Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Day 2: Flower Favorites Blog Hop

Hello! We're back with Day 2 of our Flower Favorites blog hop. We're featuring blocks made with flower fabrics and/or blocks that are themselves flower-themed. We're excited to share these tutorials with you, and hope they'll inspire your next quilt, wall hanging, or table runner! 

Today, Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting is sharing a bright and cheery block she made using 4 prints from Contempo's Palm Springs collection. This block can't help but make you smile! Enjoy Erica's tutorial and then head over to her blog to see how you can enter to win some fabric for yourself!

Here's Erica: 
I was really excited when I got an email asking if I wanted to participate in a floral-themed blog hop. Especially when I saw this fabric line, Palm Springs. Since the color blue and tulips are two of my favorite things, this collection was perfect.  Plus those blue dots are such a fun low volume background fabric.  


Cutting instructions:
(1) 6.5" square focus fabric
(2) 3" squares green print
(4) 2.5" squares green print
(2) 3" squares blue dot print
(4) 2.5" x 6.5" stripe print


1.  Using a washable pen, mark a diagonal line across the wrong side of the 2.5" and 3" green squares.

2.  Pair the 3" green squares with the 3" blue dot squares to make them into half square triangles..  Place them right sides together, with the green print on top so the diagonal line is visible, and sew a line 1/4" from both sides of the drawn line.

3.  Cut along the drawn line.

4.  Press the seams open and trim the block down to 2.5".
5.  Place the 2.5" green squares onto the corners of the focus fabric square right sides together and sew along the drawn line.

6.  Trim the seam allowance to 1/4".

7.  And press the seams open.

8.  Piece the half square triangles to each side of 2 of the striped pieces and sew the remaining striped pieces to the focus fabric.

9.  Piece the top and bottom strips to the main piece.  

This creates a 10.5" unfinished block.  I didn't want to wait to put this block to good use so I added some borders and quilted it up so that I could place it on the end table in our living room.

Thanks Erica! Love your little quilt--those polka dots make a great border! 
Stop by Erica's blog to find out how you can enter to win 
a bundle of Palm Springs to play with yourself. And be sure 
to visit Sew in Love with Fabric each day this week for another inspiring 
flower block tutorial.

Don't miss the other tutorials featured in our Flower Favorites Blog Hop!
Day 1: Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring Fossil Ferns and Palm Springs
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  1. Very nice tutorial. The first two blogs have been great! I can't wait to see the rest of the hop.

  2. Adorable - the fabric is just so pretty! Love the flowers and the dots!

  3. I love this block - especially the tulips!

  4. I am a follower of the blog, thanks for the chance to win. Patti

  5. Very, very nice block, so cheery. Thanks for the inspiration. I am following along and crossing my fingers.
    Sewing from Montana

  6. Those tulips remind me of Holland.

  7. Oh that's such a pretty block with the tulips in the center. My MIL would love this fabric collection. They live in Holland, MI most of the year where the tulips are everywhere each Spring for the HUGE tulip festival they have.

  8. a pretty block, I am enjoying this chance to see so many new blogs, I follow on bloglovin

  9. I just love the bright happy colors. The block looks so fun. I love tulips too. I follow on bloglovin

  10. Great tutorial. These fabrics are very pretty.

  11. Very nice, I like the looks of the block.

  12. I liked Benartex on Facebook.