Hugs and Kisses – Block 2

It may look like there is a lot going on in Block 2 of Hugs and Kisses, a delightful quilt designed by Sue Garman.  But, really it is quite a simple block.  Trust me:)

First I added the brown stems.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am not marking the background.  Instead, I am gluing all the pieces in place in one shot!  Remember…when gluing stems, it is so much easier to place the dots of glue on the background and not the stem.

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Next I added the large circles for the flowers.  Whenever I use a fabric with a directional print on it, I like to have all the prints going the same way.  Not sure why, I just do:)

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I love to share this next tip whenever I can.  This step saves so much time and freezer paper.  I also mentioned that instead of tracing my templates, I am simply photocopying sections of the pattern onto freezer paper.

So I started with the outer circle and prepped it.  I removed the template and I cut off that part of the template. (Pictures below.) Then I was left with the next shape (the flower).  I prepped the flower and then cut it off and prepped the next shape (the medium circle).  I constructed all 4 flowers with just this one template.  Magical!

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Next, I added the pretty brown flowers and the pink leaves.  Scrumptious!

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Of course, I am doing my quilt this time in a different colourway.  Here is the block with the original fabric:)  If you are part of the Block of the Month doing this quilt, you will receive a Fabric Key in your kit so you will know which fabric goes where.

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I also wanted to mention that some of these blocks, like Block 2, have many layers.  The large flowers on this block consists of 5 layers (including the background).  Since I am planning on hand-quilting this quilt, I have very carefully trimmed away some of the layers.  I am not a huge fan of doing this, but I am less a huge fan of trying to quilt through 5 layers of fabric!  You can see I didn’t trim out the back of the smaller flowers, just the larger flowers.

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Til next time….

Kerry

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One thought on “Hugs and Kisses – Block 2

  1. Thank you for a great suggestion in making these flowers. Simple, but not something I would have thought to do. That’s why you’re the expert!! 🙂

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