Welcome back to the Happy Flower Quilt Along…I can’t believe this is already my 11th blog post about this. I have a substantial stack of blocks in my pile now. All my progress, plus assembly tips can be found in my previous posts: blocks 1-4, blocks 5-6, blocks 7-10, blocks 11-14, blocks 15-18, blocks 19-22, blocks 23-27, blocks 33-36 and blocks 37-41. How are you going with yours??
Block 42. I really love this cheery combo! A centre of Les Petits gingham and Liberty fabric for the petals. But my favourite part are the leaves! As I was going through my stash I found this print with baby pea pods on it, and wondered why I’d never used it before! I had to slightly change the size and shape to accommodate the print, but that’s all part of making this your own style.
No one will have a quilt the same anywhere in the world!
Follow along for some process shots of block 43…
Block 43 all laid out. This helps to determine the best method of assembly. And there will usually be more than one, but the main thing you’ll see here is more inset seams…
Here’s my quick cutting tips for multi pieced block like this…templates B and C are mirror images, which means that you only need either template if you layer your fabric right sides together, or wrong sides together. Stack four layers high, and you’ll only have to cut two times to make four mirror images of each piece!
For the triangles, I cut out two over sized squares, and then cut them in half again. This gives more leeway with piecing, as it’s much nicer to be able to cut down to size at the end, than finding you’re a bit too small. You can also do this double layered.
The down side of speed cutting is that if you accidentally make a mistake…you’ll have a lot of mistakes!
So double check :).
Begin by marking all your quarter inch seam points, so you will know where to start and stop.
Here’s templates B and C right sides together, sewn between those points.
Here’s what it looks like with the first side of the corner square being attached. I placed the square underneath the template B, and sewed to the the centre…
Then pivot template C, and sew down the other side of the square. One inset seam done!
Now sew those two quarter sections together, leaving a quarter inch gap at the top again. Time to add the first triangle.
My triangle is over sized, so hangs over the end. It’s the middle right angle that you need for accuracy. Sew down to a quarter inch from the edge again. I usually flip it over the other way as it helps to see exactly where to stop.
Then turn and stitch down the other side as before. Press, and finish off the rest of the block. Cut down to size if you need to. I was pretty happy with mine, other than getting two of the triangles up the wrong way…gah.
And scorching some of the starch…at least that will wash out 🙂
Block 44. Another one I altered slightly to fit my fabric choices. I wanted to make use of those pretty flowers. I also couldn’t entertain appliquing those tiny, tiny leaves. Nope.
And block 45. A simple scrappy fun one. I managed to incorporate some more dark blue, which I felt needed to make more of an appearance for balance.
A mock up as shared on Instagram of my first 40 blocks! The final layout is quite different to this, so this is just to give an idea of the overall colour scheme.