It’s time for the next step of our Blackbirds & Blossoms Oh-La-La Quilt-Along! I’m hoping you’ve had lots of fun working on the center wreath over the past few weeks.
When Jennifer handed off her beautiful center block to Darra and me for the second round of our Quilt-Along, we decided to create whimsical vines on our 4 side panels. Darra had a sketch that we both agreed would be the stepping off point for the 4 panels. The first 2 side panels, Panels 1(A) and 1(B), are minimal in design, while the panels we will cover next month, Panels 2(A) and 2(B), are more layered and bursting with blossoms. The design process is outlined below. Links you will need: use the Patterns tab for instructions on the side panels, leaf and circle template and panel 1(A) and 1(B) appliqué sheets as reference for the shape of your vines. Also, refer to the split leaf tutorial for a decorative leaf.
Let’s start with the minimal designs first, Side Panels 1(A) and 1(B).
I urge you to play with your fabrics and shapes to create your own original design that plays well with the fabrics you have chosen and your completed center wreath block.
To keep a flowing curve, I decided to cut my vines directly in the shape you see, not using the bias strip method. Feel free to use the method that works best for you.
Okay! You are halfway there! I will show you tips on Side Panel 2(A) and (B) next month. Be sure to share photos with us on our SHWS Facebook page and I will pin them to our Quilt-Along Pinterest Board!
And the winner is…
Congratulations to Mary Helen of Oregon for winning Annie’s Pouch Pattern in Laura’s post last week!
Have a great week!