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2019 Block of the Month - Month 11

 by thequiltingpatch on 18 Nov 2019 |
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Hello Bomers Its well into November and that means this months block is OVERDUE! Since last month we have been to the US and back, travelling there for our first Houston Quilt Festival. It went very well, our Eppiflex templates were well received by the US Quilters and there was great interest from the shops. We had a post show wind down in San Francisco for 5 days - just enough time to really see the sights and walk around the city.  One of the nicest things we did there was visit the Flower Conservatory in Golden Gate Park. I have decided that when I grow up, I want a conservatory, not a garden. It was such a tranquil place, and just filled with amazing plants. Of course I'll have to work on my gardening skills a bit.  Here are some pics from the Conservatory.     Ok enough with the holiday snaps - here are this months colour guide and number plan. Novembers block is of course the Poppy. Here is the download "The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War. It is strongly linked with Armistice Day (11 November), but the poppy's origin as a popular symbol of remembrance lies in the landscapes of the First World War. Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front"* * from  www.iwm.org.uk › history › why-we-wear-poppies-on-remembrance-day

2019 Block of the Month - Month 10

 by thequiltingpatch on 07 Oct 2019 |
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Hello BOMers. My sincerest apologies for the mix up with last months lettering guide. The gremlins attacked. Thankfully the block itself wasnt affected, just the lettering order, but that would confused you all the same. Nice to see you are keeping me on my toes! And many thanks to Lana for jumping in and helping out with the right letter order.  Well, it's October and time for an Aussie favourite, Crepe Myrtle. I love to see streets lined with this beautiful flowering tree as I travel around the country. I think they have to be one of our prettiest trees, with their generous display of colour each summer. So here is this months' block to download and print. There are some small insets strips to sew on this block so it should keep you busy for a while. And the numbering guide... See you in November after we are back from Houston!  

2019 Block of the Month - Month 8

 by thequiltingpatch on 26 Jul 2019 |
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Hello intrepid foundation piecers! If you've hung in with me until now, congratulations. That means you are a foundation piecing PRO.  This months' block is the African Violet. Not the easiest plant to keep alive. We have one at work that was given to me by my friend Marj. We have not only kept it alive, but it flowers constantly and has just had babies, with the help of plant midwife Jo-anne.  The African Violet foundation block will take a little attention as it has many sub sections. Here is the  pattern Here is the layout sheet and number guide. I hope you are enjoying this years BOM. See you next month, Danni x  

2019 Block of the Month - Month 7

 by thequiltingpatch on 09 Jul 2019 |
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Hello again! My how quickly those months fly around. This month I'm running a tad late and I do apologise. I've had a laptop change and although I felt terribly confident that everything important was locked away safely in dropbox, I managed to lose the file with this quilt drawing in it. ( Insert screaming and gasping noises here.) I have redrawn and double checked and can now upload this months block Daffodil.  Here is the colour section and number guide for the block As always I love your feedback so let me know how you go with it xx  

2019 Block of the Month - Month 6

 by thequiltingpatch on 30 May 2019 |
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Hello again, glad to see you are back for more.  At the halfway mark we are welcoming in a flower with more than one common name.  I know them as a cornflower, but their other name is batchelors button.  This European native got it's name as they used to grow as weeds in the corn and wheat fields. The dried flowers have medicinal qualities, treating everything from fever to menstrual disorders.  I just love them for their intense colour. When you say something is "cornflower" blue, there is no mistaking it. Here is this months' pattern To help with the block layout, here are the colour guides and number guides I hope you are enjoying seeing your blocks come together as much as I am.  See you next month!  

