I’m so glad that you’ve joined me today because….
The day has finally arrived!
Today I get to share the two blocks I’ve designed for the In Our Garden Block of the Month.
But first, I want to thank Amy, our host over at Sew Incredibly Crazy for organizing and hosting the BOM. She has put in an incredible amount of work which I know is much appreciated by each of the designers and participants.
I’d also like to thank Andover Fabrics who provided my beautiful fabric – Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass.
I first showed you these fabrics way back at the beginning of March. They looked so beautiful against the snow!
But now I get to show you what they look like in the blocks I’ve created.
“Garden Path” – Block 9
June’s Pieced Block
When I was designing this block, I visualized 4 stone and gravel paths coming together with a fountain in the center.
The four dark grey corner blocks are Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A-8137-C. They represent the gardens (or lawn if you were to make those in green.)
The medium grey (Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A-8138-C) is the stone path while the light grey is where the path transitions to gravel (Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A8070-C2.)
The square in the very center is the fountain.
Now for those of you who are hesitant to attempt blocks with points for fear of cutting them off when sewing the blocks together… there’s no need to worry. I wanted to make this block as beginner friendly as possible so the path blocks have been designed in such a way that the points are well outside the seam allowance. I provide step-by-step instructions with lots of photos to illustrate each step.
For the more advanced quilter, I hope that you’ll find my method for constructing them an interesting take on a traditional method.
If you’ve been following along each month, you know that at the beginning of the BOM, I decided to make each month’s pieced block in blue and white as a blue and white quilt has been on my bucket list for quite a while now.
So here’s the blue and white version of my block:
I had even more fun designing the applique block – Block 10!
When I was first emailing back and forth with Amy about taking part in the In Our Garden BOM, I knew that I’d be able to design a pieced block but I was less certain that I’d be able to create an appliqué one.
It turns out that I had the most fun creating this block!
“Coming Home” – Block 10
June’s Appliqué Block
Here’s a list of the Sun Print 2016 Fabrics I used:
- Tree trunk: Sun Print Pattern#A-8070-C1
- Tree top: Pattern#A-8137-G
- Birdhouse: Pattern#A-8070-R
- Birdhouse roof: Pattern#A-8137-C
- Birdhouse door and pole: Pattern#A-8138-C
- White picket fence: Pattern#A-8138-L
- Cat: Pattern#A-8070-O
- Background fabric: Pattern#A8137-L
I used ThermoWeb HeatNBond Lite to fuse each appliqué piece in place.
Again in the pattern for this block, you’ll find step-by-step illustrated photos. Each appliqué pattern piece is numbered in the order in which it is applied to the background fabric.
I even show you a super easy method for creating the picket fence using a template (that I provide) and ordinary parchment paper.
Each month, I’ve been making the appliqué blocks that each designer has shared with fabrics from the scrap drawer of my fabric dresser.
For this block, I wanted to make another blue bird but none of the blues I had in my scrap drawer would play nice with the blues in the background fabric. I was getting super frustrated trying to find just the right bird fabric when I happened to glance out the window of my sewing room and saw that several Gold Finches were feeding at our backyard birdfeeder.
Inspiration supplied right in my own backyard!
As I mentioned, I had soooo much fun designing this block.
So I have an extra surprise for you!
I got thinking ahead to how I might put all the applique blocks together once the In Our Garden BOM is over. I haven’t decided on sashing yet, but I know that I’ll be adding a border. And I’m going to want corner blocks and maybe some blocks in between to break up the border.
Then I got imagining a bunch of birdhouses… all different kinds of birdhouses!
The result was this Design Your Own Home Tweet Home Corner Block pattern:
Please note: This pattern is temporarily unavailable as I make some changes to how the free patterns are delivered.
Be sure to visit the other designers for the In Our Garden Block of the Month.
Here’s the complete list of bloggers taking part in the hop:
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt
Doris – Quilting Queen Online
Carla – Creatin’ in the Sticks
Sue – Super Mom No Cape (That’s Me!)
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
Pat – Life in the Scrappatch
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
Jan – Sew and Sow Farm
We come full circle and will be back with
Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for the Final Blocks and wrap up.
I hope you’ll continue to join us each month as we create a garden of beautiful quilts blocks!