The Free Motion Quilting Project: Piece a Pot of Petunias Quilt Block

Monday, September 4, 2017

Piece a Pot of Petunias Quilt Block

Hello My Quilting Friends! It's time to piece our ninth block for the Machine Quilting Block Party, the Pot of Petunias quilt block:

This is the last block featuring three flowers with stems and a big vase. Do I hear you exhaling with a gasp of relief? Blocks #5, #7 and #9 have been on the complex side with lots of little pieces to create the stems and flowers.

But piecing slightly more challenging blocks like this is a good thing! It forces you to pay attention to your cutting and piecing on each seam. Many quilters have built great new piecing skills on these blocks and shared their progress to the Block Party Facebook Group.

Peg P shared her Triple Tulip block and a disaster story about accidentally spraying the right side with spray basting. The great news is she was able to remove the glue from the surface using rubbing alcohol. I think it looks terrific!

Michele M stitched her Triple Tulip Block up a notch with different piecing with half square triangles. I love this variation!

And a huge congratulations to Wendy C who has already created a quilt as a gift using the first seven blocks from this sampler quilt:

It just goes to show you don't have to do 12 different blocks! You can always piece and quilt multiple of your favorite blocks to make a bigger quilt or to get more practice with the technique.

Thank you to everyone that shares their blocks and quilts to the group and both the good and the bad that happens along the way. It's always good to know that we're not alone making mistakes and sometimes sharing the ups and downs of a project can keep things moving forward.

This month we also have a new piecing unit to learn along with our flower block. Click Here to learn how to piece a Flying Geese unit.

I love flying geese because they're simple units that add add multiple triangles to your quilt without actually having to piece a single triangle!

Now learn how to use your flying geese units along with a lot of half square triangles to create the Pot of Petunias Quilt Block:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block 9.

Now that we've pieced this beautiful block together, the next step is to quilt it. Next Monday I'll share a video on how to machine quilt the Pot of Petunias quilt block with Stippling, Microstippling, circles, and feathers!

What do you think of this new quilt block? Do you like flying geese or half square triangles better? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. So pretty. I love tulips. Thank you for another great tutorial :)


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