Hi everyone! Leslie here with the instructions for the April Block Lotto/BOM draw activity.
This month we're going to make something I'm calling Gentle Improv Curves. I resisted the urge to call these "flattened curves" because, well, you know. #toosoon Each block is a solid background with two overlapping, improv curves on one of the sides of the block. Completed blocks should measure 10.5" square (finished size 10" square).
I'm going to be a little more prescriptive this month than normal. This month, each block should have a solid background fabric, and then two contrasting prints for the curves. Solids and prints can be any three colours of your choice, just pick what looks good to you, or what you have available. The main tip is that the three fabrics should be different enough from each other that there is a noticeable difference between the three parts of the completed block (background, curve 1, curve 2).
To achieve the 10.5" x 10.5" size of the completed block (finished size will be 10" square), your background piece should measure approximately 11" wide and 10.5" high to start.
I'm using Patchwork Posse's tutorial on YouTube for this block. The gal behind Patchwork Posse is Becky Jorgensen (@patchwork_posse). It looks like she runs an online quilt community and produces a lot of materials and activities to help people connect and improve their quilting skills. Neat!
Becky's instructions are very detailed and she walks everyone through how to create a block with two gentle, overlapping curves. I only used 1 pin at the centre of each curve when I was sewing them, so these curves weren't very dramatic to piece.
The URL for the video tutorial is here in case the link above doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNS5ln8Wwjw
So have a go, make a few, and the winner should end up with a pile of rolling hill blocks in a bunch of different colours. What's not to love?