Fabric for Blocks: 20 Jelly Roll Strips or assorted scraps
Backing: 2 yards
Binding: 1/2 yard
Notions: Glue Pen (we use Sewline), Applique Glue (we use Roxanne’s Glue Baste It), Needle (Milliner’s Size 10) Thread (we use Wonderfil Specialty Threads DecoBob 80 weight for the EPP and Invisifil 100 weight for the applique)
The Brimfield Beginnings Quilt Kit contains the following: Brimfield Beginnings Starter Pack for each block (Mayflower, Meera, and Soleil) plus a bumper paper pack of papers needed to make the quilt. Each starter pack contains papers for 4 blocks, durable window acrylic template(s) which you can use to trace additional papers, and an instructional card for block assembly. This quilt uses the following amounts of each Beginnings block: (9) Mayflower Blocks, (7) Soleil Blocks and (5) Meera Blocks.
Please note that if you already own the 3 Brimfield Beginnings Starter packs, then you actually have everything you need to make this quilt. The only caveat is that you will have to trace additional papers using your window acrylic templates. If you do not wish to trace your own papers, we carry a set of “bumper” papers. These bumper papers will bridge the gap between the 12 blocks included between the 3 starter kits and what is needed to complete the quilt. Alternatively, if you own the Brimfield Beginnings Bulk Paper Packs (Mayflower Bulk, Meera Bulk + Soleil Bulk), you have more than enough blocks to complete this quilt.
Preparing the Background
From your background fabric cut:
(21) 8″ squares
(15) 7.5″ squares
(4) border strips (2 strips 2.5″ x 42″ and 2 strips 2.5″ x 48″)
Applique Your Epp
The Brimfield Beginnings Kits come with instructional cards which covers how to prep your background squares for the applique and how to use the Roxanne’s Glue to glue baste the EPP to the background squares. Follow those instructions and do that to the (21) 8″ background squares and EPP blocks that you stitched (9 Mayflower, 7 Soleil + 5 Meera.) Applique by machine or by hand and then trim your blocks down to 7.5″ squares. You will have 21 squares with EPP and 15 blank squares.
Sew 2 border strips (2.5” x 42”) on opposite sides of the quilt top. Then, sew the other border strips on and your top is complete!
Baste and quilt as desired. We designed this quilt to have the blocks “ghost quilted” on the blank squares. You can do this too using your acrylics and papers as a guide. Congratulations on making your Brimfield Beginnings Quilt – you are no longer a beginner!!
Please share your progress with us! We would love to have you follow along with us on Instagram (we are @brimfieldawakening ) and we hope you’ll join our private Facebook group called The Brimfield Bee. This is where you can share any of your Brimfield Awakening makes within a safe community of other online stitchers also making our patterns from around the world! Please use the hashtags #BrimfieldBeginnings + #BrimfieldAwakening so we can see what you make 🙂
Wonderfil Specialty Thread DecoBob 80 weight and Invisifil 100 weight
Milliners Needles size 10
Scissors, iron, Ironing Board, Spray Starch
Clover (Green Leaf )
Kelly Green (Green Leaf)
Corn Yellow (Center)
If you purchased our Winter Blooms Kit with the Kona fabric, “Rich Red” was substituted for “Ruby” in the tulip pieces.
Please read through this online tutorial before starting anything.
Use the Brimfield Meadows Pattern Instructional Booklet as your guide to doing the English Paper Piecing (EPP) for these blocks. This online tutorial will not cover the EPP (that is what the pattern is for 🙂
The Winter Blooms blocks are simply our Brimfield Meadows blocks minus most of the arc pieces. Below is a picture of our Brimfield Meadows block. Can you see how the Winter Blooms Block was created from it?
Using the Brimfield Meadows Pattern instructional booklet as your guide, stitch together 8 Brimfield Meadows blocks MINUS the following pieces from the “arc” sections of the block: C, D2 and D3. We like to use Wonderfil Specialty Threads DecoBob 80 weight for our hand stitching EPP. Do NOT prepare any of the background squares from the pattern; Winter Blooms uses different background squares. Per the Brimfield Meadows instructions, pop the papers out of your newly completed Winter Blooms blocks, press and starch them well. Tuck any tails and press towards the inside of your EPP blocks and set aside.
Preparing the Background
Cut (4) 25″ squares from your background fabric and, using a quarter inch seam allowance, stitch them together to make a 49.5″ square.
Winter Blooms EPP Placement on Background Fabric
Take one Winter Blooms Block and on the back apply small dots of Roxanne’s Glue to the outer edge seam allowance. The long applicator syringe of the Roxanne’s Glue makes this easy.
