Our Lap Quilt group was invited to a special zoom session with Jenny’s Sewing Studio to create some special applique blocks for the 2020 Lap Quilting projects they are working on. Demonstrated were the Fan, Dresden Plate and the Grandmother Flower Garden. I have included pictures of the assembly and written instructions on how the blocks were pieced. The templates are all in the Lap Quilting book by Georgia Bonesteel.
Next Thursday June 18th at 2:00 I invite all the Lap Quilting members who would like to “Catch Up” To attend a session at 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Please let me know in advance that you are coming to the make up class so I make space and disinfect as needed. Let me know which block you wish help with. Bring the pieces precut and ready to assemble in the session. If you need a machine I can try to provide you with one. Fee is $5.00
On Thursday June 25th I will hold a session on Machine Quilting the block. I will send instructions for class to anyone who registers with me for the quilting class in advance. Fee is 5.00 Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fan, Dresden Plate and Grandmother’s Flower Garden Lap Quilt Blocks!
I hope you enjoy these fun and easy applique quilt blocks. I groups these blocks because they all require some piecing and applique. You can make any of these blocks a signature block using decorative stitches, trims, lace and embroidery. I also used a 12 ½ “square fabric block as a background behind each applique. The 12 ½” background was stabilized with an iron-on “Totally Stable” tear away stabilizer so the decorative stitches would not pucker the fabric. Once the block is completed the stabilizer can be ripped from the back of the work.
Start by stabilizing all 3 – 12 ½” backgrounds with the totally stabilizer.
Trace your templates from the lap quilt book for the Fan, Dresden Plate, and Grandmother Flower Garden. Trace an additional template for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden that does not include the ¼”seam allowance if you want to do the interfacing method of the flower.
Trace and cut your fabrics.
Fan: Cut 8 total blades (2 of 4 colors) Cut the wedge, Cut the background, and assemble any trims you wish to use. Layout the fan blade as they will look when finished. Pick up 2 blades that are next to each other, right sides together, and piece 2 sets. Stitch the other set. Stitch the 2 sets together. Piece the wedge to the fan. Face the fan edge with rick rack or lace or piping. Stitch the finished fan to the background 12 ½” square.
Dresden Plate: Cut 4 blades of each color, Cut a larger square of fusible sheer weight Pellon and draw the circle center on the fuse side using the circle template. Layout the Dresden Plate blades as they will look when finished. Pick up 2 blades that are next to each other, right sides together, and piece 4 sets. Stitch the other 3 sets. Stitch the 4 sets together to form the circle. Sew the circle using the Pellon fusible interfacing right sides together with the center fabric. Trim and turn. Face the Dresden Plate edge with rick rack or lace or piping. Stitch the finished Dresden Plate to the background 12 ½” square.
Grandmother Flower Garden: Trace the hexagonal shape using the template from the lap quilt book to three different fabrics and cut them out to piece. Make sure you mark the corners on the wrong side of the fabric hexagonal. Start piecing the hexagons together one side at a time. To finish use a fusible Pellon interfacing to face and turn the finished flower. Fuse the flower on the background and applique in place.
If you are using the Pellon fusible hexagonal method trace the template with no seam allowances on the fusible side of the interfacing. Pin each drawn template interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric you are using for the center, flower and leaves. Stitch around the hexagon on the traced line. Cut an X in the wrong side of the interfacing and turn each hexagon. Place on the background and fuse in place when the flower is formed. Use a feather stitch to applique the flower in place.