Babs has again substituted autumn colours for her block, so please refer to the magazine for the original spring/summer colour scheme.

You will find detailed instructions for fusible appliqué in current issue of magazine.

Preparation

Assemble Equipment
1. First assemble items required to make this block: Fusible web such as Bondaweb, rulers, scissors, bradall (for marking holes in templates). Cut and lay out pieces as described in magazine. Set aside.
Mark templates
2. Make holes in templates to mark seam lines, using bradall or suchlike instrument. Mark 1/4in seams plus matching seam lines on curved patches. Trace vase decoration, leaves and circles onto paper side of fusible web. Cut ONE strip roughly from fusible web for stem. Set aside.

Piecing vase

Half square triangles
1. Construct half-square triangles by stitching two squares together and sewing 1/4in seam each side of centre line, as described in magazine.
Half square triangles
2. Half square triangles.
Cut along lines
3. Cut along centre line.
Press seams
4. Press seams towards dark fabric.
Layout units
5. Lay patches out for vase as shown.
Stitch Pairs
6. Stitch patches together in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions, as shown.
Stitch Pairs together
7. Stitch pairs together to form a four square unit. Press centre seam open.

Piecing curved flower heads

Mark seams
1. Important to mark all seams, especially concave (inward) and convex (outward) curves, as shown.
Pin concave
2. Pin concave shape onto convex shape at centre marking, RS facing.
Pin seam
3. Keeping edges of the two shapes together, inset pins at right angles (for easy removal) along the marked seam.
Pin seam
4. Pinning the seam.
Start seam
5. Starting 1/4in from beginning of seam, stitch back to starting point.
Stitch Seam
6. Turn. Continue stitching s l o w l y along marked seam to the end.
Keep even
7. Keep top edges even and gradually remove pins as you sew.
Completed Seam
8. Completed seam with even edges.
Press seam
9. Press seam gently towards concave shape. Make two more curved patches.
Arrange Units
10. Arrange/rearrange curved patches into three sets of four.
Unit pairs
11. Stitch patches together in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions.
Form marigold
12.Stitch pairs together to make a marigold, matching seams at intersections.
Press seams
13. Press centre seams open.
Join units
14. Stitch pieced units together, as shown. A bit of spray starch required here. Gently press seams open.
Nearly complete
15. Turn to RS and press. Block almost complete apart from appliqué. Centres have been attached to flowerheads, using fusible web.
Cut stems
16. Cut prepared fused stem into three pieces – one long and two short stems. Lay main stem in place and cut to size, as shown. Remove backing paper.
Short stems
17. Place remaining short stems in place and neaten ends. Remove backing paper.
Tuck in ends
18. Tuck leaf ends under main stem. Remove backing paper.
Press firmly
19. Press firmly in place with hottish dry iron.
Add vase
20. Press vase decoration in place after removing backing paper.
Front of block
21. Front of pieced block.
Reverse
22. Reverse of pieced block showing seams.

Embellishing the block. A chance for some creativity!

Stabilise
1. Pin a square of stabiliser such as ‘stitch and tear’ at corners of block on WS, if planning to use machine embroidery.
Embroider
2. Using machine (or hand) embroidery thread and tiny blanket stitch or zig zag, sew around the shapes in following order. i)Leaves ii) Stems iii)Vase ornament. Outline top and curved edge of vase with similar stitch.
Flower heads
3. Stitch around flower heads by hand or machine with large blanket stitch or other decorative stitch to cover uneven edges. Draw bobbin head to surface before starting to sew.
Top stitching
4. I used 2 threads on top spools (with topstitch needle) to give added emphasis to the flowers.
Tie ends
5. Draw threads to back of work and tie.
Radial lines
6. Using contrasting thread, sew lines radiating from the flower centre, using satin or other decorative stitch.
Centre circle
7. Stitch around centre circle using wide satin or other decorative stitch.
Free machine embroidery
8. Free machine embroidery on original pink marigold – with variegated thread.
Remove stabiliser
9. Removing stabiliser from WS of block.
Completed block
10. Completed Autumn Marigold Block.