Hello quilters! Welcome to my little segment of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13 Blog Tour. I can't believe we're up to 13 issues of 100 Blocks already! Here's my block for this issue, Evening Bloom. It's in the applique section, on page 14. If you love applique as much as I do, this block will be fun to sew! I believe there are 67 pieces? Count them if you want to.
I made my block with these gorgeous fabrics - Wool Needle Flannels III by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics. So delicious!
I used a green tone on tone plaid for the bias stems. To make the stems, cut the fabric 1-1/4" wide on the bias, fold in half, and sew a tiny seam along the length of the strip. Press the seam under and voila! - you are ready to applique.
To help with stem placement, I drew a four by four grid with chalk onto my background piece. I did not have to remove the markings later, they were gone by the time I was finished sewing the stems down.
Next, I used tiny applique pins to secure the stem in place, and stitched it to the background fabric.
I applied the flowers, leaves, and berries using the fusible applique method - always fun!
To keep my pieces separated while I work, I put them into little zipper sandwich bags as soon as I cut them out.
Here you can see the stems sewn in place and the flowers, berries, and a few of the small leaves after fusing. I prefer to fuse a few at a time, rather than trying to lay out all the pieces at once. I just give them a quick tap with the iron at this stage, so if I need to move anything I still can. I give everything a final fuse when all the pieces are in place.
Here is a close up pic of the berries and leaves.
After all the pieces are fused in place, I like to go around each patch with matching thread and a zigzag stitch. You can just barely see the stitching here, on the bud and leaves.
Here is the completed block, once again, Evening Bloom. I hope you enjoyed seeing my creative process and maybe learned a tip or two for sewing my block.
And now for the giveaway! If you would like your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13, please leave a comment below, and let's make it interesting. Please comment about who taught you to quilt. I'll choose a random winner at the end of the blog tour. Please be sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky one.
To return to the blog tour, and more quilty inspiration, click here: Quilty Pleasures.
Have a lovely day,
Jennifer Schifano Thomas
To return to the blog tour, and more quilty inspiration, click here: Quilty Pleasures.
Have a lovely day,
Jennifer Schifano Thomas
WoW! I love applique and I love your block! Yummy fabrics from Primitive Gatherings as well. Great job!ReplyDelete
Thanks for a chance to win.
Opps.. I forgot.. I had a coworker Katie, many years ago, who taught me to quilt. Katie took me to the quilt store where we bought a book, she helped me choose fabric and taught me to applique as well. I still have that quilt and it is very special to me.ReplyDelete
Thanks for a chance to win.
I love your applique block! I am self taught; I read quilt magazines and quilt books.ReplyDelete
I first did a hand sewing/quilting class at my nearest community centre for my Mother's Day present after my son was born. That was in 1998. I have been sewing ever since and I just love hand sewing and quilting the most.,it is so relaxing and gratifying. Thanks for the chance to win. Keep up the great designing..ReplyDelete
I love appliqué so if I win I'm going to make your block. One of my students mother taught me to quiltReplyDelete
My mother was a seamstress. I hate making clothes, but I liked making everything else. My maternal grandmother gave my sister and I a set of McCalls craft books and one was quilting. I've started and stopped quilting. But now that my children are out of the house I can spend more time quilting.ReplyDelete
Love your block! I'm a self taught quilter. I started quilting long long ago using only paper templates. So glad things have changed.ReplyDelete
The internet taught me to quilt, after seeing an animated build of a log cabin block I was off and sewing.ReplyDelete
your block is gorgeous, thanks for the give awayReplyDelete
I taught myself how to piece and machine quilt, but a dear friend showed me how to hand quilt.ReplyDelete
I took a class back in the early 80's when we had to use templates and cut with scissors and the quilts were hand quilted. It was a fun class and kept me interested in quilting. Love your block.ReplyDelete
My mother taught me to sew when I was young, but I learned to quilt from books and the internet. Fun block--love hearing about your process!ReplyDelete
My mom put the quilting desire in me. But most of my quilting skills came from trial and error and taking a few classes. Quilting became my stress relief. I love it!ReplyDelete
I learned how to quilt through my quilt guild. Older members taught newer members different techniques. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I learned to quilt at my local quilt shop which, sadly, now has closed. Love your block.ReplyDelete
I am self taught. It was magazines and books that taught me to quilt. :-)ReplyDelete
My mother taught me to sew. She made quilts and our clothes. To keep me busy as she sewed, I was given a pin cushion and pins and asked to make her a pretty design.ReplyDelete
I made my first quilt in the early 70's when I was in grad school No one I knew quilted, so when I saw a lob cabin quilt in a crafting magazine I bought fabric, made cardboard templates and got to work.ReplyDelete
I was introduced to sewing by my mother, and started quilting because of the wonderful quilts my mother-in-law made.ReplyDelete
When my dad retired from Wonder Bread in the late 1970's my folks moved to the family cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota. Mom was quilting by this time... however, when I was home from visits or they came to Georgia she didn't bring her quilting she'd knit. So even though she quilted I took lessons at a quilt shop in Cobb County a suburb to Atlanta. Quilt shops are still my favorite place to hang out.ReplyDelete
congratulations. your block is very pretty. I have not done machine applique yet. it is on my sewing bucket list.ReplyDelete
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net
