Hi! My name is Eleanor, and I run a small online quilt shop called justsewnow.com. We have a large and varied selection of fabric, stacked right to the roof!
We recently put in a large flower bed packed to the brim (it’s sort of a theme here!) with flowers for all seasons. When this flower blog hop came up, I jumped at the opportunity – all those gorgeous colours to play with – bliss! I knew most people would use applique, so the contrarian in me wanted to make a pieced block. I thought and thought and thought and eventually boiled it down to the most basic of shapes – a circle on a stem. Once I thought that, I decided that dividing that circle up would prove more visually interesting, and a nine patch in gorgeous vibrant colours was just enough to let those colours sing!
The block is relatively easy to make. It requires insetting a circle, which isn’t especially difficult when the pieces are large, though you may find it easier if you have a little experience with curved piecing.
As you can see, it’s fairly easy to change the look by varying the background fabric(s) and the angle you set the nine patch.
From the pattern, print off the templates. The lettering is a little skew-iff! You will need:
1 x A and A reversed in background fabric(s);
1 x C and C reversed in background fabric(s);
1 x D for stem;
1 x G for flower centre;
4 x F for flower and
4 X J for flowers.
Arrange the block.
Grab the pieces for the nine patch, sew into rows and press how you wish
and sew the rows into a nine patch
As you can see, it doesn’t matter how you press your seams as long as you are happy! You may have a little corner showing
which you can snip off.
Piece together your background and press:
Next, decide how you want to orient your nine patch.
Once you have decided, fold the nine patch in half and finger press the middle:
This will leave the nine patch straight; if you want it on point then find the middle of the 4 corner pieces (here the red pieces that are almost triangular).
Fold the stem in half and finger press the middle
And now, putting nine patch and background right side together, match the middles of the nine patch to the seam lines on top and middles and the centre of the stem.
Ease the nine patch and background together and pin all around.
As I had never sewn an inset circle before, I experimented by having the circle on top of one nine patch and the background on top of the second one. This is with the circle on top; sadly back in August when I made this there was too much sun (a novel complaint here this year!) when I tried to photograph with the background on top. I found it made no difference to me but I have done a fair amount of curved pieced, both concave and convex. I see most people do it the opposite way to this so know that you can easily change. Do take care not to stretch the fabric too much or to let the seams pull apart. I had a tiny pleat on this version I had to rip and re-do but a very easy fix.
Sew all the way around, stitching over the stitches you made at the beginning. Check for any fixes you may need to do, press and trim to size! It would be so easy to use seasonal fabric for a Christmas version, use up scraps, even make a rainbow flower!