Then we will go back to a weekly post/newsletter. And I will have some time to work on some other burning projects. I am also toying with moving my normal blog posting date to Fridays. I will play with it for a couple of months and see how it goes.
There will be two alternate sports blocks -- one will be presented this Friday and the next will be on the following Friday. You can swap out any of the "sports" blocks you aren't in love with these alternate blocks.
Olive Branch Block
Seriously -- if you are not into applique, these blocks could be replaced by fabric pieces or even a quilting design.
The olive branch is usually a symbol of peace or victory. This symbol, deriving from the customs of ancient Greece, is strongest in Western culture. However, it has been found in every culture and religion to thrive in the Mediterranean basin.
Here is how I completed my blocks:
- Bias tubes for the stems.
- Fusible webbing for the leaves.
- Machine blanket stitch to secure the applique pieces.
There are a couple of products I used that you may find useful. I do not sell these products -- but am just a fan of them.
Dritz Quick Turn Tubes -- I used the skinny one to turn my bias seams. (If you wish to see how they work, I found this You Tube video that demonstrates).
Years ago, I had decided that Steam a Seam II was my fusible of choice. And then they stopped selling it -- which meant I was back to the drawing board. They reintroduced the product, but the reviews weren't good.
So, I did some online searching and decided to try Soft Fuse Premium. All I can say is WOW. I am completely sold on this product. Fusible adheres to the fabric and not to the paper. I can run it through my ink jet printer (so no need to trace the design). Patches are soft and flexible (more like hand applique) and and no gumming the needles of my machine.
Click here to purchase other block patterns in the series.
Drafting the Olive Branch Block in Electric Quilt
Import the above image for tracing in the Tracing Image tab.
Select the Pick tool to engage the Drawing board set-up
- Block Width/Height: 14.5 x 6
Set the Minimum Width and Boldness to 1 x 1.
Using your mouse, drag an arc from beginning to end of stem. Don't worry if it looks bad.
To move the entire shape, click and hold on the circle in the center of the shape. Move it to the new location.
Clone, rotate and move all the leaves into place.
Add to Sketchbook.