I have been sewing for so long can't remember who taught me although I'm sure it was my mom. But as far as quilting goes , I'm self taught.ReplyDelete
Love your pretty block and I love applique. I'm a self taught quilter. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
I had purchased my first Bernina and the sewing machine salesman purchased my first quilting class :-) I have not been the same since! I loved taking classes at the local quilt shop. The teachers were wonderful and the inspiration endless. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Your block design is lovely!ReplyDelete
Thank you for a chance to win. I took a quilting class over 20 years ago while my husband was stationed in Germany. I'm afraid I do not remember the teacher's name, but we created a wall hanging sampler quilt with four blocks.ReplyDelete
I'm self taught...lots of great classes along the way!ReplyDelete
You have designed such a pretty block!! Also thank you for the detailed instructions! My Mom and Aunts taught me how to sew, applique and embroider as I grew up. I've been playing with fabric as long as I can remember - they always sewed on a projects together and I was fortunate to be either playing either alone or with cousins on some type of creative "sewy" type of project too.ReplyDelete
Love your block. I think Alex anderson's simply quilts taught me to quilt. Thanks. Drhodes9@cox.netReplyDelete
I always like to see what you come up with! I'm not sure that I don't remember not sewing. my mom and my grandma always had us helping them cross-stitch and sew. pound puppies, cross-stitch, shorts, mending, pillows, even a wallet! cousins would take turns spending a week at a time and grandparents' house every summer. Grandpa would take us hiking in the mornings, and sometimes treat us to art lessons in the afternoon. Grandma always had us working on little sewing projects. if I couldn't sleep at night, I know I could find my grandma at the sewing machine!ReplyDelete
I was taught by classes from some great quilters. Beautiful applique block.ReplyDelete
I wanted to make a cat quilt in honor of my black and white cat so I took a beginner's class in quilting. It took me 2 years to finish this quilt. The lady that help with the machine quilting asked me to place this quilt in our small fair. I did and it won lst place. So happy I learned how to quilt.ReplyDelete
Love your Evening Bloom block! I am a self taught quilter. Quilting books and magazines were my inspiration.ReplyDelete
I'm a beginner quilter, and have learned most everything from books so far. I do have some quilting friends, and hang out with them when I can. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
Jan - email@example.com
Your block is so pretty and thanks for sharing how you section your background to get all those pieces in the right place.ReplyDelete
My grandmother made quilts and I loved watching her pick the colors of fabric she used in her quilts. Grandma always had a new quilt magazine and we loved reading them and deciding on a new quilt to make.
djcutting2 at gmail dot com
Taught myself with the help of TV, blogs and youtube. 24Tangent@gmail.comReplyDelete
Evening Bloom is a terrific name for an applique flower. I love my garden at night as I've planted some white petunias that "glow" in the moonlight. Thanks for all the pictures of your block and your progress. Even though my grandma quilted, I learned to hand quilt from a neighbor in Iowa.ReplyDelete
My grandmother gets the credit since she taught me to sew. Quilting books and shows have honed my knowledge of quilting.ReplyDelete
I started sewing at the age of 7 (65 years ago!) in a 4-H program. I majored in home economics in college and became a high school teacher. In 1973, I was asked to develop a quilting program in preparation for the Be-Centennial. --- long explanation for saying learned by reading and practice of skills learned over a long period of time.ReplyDelete
No quilters in my family other than me. I learned to quilt from magazines, YouTube and a class at a local quilt storeReplyDelete
Although I mostly taught myself to quilt, my grandmother taught me to sew. I have had many quilting mentors through the years.ReplyDelete
My mother taught me to quilt and she still is at the age of 92. The "Evening Bloom" block is awesome.ReplyDelete
I am self taught. I did take a class or two from our local community ed which got me started. The rest has been through classes from my quilt guild, local quilt shop, online videos.ReplyDelete
I learned to quilt at my local fabric shop. One class and I was hooked.ReplyDelete
I had been sewing for years, and I taught myself to quilt from books and internet.ReplyDelete
I am self taught, so I credit the authors of the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts that I borrowed from my local library dozens of times! Your block is wonderful-I could see it done in wool applique also !ReplyDelete
I taught Me! Grabbed a book, mat, blade, ruler, fabric and 26 years later am selling them! Nothing like fueling the fire, LOL. I have taken about 6 classes, most were specialized techniques.ReplyDelete
you can say self taught...I knew to use the sewing machine but the rest learn from tv shows,magazine ,internet..even learn what is a quilt...it is fun....marta...firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
The internet taught me to quilt.ReplyDelete
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com
I taught myself. I did get a couple books to learn techniques, and watched some Craftsy classes to learn free-motion quilting.ReplyDelete
I am self taught with lots of input along the years with classes.ReplyDelete
Wow, your applique is beautiful. Such a neat block.ReplyDelete
Love your block. I am self taught, but took many classes along the way. always can learn a trick or two when taking new classes.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! I love your Evening Bloom block! I am pretty much a self taught quilter...I saw a video by Jenny of MSQC and haven't looked back. I am teaching myself needle turn applique and loving it!ReplyDelete
I've learned from lots of sources, but my first teacher was my mom. She starting quilting as an empty nester hobby and I followed after her.ReplyDelete
I like the dark background in your block.
