Another block from Sophie
I wanted to make a flower that has ONE stem, ONE leaf and ONE bloom, which are the requirements for the block. (I also wanted to make a left-leaning flower, since we seem to have a lot of right-leaning ones–and I mean that literally, not politically) 😉
While it IS fun to add branched stems, multiple blooms and leaves, a simple flower block like this one is all that’s required.
I wanted to make the stems a few different ways in my blocks. This one is made by sewing 1.5 inch wide bias into a tube, trimming the seam allowance and rolling the seam to the center back, then hand appliquéing the stem to the block.
The bloom has a rust color facing; the leaf is the same fabric (an old Fossil Fern) on front and back. I didn’t have a good matching green thread to sew down the leaf, so I used a medium gray. When I worked in an Opera costume shop making hats, I learned that gray is always a good alternate thread choice because gray reads as shadow. Even on close, in-person examination, it’s hard to see the color of the thread on the leaf. It really works.
LOVE it! I will have to try the tube technique.