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Friday, February 15, 2013

Flower petals

how appropriate for the day after Valentine’s Day.
This block is a combination of piecing and appliqué.  You have to do the appliqué first.  I chose to do machine appliqué, but you can use whichever method you are comfortable with.
This is a great tutorial on machine appliqué.  Its much better than the way I was going to try to explain it.

http://www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/Invisible_Machine_Applique_Stitch__D53.html

The one thing I did do is not worry about the bottom point on the petal.  It will be sewn in when you join the blocks
Okay, let’s get going. 
2 ~~ 4 1/2” squares of background fabric and
2 ~~ 4 1/2” squares of your contrast fabric.
2 ~~ pieces of background fabric for two petals
2 ~~ pieces of contrast fabric for two petals
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Set these aside while you make your petals.
To place the appliqué pieces on your squares,  find the centre first.
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Fold them in half to make a triangle.  Finger press the corners.  This is where the points of the petals will centre onto.
Regardless of which method you use, I do advise you to sew around the edge of each petal.  I use a small zig-zag stitch and Superior MonoPoly thread.  You can use a coordinating thread, but you have to change threads and you know what that means for me……..work!
Just nick the edge of the petal when sewing it down.IMG_5302  If you wanted a “country look” you could do a blanket stitch.  Choices, choices and its all up to you.
Once the petals were in place, I made a four patch block.  As I sewed each seam I pressed that seam open to avoid bulk in the middle.  It was quick and easy. 
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A PDF is available. Click here to download. A watermark will appear on the instructions sheets. They are copyright.
All blocks for this quilt are from Electric Quilt 7.  All directions are copyright. 

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