For the Josephs Coat quilt block I have used a template – I know that I usually try to show you how to make quilts without any added expense, but this is one for which I feel a template is a good idea. The pieces required are a triangle and a petal, both with curved edges, and a circle which is appliqued on at the end. As the curves are gentle ones, this is actually a good block to practise sewing curved seams.
You can buy the Josephs Coat quilt block template here.
In keeping with the idea of Joseph’s technicolour dream coat, I have used six different bright fabrics for the petals.
Cutting requirements for Josephs coat quilt block
For one block you will require twelve petal shapes, six triangle shapes and seven circles. I’ve used one colour for all the triangles, six colours for the petals and black for the circles.
Making the Josephs coat quilt block
I’ve followed the instructions on the template pack and cut the petals and triangles from 6″ strips of fabric. The petal template isn’t quite 6″ long and I trimmed the top and bottom of the fabric to match the template. However I think that I would obtained a better fit if I had used the full 6″ length for the petals.
Sew together six triangles with petals. They look a good match when you see them like this photo, but of course when you put the two pieces right sides together you get a very different fit.
As the curves are slow ones, it is actually quite easy to sew these two pieces together. Line up the two fabrics at the left hand edge, so that the triangle shape is on top of the petal. Begin to sew the first few stitches, making sure that you return the needle to the down position when you stop. Press on the petal shape with your right hand so that you can adjust it to make sure that your stitching is always 1/4″ from the edge. With your left hand, adjust the triangle shape so that its edge stays lined up the edge of the petal. Sew a few more stitches. Stop and adjust.
Keep going in this manner across the whole seam. I have shown this in detail on the video but couldn’t take photos because they would be meaningless without showing both hands holding the fabric, leaving me no hand to hold the camera. My camera probably has a delay mechanism but I’m not bright enough to work it out!
Make six of these shapes and arrange them in a circle. Add six petals between the shapes. Each seam is the same as the seam that you have already sewn to put the petals on the outside of the circle, so you can now sew all the shapes together around the circle.
The resulting circle has a messy hole in the middle and messy edges where the shapes meet up. That’s why the circles are needed. If you are just making the one Josephs coat quilt block you’ll need seven circles – applique them over all the messy bits. It’s quite refreshing not to have to worry about messy bits, knowing that they’re going to be covered by the circles!
Connecting Josephs Coat quilt blocks
The template that I used came with instructions for making a table runner using three blocks. I am intending to make this and will show it to you as soon as I have finished, but broadly the method of combining blocks is to make the second block without one of the petals. You can see where I have folded the petal under the triangle just to show you the general idea. You will then have the triangle of the second block to sew to the petal of the first block – obviously you’d do this before adding the black circles.
Here’s the video:
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