|Block 30 is designed by Blackbird Designs. As you can see, it is our only other appliqué design in this quilt - haha. A cute flower. |
So now you've at least done one appliqué block, here's your chance to try another. It is really easy too. There are no tight corners/angles to cut or sew (whether by hand or machine), and not a lot of layers either. The only possible challenging part here is the stem.
Tips/Tricks for beginners:
• First - very important - when you do put your appliqué pieces onto your 6 1/2" square - be sure that you place the flower on point! Just like the picture. This is critical - unless of course you do want one block to be out of sync in your quilt - which is also fine if you like that sort of thing ;)
• On the pattern instructions, you'll see you've been provided templates. These are actual sizes of your pieces. Whether you prefer machine appliqué, raw edge appliqué or needle turn appliqué, you will need to trace these templates directly onto a fusible web, mylar plastic or freezer paper before placing them onto your fabric and cutting.
• Keep in mind before you cut your fabric pieces - if you are turning under the edges either with glue, starch or needle - the templates do not include seam allowance. Therefore when cutting out your fabric piece be sure to cut 1/4" further out from the edge of the template.
• One of our favorite appliqué designers is Karen Kay Buckley and she has developed quite a number of tools that you may find useful. What we especially love are her Perfect scissors. Her scissor blades are micro-serrated so it will hold onto your fabric well and cut those precise tight corners and circles.
• For the stem we will suggest a couple of tools that are helpful in creating stems, but I'll be honest here, in this particular block, these tools might not be necessary. Typically stems are cut on the bias so that the stem will curve more easily. There are several methods to show you how to make a stem - on the internet just look up appliqué stems, or bias appliqué stems. Helpful tools are Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Stems, or The Perfect Bias Stems card, or some people have even found using a bias tape maker is helpful.
•There are so many tools and notions - check out our Appliqué Notions page - find products such as Roxanne's glue, one of our favorite are the 4-piece Stiletto tools, or how about a mini iron.
What you'll want to find in your stash is a 6 1/2" square of a neutral fabric. Then search your stash for the appliqué pieces. You won't need more than a 5" square (for the bird) and smaller for the wing and stars. Only 2 colors are used in the picture, but if you want more color greens for the stem and another for the leaf(ves), go for it. If you used a light neutral for the background, then find some medium or dark prints for the appliqué. If you used a dark neutral then be sure to use lights for the appliqué.
Here is the FREE download for Block 30.