One Vintage 12" Quilt Block per month
Starting in October 2012
for 1 year!
My helpers include lots of pins and starch! You can download the pattern HERE!
This pattern makes a 12" finished / 12 1/2" unfinished block
*You will need approximately a F8 each of light and dark fabrics for one block.
*If you want to make it scrappy you will need:
DARK FABRIC - 2 squares 5" x 5", 4 squares 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", and 2 pieces 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
LIGHT FABRIC - 2 squares 5" x 5", 4 squares 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", and 2 pieces 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Fine sewing pins
1 sheet cardstock
A - 2 dark and 2 light
B - 2 dark and 2 light
C - 4 dark and 4 light
Set your printer to "page scaling - none". You may want to do a text print to make sure your 1" test square in accutate. When it is, print the template onto card stock. The templates includes a 1/4" seam allowance. I use a scant 1/4", so when I am sewing my seam edge is just inside the 1/4" mark on my sewing machine.
The following instruction are for 1/4 of the block. Repeat these instructions for all four sections of the block.
1) Place your blocks on your work surface as you will be sewing them.
2) We will stitch block A to B first. Fold piece A and B in half along the edge you will be stitching. Finger press at the center fold.
3) Place piece A on piece B matching the center finger press mark, right sides together.
Pin the center fold mark first.
Gently pull on the edge of piece A to fit the raw edge of B.
This is most easily done flat on a table or flat surface.
Pin the edges and then towards the center. As you can see, I use lots of pins. I find I get a better seam this way : )
4) Stitch the seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.
I like to sew over the pins to keep the raw edges in place.
Just be careful to slow down when you approach a pin and remove it if your needle is going to hit it.
5) Press your seams towards the darker fabric. If you have puckers and some creases, that is OK!! Spray the block with starch and give it a good pressing!! Because the curve is on the bias you can manipulate this seam fairly easily.
6) Stitch the top portion of the block together - A + C. Press the seams towards the darker fabric.
7) Fold both the top section - A/C and bottom - A/B section in half, matching seams.
8) Place the A/C section on top of the A/B section, right sides together.
First - match the center fold marks, pin.
Second - match and pin both seams.
Third, slightly pull on the bias curve of piece A/C stretching to fit section A/B and pin the seam.
Stitch seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.
9) Spray you block with starch and give it a good pressing making sure to pess the seams toward the darker fabric on piece A.
It is OK if your block is not 100% square!
Get our your acrylic ruler and cutting mat and true up your block to 6 1/2" square.
Repeat for the other three sections.
10) With right sides together, pin the two bottom blocks together matching seams. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam open. Repeat for the two top blocks.
Place the top two blocks right sides together with the bottom two blocks. Match and pin seams. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam open.
Yay!!! You have completed the Rose Dream Block. If you have any questions, please comment below and I will add any replies to the thread.
I'd love to have you join my Vintage Block Flickr Group HERE!!
Charise : )