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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Quilting Under the Rainbow Bee - September block tutorial

My block for the this bee is a foundation pieced pineapple block.


This tutorial is in two parts:  1)  general tips   2) step by step instructions

PART 1 - GENERAL TIPS

  • setup your cutting mat, ruler, cutter, iron surface and board within reach of the machine to save you getting up and down
  • use an open toe foot for a clear view of lines
  • set your stitch length to 1.5
  • use pins
  • use cream or light grey thread both top and bobbin
  • guesstimate the strip size, add an inch then trim before you sew (its easier)
  • line up fabric first to ensure it covers the pattern with seam allowance
  • pin vertical to the seam, and use multiple pins for longer strips
  • start and finish one or two stitches either side of the line
  • check tension is correct after first stitched line by pulling back on the fabric - if bobbin thread pops through easily, adjust accordingly
  • don't throw away any scraps
  • try to avoid unpicking - that 1.5 stitch length is unfriendly
  • if you do need to unpick, do it from the fabric side
  • folding gets easier, as you find its already creased once you've done the first one or two rounds
  • for the outside strips, check they go past the edge of the paper, not just the outside seam line



PART 2 - INSTRUCTIONS

Requirements:

  • foundation template (I have written the colour guideline onto the template for you)
  • several 2" strips of fabric in various shades/patterns of cream
  • several 2" strips of fabric in red, brown, blue, green (see foundation template for your block colours)
  • 3" red square for centre
  • 4, 7" x 3.5" squares (or 6" square cut on the diagonal) one for each colour nominated on your foundation template


Step 1

  • Place the red square in the centre of the unprinted side of the foundation template (for this piece only, the fabric is face up)
  • hold it up to the light to ensure it extends beyond the square by at least 1/4"
  • pin in place


  • Turn the paper over and stitch around the 4 sides of the centre square




  • With paper printed side up, fold the paper back on the lines and trim the seam to 1/4"
                                         


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Step 2
  • With fabric side up, lay a short cream strip face down along one edge of the red square (so fabrics are right side together)
  • Pin in place
  • Stitch along the line
  • Press fabric open
    





  • With paper printed side up, fold the paper back along the outside of the triangle line, trim seam to 1/4"
  • Repeat for opposite side
    




  • Continue for all four sides of red square     

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Step 4 




  • With fabric side up, lay a colour strip (check foundation template for right colour)
  • Pin in place
  • Stitch along the line (make sure you are exactly on the line, especially over the point in the centre)
  • Press fabric open




  • With paper printed side up, fold the paper back along the outside of the angled line, trim seam to 1/4"
  • Repeat for opposite angled line
  • Repeat for top of strip



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Step 5
  • Continue Step 4 alternating between light/cream and colour strips 




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Step 6

  • When finished, stitch around the outside of the block, just outside of the border line of the block, using a stitch length of 3
  • Trim fabric to exact paper size (DO NOT cut any paper off)
  • Leave paper on
  • Finished!
   


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