Monday, August 1, 2022

August's Block ~ Hummingbirds

Happy August everyone! The garden is thriving, and I've picked a few beautiful tomatoes. I'm thinking of making BLT salad for dinner. I've also picked my first zucchini of the season and I'm not sure what to do with it yet. Should I make bread, or zoodles with pasta sauce? Both will be very good! This month's block features a couple of tiny hummingbirds. I have been enjoying the occasional hummingbird visiting my flowers and feeders. I've also have seen them perched on my tomato cages when I water the garden. They are so much fun to watch! I made the hummingbirds in my block a bright green because the ones I see are mostly green in color. You can make your hummingbird green like mine or even blue or pink.

 So let me show you how I have made this month's block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....

Trace the applique shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web. I use Flexifuse. I then group the shapes using the same color with the fabric.

Go thru your fabric and pull the colors that you are going to use for the block.

Group the shapes with the fabric colors. Following the manufacturer directions, I then iron the fusible web onto the backside of my fabric. Then cut all the shapes out...

Following the pattern placement sheet, position all the applique shapes on the cream background rectangle. Notice how some of the shapes overlap. Iron everything in place.

I like to use an open toe foot for applique stitch. It's easier to see needle and stitch placement. I am using a brown thread to buttonhole stitch around the

~ Hummingbirds ~

Isn't it a fun design? I love it! This would be a cute design on a tea towel too! 

Each month will feature an applique design, I have a stash of basic colors that I use for applique, I bet you do too! You will also need a basic cream or white for the applique blocks. You will need 1 3/4 yards of a cream/white background fabric. It can be a tone on tone or neutral print. This cream fabric will also be used for the top and bottom boarders along with some pieced cornerstones. You can also get scrappy with your cream fabrics! The applique blocks will measure 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" (this includes the seam allowance).

It's an adorable quilt when it is done. The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! I will be ending this year's BOM with some giveaways. Make sure to stayed tuned for that!
I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I'm off to my sewing room to do some piecing. I'm working on a special project for a sweet little baby girl...

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine