Quilt Block: Easy Steps to Big Blocks

Oversized applique quilts make a big impact and you don’t need a giant sewing field to get the look. Create one quarter of the block and then duplicate it to fill a large 15″ canvas. Her’s how. In Perfect Embroidery Pro, draw a flower. Here’s a little secret, flowers look more realistic if they’re NOT perfect so don’t sweat drawing like Picasso.  Now, draw two leaves joined in the middle.  Copy and paste the leaves. Enlarge the copy.  Position the leaves under the flower as shown.Blk1BL

At this point, it’s a good idea to see what the flowers will look like in a block setting. Group the elements (select, right click and Group). Rotate the flower 90 degrees to the left. Click on the drop down arrow next to the Circle Template and select the Reflection template. Type 30mm in the Horizontal and Vertical distance fields.

Check the spacing between the flowers, paying close attention to the leaves.  I want to leave some room for quilting between the elements. Click Cancel.Bk2BL

Select the flower, right click and select Convert to Applique.Blk3BL

Repeat for the leaves.  For the stem, you want a combination of straight stitches and steil. The steil will be visible between the leaves and the runs will be under the leaf appliques.  Draw five lines (in a straight path): 1: from the flower to the top of the first leaf; 2: behind the first leaf; 3: from the bottom of the first leaf to the top of the second leaf; 4: behind the second leaf and 5: 1” length from the bottom of the second leaf. Select the run segments that are connecting the elements, right click and select Convert to Steil from the dropdown menu.  In the color sequence window, move the stem elements to color 1.Blk4BL

Draw a circle in the flower center and convert it to Applique. Use the Reflection Template again to view the finished block.Blk5BL

Consider what applique fabrics you’ll use. I’m planning on using small, busy prints (polka dots, plaids and geometrics) so I won’t add any stitch details to the flowers or leaves at this time. Of course, I’ll stitch a sample before creating the whole block and I might just my mind. That’s the beauty of Inspirations software you can always change your mind and improve your work!

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8 Comments on Quilt Block: Easy Steps to Big Blocks

  1. Linda Mundell
    March 19, 2016 at 9:31 am (4 years ago)

    I love everything you bring to us.

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  2. Dottie Kirkwood
    March 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm (4 years ago)

    What fun to do this idea. Look forward to each email and project. Thank you.

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    • eileenroche
      March 20, 2016 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

      I’m glad to hear that, Dottie. Thank you.

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  3. Karen Poole
    March 19, 2016 at 11:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I love appliqué in quilts and this is such a great idea to use embroidery stitches as opposed to having to manually stitch blanket or satin stitches!

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    • eileenroche
      March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

      Manually? As in ‘hand’? That’s a four letter word here at Designs! We strive to train our machines to do all manual labor! We’re working on getting them cook dinner next!

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  4. Marti Morgan
    March 20, 2016 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    Eileen, now that I have finally made the investment into PEP, I am excited to see these instruction tutes. I am determined to master this software and be creative with it! Thanks again.

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