Scrappy Roses Tutorial
We've had lots of requests from people who couldn't make our workshop asking how to make these mesmerizing blocks. Because it's a kind of sew n trim quilt without any right or wrong it's very hard for me to put it into a pattern as such but here goes. Let me know how you get on with it.
First up get 2 pieces from the scrap box. Anywhere from 1.5" - 2".Make sure that they each have at least 1 straight edge to sew together. Sew them together along the long edge.
Choose which of the 2 fabrics you've just sewn will be your CENTRE and always press away from the centre, towards the outside edge.
Now cut it into pieces. It doesn't have to be a 90 degree angle. In fact, we want to stay as far away from that as we can. Each piece should be no less than 1" on the shortest side. Each piece you cut will be the beginning of a block. Depending on the length of strips you've used you may have enough to continue with 20 blocks or enough to to just a couple. Either way, it's fine. Personally I like to do a few at a time so that when I get up to iron, it's for more than just 1 piece. Even though the blocks are made using the same fabrics, the end result doesn't look like the same block repeated.
You want to continue adding fabrics around the centre so that it remains just that, a centre. Not dead set, but center-ish. so to do this, get your next strip from the box. Make sure it's about 1.5" wide with 1 neatly trimmed side to sew along. Place it right side up and then put your block right side down along the nicely cut side and sew.
Leave a small gap in between your blocks so you can cut them apart when you're done.
Cut them apart and iron away from the centre, or towards the strip you'e just sewn.
Once ironed, use your ruler to cut a straight edge for the next piece. Don't cut 90 degree cuts, this will create square blocks. We want to get a roundness to them...
Keep adding in this way. Just remember we are working with scraps! Don't be too stingy with your trimming, sometimes to get a good result you need to trim a fair bit. I find this particularly as I get to the outside layers. Keep in mind you will loose a 1/4" in seam so you don't want to go too too small though.
You are going to be aiming for a 6 sided shape to get the round look happening. Sometimes I would have 5 and have to cut another one back on or sometimes I'd end up with 7 and need to let one absorb back into the process (or you can just leave it there! - no rules, remember). You don't need a special ruler to do this, just keep the hexagon shape in mind and try to trim to that shape.
For a complete no-brainer, easy sewing day, or perhaps for those who just can't 'get their head around it' you may like to use the hexagon templates to help you achieve a 'base'. From the base you can add a layer to every second side, before pressing those 3 pieces all at once. We sell these template here and I love them for different projects.
OPTIONAL - you can trim your blocks using a hexagon template.
The back view showing each seam is pressed away from the centre towards the outside edge.
Sewing every second side will allow you to do 3 sides at once before getting up to iron and press. This was my trick to getting multiple blocks done quickly.
Trim the sides off as before, there's just 3 of them now.
Then go back and add to the sides you skipped.
First cut to straighten up the sides you will sew next.
OPTIONAL - depending on what size strips you've using.
My strips were a little too wide for my liking, so I trimmed them off. No parallel cuts, make them on all different angles so that you get really interesting blocks.
Continue adding in this way until you have a block that can be trimmed to 15.5" (or it could be any other size you want but this seemed to be the point at which things can go a little haywire and blocks can get a little wavy. I trimmed my 20" blocks back as they were a little wavy on the outside edge.
Soon you will go from this ^^^ to this...
We have sashed our rose blocks and will be getting it to the quilter soon. You could however quilt each block and join them as a quilt as you go.