PATTERN SHEET: MiniBlockQAL – BLOCK9
It’s the last one, my friends. The very last block in this QAL! 😭
For our final block, we’re flexing our English Paper Piecing skills and taking a dabble in making octagons! (Something I’ve never done before!) Our sweet little 1″ octagons are then hand sewn into a circle, or rosette (another thing I’ve never done before!) to complete the block. Easy!
I then amped the skill level up a notch by using a directional print fabric to create a fun geometric pattern within the rosette. Such fun!
As I mention in the video, if you’re unable to source pre-made 1″ octagons, I’ve included a template in the pattern sheet for you to trace around and use. A basic lightweight card stock will do the trick as a paper template.
Also, you don’t have to use a Fabric Glue Stick like I have to baste your octagon templates and to applique your rosette to your fabric. There are plenty of other ways to do it and you’re more than welcome to do it the way you best feel confident!
I think one of the great things about this block is that there is such a freedom in how you choose to construct and finish it. For example, when sewing the edges of the rosette to the background square, you can do it either by sewing machine (straight-stitch, zig-zag stitch or something fancy and fun) or by hand (a buttonhole or blanket stitch might be nice!).
Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy making this block (It’s so much different compared to all of the other blocks we’ve made!) and you become more confident in your EPP skills! 😊
So, the next video in the series will be the last tutorial…
I’ll be wrapping it all up by showing you how:
Piece in the sashing and borders
Sandwiching the top with a batting/pellon and a backing
Whizzing it through the machine with a few quilted lines here and there
Sewing on a simple binding
Attaching a rod pocket to the back
And then finally labelling the finished wallhanging
Phew! I definitely have my work cut out for me! It’s gonna be an intense tutorial to make! But I’m excited though!! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects!!
REMEMBER: Keep on sharing those blocks! (#AmandasMiniQAL / @3and3quarters)
Happy Sewing, Friends!