#1 Perennial Block
Designed by Bev McCullough
Of Flamingo Toes
The Perennial quilt block was a super fun and relatively easy quilt block to put together. I made the 9” finished size quilt block made in red and white fabrics by Bonnie and Camille. I decided to go for a scrappy red quilt look using my fabric stash of reds and whites.
I typically use a design board to transport my cut fabric pieces around the room to different stations, which helps eliminate the chance of losing the smaller fabric pieces. My design boards are on standby, and as I cut my fabrics, I place them in order on the design board or use alphabitties to stay organized. The board also helps to keep all the pieces on the design board in order, which helps to keep sewing mistakes at a minimum. The board is specifically beneficial when working with directional fabrics, as with these fabrics used in block #1. I made the design boards I use following Lori Holt’s tutorial on YouTube. When sewing diagonal lines for the snowball corners, I use either the Cluck-Cluck Sew diagonal seam tape or my favorite heat-erase pen by Frixion. At my sewing machine, I keep a smaller, easy-to-handle ruler that measures 1.5” x 6.5” Creative Grids ruler. This size ruler is helpful in small places and allows me to draw my lines on my sewing machine table. I chain-piece all the snowball corners on one side at once, then cut the ears off using scissors at my station. I then finger-press the seams; then chain sew the batch on the other side. I then cut the ears with an approximant ¼” seam allowance and place the squares on the design board in the order from the quilt block pattern. After I sew the rest of the quilt pieces by following the quilt pattern, I place them all on the design board in order and double-check that they are in the correct order before I start to sew the blocks and sections together to complete the quilt block.
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Alphabitties by It’s Sew Emma https://amzn.to/3TVrmXo