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There are actually three Double Tulip blocks in the original quilt. The pattern is exactly the same for all three blocks and the same green fabric is also used in each block. If you are making the 6 by 6 block quilt you only have to make one Double Tulip block. If you want the challenge of reproducing the original 8 by 8 then you would need three of these.
|Isaac Haines Wilson|
|Joseph and Priscilla Turner|
When I was working on this block I asked for a few volunteers to print out the first draft. I was quite thrilled when Jo Morton put her hand up - her name is on the selvedge of one of my fabrics! Jo commented on the fact that the stem and leaves were all one piece - a modern pattern would have the leaves and stems cut out separately.
Priscilla did her block as one piece, but Elizabeth and Isaac didn't fuss how the pieces were joined together. A number of the blocks are pieced to make the fabric large enough, in some blocks the background fabric is pieced too.
Jan MacFadyen also proofread the draft for me. Jan suggested that I include some instructions on using freezer paper for needleturn applique. That's an excellent suggestion, apart from two points. Firstly, I'm a beginner at applique and not the person for anyone to learn from. Secondly, I've never used freezer paper so, ditto.
In September I linked to Carole's blog and her tutorial on using freezer paper. Nancy is also making the Chester blocks, also using freezer paper, but her paper goes underneath the fabric, not on top. She shows her method here.
I am fascinated by the number of different ways people sew their blocks. What method are you using?