Here is my block mod for #TheHoneyPotBee #AsYouWishBlock by Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting. It was inspired by Alida’s own suggestion for a border for the envelope block – I saw those lovely Flying Geese and my mind started flying too! I’ve often wanted to play with “wonky” Flying Geese because so many of the designs with them are so striking, and I wanted to show that this was a letter with love in it, so I tweaked my Geese to slowly evolve into hearts.
You will need:
- A completed #AsYouWishBlock, made with Alida’s pattern found here
- The Flying Hearts pdf pattern, found here
- Your usual sewing paraphernalia
- Fabric for the Flying Hearts (scraps work well for these)
- Fabric for the background
- Cut a rectangle 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ from your background fabric before you start
- A rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler
- Clover wonder clips or similar (optional, but they do make life SO much easier!)
- Embroidery thread and needle (optional)
All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted. Familiarity with the foundation-piecing technique is assumed.
First, download the pdf of the paper pattern and print it out. Seam allowances are already included in the pattern and do not need to be added.
IMPORTANT! Make sure that you print the pattern in landscape format with no scaling or at 100%, and use the 1″ square to make sure that the block has printed at the right size, or it will not fit the #AsYouWishBlock!
Cut out sections A-G, and note the layout and piecing as shown in the coloured image and described below.
- Section A – A1, A5, A8, A11, A14, A17 and A20 are Geese, all other pieces are background.
- Section B – B1 and B3 are the Arrow, all other pieces are background.
- Section C – C1 and C4 are the Arrow, all other pieces are background.
- Section D – D1 and D5 are the Heart, all other pieces are background.
- Section E – E1 and E5 are the Heart, all other pieces are background.
- Section F – F1 and F5 are the Heart, all other pieces are background.
- Section G – G1 and G5 are the Heart, all other pieces are background.
TIP! You may have noticed that this mod has some pretty small pieces in some of the sections. Don’t panic! Make sure you cut a bit of fabric that will cover that piece and that is generous enough for you to handle comfortably. After all, it will be trimmed to size during piecing and you may even be able to use the offcuts for another area! 🙂
Piece all sections using your preferred foundation-piecing method. Join D>C, then DC>B, then DCB>A. Join E>F>G. You should now have two rectangles ABCD (4-1/2″ x 14-1/2″) and EFG (4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″). Do not remove the paper until the entire #AsYouWishBlock has been fully assembled.
If you would like to embroider something on the top-left rectangle, do so before assembling your block. A blank “template” rectangle is given in the pattern pdf for you to draw and/or write on… as you wish! You can then use your preferred fabric-marking method to transfer your design onto the 4-12″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle of background fabric (I used a window as a “light-box” and traced my letters with a fine pen), then embroider it with the thread and stitches of your choice. If you need a lil inspiration, I highly recommend checking out Mary Corbett’s Embroidered Letters lessons. She also has a wonderful array of different stitch tutorials if you want to try something new. 🙂
Join the 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle of background fabric (with or without embroidery) to section EFG.
Join this to the top of the #AsYouWishBlock.
Join section ABCD to the right-hand side of the #AsYouWishBlock to complete the Flying Hearts design.
Enjoy your letter, sent with love! 🙂