Align your Winter Blooms block on the top vertical seam (in the 12 o’clock position) of your background fabric so that the tulip/petal piece points match and line up with the seam. The inward facing tulip/petal tip should be 9.5″ away from the center of the background fabric.
The glue is temporary and if you have to adjust you can. Refer to the diagram below.
Very carefully take the entire background fabric with the one Winter Blooms block on it to the iron and heat set it. Be careful not to let it move in the process.
Continue doing this to the rest of the blocks along the vertical and horizontal seams of the background fabric (3, 6 + 9 o’clock positions.) You might find it easier to glue them all first and let them air dry before heat setting them.
The blocks that fill in the spaces between the “3,6, 9 + 12 o’clock” blocks that line up along the seams are placed down at a 45 ° angle compared to the two surrounding blocks. Just like the blocks lined up along the background seams, these blocks’ inward pointing petal/tulip piece tip should be 9.5″ away from the center of the quilt.
Applique Your Winter Blooms
The Roxanne’s Glue does a nice job holding the blocks into place after they have been heat set. You can machine or hand applique the blocks down. We like to use Wonderfil Specialty Invisifil thread for the job. It is a 100 weight cottonized polyester thread. It is super fine but rather strong. Best of all, the thread disappears into your fabric. If you are machine appliquéing, we recommend doing a very small zigzag stitch or a blind hem stitch.
Now it is time to quilt as desired and bind! The negative space that develops inside this quilt is awesome! Do you see a giant snowflake? Kim personally sees Christmas cookies 🙂 There is always a food connection! The Winter Blooms themselves reminded us of poinsettias. We almost called this quilt “Poinsettia Wreath” or “Poinsettia Crown.” Whatever you think of it, we hope you love it and it brings you lots of joy this holiday season. Please share your creations with us on Instagram (we’re @brimfieldawakening) or consider joining our private Facebook Group, The Brimfield Bee, where you can post all of your Brimfield Awakening projects. These hashtags help us find your work: #WinterBlooms #BrimfieldAwakening
The Brimfield Blooming Star Quilt is a collaboration with us, the Brimfield Girls, and Free Spirit Fabrics. It is made up of 12 English Paper Piece (EPP) blocks that are appliquéd onto a background square. The pictures below are of each individual block and are intended to help those of you who are stitching the Brimfield Blooming Star Kit using the beautiful William Morris Fabrics from the Kelmscott, Merton and Montagu collections. The blocks are numbered above & below according to the pattern guide that came with your kit.
The fabric provided within your kit is enough to make each of these blocks. It is important that you realize that you should conserve space when you cut and avoid waste. Some of the fabrics are used in multiple blocks (and have a larger cut.) While some larger cut fabrics are provided because the distance between the repeat required a larger piece in order to achieve the proper fussy cutting. We are hoping that having access to larger pictures of each individual block will help you with your fussy cutting.
Please share your progress with us in our Private Facebook Page called The Brimfield Bee and be sure to use the hashtag #BrimfieldBloomingStar on Instagram so we can see your creations 🙂
We are so excited about this swap! After hearing from many of you, we have decided to go ahead and start this new year with a fun swap. We hope that you will have a chance to try a new block and make some new friends!
If you have not already, please sign up for the swap HERE. Please read through this post before signing up! Sign Ups close on Jan 10. Partner emails will be sent out by Jan 14.
Here is some general swap information:
This is a swap for all skills levels
This is a blind swap (partners will be kept secret)
This swap is strictly for those on Instagram. We encourage you to open an IG account if you do not have one! We are limiting this to Instagram only in order to manage this effectively.
Responding to swap emails is mandatory and those who do not communicate with their moderator will not receive a project until it is confirmed they have sent one to a participant. We will not tolerate anyone being left without a handmade item.
Instagram Posts: You must post a minimum of four photos – two progress photos, one photo of your finished project, and one photo of the project you receive. Each photo must tag your moderator and include the following hashtags:
Plus the hashtag of the block(s) that you are using
Please note the following hashtags for the blocks: #brimfieldblock, #brimfieldblockstar, #brimfieldmeadows, #avonblock. We will publish a blog post with photos and corresponding hashtags.
Swap Extras: These are entirely optional and at the discretion of the sender. Extras are not required in this swap, so please do not expect to receive anything.
All projects must be mailed by April 3, 2019.
Below are just a few project ideas using our blocks to inspire you. So let’s get stitchy with it!! We can’t wait to swap with you!
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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