May 13, 2019

Hybrid quilt block

Good morning, quilting friends! Today I am bringing to you this 'hybrid' flower block. I call it hybrid because the leaves are foundation pieced and the flower is made with regular piecing. This is a perfect block for those who want to try their hand at foundation piecing: a small part of the work is done with that technique, the foundation piecing requires only one stitched line, and the quilter practices the basics before plunging into a project solely involving foundation piecing.

This is the back of one leaf. Notice a couple things: 1. I wrote the color of the fabric which was going on each section on the paper - I only do this for patterns where the same fabrics are used in reversed positions, so I do not accidentally switch them; and 2. I wrote 'Stitch Here' on the stitching side even though the sections are labeled (A1, A2) - if I place the fabrics there I see the note and go 'Oops, I need to place fabrics on the other side'. This is because if you get a phone call or are interrupted by someone, you could easily place fabrics on this side and stitch on the other (ask me how I know!). Train yourself to stitch after you can read 'Stitch Here' and you will be safe.

The center is made up of half-square triangles. Notice that I repeated the fabrics on the flying geese, carefully placing them so as to match their counterparts on the HST and form the petals.

One of the leaves is stitched. I left the paper foundation attached and will not remove it until the finished block is attached to the other blocks.

When you are stitching fabric to foundation pieced patch, the foundation pieced patch needs to stay on top of the fabric-only patch. Why? If the foundation paper is touching the machine plate, it really does not move as well as fabric would (I am using tracing paper). Also, stitching moves slooowly. So, the above may happen where the fabric-only patch slides from the foundation pieced patch. I knew this but... you know how it goes. I ripped the stitches and fixed it.

Here is the skinny on this block:

For a 9" finished block:
A = (2)  2-3/4" x 2-3/4" white squares
B = (2) 2-3/4" x 5" white rectangles
C and D = (2) 3" x 8-1/4" rectangles of each white and green fabrics
E = (1) 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" square of each red fabric
F = (1) 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" square of each red fabric

Here is the link to the foundation template:

The second white square is stitched to the remaining leaf and the strip attached to the bottom of the block. As I said, papers are removed from the back only after all the blocks are stitched together. Easy, right?

With this block, the beginner foundation piecer gets comfortable stitching with paper, learns to remove the paper and learns how to mix this technique with regular piecing in one block. I used this hybrid concept before - check out this post to see the block and published quilt.

On another note, if you missed the interview with Pat Sloan, I am the second guest on the May 6 program - check it out at

This week I will be hiding in my studio to finish a very cool BOM which will be announced soon. Have a fantastic Monday!


  1. That is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks! It is an easy block to make and it looks so cool. The project I am designing uses it on-point. Will share as soon as fabric company publishes it. Free! :-).


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