It’s Week 3 of the Dandy Drive Sew Along- how are you doing? Remember you can get the free patterns here. And we have
Now it’s time to make our stems and leaves! Doesn’t that black background look great? (It is Moda Essential Dots.) Here’s the stem and leaf block:
And here’s what it looks like when you sew it to the flower:
A few tips for making this block:
–You can try using a 1/4″ seam marker to make all of those HST’s (half square triangle units.) This is my favorite– I use it whenever I’m making HST’s!
–I like to make my HST’s a little large, then trim them down. If you’d like to do that for this pattern, then cut your green and background squares (G and F) 3 5/8″ instead of 3 3/8″, then trim the finished HST’s to 3″.
–Once again, as I mentioned back in Week 1, I pressed my seam allowances open- that’s my personal preference. I think it makes the block lay flatter, plus I don’t have to try to remember which way to press them for each row.
–To help eliminate confusion when sewing all those squares together, I like to arrange the squares and then mark the row number on the seam allowance.
The giveaway!! Please go to Pat’s blog here to enter the giveaway!!! This week’s prize is a Sunday Drive Batiks bundle!
I hope you are joining us for this quilt along!
Here is the schedule:
- Week 1- April 7, 2017 (9 patch)
- Week 2- April 14, 2017 (flower)
- Week 3- April 21, 2017 (stem and leaf)
- Week 4- April 28, 2017 (butterfly)
- Week 5- May 5, 2017 (assemble)
- Week 6- May 12, 2017 (Giveaway!!!)