Poison Bottle BOM Block One – Make Your Block

block one

block one

Welcome to the Poison Bottle Block of the Month Quilt-Along!

I have designed 12 blocks, showcasing 25 rare and unusual poison bottles. These designs are based on real antique poison bottles. As I release each pattern, I will tell a little about the history of each of the bottles on my blog, show my in-progress photos, show tutorials of embellishment techniques, and give variation ideas.

I have invited many quilting friends to share their personal interpretations of my blocks. I hope you will visit their blogs each month and see how they envision my designs.

General Instructions can be found here in the Block of the Month tab on my website.

Supplies needed for each block:

approximately 14” x 14” square background

various fabrics for bottles (fat quarters and scraps)

various threads

fusible web of your choice-all bottles are 12” tall or less; max width is about 9”. I recommend buying a half-yard per block, so you have plenty of room and extra in case you make a boo-boo.

Choose background fabric, press, and cut 14” x 14” (this is larger than finished block size, as block will shrink with handwork and quilting). Fold background fabric in half and press. Fold bottom edge of background fabric 1/2” and press. These pressing lines will help you place your bottles on the block.

press in half

press in half

This pattern assumes a basic working knowledge of the process of fusible applique. Beginners should look at some basic tutorials before starting. I highly recommend Pat Sloan’s tutorial. This is the method she taught me in a class, and this is the method I used on my quilt.

Trace bottle shapes onto fusible product of your choice. Be sure to reverse any non-symmetrical shapes before tracing. The offset neck bottle pattern needs to be reversed! Flip it over and trace. (To share a secret, I forgot to reverse it on a couple of versions. It still looks awesome!)

Draw a line about ¼-1/2” around the inside edge of the bottle shape, and cut out the inside of the fusible shape. This saves on fusible, but also makes hand embellishment and quilting easier later on.

Carefully iron fusible bottle shapes to back of fabric(s), following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out bottle shapes. Remove paper backing from bottle shapes.

fuse bottle shapes to the back of fabric

fuse bottle shapes to the back of fabric

Use fold lines in background fabric to aid placement. Bottles will be placed approximately ½ inch on each side of center line (there are some obvious exceptions to this rule); bottom of bottle will line up along the horizontal fold line on the bottom of the block) place fused bottle shapes onto background fabric until you are satisfied with them. Be mindful to leave plenty of seam allowance on the outer edges of the blocks. Press to adhere.

Machine or hand-stitch around each bottle with coordinating thread. You may choose to use a machine straight stitch, a satin stitch, or a blanket stitch to secure the bottles to the background. Good general directions are here at the crafty quilter’s blog .

I do not stitch across the bottom edges of the bottles.  They are fused, plus the edges will be caught in a seam eventually.  Next up….Embellishments!!

I do not sew bottom edges.

I do not sew bottom edges.

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