I was overwhelmed with the amount of followers I have received following my first month of Bountiful Bouquet. Thankyou all so much. I do hope you enjoyed our first month, intense though it was.
This month is an easy one. I promise! You'll have loads of time to finish this month's efforts and leftover time to keep stitching on that pesky month one.
Before we begin, please note that I have amended the fabric requirements for the creams.
I've told you previously that you need three different half yard pieces for the rows of floral applique.
However I think it would be better to have two half yard pieces and a couple of fat quarters of different ones so that we can jazz things up a bit. There is no difference in the actual measurements but a little bit more to play around with in terms of colour choices.
If you have already purchased a half yard, don't worry - it'll be fine to use. This just gives us a little more options to play with.
I've decided rather than risk running short of the correct size of backgrounds, we're going to cut the bigger ones off and put them away for later on.
Background Cutting Instructions
You should already have a two yard piece of background fabric. This is for the Outer Border.
From one of your half yard background pieces, cut a ten inch strip by the width of the fabric, and put aside. This is for the Lower Appliqued Strip
From your assorted remaining backgrounds cut (7) eight inch squares. This is for the Single Flower Applique Row.
Now from remaining, cut (6) 8 1/2" squares. These are for your Large Floral Wreath Row.
Put these fabrics away for now. I'll let you know when it's time to use them. All our other bits are smaller and scrappy.
Flying Geese Construction
So, to begin with you will need some of the remaining cream background pieces, plus some of your colours.
From the background fabric, cut 42 pairs of 2 1/2" squares. Keep the pairs together. It's just easier.
From the assorted colours you have collected, cut (42) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.
We will be making forty two flying geese in this step.
Draw a light pencil line across the diagonal on the WRONG side of each cream square.
Lay a cream square over the corner of a coloured rectangle with right sides together and pin if necessary.
Stitch on pencil line.
You may choose this next step to give you some freebie half square triangles if you wish.
Draw another line half an inch away from your stitched line.
Pin if necessary.
Stitch on this pencil line.
Press first square back to form a triangle.
Repeat this step with another cream square, being sure that you use the same fabric as the one you have just stitched.
If you need to, trim your block to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Repeat this step with remaining squares and rectangles until you have a total of forty two flying geese blocks.
Stitch together into two rows of twenty one blocks that when completed, should measure 4 1/2" x 42 1/2". Set aside for now.
So stay tuned for month three!