i bought a book," how to make a quilt"ReplyDelete
I learned to quilt when I took a class at a craft store. Then my sister in law learned the Quilt in a Day method and we were hooked. Great block! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
HI,my Mom+Aunts all sewed and quilted+I picked up many ideas from them, plus the love of fabrics!Thanks for email@example.comReplyDelete
I took a class at the local community college the year my youngest graduated high school. Not long after I started attending a local sit n sew group and met and became friends with an older woman in her 80s. She became a mentor and she taught me everything I wanted to learn. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the magazine and for sharing your beautiful block.ReplyDelete
LOVE your block! So glad I found out about you. I signed up for your newsletter. I am self taught, mostly by way of Georgia, Eleanor, Nancy, and anyone else was on TV, or internet.ReplyDelete
I started "quilting" in grade school when we would embroider quilt blocks for baby quilts sold at the church bazaar. My next encounter really started with classes from a local quilt store and friends. rmgsummers @ yahoo . comReplyDelete
I actually taught myself to quilt...well with the help of a lot of books, magazines, and wonderful quilting websites.ReplyDelete
I would say I am self taught but the women in my family have been quilting for years. And I have been sewing for many years. Quilting is just a natural extension of sewing to me.ReplyDelete
tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com
I had a good friend who introduced me into the quilting world, but I learnt the most things from blog tutorials and online classes like craftsy.ReplyDelete
My mom and aunt were sewist and quilters and were my teachers.ReplyDelete
I was taught to quilt by a lady named Ann Starkey. We did all hand stitching, cutting with scissors, and used calico fabrics. I am grateful for the advent of rotary cutters, machine stitching, and the plethora of quilting fabrics available now.ReplyDelete
When I was around 8 years old I had my first introduction to hand quilting but I couldn't make my stitches small enough nor consistent enough. From then on I just watched my mother, my grandmother and other ladies from the community quilt on the large wooden frame. I really didn't try again until a few years ago. I've been following different blogs and YouTube to learn more techniques.ReplyDelete
I joined a bee at my local quilt guild, and those nice ladies taught me. Good thing, too, since I didn't know about rotary cutting or quarter inch seams to name a few things - and those are the most basic skills!ReplyDelete
Love your block. I am a beginner and pretty much self taught. I am planning to take a quilt class this month. So excited! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I learned the essentials of quilting from my high school best friend. She lugged her sewing machine on an airplane and taught me in a hotel room. What a good friend she is! I think of her every time I check my quarter inch seam.ReplyDelete
Your block is lovely. As far as who taught me to quilt...well, I already knew how to sew, so I took a quilting class to learn the basics of quilting. From there, I've learned a lot from friends and in my quilt guild. Thanks for sharing with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)netReplyDelete
I am loving applique and trying all type of techniques and fabrics - thanks to all the lovely bloggers who are teaching me to quilt. crystalbluern at tds dot netReplyDelete
Charming block!!! I took a quilting class in the late 1970's or early 1980's from Nan Jean Duer, who was in charge of the quilting group at a local church in Elgin, Illinois. They had a yearly Christmas bazaar and a yearly quilt show that I attended that accelerated my budding interest. I was honored to take a class from her. Of course, the quilting was by hand in the class--I never did finish my "big" project (story of my life), a patriotic tote-bag.ReplyDelete
There is no one in particular who taught me to quilt, but there are many bloggers who I've followed and read tons of posts that gave me great advice about quilting. I've never taken a class or even known anyone well enough to share this love. Every day I learn something new!ReplyDelete
A wonderful lady named Mrs. Clara taught me to quilt. She taught us to quilt and piece by hand. This taught us the importance of being accurate. It didn't take long for us to realize we could be quilting/piecing by machine. I am totally addicted to quilting. Congratulations on your block being selected. This just might be the block that gets me to try working with wool.ReplyDelete
I'm pretty much a self-taught quilter, though I've borrowed tons of books from the library. When I was a little girl my mom made Dresden Plate quilts for my sister and me and she and my grandmother quilted them. Either I wasn't interested or they thought I was too young for me to learn to quilt. (And to my knowledge, those are the only quilts my mom ever made.)ReplyDelete
