Friday, September 23, 2016
Block 1 Be My Neighbor Sew Along
You should have received your instructions for Block 1 this morning. If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time. Just send me your email (look to the right) or message me through Facebook and let me know you want to join The Neighborhood.
Patterns include cutting measurements and sewing instructions. Colors and patterns are up to you as everything is in grey scale. Let's see how creative you are! Post your blocks and progress with the hashtag #ModaBeMyNeighbor
We got organized yesterday, so you should be ready to select, cut and sew.
Pick fabrics that will work and are large enough for piecing / measurements required. Cut fabrics and organize in groupings as shown in pattern instructions.
I worked on the tree top next. Cut rectangles and squares, and stack together.
For the tree top and roof of house, you are essentially creating a series of flying geese. You can draw a diagonal line as given in the instructions. I prefer to eyeball it for smaller pieces using the blue tape line as a guide and extension of my center needle mark on my needle plate of my machine.
There are several tools out there to duplicate this effort. This is what I find effective.
Two words of caution:
1. Use only blue painters' tape or some low-tack tape. DO NOT use masking tape. It's hard to remove and either leaves a residue or will take cabinet or sewing machine finish right up with it!
2. Sew to the outside of your line - the side you will cut away - just a smidge. DO NOT sew on the drawn line. Ask me how I know!
That's what God made seam rippers for!
Set the seam and press.
Next trim away the excess fabric from behind. (you can save for another project if large enough-crumb sewing-blog post for another day ;-)
Do one side at a time. Sewing, pressing and trimming.
Assemble all parts in units. Units sewn to units. Pin where necessary to ensure points align.
I fussy cut the flower pot for my windows. And had to piece some fabric of the house. Hey! It's scraps - right?
And voila! Block 1 is finished. Only 15 more to go!
Here's the Schedule
Block 2 October 7th
Block 3 October 21st
Block 4 November 4th
Block 5 November 18th
Block 6 December 2nd
Block 7 December 16th
Block 8 December 30th
Block 9 January 13th
Block 10 January 27th
Block 11 February 10th
Block 12 February 24th
Block 13 March 10th
Block 14 March 24th
Block 15 April 7th
Block 16 and Setting April 21st
Now what did you put in the Crock Pot for dinner?