Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Flying Leaf Block Tutorial for 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along - I'm a guest blogger

Today I am a guest block designer for Kim over at Persimon Dreams
for the 52 Blocks Quilt Along. 

Kim is taking 52 weeks of 2014 to explore the thought of twisting traditional blocks into other images and is having a quilt along for others to join her.


52 Blocks

Today I am presenting my twist on the traditional Maple Leaf block
as the guest designer for block 11 of the quilt along.

Kim even did a little mini interview with me and you can read it at Persimon Dreams.

Here is the tutorial to make:
The Flying Leaf Block
Pattern by Carla at
Creatin' in the Sticks
This block is 9 1/2” or Finished it is 9”
Use 1/4” seams throughout.

twist on the traditional Maple Leaf block.

Step 1:  Cutting

From background fabric cut 2 - 4" squares and 2 - 3 1/2" squares.
From bird (feathers) fabric cut 2 - 4" squares and 3 - 3 1/2" squares.
You will also need a small scrap of the bird (feather) fabric for the head, a small scrap of black fabric for the eyes, and a small scrap of yellow fabric for the beak.
Step 2: Half Square Triangles
We will be using the 4" squares for this.  Put one of each color right sides together.  You have 2 pairs.
Now draw a line from one corner to another on the back side of the lighter fabric as in the picture.

Sew 1/4" seams on each side of the line you drew on both sets of pairs.

Cut on the line that you drew and you have 4 sets of half square triangles.

Press the seams and then you will have to square your blocks up to 3 1/2".

Lay all 9 squares out like this.  You have a Maple Leaf with out a stem.

Step 3:  Making the bird's head
Following the manufacturers directions, adhere fusible web to the back of fabric for the head, eyes, and beak.  I use Wonder Under, but any fusible will work for this.  You can use the templates in the PDF version of this pattern, OR...
You can improvise and use the shape of a tablespoon for the head (just lay in on the corner of a piece of paper and trace around it), a hole punch for the eyes, and cut a small triangle for the beak.  I did both and the improvised version looks just like the pattern version. 
Which ever method you use to make templates, trace around them on the paper side of the fused fabric and cut them out. 
Lay the pieces on a 3 1/2" background square using the picture as a guide. Fuse the pieces in place following the manufacturers directions.

This is what it will look like.

Now, sew around the head, eyes, and beak. I used a blanket stitch and matching thread.
Step 4: Sew it all together
Stitch the squares together.  I sewed the horizontal rows together first and then sewed the vertical rows.
Your block should be 9 1/2" square.
If you want to download the templates, this whole tutorial plus the templates are available HERE in PDF format.

I had so much fun with the first block I made two of the multi colored birds, then I made a yellow one and added borders to it so I could make an Easter treat bag for someone special.

I used the Flying Leaf Block pattern and added 2" borders all around.  Then I headed over to Glinda Quilts and used her pants bag tutorial to make the drawstring bag.  That's 2 pants bags in one week. The other one was for the Think Ruffles Blog Hop.   I'm starting to think I'm helping Jen with her mission to take over the world with pants bags.  It's a great and easy to follow tutorial.

I can't wait to see all The Flying Leaf Blocks and the other blocks of the 52 Blocks Quilt along.
  Be sure to join the flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Thank you, Kim, for allowing me to design a block and thank you to all that have visited my blog!

My ruffle giveaway is open until Sunday, March 16th.



Suze said...

What an adorable birdie! I'm more of a template gal. I tend to be a perfectionist - even though that's impossible. However, I love the idea of using a tablespoon and drawing around it. I know back in "ancient" days the ladies knew their math backwards and forwards and I'm sure the guys helped them some, too. However, I'm sure they used everyday items for making templates. I think we'd be amazed if we only had clues to some of the extraordinary patterns we have. Thanks or a great, great twist on a traditional block.

Tinliz said...

I could say your block is for the birds, but that would be rude. Actually I love birds and have many that grace the trees of my backyard. This would make a wonderful quilt. Keep up your imaginative work

erin zinobile said...

I really love this block. Thanks for sharing your idea!

Rose Best said...

What an idea...Thanks for sharing

Carrie P. said...

i like your little twist on the block.

PersimonDreams said...

I'm so so so in love with this block! Great job and I'm very happy to have you join in on the fun!

Vickie said...

That is a very clever take on a traditional block...I like it a LOT !

Glinda ♥ said...

What a great block, thanks for sharing and for bigging me up on the Pants Bag tutorial ... yours is fabby, m'dear but then everything you make is fabby!

Doris Rice said...

A great twist to the block. I love it and the pants bag. Thanks for the inspiration.

Carol said...

What a great variation on the maple leaf--so cute!

Marian said...

Love this block, very clever!!