Charise Randell from Charise Creates is here today with her newest block in her Vintage Block Quilt Along, the Spring Blossom Quilt Block. You can find the other nine blocks at Charise Creates; each block includes the pattern and a detailed tutorial!
Charise was a finalist in our Super Online Sewing Match last year and has joined us for lots of fun projects, like her recent Palos Verdes Challenge blouse. Charise had a really fulfilling and fun sewing year in 2013, and 2014 promises to be even better! Be sure to hop over to Charise Creates for the Vintage Block Quilt Along and more. Download your Spring Blossom Block PDF Pattern today!
Spring Blossom Quilt Block
I’m so excited to be at Sew Mama Sew today sharing my newest block in the Vintage Block Quilt Along. The quilt along was started last year as a way for me to share some of my favorite vintage blocks and help motivate me to complete a sampler quilt for myself.
I continue to be inspired by vintage quilts, both the incredibly intricate piecing and the use of beautiful vintage fabrics.
This block is #10 in the series. You can find the other nine blocks at my Charise Creates blog under the Vintage Block Quilt Along tab. You will find the pattern as well as a detailed tutorial for each block.
Today’s block has been referred to as Jig Saw Puzzle, Nonesuch and Love Ring in various vintage quilting publications. I have revised the block to have solid corner squares so the center flower shape stands out.
The block is made from twelve identical pieced squares and the addition of four corner squares. Each individual square is 3 ½”. Curved piecing is involved in the construction of this block, but it is not difficult with a little practice!
The block is 12” finished / 12 ½” unfinished.
A Few Tips:
- Read through all the instructions before proceeding.
- Start with a sharp, new sewing machine needle.
- Print the Spring Blossom Block PDF templates onto card stock or trace them onto template plastic.
OK! Let’s get started…
- F8 (fat 1/8th yard) of a light ground print
- F8 or large scraps of four different red print fabrics
- Large scraps or 3” squares of four different yellow print fabrics
- 1 sheet card stock or template plastic
- Fine sewing pins (I like Clover Flower Head Pins Fine, .45)
- Water soluble pen or pencil for marking
- Spray starch
- 1/4” foot (optional, but very helpful!)… I find that is much easier to sew the 1/4” seam with a 1/4” foot because I can guide the seam edge along the edge of the foot.
- Cut 8 each A1 Red print fabric
- Cut 4 each A1 Yellow print fabric
- Cut 8 each A2 Light ground print fabric
- Cut 4 each A2 Red print fabric
- Cut 4 each 3 1/2“ x 3 1/2“ squares light ground print
Note: Accurate cutting is extremely important!
1. With right sides together, fold Piece A1 in half along the seam line matching raw edges. Crease the center mark with your finger. Repeat for the A2 piece.
2. Unfold piece A1 and A2.
3. With right sides together, match the crease on A1 and A2. Pin in place.
Next, pin each edge.
Gently pull the fabric edge on A2 to match the convex curved edge of A1 and pin in place. Since the A2 curve is on the bias, it will fit nicely around the curved edge of A1.
4. With the background piece A2 facing you (that is the concave side, or the side that curves in), stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Go slow and stitch as accurately as possible. Press the seam allowance towards A1.
You will notice quite a few creases from manipulating the fabric around the curve. Spray a bit of starch on the seam and press; the creases will disappear!
5. Repeat Steps #1-#4 for the additional 11 blocks.
Tip: Stitch the block together faster by pinning all individual blocks and then stitch all the blocks as a group.
6. Arrange the 12 individual squares in place to make the 12 1/2” block. Stitch together from top to bottom in 4 horizontal rows. Press seams open.
7. Stitch rows together to make the 12 1/2” unfinished block.
8. Square your block to 12 1/2” with your rotary cutter.
Your Block is complete. Thanks for joining me at Sew Mama Sew!