Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh look who came....Amanda with her Modern Blossom Block

Hi everyone,
I'm excited to be visiting here at Madame Samm's fantastic blog today!  She asked me to share a few block ideas with you and I am happy to oblige.  I can't wait to see what you make with them so send pictures!  Feel free to upload them to my flickr group.
I'll be sharing five blocks throughout these next weeks and they are all very different.  Let's start with one of my favorite motifs - FLOWERS!  I use flowers in all my fabric collections to date and many of my patterns in my pattern line.  (You can also find some of my patterns in pdf form on Craftsy.)

I'm calling this block Modern Blossom - she is big and showy.  She can be sewn with borders, for a 12-1/2'' block, or without, for a 10'' block.
Start with 2 10'' squares of fabric for the Blossom and Background.  Print out two copies of the Modern Blossom Template and tape the Blossoms motifs together along the dashed line.  Trace the motif onto paper-backed fusible web and cut out the center so your finished piece won't be stiff.  Fuse the Blossom shape onto one of the 10'' squares of fabric.  Cut out, remove paper, and fuse onto the remaining 10'' square.  (You can also just cut out the shape and use a glue stick or spray adhesive to temporarily attach it if you would prefer.)  Use a buttonhole stitch to secure the appliqué.  Don't worry about knotting the ends of the thread - they will be caught in the seams if you start sewing at the edge of the pieces.  Cut the excess Background fabric from behind the Blossom.

Now, using the same process, trace 4 petals onto fusible web.  Cut out the center and fuse onto the wrong side of the petal fabric.  Cut out, remove paper backing, and arrange on top of the block so that the points all meet in the center.  Fuse and appliqué to secure.

Trace the Blossom Center onto fusible web, fuse to Blossom Center, and secure in the same manner.  (Or use a  yo-yo - you know I can't get enough of them!)

If desired, cut out 2 (1-3/4'' x 10'') rectangles and sew them on the sides of the block.  Cut out 2 (1-3/4'' x 12-1/2'') rectangles and sew them onto the top and bottom of the block.

That's it.  You could make three blocks for a fun summer table runner or sew up a bunch for fun quilt.  It might look like this...
12 blocks without borders
This would be a good choice for a layer cake because you wouldn't need a bigger cut than a 10'' square.
Or add sashing for a different look....
12 blocks without borders... with sashing!
Or put a separate border on each block for more detail...
12 blocks with individual borders

Thanks to Madame Samm for having me.
Have fun and happy sewing everyone!


  1. I love this pattern love from Denmark

  2. Lovely, inspirationsl pattern. Thank you for sharing with us today.

  3. I really like this pattern...but then I like all of Amanda's inspiring patterns! LOL
    Thanks for sharing this today!

  4. Too cute! Love all the options! Thanks!

  5. Love the pattern!! Thanks SEW much!

  6. Thank you! I have a layer cake that I am not totally in love with. It would be perfect for me to use to try out a new skill. =)

  7. Daisies shout summer, this is very pretty block, thank you Amanda. You are one classy lady.

  8. thanks for the pattern! Very user friendly!! I'm thinking 30's with a yo-yo center! Have a great day!

  9. I like it. You've got my creative juices flowing. Thanks!

  10. Having problem printing template - if I choose "actual size" the left side of the template extends off the paper. Using "fit" to print makes it only 5-1/2 inches high. Tried saving to file and then printing, but same problems. Any suggestions? JudyC

  11. beautiful! so spring bloc love it

  12. Nice design! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. I just updated the template for those whose printers have wider margins - so if you had trouble try again! Thanks!

  14. Good day Amanda, ohhhh how I love daisies, almost as much sunflowers....this is delicate and with the greens it's very effective... Thank you for a new block...

  15. I love the block and all the options! So many quilts to make so little time LOL

  16. I love flower patterns--this one is really fun!

  17. Very fun and spring-like. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing your other blocks!

  18. Amanda, your flower block is very cute. Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. Oh, I love this!! How pretty it would be in soft spring colors. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

  20. Ooh...this is lovely!! thanks for sharing.

  21. Thank you - it is a wonderful block!

  22. Dear Amanda,
    Flowers rule. Just love your patterns especially circles one which has blossoms. Adore this one, I will have to buy a printer. (though machines & I are not compatible).
    Thank you

  23. I used this block to make a blanket for my granddaughter.
    I love how it turned out. it was the perfect addition.
    thank you. janita



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