Friday, January 20, 2012

Garden Quilt Along - Tulips

The Tulip block measures 12 inches by 15 inches finished. You'll need a background, stem/leaf, and 5 assorted flower petal fabrics. Downloadable pdf version is available.

Cutting instructions
Petal fabrics – Cut 1 rectangle from each of 5 fabrics 2” X 8½"
Leaf and Stem fabric
Cut 1 strip 2” wide and at least 20” long. (leaves)
Cut 1 strip 1¼” wide. (stems)
Background fabric: Cut 4 strips 2” wide. Sub cut into 10 rectangles 2” X 12½”.
Right click on template to open in new window or use template link. Print template at 100% and cut out entire diamond template on outside dotted line.

Petals and Leaves
1. Fold rectangles in half end to end.
2. Using template A, cut 1 mirrored pair each of petal fabrics.
3. Using template A, cut 3 mirrored pair each of leaf fabric.

Cut template B from template A on dotted line. Lay 2 background rectangles right sides together. Layout 5 pair. Using template B, cut one end of each strip pair.

Diamonds to Strips
With right sides together, sew background to top of diamond using a ¼ inch seam. Press seam toward petals. Again with right sides together, sew diamond to bottom of background rectangle using a ¼ inch seam. Press seam toward petals.

It's important to sew the flower tops evenly at the top so that when strips are sew together, petals will be lined up.

Leaves and Flower Strips

To insert leaves, position angled edge of template A as a cutting line on respective strip and cut strip at top of template. Sew top to leaf diamond, then leaf diamond to bottom as shown in “Diamonds to Strips”. Approximate spacing from higher bottom of petal to top of leaf (template A) are as follows in strip order pictured below: 3¼” - 2” - 3½” - 2” - 3” - 1½”. For those of you who wish to be creative, be sure to leave an inch from the bottom of where you’ll trim your strip to allow for seam allowances.

Finishing the Flowers
Sew flower strips together with ¼” seam, right side to left side; press seams to one side.
Trim bottom of strip sets to 13”; “yellow” flower 12½”.
Using the bottom of “yellow” flower as a guide, align remaining strip sets as desired allowing at least 1” to be trimmed from bottom, and 1” from bottom of any leaf.
Cut bottoms, then sew to top of respective flower strip with ¼” seam.
Sew strip sets together using a ¼” seam.
Unfinished block to measure 12½” by 15½”.

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