Botanicals BOM Block 3 – Rosebud

Here’s the Botanicals block of the month that I owe you from April 1. Shame on me, though it’s been a busy (and difficult) month. I’ll report more later. In the meantime, here’s the Rosebud block.

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This is a pretty simple block, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. As with all of my tutorials and patterns, I like to sew the components (like the half square triangles) larger than needed then trim them to size. The parts of the block that have 7/8″ measurements must be cut accurately, however, because they are not trimmed later.

As with all of the block in this BOM, it finishes at 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished). You will need:

Fabric 1 (blue): Cut (4) 3 1/4” squares.
Fabric 2 (pink): Cut (2) 4 7/8” squares. Cut diagonally once.
Background (white):
Cut (2) 6 7/8” squares. Cut diagonally once.
Cut (4) 3 1/4” squares.
Cut (2) 2 7/8” squares. Cut diagonally once.

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Place each 3 1/4” background square right sides together with a fabric 1 square. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter squares, and diagonal lines 1/4” to either side of the center line. (I only drew the two outer lines.)

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Sew on the two outer lines, then cut on the center lines.

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Press to the background. Trim the resulting (8) half square triangle units (HSTs) to 2 1/2”.

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Sew the HST units together in pairs, then sew the 2 7/8” HSTs to each pair.

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You will have four sets like this. Press to the light.

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Sew each unit to one fabric 2 triangle to create four units.

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When you place the fabric in your machine, the two ends should form a notch. The center of that notch should be at your 1/4″ seam.

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Use the intersection of the threads to guide your seam. It should a hair outside the point created by the threads.

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Press to the large triangle.

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Trim the point from the middle, then place a large background triangle right sides together with each unit – they should be the same size and shape.

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Line up the short edges, then sew along the long diagonal edge. As before, use the thread intersection to guide your seam to avoid cutting off points.

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Press to the background. You will have four units.

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Lay out the four units as you would a four-patch block, rotating each unit to form the pinwheel shape.

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Sew the top two sections together, then the bottom two sections. Press toward the background.

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Sew the top and bottom sections together. Turn the block over so you’re looking at the back and gently separate the center intersection, finger pressing to the background on each side. This will cause the sections to go in opposite
directions, revealing a tiny pinwheel at the center, and allowing the seams to lie more flat.

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Press with the iron to finish.

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Any questions? Click here to download a “short version” of these block instructions in PDF form. (The pressing instructions for the HST units are wrong in the PDF – you should press to the background.)

Please visit the Botanicals BOM Intro post for optional settings with fabric requirements and links to all blocks that have been posted so far.

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Botanicals BOM: Block 2 – Shasta Daisy

This month’s block has many pieces, but is quite easy to put together. There are four identical quarters rotated to form the flower-like shape. This is actually a 5 grid block made at 12″, so it’s likely to finish a smidge large, but it can easily be trimmed to the correct size without losing any design integrity.

Botanicals BOM Block 2 Shasta Daisy from Piecemeal Quilts

As always, I recommend you check out the Skill Builder Series posts, especially the Quarter Inch Seams and Nine Patch posts for detailed information about block assembly.

Cutting

Fabric 1 (light): Cut a 3″ strip. Subcut a 15″ rectangle, then cut the remaining strip to 1 3/4″ and cut (2) 8” x 1 3/4″ rectangles.
Fabric 2 (medium): Cut (2) 1 3/4″ strips. Subcut (8) 5″ rectangles. You will use more of the strip later in the block. (The photo does not show the 5″ pieces.)
Fabric 3 (dark): Cut a 1 3/4″ strip. Subcut a 15” rectangle and an 8” rectangle. You will use more of the strip later in the block.
Background: Cut (8) 2 7/8″ squares.

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Sewing

Sew 3″ x 15” light strip to 1 3/4″ x 15” dark strip. Press to the dark.

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Subcut (8) 1 3/4″ segments (A).

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Sew 1 3/4” x 8” light strip to 1 3/4” x8” dark strip. Sew another 1 3/4” x 8” light strip to the other side of the dark strip. Press to the dark on both sides.

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Subcut (4) 1 3/4” segments (B).

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Lay out two of segment A with one of segment B and sew together.

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Separate the seam at the back by tugging gently so the thread slips out, and press in opposite direction. This will give a flatter seam.

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Do the same with the second section.

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Repeat to form four center units.

Chain piece the center units onto the medium 1 3/4” strip.

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Cut apart, trim and repeat on the other side of the center unit.

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Cut apart and trim. Press to the medium.

Chain piece the short side of the 5” medium segments to the remainder of the dark strip.

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Press to the medium (the larger piece), then cut apart and trim to create segment C.

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Sew one segment C to either side of the center unit, lining up the seam intersection and nesting the seam allowances. The medium strip will NOT be as long as the rest of the unit, but should extend at least 1/4” past the edge of the center light/dark unit. Repeat with the other three units.

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Place a 2 7/8” background square on the unfinished corner and sew from corner to corner. You may prefer to draw this line before sewing.

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Trim excess fabric away and press to the background fabric.

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Repeat with the second corner, then repeat with the other three units.

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Lay out the four units, rotating to form the block design, and sew together.

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Trim to 12 1/2″ square, and there’s your Shasta Daisy block!

Botanicals BOM Block 2 Shasta Daisy from Piecemeal Quilts

Any questions? Click here to download a “short version” of these block instructions in PDF form.

Please visit the Botanicals BOM Intro post for optional settings with fabric requirements and links to all blocks that have been posted so far.

