Hello! We're back with Day 7, the final day 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 Wendy from Ivory Spring is here, sharing a windowpane block she made using the Gramercy collection by Kitty Yoshida. Great news if you find yourself adding this block to your "gotta make it" list--Wendy has also designed a quilt that uses this block, Midori's Place, and you can download the entire pdf from our website!
Hello Benartex Fans! It's me again - Wendy from Ivory Spring! I hope you are well, and have enjoyed the Flower Favorites Blog Hop! And I am sure you have noticed that Benartex DOES have some really gorgeous flower-themed fabric lines! My flower-themed fabric line of choice for today's tutorial is Gramercy.
I love the contemporary interpretation of the floral imagery, and teamed with that yellow background (3505-33), my heart goes a tad afluttering!
So, I used 3505-33 and white solid in my "window pane" block. The white solid is used to give 3505-33 a clear contrast. And we will start with constructing the block center. Here you see all the pieces cut -- 9 (2" x 2") white solid squares; 6 (1" x 2") and 2 (1" x 6") floral rectangles. First, you would sew 3 (2" x 2") white solid squares and 2 (1" x 2") floral rectangles to make a row. Make a total of 3 rows.
Sew the rows and 2 (1" x 6") floral rectangles together to complete block center.
To add the framing piece, you will need to cut 2 (3 3/4" x 6") and 2 (3 3/4" x 12 1/2") floral rectangles.
Sew 2 (3 3/4" x 6") floral rectangle to the opposite sides of block center.
Sew 2 (3 3/4" x 12 1/2") floral rectangle to the remaining opposite sides of block center to complete block.
1. When dealing with small pieces, I always try to starch-press my fabrics prior to cutting.
2. Through the process of constructing the block center, I ONLY finger press. I would use the iron to set the block center only after the block center is constructed.
3. In making the window panes, I finger pressed the seam allowance AWAY from the white patches.
4. I also made sure the sashing pieces matched up from row to row in the block center to ensure that I don't end up with a wonky window pane block center.
This window pane block is easy to construct.
I have used the block in Midori's Place, a free to use pattern available for download here.
I hope you have enjoyed today's tutorial, and are enjoying the May Flowers brought by the April Showers!
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Don't miss the other tutorials featured in our Flower Favorites Blog Hop!
Day 3: Benartex Blog Design Team featuring Palazzo
Day 4: Jackie Robinson from Animas Quilts featuring He Still Loves MeDay 5: Benartex Blog Design Team featuring Venezia
Day 6: Cinco de Mayo!