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Bella Sophia

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.


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
Set these aside while you make your petals.
To place the appliqué pieces on your squares,  find the centre first.
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. 

by Maya Angelou

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