I love your block!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)
I took a class at the local technical college. No quilt shops, no rotary cutters, mats or specialty rulers back then. We made cardboard templates and did everything by hand.ReplyDelete
I am self taught (google and you tube)ReplyDelete
I am mostly self taught but have a great resource when I need help -- my MIL is an accomplished seamstress and quilter who has shared lots of knowledge over the years. I've also taken a few classes here and there.ReplyDelete
I went to classes at a Local Quilt Shop around 22 years ago. It took another 18 years of just dabbling before I became obsessed with it.ReplyDelete
I am self taught!!!ReplyDelete
I am self-taught mostly, but my grandmother made quilts and that's where I got my interest in sewing and quilting. Your block is exquisite. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
A very dear friend taught me EPP while on a bus trip to Mary Jo's from FL. I was completely hooked. She than gave me a few basic lessons and I was off and running. That was 16 years ago!ReplyDelete
I'm pretty much self taught, but I learned to sew when I was young so that gave me a good start. I joined qal's and that's how I picked up knowledge about the craft. I still have quite a lot to learn, but do enjoy the process.ReplyDelete
I learned to quilt at my local quilt shop. I was looking for something to help me get through the winter.ReplyDelete
My mom showed me how to make my own barbie doll clothes...And then i just went on from there to my kids cloths then on to quilts.... email@example.comReplyDelete
This Hop is sure encouraging me to try Applique again...I had tried Hand Applique awhile back..liked it..but I was soooo slow at it! lol I didn't really have anyone teach me to Quilt..diddled a bit years ago...then became serious about it..in last few years. My Daughter in NC wanted to start...so we are learning together..tho I am in Ohio..lol..we are doing long-distance We choose a pattern & both make same one..but to suit the other persons taste..then exchange them..usually when she is home for Christmas! Grrrrreat fun!! :)ReplyDelete
I signed up for a hand piecing class at my local quilt shop. I was hooked. By the end, however, I was behind with my blocks, so my husband helped me hand stitch a few blocks!ReplyDelete
Such lucious colors and beautiful design. No one really "taught" me to quilt. A friend at church quilted a lot and it peaked my interest, but I did not get into quilting until a few years later. I guess I am a self taught pattern-follower...lol Sewfaithfully@hotmail.comReplyDelete
I took a class in high school back in the late 1970s. Quilting has come a long way since then! Love your applique block!ReplyDelete
After realizing that if I wanted a quilt, I was going to have to make it myself, I started classes at LQS 24 yrs ago and have been hooked on quilting ever since. There have been many great teachers along the way.ReplyDelete
Your block is beautiful. I am self taught by following blogs and youtube. Having sewn from the time I was about 11 or 12 it wasn't too difficult for me and I have learned so much with each one that I have made.ReplyDelete
Congrats on such a lovely block! thank you!ReplyDelete
Cute block. Thanks for sharing. A friend, Sue, taught to quilt.ReplyDelete
Beautiful but so many pieces is beyond how much I like to appliqué. No one in my family did any type of needlework. I am self taught in everything. I do have to give a big shout out to Eleanor Burns. She turned my love of sewing into a love of quilting!ReplyDelete
some years ago, my sis gave me a bare essentials kit and very basic instructions and got me started on quilting. told me to look up quilting on my [computer she taught me to use it, too] for more info and to have at it. I did, and am so thankful. it helped me out of the foggy netherlands of losing hubby to cancer and surviving my own bout with it.ReplyDelete
That block sure has a lot of pieces! I am mostly self taught.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed your step by step creation of your block. Wool is interesting to work with and fusing it down first makes it so much easier to work with. What a beautiful block you ended up with! I have had the pleasure of teaching many different children to sew while teaching K -6 in rural schools...but it is also so much fun teaching my granddaughter to sew, knit and crochet as she grows up. It is so much fun to share what you have learned with others and brings much joy. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.ReplyDelete
LOL! Youtube taught me. My mom and my 7th grade home ec class taught me to sew and get bit by the bug :) Congrats on your lovely block!ReplyDelete
I took a lap quilting class in the late 70's and we used scissors and cardboard templates. I have kept the interest and now love all the beautiful things you can make with less effortReplyDelete
I sort of taught myself... I knew how to sew, and so I just bought a book and made a table topper...with 5/8" seams!!ReplyDelete
Cute block. Congratulations getting your block chosen for the magazine! Love the colors too.