2019 Block of the Month - Month 5

 by thequiltingpatch on 28 Apr 2019 |
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Welcome to Month 5! Happy Mothers Day this month to all Aussie mums as this months block is the Chrysanthemum.  They are the tradional choice of flowers for mothers on their special day. As a busy mum, I would say, yes the flowers are lovely, but another day off a year would be better!!! Here is the pattern for this month. Here are the colour and number charts to help you sort out where the bits all go Well wherever you are on Sunday 12th May, regardless of whether you are a mum or not, I hope you have a lovely day. And if those around you don't spoil you, make sure you spoil yourself xx

2019 Block of the Month - Month 3

 by thequiltingpatch on 11 Mar 2019 |
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Welcome to Month 3, and the primrose block At the bottom of the page are the cutting instructions for the outer border strips as you'll want to cut those off your 3m background fabric before you use up too much of it.  Also a note on the floral on point borders of each block, so please read the whole page.  But back to this month...  Ok its time for confessions - I'm not much of a gardener. I can do it, I just don't have much time for it.  So I googled what a primrose looks like and up came this image.                                                I'd say the block with its heart shaped leaves is fairly accurate then, wouldnt you? Its a much simpler block this month, but watch the centre where it all comes together. There is a lot of fabric there, which may cause headaches. Try to layer the seam if you can.  Here is the download for this month Here are the layouts for the block Cutting for the outer borders The very outer border strips are 2 1/2" x 60", however I would suggest cutting 62" off your 3m of background fabric and cutting lengthwise* the following  4 strips of 2 1/2" (  2 1/2" x 62") 4 strips of 3 1/2"  ( 3 1/2" x 62")  these are longer than we need but we will be recycling the leftovers into the corner blocks on the first patchwork border. *lengthwise - remove the selvedge and cut along the selvedge edge, not across the width of fabric like you usually would for blocks etc. A note on the floral pieced borders. ... My intention this year was to bring you a quilt that would help you to use up your scraps. With that in mind all of the floral pieces in this quilt can be just that. There's no need to make them the same as the original picture where all the floral fabrics are the same. I'll be making each of my blocks with a different floral surrounding and throwing every last scrap into that border.  Having said that if you want to use one fabric for the lot you'll need 1m, after all some of us have "scraps" that are 1m, or perhaps its that fabric we bought but just didnt find a home for yet.  I hope that clears up any confusion. 

2019 Block of the Month - Month 2

 by thequiltingpatch on 01 Feb 2019 |
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Welcome to Month 2. This months block is the Lily block. Here is the foundation pattern. If you coped ok with last months block, the morning glory, then the lily block presents no great challenges.  All the same here are the section and number guides for the layout of the pieces All of the measurements for the on point frames can be found here, at the bottom of the page in Month 1, Pt A.  

2019 Block of the Month - Month 1 Pt B

 by thequiltingpatch on 13 Jan 2019 |
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As promised here is Part B - the sun compass for the centre of this years quilt.  You will be making 4 of these units and sewing them together to form a sun.  Now my sun compass is quite literal, so I'm going to use yellows and oranges. Yours could be any colour you like, even a rainbow compass would work quite well in this quilt that celebrates colour and mother nature. And of course it's a great way to use up more scraps. So here is the link to the foundation pattern* for the sun compass. Each unit is 10", so your finished compass will be  20". It will be framed with a scrap floral frame once it has been sewn to background fabric. This pattern is just for the foundation units. How to deal with the background fabric in this block... The background pieces that sit in between the foundation piecing units are here .  These are cut from background fabric and pieced in, although the outer edge and the centre circle can be appliqued if you find the curved piecing a bit daunting. Im afraid there is no getting out of piecing in the middle joining section, so just take your time, pin the edges and centre first and then pin in between. Pins are your friends! If you are going to piece them,  I suggest hand tacking them first. Those curves can be a little painful, and you want to avoid too much unpicking.  I have included the quarter circle, however if you want to applique a complete circle to the centre of the compass once it is all together this might be easier especially if you are planning on keeping it the one colour.  Similarly you may want to applique the entire made compass ( 4 units sewn together in a ring with the middle joining section)  on to a background square that is 20 1/2"  rather than piecing it. This just involves turning your 1/4" seam over and hand sewing it to the centre of a 20 1/2" square.  If you are struggling to turn the seam over due to the thickness of the fabrics in the seams - try this. Place your compass right sides together with a larger circle of light weight non fusible interfacing. Machine sew along the seam allowance of the compass, completely around the circle. Trim the interfacing to the same size as the compass unit. Cut a slit in to the centre of the interfacing circle, being careful not to cut your compass fabric. Turn the circle right right way out through the slit and press. Now you can applique this to the backgound 20 1/2" square.  *The larger of the pieces does not fit on to A4 paper. You will need to join them along along the fold and stick lines on the pattern. Remember to print 4 copies of the foundation pattern  if you are sewing straight on to the paper.   

