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FMQ Lesson #9 // Skill Builder BOM

This post is part of a series of posts for the Skill Builder BOM (Block of the Month). To learn more about the block of the month or to see a list of all posts click here. How are your applique blocks coming along? They may seem intimidating, but I promise you that you will love the finished result when you’re done. I encourage you to stop debating whether or not you will skip these blocks and just give them a try, yes I am talking to you ;).

Liberty Floral Block

For the Liberty Floral block I decided to do something really fun. To quilt your block in the same way…
  • Start in the center of the block and quilt a wavy line around the center circle. Vary the height of the waves based on the space. Finish and secure your thread.
  • Start from the inner tip of a petal, and quilt a wavy line between each petal, filling the space between completely. When you reach the end of the petal keep quilting the wavy line at the same width to the edge of the block.
  • Starting from the edge of the block fill the space between each wavy line with varying sized pebbles.
  • Bury threads and trim block down to 14.5”.

Modern Beauty Block

For the Modern Beauty block I wanted the quilting to be intricate. The quilting reminds me of a vintage tin ceiling tile, which I love. To quilt your block in the same way…
  • Quilt a wavy line from the tear drop petal to the center circle. Then travel stitch around the circle and quilt a wavy line from the circle to the tear drop petal, stop and secure your thread. Repeat for the other side of the circle.
  • In the section that has the straight lines, you will first stitch around the diamond shape, right along the edge of the applique. Then fill the space with straight lines about 1/4” apart. Do this for all four diamonds.
  • Echo quilt the entire Modern Beauty shape about a 1/2” away from the applique.
  • Echo quilt again about 1/2”  from your last line.
  • Start filling the 1/2” space you just created with swirls. Quilt into the center of a swirl and then travel stitch directly on your the line back out of the center. Continue making another swirl.
  • Echo quilt again about 1/2”  from your last line, but this time stop at each curve, creating more of a woven look. Repeat this one more time.
  • Fill the leftover background space with a very tiny stipple stitch.
  • Bury the threads and trim block down to 14.5”.

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