Hey everyone! I’m so honored to be one of the featured bloggers for Jacquelynne Steves’ Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month. And I’m really happy that I get to share this month’s blocks, 1 and 2, with you:
Aren’t they sweet? I love the applique version (of course), but the nice thing about this BOM is that Jacquelynne gives you options for pieced, applique, or embroidery block centers! You get to decide what you like best or least.
The block instructions are excellent and I like the techniques Jacquelynne uses for piecing. It’s not too late to sign up, if you’re just finding out about this BOM! You might learn something new and improve your accuracy just by following along.
Picking out fabrics is the first step, and one thing to watch out for is directional fabric. It won’t work with the on-point setting if you’re using it in the setting squares. I learned this the hard way. I ordered fabric online because I loved a certain large print, only to find out that it wouldn’t work because it was directional. Hence, plan B! I’m really happy with my color palette. Here is the fabric I’ll be working with:
The two main prints are from Dear Stella’s Floral Daze collection. I love the hand painted floral designs and the orange, navy and olive green colors. For more ideas and fabric inspiration, check out this post from Jaquelynne Steves blog.
You can see the detail of the applique block centers in the photo below. I’ve used a small zig zag stitch in coordinating cotton thread. For this project, I want my stitch to blend in with the applique.
For Block 2, I found a cute bee button to use instead of the appliqued bee in the pattern. Sometimes it pays to keep old buttons around. Really, I’m always trying to sneak in ways to justify my “collections”.
Many of you are new to my blog, so you may not know this, but I love teaching machine applique classes. I also love sharing my techniques and tips here on my blog. You can find previous applique lessons at my Three-part Applique Series and on my recent Spring Petals Quilt Along.
Jacquelynne has kindly offered to host a giveaway right here as part of her BOM blog hop. All you have to to do is leave a comment on my blog by the end of Saturday, June 20, and I’ll pick one winner. The prize includes two patterns, Flutterby and Nantucket. International entries are welcome.
Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you come back soon!