Now that things are finally warming up in Calgary - I thought the winter would never end - I think it's the perfect time to create some flowers in our quilts. Today's Telecast Thursday is all about creating a pieced flower from a Stitch and Flip block.
If you haven't watched all of the videos about creating this type of quick quilt block, you can find them all grouped into a playlist for easier location.
The Stitch and Flip Flower block is created from four Stitch and Flip blocks. The key is the fabric placement. To make each block you'll need:
1 - 5" square (this will form the petal)
3 - 1" white or light coloured squares (this will form the background of the petal)
1 - 2" yellow square (to form the flower centre)
It's important to ensure that there is a contrast between the petal fabric and the background fabric to create the proper effect. While I've used yellow fabric for the flower centre, you could use other colours, just be sure they contrast with the petal fabric.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the smaller squares (1" and 2" ones). Place the yellow square on one corner, right sides together, of the 5" square (the petal fabric). Stitch along the diagonal line or just a teeny bit off towards the corner. Press the yellow fabric towards the corner and then trim off the underneath fabrics. Repeat this process for the remaining 3 - 1" squares.
To make the flower itself, you'll need to make three more of these units.
Refer to the video below on or my YouTube channel to see how to arrange the four blocks to create one lovely flower.
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While my flower looks like a poppy due to my choice of the red colour, you could certainly change up the petal fabric to create the look of other flowers. Morning glories, anyone?
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I'd love to hear your suggestions for how you could use these blocks in a quilt setting. Would you just use the same colour for the petals or would you mix them up with wild colours? Let me know your ideas in the comments below.
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