January 29, 2015

City Girl Sew Along

What's new? Join me for the City Girl Sew Along, where we will sew together blocks that celebrate life in the city! I will keep it modern - you can use anything you would like. Take a look at some of the beautiful fabrics Riley Blake Designs just sent me for this Sew Along:

I have set aside a few other fabrics to mix in with these, many also by Riley Blake which I used on another project.

The blocks will be 8" x 8" and will feature piecing and machine applique. Blocks will be posted every week or so along with tutorials explaining how to put them together, measurement of fabric pieces, templates, etc. These are perfect stash busters and are Fat Quarter-friendly.

All the blocks will be posted to the City Girl Sew Along tab to keep it organized should any of your friends decide to join in after we have started or if, halfway, you decide you want to make more than one quilt - you will find completed blocks in one place. I will also create a Pinterest board for them. When all the blocks are completed I will suggest options for quilt design. Of course, you may split the project and make table runners, wall hangings, table toppers, bed runners.

Are you ready? Here is the first block:

City Girl Sew Along, Block 1: Subway
 What you will need:
(1) 1-1/2" x 22" strip of gray solid fabric
(1) 1-1/2" x 22" strip of yellow print fabric
(1) 2-1/2" x  25" strip of blue/gray print (I used Mini Quatrefoil C345 by Riley Blake)
Neutral thread (I will use Aurifil throughout project as it is my favorite thread!)
Basic sewing supplies

From gray fabric: (6) 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles and (2) 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles
From yellow fabric: (3) 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles and (2) 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles
From blue/gray fabric: (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares and (1) 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangle

 Place fabric pieces next to your sewing machine according to photo above.

I suggest aligning the pieces to a small scrap of fabric and beginning to sew onto the fabric scrap, then sewing straight to the fabric pieces. This way you won't have problems as you stitch small pieces: fabrics won't be stuck under the plate ripping your block, and if the thread bunches up under the plate, it won't happen on your block either. The fabric scrap will be specially helpful when we machine applique future blocks, plus they keep your sewing area neater, as beginning threads (and ending threads, if you choose to use them after stitching every seam) will be sewn onto the scraps and not getting stuck to your clothes...

Sew pieces column by column as shown above using 1/4" seam allowance, and pressing after stitching each seam. Press seams as you like, as the direction of the seam may change when you stitch columns together.

With RST (right sides together) pin one column to the other, making sure seams butt where the long rectangles meet. I used two thin pins (one placed across the seams and one straight) to hold seams in place. Notice how one of the seam allowances was flipped to the other side, as that was the best way to ensure stitching lines were next to each other.

Before you stitch the columns together, check the right side to ensure seams are aligned.

Stitch over the pins...

...press seams well and there you have it! The first block for our City Girl Sew Along. Easy!

I look forward to your comments, to seeing pictures of your blocks, and having fun together. In the meantime, have a great day!


  1. Olá! Adorei!!!!Acho que você vai ouvir de mim....Segunda os netos recomeçam as aulas,daí terei tempo para costurar.Vamos que vamos!!!BeijoGRANDEEEEEEE!!

  2. Denise, I love this block. It reminds me of C clamps that are used in building (wood working). Maybe I immediately saw that because my maiden name started with a C. I love the fabrics, too. About how many blocks do you anticipate? I have a queen bed and want to make a red/white queen quilt, so I think this would be a great way to make a quilt using red and white fabrics. Many thanks. BTW - when I see your picture, I cannot help but smile back at you. Thanks for putting some smiles in my life.

    1. Thank you! I am still deciding how many blocks but will post it as soon as I am finished designing them. There are so many themes in a city, that is why there will be applique blocks to allow more flexibility in design. The second block is coming next week!

      As for the smiles, I am glad I can add them to your life!!!

  3. wow...gorgeous.....am already in another sew along or i'd be jumping right in!

  4. I am see very glad I checked my spam folder today or I might have missed out on this fantastic block! I love it! Spam issue has been resolved too. I could see this block as a great border too! Thanks Denise!


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