Blue and Gray Sampler BOM: Fredonia Oak Leaf
Almost 30 years ago there was a quilt and fabric store in my town called G Street Fabrics. They began to offer something I had never heard of: a Block of the Month. It was simple: you could get a FREE block pattern once a month if you walked into their store to get it. (There was no such thing as a digital pdf gotten online). You had no idea what the other blocks were going to be (though you did know the theme: Baskets, Stars, etc).
So, I waited until the final block was handed out in December and THEN started sewing my blocks! I imagine some of you may do that, except you can see what our final project is!
Our first block in this Blue and Gray Sampler is the Fredonia Oak Leaf. I made this before using wool and raw edge appliqué. It is a 12" block (and then I added borders).
|12" Fredonia Oak Leaf|
This is a vintage block pattern. The center is cut as a single appliqué. But the block I am offering here is the 24" center of our quilt.
|24" Fredonia Oak Leaf|
Let me show you some simple steps to my process for getting that huge red appliqué piece from a single piece of fabric. Yes, you can get this from a fat quarter. You may have decided that you want to use more than the 5 fabrics I have in the pattern. That's ok; it's your quilt!
I use freezer paper for my template material. You can find this in your grocery aisle with the plastic wrap, etc.
|Reynolds freezer paper|
I needed a 21" square and this is only 18" wide. I had to add a few inches to two consecutive sides. This was easy because I ironed them on (as opposed to glue). It worked!
|Large 20" square of freezer paper|
Then I folded it in quarters and traced the 1/4 template onto one quadrant (from the paper side). (Yes, I will be giving you this pattern in a few minutes)
|Tracing the quarter template onto freezer paper|
Now it's time to fold the paper back up and cut out the FOUR layers for the single appliqué. Notice that I used clips to keep all four layers from shifting as I cut. You can use paper clips or even staple them as you can see with another of my Hawaiian Appliqué patterns here:
|Getting ready for my Hawaiian Appliqué Blocks|
The key is to keep them from moving as you cut through all four layers!
|Cutting out the Fredonia Oak Leaf appliqué|
Now, that's a really big piece of freezer paper, right?! Here it is all cut out and ready to be unfolded.
|Fredonia Oak Leaf center all cut out|
Then I carefully placed it on a fat quarter of Uncorked and ironed it (paper side up; wax side down). If I was going to use raw edge machine appliqué, I would already have the fusible webbing attached to the wrong side. At this time, I don't want another 24" block!
|Oak Leaf template ironed to right side of fabric|
I have always used this technique for appliqué patterns that are made of 4 equal shaped units. Here's my Friendship Plume (an old Mountain Mist pattern) getting ready to be cut out:
|Friendship Plume. Same technique used for our Fredonia Oak Leaf|
Here is a link to an older blog post that shows these steps using my simplified Hawaiian Appliqué pattern: http://sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com/2016/03/technique-tuesday-using-veggie-fabrics.html. The link for the Fleur de Lis pattern is disabled. But you can find it with the Friendship Plume pattern above.
Here is the link to the 2 page pdf pattern. Please don't share it with others. Invite them to come get their own copy. Please note: THE SECOND PAGE WITH THE FULL SIZE TEMPLATE MUST BE PRINTED ON 8-1/2" X 14" PAPER.
Fredonia Oak Leaf Pattern, first block in our Blue and Gray Sampler BOM.