Thursday, February 17, 2011

Block-a-palooza Block #8 - Basket of Geese

I am very excited to share with you Block #8 in the Block-a-palooza!  I am a big fan of machine applique, so this block incorporates just that... appliqued geese.
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What you need:


Sunkissed #5448-12 {Lemonade solid}
1 - 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square


Sunkissed #5440-11 {Limeade words}
1 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
1 - 2 1/2" x 10 3/4" square


Sunkissed #5447-11 {Limeade gingham}
1 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
1 - 2 1/2" x 10 3/4" square


Sunkissed #5443-23 {Orangesicle stripe}
1 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
1 - 2 1/2" x 10 3/4" square

 
Sunkissed #5441-26 {Ivory Orange swirl}
1 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
1 - 2 1/2" x 10 3/4" square


5" square of Pellon Wonder-Under Fusible Web


Assembly:
All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.

Layout your 8 1/2" square in the middle and your four 10 3/4" strips along the sides as shown. 

Starting with your top strip, match up one end right sides together and stitch along the top and stop about a 1/2" before you reach the other end.

Working clockwise, stitch your next strip on in the same manner, keeping the top end flush with your 8 1/2" square and press open. Go back to the previous piece and match your strips RST and finish stitching your top strip to the end.

Continue working clockwise until you have sewn all four sides down.  Press.

Cut your 5" square of fusible web into four 2 1/2" pieces.  Fuse the fusible web to the wrong side of your remaining four 2 1/2" Squares.  Please refer to your fusible web directions for application.  Once you have fused the fusible web onto the backs, carefully peel the paper backing off of your fabric squares.

Cut your square in half diagonally once, then from one of the large triangles, cut it again in half, creating two small triangles.  You should now have 4 large triangles and 8 small triangles in the four different fabrics.

Lay your triangles{geese} out as shown below... creating a basket of geese.  Iron in place.

You can either machine or hand applique your geese on.  I prefer to machine applique, so I used a tiny blanket stitch to sew around each of the triangles.

Block 8 is now done! 

On to Block #9... Monday, February 21 with the talented Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios.
 
Don't forget to share your blocks at the Bloggers' Block-a-palooza Flickr Group!

21 comments:

  1. OH MY goodness! Confess machine applique is not my strong suit, but anxious to get some practice in! A fun addition to block-a-palooza.

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  2. Oh sweet Cheezits! This block is thrilling and terrifying! Thrilling, because it is so stinkin' cute and I think it is going to add so much punch to the final product. Terrifying because it is asking me to do things I have never done before and other things that I have done with, uhhhhhh, let's say mixed results! Looks like a great tutorial, though, so I should be fine. Right????

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  3. Ooooh, applique, SCARY! Yet, I am glad you're getting me out of my comfort zone! I think this will be a pretty sweet block, once I get over my fears!

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  4. Yay! I love this block! I can't wait to try it. I've only done a couple of applique projects so far but it seems to be getting easier every time. Thanks for the great block!

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  5. LOL - sweet Cheezits!! me TOO!! But I just bought my machine two months ago so I could start applique...so here we go!!!

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  6. Definitely a challenge, but fun!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. Appliqued geese??!! Really??!! Well, I never!! But I will :-) Fun little block!

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  8. I LOVE THIS BLOCK! It's so awesome.

    Angela, YOU ROCK!

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  9. Lovely block. I was hoping we'd do a circle of geese... love the idea of making them into a basket. Don't mind applique, but I just might have to play with a pieced version of this, too.

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  10. I like what you've done, I wish I had your talent :)

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  11. Very pretty! I already made the background and laid out the geese. Did you need to trim your triangles down a bit more to get them to all fit? My 7 geese are crammed in there - yours have space to fly!

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  12. Celeste - no I did not have to trim any of them down. I did my borders first so I knew where to place my geese and put some of their points up close to the seam of the borders. Another thing that might help is to layout your basket pieces first... this might help with the layout of the flying geese.

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  13. I was wondering who's block that one was! I love it!

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  14. I think your block is my favorite!

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  15. Love this block! I love mixing piecing and applique.

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  16. Love the new (to me) trick to frame the block with strips. I'm still playing with my geese to get the basket just right.

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  17. Your creativity is appreciated. I can't wait to try this pattern

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  18. Now this is very different! Thanks for the spice of life :)

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  19. This is a version of a basket that I haven't seen. Cute! Great idea.

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