Ayumi from Pink Penguin shares her Juice Glass Block today! It’s a great companion to Penny’s Sprout Block from yesterday; the two blocks together are so sweet in a quilt top. We love both Penny and Ayumi’s quilt tops, and we also love that they didn’t see each other’s quilt tops until they were both all pieced– So much fun!… You can download the free Sprout + Juice Glass PDF Patterns today.

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Ayumi lives in Tokyo where she finds some beautiful Japanese fabrics to include in her sewing and sell in her shop. Ayumi is a regular contributor to Stitch magazine, and you can also find her work in the recent Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched With Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy. We’re always eager to see where Ayumi’s wonderful designs show up next, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the blog today!

Print out the Sprout + Juice Glass PDF and cut off excess from the template; cut right along the thick line as pictured.

(Here I am using the Version 2 of the Juice Pattern in Page 2. It is less complicated– and therefore more beginner-friendly– than the first version.) Make sure that the block measures 5″ x 5″.

Prepare fabric scraps that are at least 1/4″ larger at all edges than a finished size of each piece. (Obviously my scraps are way larger than necessary, but it is much better to have fabric scraps too large than too small as it makes you go Ugh! when you find that pieces were too small after sewing… Unless you enjoy ripping seams?!)

Set your stitching length to an approximate 1.5 – 1.8 mm/stitch. Here I am starting with the #2 part of the block, only because I want to make sure the pretty flowers will be nicely in the cup. #1 and #2 pieces are interchangeable, so you can start with either one. In order to make sure that the pretty flowers will be where I want them, I dab a little bit of temporary fabric adhesive on #2 area on the WRONG side of the template (the side with no printed pattern) and attach the wrong side of the fabric to it. Use a light or sunlight to ensure that the fabric attached on wrong side is covering the #2 area completely, plus make sure there is enough seam allowance at all edges.

Now place the #1 fabric piece on top of the #2 fabric piece with right side together. Make sure that the top edge is covered by the #1 piece.

Sew along the line between #1 and #2 areas with right side of the template up.

Fold along the seam like this and using a rotary cutter and a clear acrylic ruler, cut off excess, leaving approximately 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press iron to bring the white piece right side up.

Fold along the line between #2 and #3 and cut off the excess in the same manner.

Place the fabric piece for the #3 area like this while making sure it is covering the edge.

Sew along this line.

Cut off the excess.

Repeat the same process for the other side of the cup.

Fold along the line above the #5 area and cut off excess.

Place the fabric piece for the #5 area like this, and pin in place.

Sew along the line! Now you get a picture of how it goes!

Cut off excess from the side edges of the #5 fabric.

In the same manner sew the #6 and #7 pieces.

It will look like this when all of the fabric pieces are sewn onto this section of the block.

Cut off excess from all edges.

If you wish, stamp a word!

Complete the top section of the block in the same manner and…

… Sew them together.

Tear away the paper from the block. (This process is easier if your stitching length is set to be approximately 1.5 – 1.8 mm/stitch.)


Make a bunch just for fun!

Here is a little peek of my mini Sprout & Juice Quilt progress.

Note: If you are using fabrics other than small polka dots or solid for the background of this block (such as plaid or newsprint design) you can make freezer paper templates to cut fabrics beforehand, as shown in this tutorial. This way you are in control of how the design of the fabric shows up in the finished piece.

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