Bed of Roses – Block 10

March 1st is still a few days away, but I want to post Block 10 before the beginning of the month. My husband, Paul,  and I are off to England and Amsterdam on March 3 for 10 days, so I am eager to ship Block 10 out before we leave.  All orders received after March 3 will be shipped when I get back home.  All 10 blocks of “Bed of Roses” are available on my website Simple Bird Studio.  

This month’s block consists of 2 identical blocks, which are fairly easy.  I haven’t stitched my blocks yet (the pieces are glued in place).  I am going to take these blocks with me on our trip. It’s not that I think I will have lots of free time to stitch.  Quite the contrary!   Its just that I get really antsy when I do not have a needle and thread in my hand. I am sure most of you can relate!!

It made sense to prep both blocks at the same time, so that is what I did.  First, I marked the pattern onto the background with a water soluble marker.  Then I made some 1/4″ bias for the stems and glued them in place.  You can see how I make my bias strips here.

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Next, I added the leaves. Because all of the shapes in this block are symmetrical, I photocopied the pattern pieces onto freezer paper to make my templates.

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So, next I added this cute little flower.  I find it very helpful to draw the seam allowance onto the piece of fabric.  It just makes it so much easier to line up multiple pieces.  You can read more about this technique here.

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Notice when I clip the inside curve I don’t clip all the way to the freezer paper.

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Looking good!

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As I mentioned, both blocks are the same, but the pink fabrics are not the same, so read the pattern carefully!

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The way this next centre part is put together is very slick!  First, cut the entire freezer paper template out, but keep it as one piece.

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Since the outer ring is pink (R1) I will prep it first.  I iron it onto the back of the fabric and use liquid starch and a mini iron to press the seam allowance over the template.

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Ok, once I prepped the pink section, I removed the freezer paper template and cut the first section off.  I am using this same template for all the pieces in this section, just like I did in my last post.

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Next, I prepped the yellow section (Y1).

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I traced the 4 leaf shapes onto the yellow fabric and then glued the yellow section on top of the pink section.

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Next, I prepped the 4 leaf shapes, but, as you can see, I only prepped one side of the leaf, and left the other side a raw edge. I also drew the seam allowance on.  See how easy it is to line the pieces up?

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Hang in there….we are almost finished!  I cut the next section from the freezer paper template and prepped it.

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First, I prepped the outside edge.

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Then I trimmed the middle section out and prepped it.

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I removed the freezer paper, which was not nearly as scary as you might think….
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…and voila!

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Slick!

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I am happy to report I have all 9 blocks of Trail Mix finished and stitched together.

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I still can’t believe how nicely everything matched up!

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Til next time….

Kerry

Bed of Roses – Block 9

Block 9 already!  Where has the time gone?

Each time I start a new block of Sue Garman’s “Bed of Roses”, I am pleasantly surprised at how easy they are.  I encourage all appliquers (especially beginner appliquers) to give these blocks a try.  Block 9 (along with all previous 8 blocks) are available on my website Simple Bird Studio.  You can choose to order just the patterns (some of them or all of them) or you can choose to do this quilt as a Block of the Month which includes the pattern and the same fabrics that I am using.

I started this block like all the others.  I traced the pattern onto the background with a Clover water soluble marker. This marker comes available with a thick tip or a thin tip.  For tracing onto the background, I prefer the thick tip because it is a lot easier to see!

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Next, I use a Clover 1/4″ bias maker to make the stems.  I glue the stems in place with Roxanne’s Glue Baste it.  The marker, the bias maker and the glue are all available on my website.

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So now let me show you how I make all those templates.  I must confess, I really hate tracing my templates by hand and I will avoid doing it whenever possible!  First, I photocopy the pattern onto freezer paper and then I iron that piece of freezer paper onto another one to make two layers of freezer paper.

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Whenever I have a unit that has many layers, I could make multiple copies of each unit so I have a separate template for each section (but you know me well enough by now to know I am not going to do that!)  Here is what I am going to do instead…

I leave the entire unit intact and prep the piece as I normally would.  Because I am making the outer section, I am using R3 fabric.

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I iron the template onto the back of the fabric…

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…and I cut it out leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  This piece has fairly gently curves, so I clip just once.  Notice I don’t clip all the way to the freezer paper.

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I prep the pieces using a stiletto, a mini iron and liquid starch.

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So, now it is time to remove the freezer paper.

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Now, I take that same template that I just removed, and cut the first section off.

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Next, I am going to repeat everything I just did, except on a different fabric…

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I should mention that there are two identical units on this block and I am making both at the same time using just this one template.

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I just keep cutting the outer section off and reusing the same template….

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So here we have 10 separate sections I prepped using just one template.  Sweet!

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Here is another layering tip that I am happy to share with you.  It will make your life a whole lot easier!  When you place one piece on top of another, you need to leave that part of the seam allowance un-prepped.  I take my template and draw the seam allowance on with my marking pencil.

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When I place each piece on the background, the line I have drawn replaces the line on the background that I have just covered up.

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Now its time to start adding the leaves……

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……and berries.  Lots of berries!

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And finally, a funky little vase!  Love it!!

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Til next time….

Kerry