Saturday, August 20, 2016

Spring Bloom Block Tutorial

After I posted pictures the spring blooms quilt I made last spring, I received a lot of requests for a block tutorial.  It's been slow coming, but here it is!



Fabric and Cutting

For a single 10" block you will need:

      4 - 4" squares assorted scraps (A) (I used different prints of one color)
      4 - 2" squares background (B)
      4 -  2" x 4"  background (C)
      4 - 2" x 5 1/2" background (D)
      4 - 2" squares green (E)


I made my flowers from scraps,  but I used just one fabric for all my block backgrounds to make the blooms float on the quilt.  It might be interesting to use a variety of neutral scraps for the background and see how that looks.  If you give that a try, please share a picture!

Pressing instructions

As much as possible, I plan my pressing so that seams will nest when I join units. I find my corners match better when I do this.  If you follow the pressing directions as given, you will be able to nest any seams that meet within the block, as well as when you join blocks together side by side without sashing.  I don't know about you, but I love it when that happens!

Piecing Instructions
  
1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of each 2" square (background and green).



2. Place a background square B on one corner of a color square A, right sides together.


3. Sew along the marked line. Cut the corner off 1/4" away from the sewn line. 


4. Fold background fabric back to fill corner.  Press.


5. Position the unit with the triangle at the top right corner.  Sew a background C on the right as shown. Press towards C.


6. Place a green square E on the right end of one background D, with the marked line starting at the top right corner.  Sew along the marked line.  (I find it works best to sew towards the corner rather than starting the seam in the corner. When I start at the corner there are even odds that the corner will get caught up in the needle plate.)


8. Cut the corner off 1/4" away from the sewn line.  Fold background fabric back to fill corner.  Press.


9.  Sew the DE unit to the ABC unit as shown.  Press towards the ABC unit.


10. The quarter block unit should measure 5 1/2" square. Repeat steps 2-9 to make 3 more units.


11. Join pairs of quarter blocks as shown.  Press seam to the side with the green triangle, as indicated by the white arrows in the picture below.



12. Join the two halves to complete the block.

13. Press half the seam towards the green triangle in that half of the seam.  Press the other half in the opposite direction, towards the green triangle in that half.  In the middle, on both sides of the center point, use your fingertips to push gently in the directions that you pressed.  This should open up the seam at the intersection of the four blocks into a little four-patch.  Press. 



You now have a completed Spring Bloom Block!


 Make a few more and decide whether to set them in a straight set or on point, with or without sashing. Just play and have fun with your Spring Blooms.  OK, it's currently late summer, not too long until fall, but if you start soon you can have them for next spring!

Update:  Go here to see what the on point layout would look like with color setting triangles!

This one has blocks set on point with no sashing.

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33 comments:

  1. How come the first picture of the block the flower petal is puckered at the bottom of the petal but not in the last picture of the completed block. How do I get that effect.

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    1. The puckering isn't part of the block. It comes from the quilting of the quilt. I quilted short lines running trough the center of each block

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    2. I like a lot and I mean a LOT of things quilty, but some things are puppy love and
      don't make it to my bucket list.
      This is definitley a bucket lister 5 star block! Sweet! :)

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  2. It's a beautiful pattern! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  3. This is very pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  4. That is such a lovely pattern! I may have to make it someday! Your color arrangement is beautiful too ---"Love"

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  5. Such a pretty block! I also envision it all in golden yellows and putting a dark corner on the center of each petal so they meet in the middle to create a sunflower effect. Just my mind running off on its own. : )

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  6. Love this pattern and how you used scrappy pieces of the same color for each one...very pretty. thanks for sharing your method...hugs, Julierose

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  7. Thanks for sharing... I think this might just be my scrappy RSC block next year =)

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  8. This would make a great table runner too! I love it! Speaking of table runners, I have all the fabric ready to make another one of your Focal Point runners. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. This is really beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! x Teje

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  10. Love this block and the colors. Thanks for the tutorial

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  11. I found your blog through Quilting is more fun than Housework. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love your quilt.

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  12. Excellent tutorial! One more quilt to add to my long wish list! XO

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  13. Beautiful quilt and block! I really like the way you quilted it too!

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  14. Just found your blog through Freemotion by the River. Love your Spring Blooms. Thanks for the tutorial. raydeer@memlane.com PS. I am a fellow Canuck. Cheers!

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  15. Such a pretty block! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  16. The best block I've seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing and such a nice tut. I'm thinking bedrunner--maybe seasonal bed runners--using this block. What a great splash of color you've made. Love it.

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  17. This block is amazing! I lovelovelovelovelove it!
    It looks simple but stunning quilt, thank you so much for this tutorial...
    I hope someday to be so brave and make one like yours ^_^

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  18. Sweet block! Thank you for the great tutorial. That area with the leaf is so clever and really makes the block.

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  19. This quilt is one of the prettiest I have seen. The lines are so simple and pretty and clean. I am ready for a new quilt this may be my project. Thank you.

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  20. Wunderbar!! Thanks so much for the tutorial. It will be a gorgeous kid's quilt for Project Linus. What's behind the bush? I'm not very good with choosing colors (my husband is my color guy), so I need all the help I can get.

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  21. I have just finished my blocks. I want to set them on point. I thought I bought enough white fabric to finish this quilt, can't find it (guessing I used it in another project & can
    't get more). My question is can I use another fabric to make my setting triangles etc.

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    1. The only parts left to make ir you have all the blocks made already are the setting triangles and the binding. You can certainly use a different fabric for those. It will just look like the triangles are a framing element, a more prominent feature than if they are the same as the block background, when thy are part of the background.

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    2. I just wrote a post to discuss what the layout would look like with different setting colors. It was rather fun to play with that idea! http://www.canuckquilter.com/2016/08/spring-bloom-block-tutorial.html

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  22. Beautiful block and quilt
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

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  23. Step 2, Wrong sides together??? Is that right?
    judicrespo@yahoo.com

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    1. Well shoot! I can't believe I wrote that! Thank you for pointing it out. Of course it should read "right sides together" and I have now corrected it.

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  24. I love this pattern. The tutorial is so well-done.
    Great job.

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  25. Your quilt is beautiful. I am rounding up the fabrics to make one for my daughter who has cancer. Can you suggest background yardage for a full-size size quilt???? Thank you.

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    1. I just had EQ7 do the math and it came up with 5 3/4 yards of background for an 85" x 85 quilt (6 blocks x 6 blocks on point, with blooms in the alternate blocks too, 61 blocks in total). I suggest 6 yards to be on the safe side because EQ doesn't account for the bits trimmed away in stitch-and-flip.

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