2015 Block of the Month - Month 4

Category: Quilts

In Month 4 of the 2015 Fairfield Block of the Month, we’ll be making applique blocks. These blocks are simple to make using fusible products and only a little stitching. Templates are provided for three different designs – a butterfly, a star, and a car. You can make your blocks using traditional cotton woven fabrics, or add texture with Cuddle fabrics.

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For this month’s block, we’ll be making applique blocks. You will need to make two. There are three different options (a car, a butterfly, and a star). You can choose two different designs, or make two of the same block.

Print out the pattern pieces for the blocks you want to make:
Butterfly Pattern
Star Pattern page 1 and Star Pattern page 2 (tape them together along the line)
Car Pattern

Cut out the pieces. For the car pattern, you might want to print it twice.

car applique block

Even if you choose the same block, the look will change based on the fabrics you use. You can use prints, solids, or textured fabric like the Shannon Cuddle – which is a great option for baby quilts!

butterfly floral applique block

butterfly applique block

Once you have selected your design and fabrics, print the pattern you need. Tape pages together as indicated.

Star Template PDF

Car Template PDF

Butterfly Template PDF

Cut a background piece for each block, 12.5″x 12.5″.

Rough-cut the required fabrics for each piece, then fuse your double-sided fusible web to the back of each following the package instructions. If fusing onto cuddle, be very careful of the heat and time the iron is in contact with your project. Use a press cloth (a tea towel works well) to protect the Cuddle – it can melt!

Pin the template to the fabric, and cut the pieces for your blocks:
Car: One body, two wheels, two windows
Star: One star
Butterfly: One body, two wings (one cut in reverse)

Place the pieces onto the background fabric, right side up (fusible side down). Make sure to have at least 1/4″ around all sides. Press to secure in place, following package instructions.

Stitch around all edges, using a buttonhole or blanket stitch. You can use black thread or coordinating thread. If your sewing machine doesn’t have a buttonhole stitch, you can use a small zig-zag with a very short stitch length.

blanket stitch edges

Remember, we are making TWO blocks this month!

star block