I was at least halfway through making the blocks for the Garden Gone Wild top before I finally realized just how much fun I could have with these blocks as they’re not only all curved piecing, but almost all continuous stitching! I think it was because I began with a ribbon flower block that had pieced “blades” and those that weren’t pieced. That’s my excuse and I”m sticking with it. Once I identified this sewing sequence, I couldn’t get enough of making them!
The first step – make two sets of six of the centre shapes.
Step 2 is joining those two six-unit pieces – the hardest part of making the ribbon flowers as it can be challenging getting a perfect centre but using fine fabrics, like a batik, really helps.
Step 2, pressed and from the back.
Step 3 is when the real fun begins. Joining the next round of shapes is nothing but fun – as it’s not only curved piecing but also now nothing but continuous sewing!
Step 3, pressed and from the back.
Step 4 is yet more of the fun – curved piecing and continuous sewing all the way around.
Step 4, pressed and from the back.
Step 5 and it’s – no surprise – yet more of the curved and continuous piecing.
Step 5, pressed and from the back. Pressing after each step really made a difference as well. I made one of the flowers and left all the pressing to the end and it took longer to press that flower than pressing after each round.
And then the final step – adding the background pieces and finishing the flower.
From the back, after pressing.
And now, when I go back to making ribbon flowers for another garden quilt, which I know will happen sooner or later (and likely much, much sooner than later) I’ll have this to refer to as a reminder of the sewing sequence I found that made these so much fun!
The latest elevator lobby flowers.
“Building A Flower”
Jake was posing on the back of the loveseat on Tuesday.
While Baxter was lounging on the bed.