Feb 23, 2011

Free Quilt Pattern "Flower Garden"

Block measures 6" x 10" finished
Here's a great way to use up your stash.

Label your pieces as you cut them.
For each block cut:
Flower color-Red "A" (1) 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Flower color-Red "C" (2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Green "D" (3) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
Green "E" (2) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares
Yellow "B" (1) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"
White "F" (2) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares
White "G" (6) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

Step 1- Sew the "A" and "B" pieces together for the flower center. Press to the darker color.

Step 2- Flying Geese units. Draw a diagonal line on the back of (2) "D" and (2) "G" squares. Place a marked "G" square on one end of a "C" rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the line.
Fold the "G" square back over the seam and press. Cut the center layer of fabric in the corner off leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

With right sides facing sew a marked "D" square on the opposite side of the unit. Fold back, press and cut center layer away as previously instructed.

Repeat instructions but reverse placement of squares as shown in the picture.

Step 3- Half-Square Triangles (Make 4)
Draw a diagonal line on the back of (2) "F" squares. Place a marked square on top of an "E" square, right sides facing. Sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, then cut apart on the line. Press seam to the dark fabric. Cut off the dog ears.

Trim the half-square triangles to measure 2-1/2" square. Note: The 45 degree line on the ruler is on the diagonal seam.

Step 4- Sew a flying geese to each side of the flower center. Press seams to the center.

Step 5- Sew a "G" square to a half-square triangle. Repeat one more time turning the half-square triangle to match the picture. Press seams to the "G" squares.

Sew these sections to each side of the flower. Notice placement in picture. Press seams to the side sections.

Step 6- Bottom row. Sew the remaining pieces together as shown in picture. Press seams to one side.

Join the bottom row to the piced flower. Press seam to the bottom row. This completes one block.

I designed a quilt in EQ5 to show one option on how these blocks can be used. Adding a sashing and narrow border brought it all together.

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Enjoy and happy stitching,

Feb 14, 2011

Simple Scrappy Quilting Ideas

Whenever I have any spare time I like to go through my fabric scraps and cut them into 2-1/2" squares and 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces.  The following are three of my versions on how to use these pieces. One unit is made for all three. To make the unit sew two 2-1/2" squares together. Press seam to one side. Sew a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" neutral color to the pieced squares. See photo below. I did keep the neutral colors the same but it's not necessary.
The following pictures show the three ways to use this unit in a quilt.
Option #1-Sew units in horizontal rows.

Option #2-Flip every other unit to create a zig-zag effect.

Option #3-Referring to the picture place the units to create what I call positive and negative scrappy squares.
I had more fun with this. I think I'll go cut more scraps.
Another idea! Why not get together with friends and have a cutting party. Everybody cuts the same size and swaps fabrics they don't have.
Happy stitching,