Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A New Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial : :

A New Leaf Block Tutorial

Over the holiday my friend Jan, Daisy Janie, asked if I would join in a fun Bee Block Blog Hop she was organizing to showcase her newest collection, New Leaf, a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton collection packed with brilliant color!

New Leaf Pretties

After a quick study of the fabrics I received, I decided my block would be based around this fussy cut flower, in her Rhapsody print.

Started with a Fussy Cut Flower

From there I started playing, continuing to cut and sew until I was happy with my block layout.

Pieced & trimmed

For this quick Quilt Block Tutorial, it's easiest and makes the most sense for me to point out what cuts of what pieces went where, with more of a Pictorial approach! The finished block will measure a 12.5" square, using a 1/4" seam allowance, pressing all the seams open as you go along!

Assembling Your Fussy Cut Block : :

First, cut out your 5" fussy cut square for the center.

- -  Start with the Corner Pieces, you'll be making four of these : :

Corner Piece Assembly Direction

- -  Next, the Middle Pieces, making four again : : 

Middle piece directions

- - Assemble your block just as I did below, sewing the three pieces together at the top of the block, the three pieces that make up the center, and the three at the bottom, as well. Next, sew those together in the correct order : :

Block Assembly Directions

And, now you have a pretty fussy cut, New Leaf Quilt Block!

New Leaf Fussy Cut Bee Block

Jan did request that we could make our blocks using "turning over a new leaf" as inspiration, and that I did! This is my very first quilt block tutorial after all! This was a wonderful challenge for me to be a part of, since when it comes to my sewing, I am most insecure when it comes to quilt work. Thank you so much for inviting me, Jan!

This quilt block design was also inspired by some of the stained glass in our new home. Quilt blocks always look so pretty in the window light!

New Leaf Inspired

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Please do check out the other stops along the blog hop!

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New Leaf Bee Block Blog Hop Schedule : :

  Mon, 1/14 - Becky Moyer, My Fabric Obsession
  Tues, 1/15 - Lynn Harris, The Little Red Hen
  Wed, 1/16 - Candy Glendening, Candied Fabrics
  Thurs, 1/17 - Holly DeGroot, Bijou Lovely
  Fri, 1/18 - Melanie Thornton, Melanie Dramatic

  Mon, 1/21 - Emily Cier, Carolina Patchworks
  Tues, 1/22 - Rachael Gander, Imagine Gnats
  Wed, 1/23 - Maureen Cracknell, Maureen Cracknell Handmade
  Thurs, 1/24 - Leanne, She Can Quilt
  Fri, 1/25 - Cindy Wiens, Live a Colorful Life
 
  Mon 1/28 - Cheryl Arkison, Dining Room Empire
  Tues, 1/29 - Jacquie Gering, Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  Wed, 1/30 - Shanna Bailey, Fiber of All Sorts
  Thurs, 1/31 - Katy Jones, Monkey Do

Oh, and if you're participating in the Fat Quarter Word Scramble, my secret letter is A!   Maureen 

58 comments:

  1. Beautiful block! I will definitely try this!

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    1. Thank you Roberta!! I have to say -- Any block would have turned out pretty with these fabrics! :)

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  2. This is gorgeous! The fabrics are really pretty!

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  3. Love the fabric! I think I will try this block next. Maureen, do you was your fabric for quilts before sewing? I've been doing this but I've read from other sites that some people don't pre wash.

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    1. Hi Heather! I do not actually. I only have done that for orders, garment sewing, and when I made pillowcases for a charity drive recently and I combined organics, flannels, and regular quilting cotton. If I am concerned about possible shrinking or when I ordered fabrics online that came with a chemically odor, I will, but I have never had a problem! :)

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    2. Ok, thanks Maureen! It's such a chore washing all the fabric! lol I just get worried that things will shrink. Ill have to try no pre washing with my next project. Something small in case with my luck it shrinks! lol

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  4. Wow, what a fun way to do a block, it' lovely in these fabrics!

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  5. great block, will have to give it ago. thanx Maureen.

