Fall into a QAL: Block 4 Sunflower

Welcome to Block 4 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

I hope you'll quilt along with us! Click here to learn more.

The fourth block in our quilt along was designed by Sandy @ SandyStar Designs and it’s a sunflower.

I love sunflowers! They are so happy and hopeful. I'm so glad we're going to have one in our quilt!

Here’s my version of the block.

This block uses flip corners to define the edges of the flower petals, and the roundness of the flower center. If you’ve never used flip corners before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

As before, I had some goals for this block. First, I wanted to make sure that the fabrics in this block would coordinate with the fabrics in my previous blocks.

Second, I wanted the background of this block to be light to medium in tone like my Block 2, since my Block 1 and Block 3 were so dark. Since Block 2's background has yellow in it, I wanted this block's background to also be sorta yellowish.

Block 2: Harvest Basket

I also decided that I wanted the petals to have variety, and to be in various shades of gold and yellow. For the center I knew exactly which fabric I wanted to use--a lovely batik with green, purple and orange in it, similar to the focal fabrics I used in Blocks 1 and 3.

Block 1: Hedgehog

Block 3: Bonfire

Here's Sandy's block from the pattern.

For my fabric pull I started by selecting that all important background fabric. As I chose petal fabrics, I tested to make sure there was enough contrast. I didn't want to do all that piecing and lose those nice pointy petals!

I already knew which fabric I wanted to use for the center of the sunflower, so as I chose petal fabrics I also tested to ensure they would go with with my center fabric.

As usual I laid the fabrics I was considering as they would be used in the block and made my final decisions.

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • Flip corners are easy if you keep a few things in mind. First, I know you want to jump right in and make the block, but take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and my sandboard to do that. A sandboard really helps to prevent the square from slipping so you can mark the diagonally correctly.
  • Instead of sewing right on the line you've drawn, sew just a bit to the right of it (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.
  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).

Because I used a variety of colors for my petals, I laid the pieces out as they would be used. After making the petal units and the corner units, I laid them out again so I could sew the block together with the various yellows where I wanted them.

  • I'm a big believer in trimming block units as I construct a block. With a block that has as many pieces as this one, I think trimming units to size as you go is even more important.
  • Finally, be sure to trim your block to size (12-1/2" square) after pressing it.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my four quilt blocks. I'm falling in love!

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Sandy's blog to download your free Sunflower block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Sunflower block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, July 9th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—Two printed patterns from Amanda Murphy Design: "Folk Garden" (a set of three mini quilts) and "Folk Art Flowers."

On Tuesday, July10th  be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along! You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The Final Grand prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th.

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