ROW ONE YOU WILL NEED
Use your new FPP skills to piece some tweeting bird blocks
■ Heart fabric and bird bodies: twelve (12) 6½in squares
■ Bird wings: six (6) 2½in x 4in scraps
■ Beak fabric: six (6) 2in squares
■ Background fabric: ½yd
■ Embroidery thread (black)
■ Six (6) copies of the Heart Block
■ Two (2) copies each of the Left Bird Block Sections A and B FPP template
■ Two (2) copies each of the Right Bird Block Sections A and B FPP template
■ Two (2) copies each of the Standing Bird Block Sections A and B FPP template
■ Block: 6in square
■ Row: 6in x 72in
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
■ FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ WST = wrong sides together.
■ Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only. For templates, see p83.
■ Print fabrics are from collections by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics.
■ Background fabric is Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
PIECING THE HEART BLOCKS
Repeat steps 1–8 on p94–95 using the Heart Block FPP templates to piece six Heart blocks, trimming each one to 6½in square.
PIECING THE LEFT & RIGHT BIRD BLOCKS
Repeat steps 1–7 on p94–95 to piece one each of the Right Bird Block Sections A and B FPP templates. Leave the edges of the templates untrimmed (Fig A).
Pin the pieced Sections A and B together along diagonal edges, carefully matching up points along the bird body and edges of the block (Fig B). Susi also recommends basting them in place to make sure that your seam is correctly aligned.
Return your stitch length to its normal length for piecing. Sew the pinned Sections A and B together, then trim the seam allowance to 1/8in.
Open out the block and press, then trim around the outer dashed line of the paper templates – the block should now measure 6 in square. 6
Remove the templates to complete one Right Bird block (Fig C).
Embroider the eye of the bird. Add any other embroidered details as desired – Susi added musical notes (Fig D).
Repeat steps 2–7 to piece a total of two Right and two Left Bird blocks.
PIECING THE STANDING BIRD BLOCKS
Repeat steps 2–6 to piece the Standing Bird FPP templates, joining the bottom of Template A to the top of Template B. Repeat to make a total of two Standing Bird blocks.
PIECING THE ROW
Take the Heart, Bird and Standing Bird blocks and arrange them into a row, alternating them as shown (Fig 1). Join the blocks together to complete Row 1, pressing seams open.
Make each bird block different with fun embroidered details