2019 Block of the Month - Month 1 Pt A

 by thequiltingpatch on 11 Jan 2019 |
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Welcome to the 2019 Block of the Month! The absolute BEST thing about this quilt, apart from is bright colourful layout, is that it is so scrap friendly.  You'll be able to use your scraps of homespun, blenders, batiks, and medium to small all over floral prints.  In fact the only fabric you might need to buy is the background fabric for the quilt  ( you'll need 3 m) and the background fabric for the blocks ( you'll need 1m)  Foundation  Piecing  is a very accurate method of patchwork, which is especially useful for piecing unusual or awkward shapes and achieving clean lines in your patchwork. It's usually the method used when measuring and cutting the angles of fabric pieces would be almost impossible. Blocks are made up of sections that are completed and then sewn together. Each section has a numbered order in which to sew them. You'll use the printed lines on the paper pattern to sew on and your fabric will be placed on the underside of this.  I know if you havent done any foundation piecing before that it can seem a little complicated. I would urge you to find a local shop and have a lesson. The wonderful thing about it is that once you know how, you can literraly apply the rules to any pattern, regardless of how complicated it may look.  If you think you'd like to give it a try on your own, there are step by step instructions here from last years BOM project. Just work on one section at a time, beginning at piece number 1 in each section.  The pattern which you will download can be printed on to printer paper, light purpose made foundation paper, or traced on to a light weight interfacing. Each works, but its up to you what you like. Note that if you use interfacing, it needs to be light weight as it stays in the quilt. If you would like to give our Foundation pieceing paper a try, use the coupon code 2019BOM at the register for a special discount and choose  the "pick up" option for free delivery. Its easy to use, just load it into your inkjet printer and print your patterns straight to it. Cut around the sections and start sewing straight away! You'll have noticed that I have called this posting Part A. Later this month I will post the compass for the centre of the quilt, called part B. The compass is going to take you a little while to piece, buts its something you could work on over a few months if you wish.  CLICK HERE for this months pattern  -  the "Morning Glory" block. The pattern is for the flower centre only. The setting triangles that surround it will apply to every block in this quilt and instructions are at the bottom of the page.    Here is the Section Guide for this block - its shows you how the sections come together once each is completed. ( Each section is a different colour to help you see where they fit. ) And here is what the numbering guide looks like. The numbers are printed on your pattern.  The setting triangle  instructions.. The framing around the block is a place to use up your floral scraps. The frames are only wide 1 3/8" wide. You use two fabrics to make these setting triangles.  To frame ONE block cut the following  in Quilt backfround fabric ( black in  my quilt)  1 3/8" squares   Cut 4 1 3/8" x 5 3/8" rectangles    Cut 8 2 5/8" squares   Cut 2 and then cut once on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles. In floral scraps   1 3/8" squares   Cut 4 1 3/8" x 3 5/8" rectangles    Cut 8 The rectangles in both the black fabric and the floral fabric need to have an angle cut at one end.  The easist way to make sure that you have 4 matching sets with the angles in the right direction is to place two rectangles right sides together and cut, placing the 45 degree line of your ruler along the long edge of the rectangle. When you separate the fabrics you'll have a mirrored set.  The strips are placed on top of each other, right sides together. Note the 45 degree andgle on the long edge of the strip When you open the fabric pair they will be mirrored. The construction of the setting triangle is quite straight forward. Attach a floral fabric strip to one edge of the background 2 5/8" half square triangle. Press Sew a background square to the end of the other floral fabric strip. The attach this piece to the remaining edge of the half square triangle.  Now you just repeat this process using the background strips and the floral square, making the unit larger again.  Make four of these setting triangle units and attach them to your completed Morning Glory flower block.  And here is the completed block..    
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