Welcome to the fourth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you'll enjoy the eleven block tutorials our designing friends will be sharing here this week and next. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!
Today Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts is here, sharing her block. Check out her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.
Hi I'm Debby and I'm here for Day 4 of the Burlap Brights Block Hop Blog Hop. No, not that nasty brown, scratchy stuff that we find in barns and animal houses. I'm talking about beautiful, bright, happy, color-drenched cottons that read solid and have a rich texture that go beyond flat solids. (There's a CHANCE TO WIN this same bundle at the end of this post!)
I was asked to join the Hop and was sent six of the 26 colors. I'm so happy I was given BRIGHTS! Brights make me happy. What about you?
|Candy colors from the Burlap Collection by Benartex|
Here's the drill: they send me fabric and I get to decide what the fabrics and I want to create. It's as simple as that. I don't take well to micromanagement from vendors and they have come to respect it. But can I tell you a little secret? I really just defer to what the fabrics tell me to do!
Here are the real fabrics I was sent along with 3 fat quarters of Fossil Ferns that I want to use in my block. I chose the light blue fat quarter in the center:
|Getting ready to sew with Burlap|
|6" Palm Block|
Actually, I've stapled my master pattern and 3 plain sheets of newsprint together and am transferring the pattern using needle punch. Unthread my sewing machine - top and bottom - and stitch on every line. Then I don't have to photocopy. It also makes it easy to see the lines on the unwritten side of paper. And, when it's time to take out the paper, it comes off so easily because it's been perforated twice. Nifty, huh?
|The underside of my stack of paper after needle punch|
Now, if you want templates, help yourself. I've included those from a Vintage Quilt Pattern catalog. Copy, trace and stitch (right!)
|Traditional method for sewing the Palm Leaf Block|
I cut 2-1/2" strips of both the background Fossil Fern and each of the 6 Burlap print fat quarters, and a few 2" strips (these are indicated on the FREE pattern below). I only needed one 2-1/2" x 18" strip from each. My plan was to make 4 Hosannah/Palm blocks using 3 colors in each block. You'll see . . .
|Ready to piece the first block using 3 colors and the background|
|Patch 1 and 2 ready to be trimmed|
|Fold pattern back, postcard provides a stiff surface; trim using an Add-a-Quarter, leaving 1/4" seam|
|Align Patch #3 on just-cut edge (no guess work)|
|Yellow Patches 2 and 3 now must be trimmed before adding Patches 4 and 5|
|Patches 2 and 3 trimmed with 1/4" seams so no guessing on where to place Patches 4 and 5|
|Add Patches 4 and 5. These will be trimmed before adding 6 and 7|
|Patches 6 and 7 ready to be trimmed|
|My 3 color Palm Block ready to be trimmed FROM THE BACK where the lines are|
Can you see the lines on the back of the pattern? That's where we trim.
|6" Palm Block ready to be trimmed|
|6" Palm Block with 1/4" seam allowances all around|
And here are my four blocks together . . .
|12" block created with four 6" Palm Blocks|
Thanks Debby! Speaking of giveaways, head over to Debby Kratovil Quilts to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights she used to make her block.
Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!
Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 2: Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 8: Julie from The Crafty Quilter
Day 9: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework
Day 10: Jessica from Quilty Habit