These are the 4 pairs of blocks that I made for this month's Block Lotto.
The guidelines for these scrappy green blocks require at least 4 fabrics–2 green and 2 lights (background). In the photo, my blocks are least scrappy at the top and most scrappy at the bottom.
We are making them in mirror-image pairs.
If you are curious, you can find the details (and link and coupon for the block pattern) here:
Green Leaves of May
I am referring to them as LEAF block pairs, but, of course, you might make them in a non-leaf color and/or arrange them in a non-leafy geometric way.
Here are three possibilities, each made from 4 leaf blocks–for my graduated rainbow sampler, I haven't yet decided which arrangement of four blocks I will use.
The first two blocks–which I think of as an X and an O (or, at other times, a butterfly and an emerald) are made from 2 pairs of leaf blocks. The third arrangement, a scrappy sort of pinwheel, is made using four of the same block.
I couldn't resist playing with the idea of creating a blooming plant in a small way, so ... I made a pillow cover.
I love small projects like this 16-inch pillow because it's a great way to work on an idea in a small way, try a new technique, or practice/warm-up before you tackle something larger or perhaps dearer to you. In my case, it had been too long since I'd done any free-motion quilting and needed the practice/warm-up and also wanted to try mixing two motifs in a random way as a filler design.
The petals which form the flower are prepared used interfacing with fusible on one side only, fused in placed and then secured with quilting. The stem is a 3-D element that is inserted and, if desired, also held in place with quilting.
The pillow has a simple, unquilted, lapped back.
I included the directions for making the pillow as as a bonus in the block pattern for Green Leaf Pairs - Quilt Block Pattern.