Flower Shop QAL Week 2 - Blocks 1 & 2
We are officially into sewing mode with week two starting today. This week we will make our very first Flower Shop block and then make a second, I promise once you make one you will find your rhythm. I will be sharing some tips below on trimming up your blocks, sewing curves, and a bit on block construction.
Flower Shop Quilt Along Schedule:
April 22nd - Week one: Cutting Fabric
April 29th - Week two: Blocks 1 + 2
May 6th - Week three: Blocks 3 + 4
May 13th - Week four: Blocks 5 + 6
May 20th - Week five: Blocks 7 + 8
May 27th - Week six: Block 9 + Piece together quilt top
For this weeks Giveaway we have partnered with one of my favorite fabric shops Cottoneer Fabrics for a $50 Giftcard! This one is open to US only, so be sure and tag your progress on Instagram using #flowershopqal and give Cottoneer a bit of love by liking her Instagram as well. They also have the new line Flower Market by A Beautiful Mess for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics (the awesome floral backing I used on my original quilt). This stuff is hard to find so be sure to scoop it up quick!
They also are carrying quilt kits for this Quilt Along in my original colorway!
Working with HST and directional fabrics.
One of the hardest parts with making Half Square Triangles is the fact that if you use a directional fabric - like the text fabric below - you will have half right side up and half right side down. To help with this, take all of the fabric you are using for this part of your quilt and half it. Take the other fabric you are making the HST and lay on top drawing your diagonal guide line on half one way and the other half the opposite direction (image one). Once you sew these and cut, you will have an equal number of HST facing the different directions like we see in the second image.
It’s important to take the time to trim up your HST blocks when you are done following the directions in the pattern. Using the diagonal line on most rulers, line up along the line on your square. Cut the excess around the block making sure to keep the line along the seam.
Sewing curves take a little practice to master but having a challenge can be fun! I will say to start slow and give yourself plenty of time to work your way around the curve.
Trimming your blocks correctly can make putting together your Flower Shop block a breeze. The pattern design gives you a bit of wiggle room on your block for trimming. To trim your curve blocks correctly I recommend a 4.5” square ruler or a larger ruler that has some washi tape sectioning off a 4.5” square space. The goal for this block is to have a 1/4” space of background fabric on each side of your curve. To get this line up your 1/4” mark at each curve and trim down using that as a guide.
Match up your seams well so you have a nice curve shape for that half of the block. You can see in the second image how there is a 1/4” space above the triangle and the half circle, this space will disappear when we sew the blocks together.
Sewing Sections Together
When I sew sections together that include a curve shape, I like to have the curve on top so I can guide my needle along side without sewing through the curve. This gives you a nice close finish and ensures you keep the top of the curve visible.
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress on block making this week - seeing the fabric combinations come to life is so exciting! Thanks for stopping by today friends.