Sick of Covid-19, I think we all are, I know I am too, time to look to the future and the pleasure of sewing.

I have been asked to add a block to a blog hop. Not fully sure what it entails so I am for the most part winging it.

The block size required is 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches, with the finished size or 12 x 12 inches.

I have made a very basic flower; in fact, I have cheated and taken it from a previous blog, to save time. The flower is basic, for those that are new to this craft.

You can make your own pattern or use mine: https://ukqu.co.uk/dashboard/product/edit/154451/?doing_wp_cron=1547154679.0043010711669921875000



If making your own, first you will need to make the leaf shape.

You can do this by drawing around a round object, in this case a role of tape. Then fold the drawing in half to find the centre. Then with the outer edge of the role touching the centre fold re draw around the tape again. Thus, making two circles with a leaf shape in the middle alternatively draw a leaf shape.

Using anything you have to hand – I used a tin of spray – draw a smaller circle.

Next draw a petal shape if you are not good at drawing use something that looks like it will do the trick; I used the head of a wooden spoon.



 

For the stem, draw a long thin rectangle, 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.

Now you have your shapes make sure they fit on your base block and you have a 1.5 inch width around each of the edges. If you mark these out with tailor’s chalk, it will be easier to see the area you should have to play with; the area should be 11-inch square.

After making sure the paper templates fit within the area, then proceed to cutting out the fabric, you will need at least two leafs, one stem and one inner circle and the number of petals will depend on the size you have made them. If following my template you will need five. Remember whichever method you have chosen your pieces will each need tacking – basting – into place first.

The very first step would be to back all the fabric with interfacing, but as that adds to the cost, I have left this step out, although, if the item was to be a treasured quilt I would recommend using it.  Failing that you could add another layer of fabric for stability.

The first way, known as raw edge appliqué, the shapes of fabric, with the raw edges showing are sewn directly onto the base fabric with a blanket stitch. The technique is further down my blog.

The second is folded edge appliqué, where the fabric edge is tucked under itself to neaten, and secured onto the base fabrics with tiny whipstitches.

The choice is yours; however, the design needs securely sewing into place. You can either hand or machine it on, again your choice subject to if you own a sewing machine.

If doing raw edge, I would recommend a blanket stitch if by hand or a zigzag if by machine.

I choose to do mine by hand and I added a few embroidery stitches to jazz it up.

If using this flower as a whole quilt you could either keep the colours the same or mix it up with mix and match.  I chose to add embroidery detail to mine.

 

How to do blanket stitch

Step one push the needle up from the bottom on the outer edge of the fabric you are attaching.

Then push the needle down the distance you want the stitch to go in from the edge, roughly a few millimetres. Inserting the needle back in the place the needle first came out and pulling it through. This makes a secure loop.

Next, move the needle diagonally to the right and insert the needle into the fabric, making sure that as you pull the needle through to come above the thread, as seen in picture. Pull through again.

Repeat the steps. This is blanket stitch.

 

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