Drafting the block...
Go make yourself a cup of tea or a glass of wine, get comfortable and take some deep calming breaths ... this part of the project is going to involve a little geometry .....
You are going to need a sheet of paper about 22" square ... join together some smaller sheets if you have to. I suggested using A3 sized paper ... for those of you who aren't familiar with A3 paper ... it is twice the size of an A4 sheet of paper ... does that help? ;) Which ever way you manage to come up with your big piece of paper to draft your pattern onto is really irrelevant .... providing you can some how protect it as you will need to refer to this sheet throughout the entire project.
Place your sheet of paper on a flat surface, collect your compass, ruler & eraser ... although I'm sure we wont make any mistakes so we wont need the eraser anyway!
Lock your compass at 5 1/2" which will ultimately give you an 11" block.
Place the point of your compass on any point around the circumference of the circle and draw another circle. This circle's cicircumference should intersect the centre of your original circle.
Now place the point of your compass on one of the points where the second circle intersects the original circle's circumference - draw out another circle. The circumference of this 3rd circle should intersect the centre points of the first and second circles.
Now place the point of your compass on the point where the 3rd circle intersects the first circle's circumference - draw out the 4th circle. The circumference of the fourth circle should intersect the centre points of the first and 3rd circles.
Continue in this manner until you have drawn out a total of 7 circles where circles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 all intersect at the centre point of the first circle.
You should now see the makings of the center of your block - being that of the 6 petal shapes that converge at the centre of the circle. We now need to draft a further 6 petal shapes to frame the block.
Place the point of the compass at the point where the circumferences of the 7th & the 2nd circles intersect. Draw an arc that intersects the centre points of the 2nd & 7th circles.
Place the point of the compass at the point where the circumferences of the 2nd & the 3rd circles intersect. Draw an arc that intersects the centre points of the 2nd & 3rd circles.
Continue in this manner until all of the 6 petal shapes have been drafted to frame the original circle block.
You now have a placement guide to help you with positioning your applique shapes on your block. You will need to refer to this placement guide throughout the project so it's a good idea to laminate it to preserve it's integrity because if you are anything like me it will be dragged all over the place with you!
At this point you will need to make yourself a template of a petal shape that you will use throughout the project to draft out all of the petal shapes in the quilt and trust me there a whole hell of a lot of them!!!
Use a little tape to secure your template plastic over one of the petals you have created. Locate the centre points of the two intersecting circles that have created this petal. Using your compass carefully re-draw the arcs to transpose the petal shape accurately onto your template plastic.
Using a small sharp pair of scissors cut out the petal shape on the line you have drawn .. if you cut out either side of the marked line of your template it's size will be either slightly smaller or slightly larger than what you ultimately want it to be.
Check the template for accuracy by positioning it over the original petal. It is important that this template is accurate as you will be using it to create all of the petals in the quilt and they all need to fit together snugly ... a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.
That's it for today ... not very exciting so far is it? Setting up is always a little tedious ... but very important all the same to make sure the project comes together nicely.
I'll be back on Tuesday with the next steps which will be much more fun and a whole lot more colourful!!!
Great to see some of the blogless girls joining in with their newly created Flickr pages .... which reminds me .... I will establish a Flickr Group this week so that we can share our progress once we start putting together our blocks. I figure that this will be a great place to share our progress, be inspired by each others colours choices and chat.
I appreciate everyone's goodwill in relation to this project. Please do not use this pattern for profit in any way ... the pattern & directions are given in good faith and is intended for your personal use only and not to be reproduced in anyway. Lets keep it nice!