November 01, 2022 2 Comments
A new month means new blocks from the Quilt Block Mania designers! November is all about camping, which is near and dear to my heart. From the time they could walk, all three of my kiddos have spent their summers camping with my in-laws. Their camping days are filled with quad rides, hiking, building forts, mending fences, and climbing trees. They spend the nights roasting marshmallows, playing card games, and enjoying the night sky (SO many stars!).
Each summer, my in-laws escape the heat and set up camp near Greens Peak in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona. The weather is just about perfect with warm days and cool nights (a huge relief compared to where we live). The forests are dense with trees then open up to immense, lush meadows. My fond memories of walking through these meadows with my kids was the inspiration for my block: Blooming Meadow.
The Blooming Meadow Quilt Block is a perfect block for skill building and fine tuning your piecing skills. The block is filled with classic 9-patch flower blocks in two different sizes. I used fabric colors that reminded me of the meadows near Greens Peak, and they would be lovely in any of your favorite colors. I put together a tutorial on nesting & spinning seams as a BONUS - yay! Scroll down and level up your piecing skills!
To make my Blooming Meadow quilt block, I used Teal V & Co. Ombre fabric for the background. The flowers are made from PURE Solids by Art Gallery Fabrics in Purple Pansy, Sweet Pink, Purple Wine, Very Berry, Wisteria, and Canary. The pattern allows for a lot of variety so you can make one that looks like your favorite meadow or garden.
The Blooming Meadow Quilt Block, along with the other QBM blocks, measure 12.5"x12.5", unfinished. Each block is FREE during the month of November, so you can combine blocks to put together your own camping-themed quilt or pick and choose your favorites. (scroll down for the list of designers and links to their patterns). After November, my pattern will be available to purchase as a download in my shop for $6.
BONUS Tutorial: Nesting & Spinning Seams
Want to learn more? Take a look at my video tutorial on YouTube
This is my go-to technique anytime I piece a quilt block (or a whole quilt) because it reduces bulk at seam intersections and it makes the whole quilt much stronger. Quilting over the seams is a breeze when there's less bulk, too.
1. After sewing the individual rows of squares together for the flower block, glue baste two together with a fine line of glue (you don't need much). Glue basting is magic!! I'm using our MicroFine Glue Tips and Elmer's Washable School Glue as my basting glue. Align the rows, right sides together, making sure to nest the seams.
Note: the seams of the rows of squares should be pressed in alternating directions.
2. Heat set the glue with a hot, dry iron (the glue won't be gummy at all!). Then sew the rows together (I'm using a scant 1/4" seam allowance). Yep, sew right through the intersections - no stopping!
3. Set the seam with your iron (this prevents ripples along the seam line). Then open up the intersection on the back. Release any glue and/or any stitches to allow the seam allowance to open at the intersection.
4. Use your iron to flatten the intersection. Then press the seams in alternating directions, making the seams "spin" like a windmill. I recommend pressing from the front to help catch any folds along the seam line.
5. Repeat each step to join the third row of the flower block. Sew the row, open the seam intersection, press it flat, then finish pressing the block from the front. Use a light spray of starch as needed to coax the block into laying flat.
6. Look at those intersections!! The back is almost as pretty at the front of the block. Give this a try and let me know how it works for you. If you already love this technique, leave a comment to let others know how amazing it is.
Be sure to join the Quilt Block Mania Facebook Group for inspiration and to share your own blocks.
Bug Jar Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Tent for Two by QuiltFabrication
Forest Tree by Scrapdash
Canoe Lady by Sugar Sand Quilt Co.
Campfire Nights Block by Belle of Seams Sew Me
Gone Fishing by Paleofish Designs
Canoe Lake by Patti's Patchwork
Vintage Camper by Inquiring Quilter
Sleeping Bags by Appliques Quilts and More
Camp Sign at Patchwork Breeze
Blooming Meadow Quilt Block
S'mores by Quiltblox
Marshmallows by Inflorescence
Billy Tea by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Compass by Blue Bear Quilts
Scout Badge by BoBerry Design Co.
Looking for honey by Martha Jane Creations
Night Camper by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
*My own designs for Quilt Block Mania will be free during the month that they were designed for. When the next month's pattern is released, the previous one will be available to purchase in my shop.