This week welcomes an
intermediate block - The Field Rose. But don’t be put off – it uses quick corners which we covered with Block 3 (Watermelon) and I have a great tip for matching the points on those quick corners.
It is mid Spring here in
England and the field roses are not yet out in the country borders. But that doesn’t stop us growing our own.
Creating the center unit
of block 8 is exactly the same as creating the core of the Watermelon block except we make quick corners on all four corners of the center A square.
|Quick corners make quick work of the middle unit|
Once this is done we move onto the petals – of which you will need to make eight petals. Once you have created the petals at step 5 of the block pattern you will find it helpful to press the seams on four of the petal units upwards....
|Press the corner seams on four petal units up towards the corners|
and the seams on the
remaining four petal units downwards.....
|and press the remaining four petal unit seams down towards the petals|
You can see the different when they are placed side by side.....
|Make four of each|
This helps with matching the petal points as you can now nest your corners (butt one seam up against another). Press the joining seam open and your petal unit should look like this at the back ....
|Press the joining seam open to reduce bulk. |
and you should find you
have perfect points on the front.
|You may need to trim your double petal units everso slightly|
(If they do not match exactly don’t worry – it will not notice on the finished quilt. However, if you are creating this block as a focus block for a project you might want to practise a little so cut a few extra C and G pieces.)
Then it is just a case of
joining your units together.
And remember – field roses
come in all colours so experiment with different colour combinations.
Next week we continue with
quick corner units when we play with Block 9 – Bullseye. You can find all the blocks made so far HERE. And there is plenty of time to join in with the sew-along. All you need are some fabric scraps and The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks pattern book.
Until then I look forward to seeing your blocks on Instagram (#block8fieldrose) or in the Flickr Group.