When Nisha and I travel to the Brimfield Antiques show in Massachusetts to find inspiration for our EPP designs, we stay at the home of Kerri-Lee Mayland. She and I go way back and have fond memories of attending the Brimfield Antiques Show while working together for Fox Boston. Now, all these years later, “KL” is an anchor for NBC Connecticut. Her side hustle has been parlayed into interior design and gardening. Her homestead, nestled in the shadows of the Heublein Tower in Avon, CT, is straight out of Better Homes and Gardens. Nisha and I soon realized that staying with KL is not only kind of like a spa vacation, but her gardens and home afford the most beautiful backdrop for our quilts!
Inspired by KL’s generosity and knack for all things gardening, Nisha and I wanted to create a quilt block that gave a nod to the flora and fauna of her gardens and reflect her kindness in opening up her home to us every Brimfield season. Se we decided to name it the Avon Block and make it free.
If you’re reading this tutorial, then you probably have secured your free download of the Avon Block EPP template. If you have not, you can do so by signing up for our newsletter here. Once you do, you will be emailed a code to download the template from our website for free. From there you can make copies of it or trace it onto card stock to make your Avon Block project. For those of you wishing to just purchase the papers for this block, you can do so here.
A Word About Using the Avon Block
The Avon Block is our gift to you, our awesome sewing community. This block template is for your personal use. If your friends would like to also make this block, please direct them to our email sign up link, here, and have them go through the download process to get their block for free. This block may not be printed or reproduced for sharing or re-sale. If you are a quilt shop and wish to sell the paper pieces for the Avon Block, you can do so by opening up a wholesale account with Paper Pieces and ordering the papers from them.
DO THIS FIRST
There are several ways you can put the Avon Blocks together. We recommend reading through this entire blog post first to get a sense of “where the rocks are” before beginning. Along the way we will go over stuff we did, but wish we had done differently and point you in the right direction. We believe that showing the “why” behind a particular method is important, so that is why we chose to leave some of the wrong paths we took included in this tutorial.
Avon Block Tutorial Version 1
I put this pillow together as a trial run. It worked, but I will caution you that it is quite easy to get wonk in your blocks when you piece them together as I did here using the “version 1” method. I knew my pillow top would have open space surrounding the lattice work of my EPP blocks that would “absorb” any measurement differences that ended up occurring and I was OKAY WITH THAT. ••Before you begin, I strongly encourage you to look at “Version 2” + “Version 3” (at the end of this blog) •• for putting these blocks together and pick the one that speaks to you. This tutorial is meant to cover the construction of the Avon Blocks. I will go through the rest of the steps I took to make the pillow cover, however, I will own the fact that those steps are not very specific and I don’t even •try• to cover how I did the zipper (this is not my strong suite!) Caveats aside, let’s begin!
HOLD THE PHONE
I debated long and hard about including the next section of this tutorial, or just scrapping it and showing only the “better practices method” that our friend, Courtney Reed (@sewthishappened on instagram) figured out. But I’m including it so you can see the *exact steps* I took in this trial run. HOWEVER I urge you to follow Courtney’s method for glue basting your Avon Block in “Version 3 Method” at the bottom of this post.
Avon Block Tutorial Version 2
Howdy Friends! This is Nisha here, and I am going to quickly run you through “Version 2” of constructing the Avon Block. Kim already gave you the details and information that you need, and I am here to give you a different variation on assembling your Avon Blocks. You will glue baste and appliqué per the directions listed above, but your block assembly will be different.
Once it was lined up, I used Roxanne’s Appliqué Glue to hold the block in place. Kim showed you this step above. Then, I used the blind hem stitch to appliqué the block down – Kim also showed you this part in Version 1.
And there you go! Hope you have fun putting this together, and thank you for sewing with us! Xx, nisha
Avon Block Tutorial Version 3
As we mentioned at the beginning, our friend, Courtney, discovered a great way to fold your fabric seam allowance over in a particular order for glue basting that will aid in keeping your sides consistently the right length.
We are so happy you made it through to the end! Please tag us with what you make, join our private Facebook group (The Brimfield Bee) or follow us on Instagram. We would love to see your Avon Blocks! Please use the hashtags #AvonBlock + #BrimfieldAwakening Happy stitching and much love for an amazing 2019. XO – Kim + Nisha
We are Kim + Nisha. There's a certain smell that comes with time, walking the acreage of Brimfield. There's nothing better than finding a tent with that smell - When it hits our noses, we know we're about to hit quilty gold. Start your EPP journey with us! We can't wait to stitch with you.
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I’m in love with everything about this!!!!