Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Home Sweet Home Block - Under the Moreton Bay Fig

Kim Lapacek at Kims Crafty Apple blog is hosting a  quilt along with the theme - Home Sweet Home. I was very honoured to be invited to design a block for the QAL.
Block 7 - Under the Moreton Bay Fig
The requirement for the block was that it had to have a tree or a house or both. I chose both. Using the simple technique of foundation piecing (paper piecing ) and raw edge appliqué I created this block.




Materials
Hint - if you do not have the correct sized fabric, join strips of similar colours to make your own fabric.
Tree and Sky 
Assorted pieces of Green fabric, minimum dimensions 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Assorted pieces of Blue  fabric, minimum dimensions 4 1/2" x 10"
Grass
Green fabrics:
1 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
1 - 1 1/4" x 12 1/2"
1 - 2 1/4"  x 12 1/2"
Leaves
10" square piece of orange fabric
Tree trunk
7 1/2" square of brown fabric
Embellishments
A piece of fabric with characters and objects that can be cut out and placed within the block. I chose the house, deer and acorn from the Woodlands collection by Khristian A Howell.




Assembly
Step 1  - Print out the foundation template - Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4. Remember not to 'Fit to page' or scale when printing.
Step 2 - Cut out the individual foundation pieces. Use the measurements recommended on the foundations template to cut fabric pieces.
Step 3 - Foundation piece the top half of the block and remove the papers. The block will measure 8" x 12 1/2"
Hint: There are many tutorials in cyberland teaching the beginner how to Foundation Piece (or Paper Piece). Patchwork planet is a great starting point. 
Step 4 - sew together lengthways the three green grass strips. The block will measure 5" x 12  1/2"
Step 5 - Join the two halves together.




Step 6 - Trace the tree trunk template found here onto the back of fusible webbing. Cut out around trace line leaving 1/8" allowance
Step 7 - Press fusible webbing to back of fabric as per manufacturers instructions




Step 8 - Cut out tree on trace line. 
Step 9 - Fuse and cut out other objects to place around the tree and in the hollow of the tree.
Step 10 - Remove paper from backing of fusible web and layer the pieces to be appliquéd on the block. When you are happy with the placement, fuse shapes to block.
Hint - use appliqué glue to secure the tiny pointed edges of the tree trunk. 




Step 10 - Trace 12 leaves onto fusible webbing. Cut out leaving 1/8" around trace line.
Step 11 - Fuse leaves to back of orange fabric and cut out on trace line. Peel off backing paper.
Step 12 - Position leaves on tree and fuse according to manufactures directions.
Step 13 - Using matching threads and a smaller stitch, sew 1/8" inside appliqué shape to secure the piece.
Hint - You can also use thread to add veins to the leaves or texture to the tree trunk. Try embroidery floss or perle cottons to add texture.


FInished block size 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"


Thank for letting me share my block with you today. I hope you have enjoyed the QAL. Please visit the Flickr group to see what everyone has been making and visit the link below to view the previous blocks and tutorials.

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11 comments:

  1. I love the block, and that tree trunk is fabulous! I predict it will show up sometime in a crazy quilting block of mine. What a cute idea. Going to look at the rest of the blocks now.

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  2. really great tree block! love it, and have stuck it im my tree folder to be admired and maybe make it for a tree quilt when i get around to it.

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  3. Aw what a sweet block with a distinctive Queensland icon. Your tutorial makes it seem achievable.

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  4. What a fabulous block. I live in a small town in Western Australia and our main street is lined with Moreton Bays, same a 100 years old. The street is called "Moreton Terrece".Sadly the White Cuckatoos love the trees too. They roost in there and just distroy them.

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  5. This block is adorable, well done.

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  6. what a gorgeous block! I love the way the canopy spreads out and the little house is very sweet.

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