Botanicals BOM: Block 1 – Tangled Briars

I have the first seven blocks done and I debated whether I should just post the written instructions in PDF form or demonstrate the block as well, which means sewing the seven again. I decided it was best if I showed pictures, so it looks like I’m making two quilts, too! I’ll probably do a simple lap size version in addition to this green and pink version:

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I just love this layout, don’t you?

So, on to the block:

Tangled Briars is a nice block to start. A few half square triangles, a couple of squares, and you’re done. If you have a favorite HST method, you’ll need to make 16 half square triangles that finish at 2 inches, and 4 half square triangles that finish at 4 inches. If you don’t have a favorite HST method, check out the Skill Builder posts for several options, or try the methods below. Although I will provide complete instructions for each of the blocks, I strongly recommend you check out the Skill Builder posts, not only for HSTs but for fabric preparation and quarter inch seams as well. I won’t go into the extreme detail here that we did in those posts, and there’s a lot of useful stuff there. Also, you’ll notice that I prefer to cut my pieces slightly larger than truly needed and trim the components to size before assembling the block. Some of the women I sew with prefer to cut them even larger than I do, so in the PDF of this block you’ll see alternate cutting sizes. If your blocks tend to turn out smaller than they should, you might give those sizes a try.

From the background fabric, cut (2) 6″ squares, (2) 5″ squares, and (4) 2 1/2″ squares.

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Cut (2) 5″ squares from the center fabric for the larger HSTs.

Cut (2) 6″ squares from the points fabric for the smaller HSTs.

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To make the larger half square triangle units, draw a diagonal line on the back of the two 5″ background squares, then draw two more lines 1/4″ to either side of the center line.

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Place the squares right sides together with the 5″ squares of the center fabric and sew just to the inside of the two outer lines.

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Cut on the center line and press to the background fabric.

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You will have four HSTs. Trim to 4 1/2″ aligning the 45 degree line on your ruler along the seam line.

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To make the smaller half square triangle units, you’ll do essentially the same thing you did above, but times four. Draw the diagonal line on the back of the 6″ background squares, plus one on each side, then draw the diagonal lines in the opposite direction.

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Place the squares right sides together with the 6″ points fabric and sew just inside the four outer lines.

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Do NOT cut the diagonals yet – instead, use your ruler to cut the 6″ square into four 3″ squares, in a + shape. Without picking up the fabric, then cut the center diagonals.

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Press to the points fabric (not the background). Trim to 2 1/2″, aligning the 45 degree line on your ruler along the seam line.

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Assemble each quarter of the block. Lay out the half square triangles and square.

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Sew the top two small HSTs together and press to the points fabric. Sew the background square to the left side and press to the square.

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Sew the other two half square triangles on one side together, pressing toward the points fabric. Sew that unit to the large half square triangle and press to the center fabric. Sew the top and bottom sections together.

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Repeat for all four quarters, then sew the quarters together, making sure to turn two quarters so they point in and two so they point out.

There’s your first block! Any questions? Click here to download a “short version” of these block instructions in PDF form.

Please visit the Botanicals BOM Intro post for optional settings with fabric requirements and links to all blocks that have been posted so far.

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For the past, oh, six years or so, a group of quilters has been getting together at my home once a month to sew, eat, and chat. We call it Stitch & Bitch, and if you’ve been following this blog, you’ve seen photos of the ladies and their projects. Every couple of years we do a block of the month project. The first one was stars, the second baskets, and the latest is plant themed blocks. Because I am a freak and enjoy the calculating side of quilting as much as the creating side, I’ve taken on the task of choosing and writing the block instructions for everyone. Okay, who am I kidding – the real reason is because I like telling people what to do, and this is a socially acceptable way to do that.

Anyway, the Botanicals BOM stalled about 3/4 of the way through because I chose a block that didn’t work at the size we were using. I had a little meltdown and stopped even looking at the blocks for a year. Yes, twelve full months have passed since block 9 gave me fits. Yesterday and today, however, I finished the remaining blocks (there are 14 all together because a couple of the quilt layouts require extra blocks). Because I didn’t want another sampler quilt languishing, unfinished, on my blog (Test Your Skills Sampler, anyone?), I have hesitated to share the blocks for the Botanical BOM on the blog. Now that all of the block instructions are written, I think it’s safe to do so. That said…

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I’m providing three setting options here, ranging from a generous lap to a large king size quilt. Of course you can do anything you want with the blocks! The second setting requires five extra blocks – four pineapples in the corner and a Tree of Life in the center. If you click on the image, you’ll download a PDF that shows the illustration as well as the fabric requirements. The grayscale fabric requirements are for the setting, and the color fabric requirements are for the blocks. The color requirements, especially, are guidelines. I used eight colors, but you may choose to go scrappier.

If you’re interested in seeing other settings and colorways, check out my Botanicals BOM Flickr set. By the way, the green, white and pink illustration is the setting I hope to make out of mine. At this point I can’t find my EQ file for it (hopping between 4 computers makes it difficult), but as this progresses, don’t be surprised if instructions for that setting pop up as well. Also be sure to check out the Botanical BOM quilt top made by Jeanne of Grey Cat Quilts. She took the EQ7 file I started with and went to town with it, adding several more blocks, and setting it in the most wonderful setting you can imagine. It’s massive and just beautiful.

Here is a list of block posts so far:
Block 1: Tangled Briars

If you’re a Flickr user, I’d love to see what you’re doing with these blocks. Feel free to share photos of you fabric selections, blocks, tops, quilts, or other projects made from the Botanical BOM in my Piecemeal Quilts Projects group.

I will post the first of the block instructions later this week, and after that the block instructions will go up on the first of each month. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m back into blogging, but that doesn’t mean I remember everything I’m supposed to do!