I grew up watching my grandma and mom sew. My first quilt that I quilted was a graduation gift from my other grandma. You could say it was a gift I had to finish.ReplyDelete
I've always loved to sew. About 20 years ago I took a beginning quilting class (hand piecing!), the rest I've learned on my own or from wonderful quilting friends.ReplyDelete
Your block is lovely. I took a quilting class about 1986 & it went nowhere. We used cardboard templates & cut pieces out by hand (getting blisters was no fun). I'm sure I still have those pieces boxed somewhere in the attic. But then in 2007, I discovered the rotary cutter, and I kind of taught myself to quilt, from books & magazines. Thanks.ReplyDelete
My first class was from one of the guild members, after that looks and magazines helped me out, today I could use the vast resources of the internet. Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnetReplyDelete
Such a pretty block.ReplyDelete
My Grandmother taught me when I was a little child.ReplyDelete
A fun block; I can't stop appliqueing leaves and berries! I taught myself to sew and was making a lot of my clothes by age 13. but I did take a basic quilting class 17 years ago and never sewed clothes much again. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)comReplyDelete
I am a self-taught quilter (and sewer)ReplyDelete
First of all, your applique work is gorgeous, especially the machined zig-zag. This may seem odd, but my daughter has been teaching me and referring me to sources of more information. I've only been actively at it for about 3 years, and I am now beginning to feel confident. However, I am not feeling confident enough to tackle applique like this. Your work is wonderful.ReplyDelete
I learned to quilt by taking classes at a local quilt shop followed by workshops through my guild. I doubt I have the patience to do the precision work you have shown.--swalker287 (at) aol (dot) com.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful block. I have yet to do applique but it seems about 90% of the blocks I'm drawn to are applique, so I know it's only a matter of time.ReplyDelete
I had no one to teach me how to quilt. I've been learning on my own from reading blogs and watching a lot of video classes on Craftsy. Between the two, I feel pretty good about my knowledge. I did take a beginner quilting class locally, however it was not as good as it could have been. We were not taught alot of things and the biggest complaint I had about that class is that we weren't taught a thing about binding which I would assume should be an absolute must in learning to quilt. How can you ever finish a quilt if you never get taught binding? I've learned much more online than from that class.
My Mom taught me how to sew, quilt, embroider and crochet. We still enjoy working on projects together! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
I learned to quilt from classes taught by a lovely lady in my quilt guild. I still have much to learn but I'm definitely hooked! I love your block!ReplyDelete
My mom taught me to sew when I was young. I made my first apron, a gift for my mom, at the age of 5 with help from my brother; he was on his hands and knees operating the treadle and I guided the fabric under the needle. I also was in 4-H and learned a lot thru that organization. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)comReplyDelete
I am self taught! I learn from bloggers and u-tube videos and I am enjoying the path I am on. I have discovered I am a colorholic.....I can't get enough color!ReplyDelete
A co-worker was a quilting teacher and any stupid question I had she patiently answered. I have some wool that would be great for your block!ReplyDelete
Wow! That is one beautiful block you designed. I'm a self-taught quilter and as of yet still haven't tried applique. I'm impressed with your detail and workmanship. Congratulations!ReplyDelete
My first quilting attempt was when I volunteered to put together the picture blocks that my son's preschool class drew. This was a bit challenging but it turned out okay and the teacher gave it back to me (I still have it). My next attempt was to help my daughter make a small quilt for an apprentice project in 6th grade. Her little quilt turned out rather nicely even though she had an amateur guiding her. I finally took a class at my local quilt shop to learn more about it. Since then I have taken many more classes to learn new techniques.ReplyDelete
I took a little class in the 70's and its been non stop from there. thank you for a chance at this great looking book.ReplyDelete
Lovely block - lots of stitching! I have been sewing since I was a little girl - taught by my Mom. When I wanted to quilt, I took a beginning quilt class at our local quilt shop. Great beginning!ReplyDelete