The website is experiencing a couple of minor performance issues. The membership and printer functions are being upgraded. The posts are currently public to minimise disruption for our members. Sorry for any inconvenience. Linden and Crystal.
Block thirty-four designed by Jo Avery
I love to needle-turn applique and often use flowers and leaves as my inspiration. But
as this was ‘modern applique’ I wanted the design to look a little edgier than my usual
compositions, though it still needed to be attractive enough for quilters to want to
make it! So it was a tricky design process and I spent a long time planning and
thinking about this design. In the end I tried to subvert some traditional flowers and
leaves by using simple shapes and making the design very stylised and graphic. The
use of a dark charcoal grey accentuates the modern look and the pinks and turquoises
add some prettiness, but this design would work well in any colours. The shapes
should all be very easy to work even for those new to applique.
You must be logged in to view block thirty-four.
Block thirty-four designed by Jo Avery
Fabric and cutting guide
Download the template pages here:
Part one | part two | part three
Print the template pieces page with the printer settings set to no scaling or 100%. Print parts 1 and 2 of the pattern and stick them together along the broken line.
 10” square of fabric one (Jo used a low volume print)
 8” square of fabric two (Jo used a dark fabric).
Cut  stalks using template A and  dots using template D.
 2” x 2½” rectangles of fabric three (Jo used a variety of pink prints).
Cut  flowers using template C.
 3” x 5½” rectangles of fabric three (Jo used a variety of turquoise prints).
Cut  leaves using template B.
Step one: fold your fabric square in half twice for a centre cross guideline. Trace the pattern on to the right side of your fabric using a pencil, a Frixion pen or your preferred method for temporary marking. If you can’t see the pattern lines easily through your fabric try taping to a window, your computer screen with the light turned up, or go over the pattern lines with a thicker pen.
Step two: begin by appliqueing the stalks that cross in the centre of the block. Pin or baste a stalk piece over the drawn lines. Using the needle-turn applique method turn under your raw edges and stitch down using a tiny neat slip stitch and matching thread (photo 1). There is no need to turn under and stitch the ends that will be covered by the flowers. repeat with the other stalk, this will cross over the first one and lie on top.
Step three: using the same method stitch your leaves and flowers down (photo 3 and 4).
Step four (picture one)
Step four (picture two)
Step four: the dots are quite tiny so you may find the following method helpful. Cut out the centre circle (broken line) from the paper template D. Using a double thread sew a tiny running stitch close to the edge of a fabric dot. Put your paper dot in the centre, wrong side up, and draw up your thread. Secure with a few stitches. Press from both sides and then pop out your paper dot. Using matching thread stitch down in place as before.
Step four: once all your applique is complete, press well and then trim to a 9½” block.
General instructions to complete your Project 48 quilt blocks
- Remember to always read the block tutorial in full before starting
- Seam allowances are ¼” unless stated otherwise
- All blocks are 9” finished. If you need to square your blocks once they are completed, trim back to 9½” using a square ruler.
- Always press your fabrics before starting
- Press your seams to the dark side or to reduce bulk (unless otherwise noted) at each stage.
About Jo from myBearPaw
Jo spent most of her childhood sewing and making things and made her first quilt almost 30
years ago. She owns her own teaching studio and fabric store in Edinburgh, Scotland,
organises the Stitch Gathering, an annual one-day quilting retreat, teaches around the UK
and Europe and spends the rest of her time designing and making quilt for magazines and
books. She is still writing her blog after over 7 years and recently launched The Thread
House, a quilt patterns and retreat venture alongside two other UK quilters Lynne
Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis.
Connect with Jo
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
The Thread House | The Stitch Gathering