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  6. I'm in love with the New Leaf fabric and your block design shows it off so nicely. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Very lovely block and what an awesome inspiration---your gorgeous stained glass window! Nicely done. So happy that I found your blog through this project! I will continue to follow for more ideas in the future!

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  9. I really love this new block. And those fabrics are so phenominal...Those colors are bursting with life. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Tammy! Yes, they certainly are! Honestly, I think anything made with these would be beautiful!!

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  10. That is a really beautiful block, love the fabrics you used.

    Debbie

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  11. Great choice! This block really shows off the lovely fabrics.

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  12. This is beautiful!!!
    and the fabrics are stunning!!!!
    Dany

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  13. I really love your block! Well done, Maureen! And I just ordered a little bundle of felt!

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  14. I am interested in the "fussy cut" idea! Love the Lotta Jansdotter!

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  15. That is a really beautiful block,

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  16. Outstanding colours and a different block that has a real modern vibe. Love this one.
    Thanks for the great layout tutorial.
    Cheers,from Oshawa, Ontario.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! This is my very first quilt block tutorial and it thrills me that you like it! I may just have to do this more often... :)

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  17. Beautiful block, Maureen!! Those fabrics are absolutely gorgeous… I might not have noticed them individually but together, they have quite an impact!

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  18. Gorgeous block which really shows off the fabric line by Jan . I love her work and recently discovered her blog ,quite by accident ! Well done on your very clever tutorial . Love the Glimma fabrics and can't wait to see more of Rashida's new line . This week I'm going to attempt my first Skoenrock Cross with the sew along at Where the Orchids Grow .

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    1. Spelling error ! It's Schoenrock !

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  19. Fantastic block and I love the fabric!

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  20. My favorite block so far, and I love the bright brights of this line, that's the sorta thing I'd love a whole quilt out of!

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  21. Its very pretty.. this would be a great block for Do Good Stitches, that I am the Quilter I think in March.. I could designate the center block and let the stitches chose the fabric for the surrounding fabric.. I do love these colors for a girl...

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  22. So pretty with the fussy cut centre

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  23. Beautiful block and great tutorial. I'll be making this block in the future that's for sure.

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    1. Please be sure to let me know if you do! I'd love to see it!! :)

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  24. Nice looking block! I love these fabrics, can't wait to see them sitting in my stash!

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  25. Beautiful block! Love the colors of this collection! Thank you for the tutorial!!

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  26. That is so beautiful and you have made it look easy! Thank you

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    1. Well, that is a wonderful compliment! Thank YOU!!

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  27. Love this quilt block! It's so colorful and happy, great work!! =D

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  28. it's beautiful, Maureen!! and i love it when you get quilty :)

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  29. Your block is beautiful! I love the way the corner blocks are not made of just ordinary squares!

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    1. Thank you Joyce! I hope to get a chance soon to make several and put them together. I'm really curious to see how a group of them will look!

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  30. I love your new leaf block, the colors are so pretty. The new fabric line has such great colors.
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  31. The fabric is so gorgeous and your block shows them off perfectly! I think it's awesome that your new home inspires you.

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  34. Very pretty block. Great placement of fabric. You've got a good eye.

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  35. Such a pretty block and love how you put the fabric together! Thanks for the tutorial too!

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  36. Beautiful block thanks for the tutorial!

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  37. That's a lovely block, thank you. It really looks stunning against the window, like stained glass.

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  38. Where did you get your owl cutters at?

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    1. Hi!

      They are from the Workroom here -- http://shop.theworkroom.ca/product/kelmscott-designs-owl-scissors

      And, I love them!!!

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  39. Too cute and so easy tto piece together. Thanks for the very detailed cutting photos. I am going to try it with some African prints I have in my stash and will post some photos.

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  42. Let's be honest here: Why are you even commenting on the ifs and buts and whys, WITHOUT even mentioning Leaf Quilt Block in your responses, which are the FACTUAL catalyst to impending negative/detrimental consequential outcomes. Interesting to note that Maureen goes into these rants deliberately to stir controversy and generate lots of posts to show his employer he is worthy of retaining. Grow up!!

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  43. The colours you chose for this projects are really beautiful.

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