Hello, and welcome again to the Quiltmaker's Blog Tour! If you've never been to my blog, I hope you enjoy yourself as you click around. (To those of you who clicked earlier, I'm so sorry to have missed my midnight deadline. I set it to post at noon:01! I'm shaking my head at myself as I type.)
Below is my block from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 7. The applique is both simple and fun. This is a block that can be combined with a other appliqued or pieced blocks - and I'll bet that you can find several to choose from in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!
If you are new to applique and/or would like to learn more about how to do it I'd like to point you to these resources:
- Go the the Lessons page at www.pieceocake.com. I've uploaded several youtube videos that you might find helpful
- Our newest book, The Best-Ever Applique Sampler, is full of great instructions and detailed photos
- The dvd, Learn To Applique the Piece O' Cake Way, is great or its own or as a supplement to the book.
The applique, center square, and sashing are slightly off-center. If you want to, you can center the design by adding to the widths of the narrower outer borders and trimming the block square to center the design.
I used a wide stripe in the block borders. If you can't find fabric with a wide stripe, and you like this look, piece strips together to make your own striped fabric in colors of your own choosing.
One way to use this block by itself would be to add borders to it. I would play with the off-centeredness of the design, adding asymetrical borders to make a pillow or small wall quilt.
It would also be fun to rotate the block and trim it, putting the flowers in the 4 corners of the block. If you do this, cut the narrower block borders as wide as the wider border strips so that you you have enough fabric to cut a square.
I hope you have fun playing with the design! Now, for the give-away of the day: I will randomly choose from all those who leave a comment below between now and midnight, tonight. The winner will receive a copy of our newest book, The Best-Ever Applique Sampler, and a copy of 100 Blocks!
PS - I have 3 more issues of 100 Blocks to give away. Come back tomorrow to enter that drawing.