Wednesday, May 26, 2010


So far, so good on the road to quilt completion.

Print or trace the block diagram onto foundation paper, number, and cut out as in the photo.
Important! You have to mirror this diagram.
Foundation piece each section.
Trim the seam allowances to 1/2". The extra bit is important because sections tend to shrink a bit during applique.
Mark the seam lines (or at least the corners) onto the right side of your block sections. The easiest way to do this is before you remove the foundation paper. Use a window or light table and you should be able to see the markings through the fabric.
Print or trace the block diagram onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out the curved sections as below. Keep the sections you cut out. You will use them again later.
Iron the freezer paper shapes onto the right side of your background fabric and cut out along the curves, leaving a seam allowance for turning under.
Clip into the seam allowance along the curves every 1/4" or so.
Position the background fabric sections onto the pieced sections. The seam markings you made earlier will help you line them up.
Baste through all layers. Don't baste too close to the curves. You need to be able to turn under the seam allowances when you applique.

Applique along all the curved edges.

Iron the freezer paper sections you kept earlier back into position.
Trim the sections to size, 1/4" outside the freezer paper edges.
Remove the freezer paper, trim the excess fabric from the back of the block sections, and press.
Sew the block sections together. Check the alignment after each seam or your block could turn out very wonky.


  1. Wow! That's an awesome explanation! I've just recently started following your blog and am enjoying it so much. I plan to start on my own DJ in the coming months and your blog is so incredibly helpful. Thank you for sharing your journey. :o)