• November Block of the Month

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    When I started the October block, I was so excited about using the striped fabric for the petals.  It was soooo creative!  Ha! Ended up making myself extra work!  However, I did finish it several days ago and have gotten a head start on the November block.10.octblkfinInstead of just appliquéing one petal at a time, I had to stop and change thread color!  Good thing that I have both the DMC Embroidery Thread and the Superior Masterpiece Frosted Bobbin collections.threadWith Autumn here, and all the leaves falling I couldn’t resist using that theme for the block, so it isn’t a flower.  No acorns in the picture, because they drop before the leaves change color.

    Our Black Oaks are one of the few native trees here on our mountain that change colors, so we do have a little taste of fall color.  This year was not as colorful as past seasons, maybe it had something to do with the drought.novblog8copyThe November Block has a little different approach to appliquéing the leaf, so look over the steps below, so you can see what it entails.

    The August Block had a two toned leaf, made with strips.  This month the two toned leaf is appliquéd because the vein area is curved.  Those of you who know how to do curved machine piecing on the machine, be my guest, for me hand appliqué is easier and quicker.

    The steps below show how to do it, using freezer paper, some of the steps apply if you use the needle under appliqué technique.  If you machine appliqué, then the steps are different.  The written instructions are included on the pdf.novblog1Cut out the Fabric Cutting Template–FTC, which is the the shape along the dotted line around the leaf.  I suggest you mark them A and B, you can see even I got mixed up.  Then cut it apart along the vein line.  Make a leaf template, but do not cut it apart, set aside for the last step.novblog2Press the FTC to the two fabrics.novblog3Trim the fabrics around the A and B shapes, but cut a 1/4″ seam allowance along the A vein and about 3/4″ along the B vein.novblog4Press the seam allowance of the A fabric over the edge of the paper.

    Turn the pieces over to the right side and make a mark on the front at the edge of the paper on the B fabric.  This will help you align the A fabric.  Remove the paper from both pieces.novblog5copyNote the arrows at the top and bottom of the orange (B) fabric.  The mark at the top isn’t too visible, but the bottom one is.  Align the corners of the A fabric with those marks and baste through the excess seam allowance.  The point is to not place the A fabric too far over the B fabric.novblog6Appliqué the A fabric to the B fabric and trim the excess B seam allowance.novblog7Align the leaf template with the appliquéd vein.  Place the point of the leaf, just where you started the appliqué, you don’t want to cut your threads! At the stem end, it won’t matter if they get cut.  Proceed with shaping the outer edges with the starch and press techniques.

    When you have a stash of fabric, there is a good chance you have the perfect fabric for exactly the right motif.  The fabric was just waiting for me to put it to use for acorn caps, it has been in that bin for about 10 years!novblog9Here are the links to the instructions for making the base block and the block design itself.  If you missed any blocks, click on that month, and the link will take you to the Craftsy page.  Remember the blocks are free for two months and then go to Craftsy for a small fee.

    Base Block

    January Block of the Month at Craftsy

    February Block of the Month at Craftsy

    March Block of the Month at Craftsy

    April Block of the Month at Craftsy

    May Block of the Month at Craftsy

    June Block of the Month at Craftsy

    July Block of the Month at Craftsy

    August Block of the Month at Craftsy

    September Block of the Month at Craftsy

    October Block of the Month

    November Block of the Month