By Sandra Schlagel
Here is row 2 for our current Block of the Month project, called "Scrap Happy Home." We're building from the bottom row up. I used a different tulip flower bud color family for each of the six blocks, but maintained the same color family (green) for the stem/leaf pieces throughout the row.
When working with scraps, I will usually cut more pieces than I need of each color so that I have several to choose from.
Make flower buds first. Start a flying geese unit by placing a color C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square to one edge of a piece A, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on C from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle. Sew along the line, trim excess fabric. Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.
Finish the flying geese unit by placing a color B 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" square to opposite edge of the A piece, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on B from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle. Sew along the line, trim excess fabric. Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.
Make a flying geese unit for the bottom of the flower bud using a color B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece and two color C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares.
Sew the three flying geese units together to form the flower bud. Make three flower bud units and sew together in a row. Sew one color C background 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to each side of the flower buds.
Sew one color B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square diagonally (as in half of a flying geese unit) to nine of the color C background 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces. Trim excess, press open. Three of the C background 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces will not have leaves sewn to them. Arrange units as above, sew together to resemble photo below.
Sew remaining background color C 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces to top and bottom of the units.
Finished 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" block is above. Sew six blocks together. I decided to have the colors follow a diagonal pattern, but you could keep the colors in rows of vertical stripes instead.
Sew the row of tulips to the row of houses. Row three will be posted soon!