If you've been following me for a while, then you have definitely seen or at least heard about all the flower blocks I have made. This month is kind of special because I'll be celebrating a life's milestone, my 60th, and to celebrate, I am going to release my 60th flower block. To build up to the celebration, I wanted to share with you my favorite flower, a block I made a number of years back.
Fuchsias are my very favorite flowers. They grow on shrubs or small trees and there is over 100 recognized species around the world. An unusual genus in New Zealand (named Kotukutuku - don't ask me how to say that!) grows on a tree 12-15 meters high (39-49 feet).
Below are two photos of New Zealand fuchsias.
New Zealand Fuchsia
More NZ Fuchsias
I don't know what it is exactly that I love about this flower. Maybe because it is just so different than anything else.
Fuchsias come in combinations of red and white, pink and white, pink and purple, and purple and white or two shades of the same. They can also be double or single. The photos above are single. The double fuchsia have a lot more lower petals.
For my block I used two shades of pink. I made each of the three flowers in my block individually on a Teflon sheet first as you can see in the series of photos below.
Pieces for flower ready to construct
The Teflon sheet is on top of the template and you can easily see where each piece needs to be positioned. In the pattern each section is labelled alphabetically on the flower so construction is straight forward.
Adding the first three sections
It's like a jigsaw puzzle of pieces or paint by numbers.
Section D now added
Section E is the last dark piece
It is fun watching it grow with each new section added.
Section G is the last piece
Now the whole fuchsia flower will easily lift off the Teflon sheet and can be adhered to the background in numeric order with all the other sections. Of course it doesn't look complete without the stamen added.
My block looks like this after the stitching is completed.
Fuchsia Block completed
If you'd like to download this block and templates you can find them here: Fuchsia Block.
What's your favorite flower? Have you made it as a quilt or quilt block? .... and do you think it might be my 60th block? Let me know below in the comments.
To see all my BOW Flower blocks visit: BOW flower blocks