|Orange Windows - get it? A little like the Orange Peel block |
and a little like a faux Cathedral Windows block? I'm so funny!
This block is made with raw edge applique - that is the edges of the fabric are not turned under when they are sewn onto the background fabric. My husband insists that raw edge applique is cheating, but it is a simple, fast and effective method and even he said the finished block was "really nice - one of my favorites." :)
When I first heard about raw edge applique I was worried that there would be a lot of fraying. But if the pieces are attached with a product like Heat n Bond the fibers of the fabric are almost glued together and the chances of fraying are almost zero.
Edited (8/15): The Skill Builder Sampler will is available for purchase in book form! It has been renamed "You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners" but covers the same skills with the easy, medium and challenging blocks and is a million times better than the original quilt along. It is perfect for the beginning quilter or the experienced quilter who wants to branch out and learn new skills. Find more information and order a signed copy in my Etsy shop or order on Amazon.
To make this block you will need:
- A Compass
- Card stock
- Heat n Bond
- 12.5 inch square of background fabric
- Fabric Scraps
Cut a 3 inch square piece of card stock. I just used my rotary cutter and ruler.
Next, place the point of the compass in the corner of the card stock and open it until the pencil touches the adjoining corner. Draw an arc from corner to corner.
Attach all of the petals along one diagonal.
Now it is time to stitch around the edges. But before we get started, change your thread to a color that blends well with most of your petals - unless you want the contrast. You can use a zig zag or button hole stitch to finish the edge. I used a zig zag. Play around with the stitch length and width on a scrap piece of fabric until you are satisfied. I wanted my zigs and zags fairly wide and close together and set my stitch length to .5 and width to 3.5.
If you haven't stitched along the edge of anything before, take a scrap of fabric, place it on top of another scrap and stitch along the edge of it. One side of the zig should go barely off of the scrap petal and onto the background fabric. Play around until you have the hang of it.
I am leaving for Abu Dhabi today (crazy!!) to visit my BFF and will be gone for a week and a half, so I will not be posting a block next week. I was hoping to have the tutorial written up before I left, but that just didn't happen. So take a week off, do your Christmas shopping and the next Skill Builder Sampler block will be on the 17th. I'll bring back pictures of my trip too.