Thursday, April 2, 2020

Piece By Piece - Flower Garden Block

Last week I released Block #4 of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along - the Flower Garden block.  It is an English Paper Pieced pattern, but mentioned that it could be pieced on the machine as well... so I decided I would give it a try!

If you hesitated with making this block because of the labor intensive hand stitching, I encourage you to consider trying this machine piecing method.  It is still time consuming, but also much faster... I had it done in about 2 hours.

I started with tracing the templates onto the paper side of freezer paper...

After cutting the templates out (using scissors approved for cutting paper!) I pressed them on onto the fabric - shiny side down!  Trim apart leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Beginning at the edge of the freezer paper template I attached the 6 petals.  Finger press each petal out and do not stitch to the edge of the fabric... only to the end of the template.

Carefully fold the "flower" to match and align fabric edges and stitch along the template, but not to the edge of the fabric.  Be sure to lock your stitches or back stitch to secure.

When the entire flower is formed, from the back, press seams... as they desire.  You will notice that there is a natural direction in which they will want to lay down. 😉

Press the outside edges under 1/4" and pin to a 10-1/2 inch background piece.  Applique as you desire.  Trim to 9-1/2 inches square.

I machine appliqued this one using a button hole stitch to show you that there are different options.

As I worked on the machine piecing of this block I enjoyed a cup of tea... one of my comforts that I seek out when I need some calming or grounding.

I thought that the quote on the teabag tag was so appropriate!

Are you participating in the Pieces From The Past Sew Along?  
Have you pieced the Flower Garden block yet? 

There is still time to finish it and link up for a chance in the fat quarter give away!  Follow the links above for more details and patterns.  The next release date is April 16th...

Are you a fan of slow stitching?  

Leave a comment... I love to hear from my readers.

Quilt happy!

Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along
that features vintage Kansas City Star quilt blocks!

PS - I recently learned that the embroidery pattern on Payhip had a fee attached to it...  This was NOT supposed to be case and I have corrected it.  It is indeed FREE!  If you wanted to do that block as an alternative to the Flower Garden Block, and hesitated because of the cost... GO GRAB IT NOW!

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  1. This block is made a lot like the 8 pointed star block except for the center piece. I love making them. This is really a pretty block. Wouldn't it make a beautiful quilt? Another one goes on my to-do list.LOL
    Thanks for the embroidery pattern. I really love it as well. Take care!

  2. I took a class many, many years ago that utilized the machine method your tutorial shows. I had forgotten about it.

  3. That “piece of mind” quote is PERFECT for quilters! And your block is gorgeous!