Blocks by the Batch

Here is a quick picture tutorial on making applique blocks in batches. When I received the pattern for the Dec 2018 block of the Triplett Sisters’ BOM I saw there were two blocks of the same design in the original quilt. There is also a third block that is very similar with the only variation being two leaves. Normally I would really like that quirky difference. This time, however, I decided to make three identical blocks (Tripletts?) so I could show you how I work in batches.

First off, here is the completed block. Lily with Flat Leaves.

Lily with Flat Leaves

Let’s make a batch of blocks! With Back Basting Applique we always start by drawing the complete pattern on the wrong side of the background block.

Study the block and determine which pieces are in the first layer – they will be pieces that either tuck under another piece or stand alone.

Since I was making three blocks at the same time I back basted (by machine- you know it’s my favorite method!) everything for layer one on all three blocks.  I feel like it saves time in the long run if I can iron and cut from one or two pieces of fabric for multiple blocks in one sitting.

Three blocks with layer one basted and trimmed.

Trim leaving a seam allowance. I’m most comfortable with a generous 1/8″ seam allowance – use what works best for you.

There! I have three partial blocks, all basted and ready for needle turn. This is now very portable. All I need to grab is my thread, needle, small scissors, plus a seam ripper (because I basted on the machine and prefer to remove machine basting with a seam ripper.)

Here is my set of blocks with the first layer completed.

Layer 1 is completed

Next back baste and trim all of the Layer 2 motifs on all three blocks.

Applique Layer 2.

Here is my trio with Layer 2 completed.

Three blocks with Layer 2 appliqued.

Continue in this fashion back basting each successive layer on all three blocks.

Back Baste Layer 3

Layer 3 is completed

With each layer the blocks become more complete until finally there is only one layer remaining. I think adding gold at this point really brightened these blocks up.

Back baste the final layer

All three blocks are now completed

Finally, comes the best part, press your completed blocks and check three more blocks off your to do list!

Lily with Flat Leaves. Done.

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