique.
Next, place your leaves around the wreath. Applique in place.
Place blossoms around the wreath, applique.
Finally, stitch the centers of the blossoms down.
Using a light table or bright window, trace the word pattern onto the center of the block.
Embroider the letters and blossom using a backstitch.
Press your block from the back. Square up to 12½”.
Download the pieces here.
Last week, I finished this pretty little quilt for Kortney, my super awesome sister-in-law. She’s a big fan of purple, in case you couldn’t tell.
When I saw “Good Fortune” by the one and only Kate Spain, well, obviously I had to use it for Kortney’s quilt.
I mean, her wedding colors were purple and yellow, for pete’s sake.
Also obviously, I’m loving that there’s some orange in there too.
I backed it with Moda Bella Solid in aqua. The binding is some old purple Kona I had in my stash. No idea what color.
I let Kort choose how she wanted it quilted, and she was loving on the bubbles, so that’s what I did–along with a few wishbones, just for fun. Bubbles and Wishbones. Sounds like a band name.
This is a remake of a quilt I did last year for Nyah, remember? Only a little bigger and without borders.
Just a single layer cake, 1/4 yardish of white solid, some backing, binding, and batting, and BAM.
It has a little bit of machine applique on it, which I know you are all experts at now.
If you happen to only be only super-proficient at machine applique and want to become expert, of course go to my machine applique tutorial.
What did you work on last week? Or if you didn’t get a chance last week, what are you up to this week? I’ve got a bunch of longarming to do–ruler work and such. It’s going to be FUN!
PS Thanks, little brother (little? hah!) for being my quilt holder. You rock. Also, nice shoes.
The month of March was a doozy for me. You know the times where you have plans, and then things just come out of left field all over the place to mess with you? Yeah, that kind of month. Some of the stuff was super cool, like my brother coming home after being away for two years in Russia and Kazakhstan. That was awesome. Other things, not so cool, like hey, strep.
So of course, I thought it pretty darn ironic that the word for this month’s block (which I planned back in September) is “believe”…because hey. This month? It was all I could do to believe that I could handle even one more minute of the insanity. (Turns out I could, no matter how it felt.)
And then, of course, when I went to actually make the block, I ended up having to do it twice. Apparently my math was all over the place the first time, and I didn’t notice until I got to the part where I’m sewing all the rows together. Hooray for do-overs.
If I were trying to be inspirational, I would say “Believe in yourself! Believe in your dreams! Believe in the goodness of humanity! Believe in love, and grace, and kindness! Believe in creativity, and passion, and luck! Believe in beauty! Believe in your own worth, and in a loving Heavenly Father who’s looking out for you!”
But that’s not the month I had, so I’m going to say this instead:
Believe, that no matter how crazy today is, and no matter how crazy tomorrow is, that you’ll get through it. You will. Even if there are a couple do-overs.
And all that inspirational stuff? Believe that too. :)
How was your March?
PS Check out Amy’s Virtual Quilting Bee! She’s having quilty bloggers post a block tutorial every other Friday. I get to post my block this Friday! Come follow along!
(12) 2 5/8″ dark green squares.
(24) 2 3/8″ squares from various green fabrics. Subcut diagonally once to make (48) triangles.
(1) 7″ linen square.
Make the green diamond square-in-a-square blocks by sewing a triangle to opposite sides of each green square. Align centers for correct seam allowance. Usually, I fold pieces in half and finger press as I sew to align the middles. Be sure your seam is hitting right where the two pieces intersect.
Press toward the green square.
Using the same method as described above, sew two more triangles to the remaining sides of your green square. Press toward the triangles. Trim little triangles off.
Trace the embroidery onto the linen, and stitch the word and stem using 3 strands of Sublime Thread #778 in Leaf.
Trace the shamrock for the applique using your desired method (please note, the template does NOT include seam allowance). I chose to pin my piece to some minky and cut it out without fuseable web. I pinned the shape to the linen and adhered it using a zig zag stitch.
Trim the linen down to 6½” square.
Lay out the block as shown, piece together by rows, pressing seams between square-in-a-square blocks open, and blocks surrounding the linen, toward the linen.
Finished block is 12½” square.
Block Templates Download
I made this quilt this past weekend for a sweet friend’s daughter who got baptized.
It turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.
Good thing I already gave it away, because the longer I worked on it, the more I wanted to keep it for myself.
It’s made with both flannels and quilting cotton, so the texture is awesome.
I have access to these same fabrics for kits…let me know if you’re interested and I’ll post them in my shop. Quantity would be pretty darn limited. (Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, except the backing, that’s Vintage Modern also by Bonnie and Camille, and the binding is from Ruby, also theirs. Oh, and a Bella solid in aqua.).
Tutorial tomorrow. :)
PS I still need to show you my scrappy tripalong, the jeans that dyed my binding blue (and they weren’t even in the same load), and the next tutorial for the block of the month. Plus, February is already here, and that means a new block soon!