Bed of Roses – Block 7

Simple.  Easy.  That is how I am going to describe Block 7 of “Bed of Roses”.  Seriously.  Take a good look at the shapes and I think you will agree!

Let’s get started!  First, I traced the block onto the background with a water soluble marker.

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Next, I used a 1/4″ bias maker to make all of the stems.

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After I finished stitching the bias stems in place, I went along my merry way prepping the many pieces.  Instead of tracing my templates, I simply photocopied the pattern onto freezer paper.  All of the pieces in this block are symmetrical, which means you do now have to worry about making mirror images.

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So now its time to start gluing the pieces in place.  I started with the small flowers and leaves.

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Next, I added the pretty pink flowers.

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I love these dark pink centers!

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Looking good!

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Now I started on the larger flowers.

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The excitement is definitely mounting!

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Now I am going to show you how I tackled the center section.  The center consists of 5 separate pieces, which if layered one on top of the other, would be very bulky.  So this is how I eliminated the bulk.

I prepped all of the pieces in the usual way.

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Next,  I glued one section on top of the other…

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…and stitched it in place.

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Once I finished stitching the piece in place, I very (very!) carefully trimmed away the first layer, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Okay, now I repeated those same steps with each new layer.  I glued the yellow piece in place….

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….and stitched it in place.

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And I trimmed out the second layer.

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And here is the second last piece stitched in place.

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And, finally, the last piece!

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The rest of the leaves and……Voila!

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You can find Block 7 (along with the 6 previous blocks) of Sue Garman’s “Bed of Roses” on my website Simple Bird Studio.

Til next time….

Kerry

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11 thoughts on “Bed of Roses – Block 7

  1. Thank you I so look forward to your emails and of course Bruin ? I see he is making sure you are doing it correct for us he is so cute.regards to you both Jean

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  2. I love all your tips and techniques! I’ve been working on some applique blocks and trying to prepare the pieces before I stitch. I’m having trouble using an overlay to place pieces as I sew, so I’m going to try using a light box to place them. Do you glue all your pieces to the background before you start stitching?

    • Hi Deb:
      Thanks for the comment. Using an overlay is my least favurite of all techniques. Nothing ever seems to line up. That is why I trace the pattern onto the background with a water soluble marker. I don’t glue all of the pieces in place, I usually start with gluing the stems and stitching them in place. Then I add a few more pieces and stitch them. I rarely (if ever) glue the entire block in place before I stitch it.

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