May 2007

May 2007 Block

Vase of Flowers

Tips & Hints

For May we're doing a Vase of Flowers block, which is one of our "Oldies But Goodies" from May of 1998. Until now these were only on my Quilting Paradise website and I wanted to get them onto the BOM website with instructions and this was a perfect way to do it. There are two (or more if you prefer) floral prints used in this block, a leaf print (or other green print if you don't have a leaf print. I used a green background floral for my leaf patches) and a print for the vase (I'm leaning toward a gold print, but you can be creative if you have a print you think would be perfect for a vase) and Moda Marble black for the background. Your blocks don't have to be the same. This is a good way to use up some of the fabrics in your stash. We are doing TWO blocks for May.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

NumberSizeFabric
14" x 4"Moda Marble Black
23 1/2" x 3 1/2"Moda Marble Black
44 1/2" x 4 1/2"Moda Marble Black
83 1/2" x 6 1/2"Moda Marble Black
14" x 4"Vase Fabric
41 1/2" x 1 1/2"Vase Fabric
23 1/2" x 3 1/2"Vase Fabric
44 1/2" x 4 1/2"Green or Leaf Print
23 1/2" x 3 1/2"Floral Print 1
44" x 4"Floral Print 2

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" green print square. Place right sides together with a Moda Marble black square. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the black or press open if you prefer. Trim to 4" x 4". Repeat for all 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. You will have two half-square triangle units for each block. That's a total of four units for two blocks. Now place a 4 " x 4" floral print 2 square right sides together with each of the previous half square triangle units. Draw the diagonal line so that it is at right angles to the seam in the half square triangle unit. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the floral triangle. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". It's helpful to have a ruler like the bias square tool to trim this unit accurately. You will have four units for each block. Each unit will have a unit that is the mirror image of it. These are the petal and leaf units.

Sew a vase fabric 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square to the upper right hand side of a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" black rectangle. Do this so the vase fabric square forms a snowball corner. Repeat once more for the other block and do two more with the snowball corner in the upper left hand corner of a black rectangle. Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of a 4" x 4" vase fabric square. Place right sides together with a black square of the same size. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the black. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". This will yield one unit for each block.

Sew a rectangle unit with the vase fabric snowball corner in the upper right corner to a vase fabric and black half square triangle unit. The vase fabric triangle will be in the upper left position. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press seam open. Sew a petal and leaf unit (floral fabric triangle in upper left corner and leaf fabric triangle on the right side) to the left side of a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" vase fabric square. Press toward the vase fabric or open. Sew the opposite petal and leaf unit (floral fabric triangle in upper left corner and leaf fabric triangle on the bottom) to the right side of 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" floral 1 fabric square. Press toward the floral square or open. Sew the previous two units together, matching block graphic above. Press seam open. Sew a black rectangle with the vase fabric snowball corner in the lower left position to the right side of the previous unit. Press seam toward the black rectangle or open.

Sew a petal and leaf unit (floral fabric in lower right corner and leaf fabric on left side) to the left end of a plain black rectangle. Press seam toward the black fabric or open. Sew to the top of the previous unit, matching seams and checking against block graphic above. Sew a petal and leaf unit (floral fabric triangle in lower right corner and leaf fabric triangle on top) between a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" black square and a plain black rectangle. Press toward the black or open. Join this to the left side of the previous unit, matching seams. Press seam toward the outside of the block or open. Repeat assembly for second block.

We are making TWO blocks for May. The blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If you haven't sent in your Priority stamp and mailing label, include them with your blocks. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

May 2007 Quilt

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