This skill-building project will not only perfect your piecing, but it can also zap your stash.
A great scrap-friendly project.
• 18 print fat eighths* • 11/4 yards green check* • 21/4 yards cream print* • Backing to size • Batting to size • Thread • Template material • Basic sewing tools and supplies *Evelyn’s Homestead fabric collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda used to make sample.
Separate the fat eighths into two groups of nine each. Each block uses one fabric from each group. Prepare templates for D and E/ER pieces using patterns given; cut as directed on each piece and referring to Figures 1 and 2.
From 1st group 9 fat eighths:
• Cut 1 (51/4" x 20") strip each fabric. Subcut each strip into 1 (51/4") B square and 1 (41/2") A square. Cut each B square on both diagonals to make 4 B triangles each fabric. From 2nd group 9 fat eighths: • Cut 1 (47/ 8" x 20") strip each fabric. Subcut each strip into 2 (47/ 8") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 4 C triangles each fabric. From green check: • Cut 4 (41/2" by fabric width) D strips. Fold each strip in half at narrow width with wrong sides together and cut 36 D pieces (1 cut equals 2 D pieces) using the prepared template and referring to Figure 1. • Cut 1 (21/2" by fabric width) strip.
Subcut strip into 16 (21/2") H squares. • Cut 6 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.
From cream print:
• Cut 3 (41/2" by fabric width) E strips. Fold each strip in half at narrow width with wrong sides together and cut 36 each E and ER pieces using the prepared template and referring to Figure 2 (1 cut equals 1 each E and ER piece). • Cut 2 (121/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 24 (21/2" x 121/2")
G strips and 2 (51/4") F squares. • Cut 1 (51/4" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strips into 7 (51/4") F squares. Cut all F squares on both diagonals to make 36 F triangles. • Cut 5 (41/2" by fabric width) I/J strips.
COMPLETING THE BLOCKS
1. Sew E and ER to D to complete a D-E unit as shown in Figure 3; press. Repeat to make a total of 36 D-E units.
2. To complete one Blooming Beauty block, select one matching A square and four B triangles, four matching C triangles, and four each F triangles and D-E units.
3. Sew F to B and add C to make a B-C-F unit as shown in Figure 4; press. Repeat to make a total of four matching B-C-F units.
4. Sew a B-C-F unit to opposite sides of A to complete the center row as shown in Figure 5; press.
5. Sew a D-E unit to opposite sides of a B-C-F unit to complete the top row as shown in Figure 6; press. Repeat to make the bottom row.
6. Join the rows to complete one Blooming Beauty block as shown in Figure 7; press.
7. Repeat steps 2–6 to complete a total of nine Blooming Beauty blocks.
Blooming Beauty 12" x 12" Finished Block Make 9