Monday, July 13, 2015

Boonie Blooms Part 2- Making the stems unit

 Let's just jump right in and get started.  This tutorial will focus on the stem portion of the Boonie Blooms quilt block.
   The complete quilt top instructions can be found in the free printable pattern here.


To complete this unit you will need the following.  For this quilt I used a Moda 30's Playtime By Chloe's Closet Charm Pack. 
(9) green 5" charms
(50) 2.5" x 5" yellow background
(3) 5" fusible webbing(heat n bond lite)
(1) 2.5" x 5" fusible webbing(heat n bond lite)

The charm pack has 9 green charms.  5 charms of like print will be used for the stems and the remaining 4 are used for the leaves.  From the 5 like charms cut each into (5) 1" x  5" 


Stitch a 2.5" x 5" yellow background to both sides of all the green stem pieces.


Press seams open


The template sheet shown here is not the same as the one you'll print.  I modified it after the pictures.  To make the leaves you'll need the remaining 4 green charms and the fusible webbing.


Trace the leaves templates to the non shiny side of your fusible webbing.  You'll need (3) of the 5" and (1) of the 2.5" x 5".


This step is personal preference.  I window my fusible applique by cutting out the centers of the templates.  You can skip this step if you don't mind a little extra stiffness to your quilt.  


Place the fusible webbing on the wrong side(back) of the 5" charm.


Press using the heat settings suggested in the instructions of the fusible webbing. 


Cut out the leaves and remove the paper backing.  You will need to let these cool off before removing the paper.


 I'm going to show you 2 different ways to position your appliqued leaves.
 The first is to use the template provided.  Place your stems unit on top of the template.  You may need a light box or window to see through your fabric.  
If you look closely you can see I the leaf outline through my fabric.


Position your leaves to match the markings on the template.


Press to adhere the templates to the fabric.  


The second method for leaf placement on the stems unit.  Is to simply fold the unit in half, press,  and line up the points on the leaves to the pressed line.


Now all that's left is to stitch down your applique with the stitch and thread of your choice.  


I used Superior Threads Mono Poly and a tiny blanket stitch.


The tutorial for the flower unit(top) will be in a few days.


~ Lea Anne ~


Linking up with Judy over at Patchworktimes for Design Wall Monday.
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2 comments:

  1. Lea Anne - I love your use of the bias for your stems and also with the gingham. Actually, I love just about everything you make and I also enjoy your posts and pictures about the garden. You really accomplish an amazing amount of work, both sewing and maintaining all the rest. Thanks for your insight and perspective. (Kathy in Florida)

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  2. I am liking, pressing open the seams, didn't get to sew today, to much company

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