March 12, 2015

City Girl Sew Along Block #7

Many universities have a Quad: 4 buildings with a grassy area in the center and to the sides, with benches and walkways. This is what block #7 of our City Girl Sew Along is all about - the print fabric represents the buildings, the squares are the lawn, and the black on white areas are the parking lots and the streets surrounding the Quad. (I was going to show you an applique block this week but could not decide which to make, so I changed my mind and opted for this pieced one.)

Choosing the fabrics was what took the longest, as the Quad comes together very fast after that. So, here is the tutorial:

What you will need:
(1) 2-1/2" x 15" strip of green fabric (I used Riley Blake Designs' Blenders C200)
(1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip of print fabric
(1) 1-1/2" x WOF of black on white fabric
thread (Guess which thread I used? It starts with "Au...")   :-)
basic sewing supplies

From green fabric strip: (5) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
From print fabric: (4) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
From black on white fabric: (4) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles; (2) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles; and
(2) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles

Arrange fabric pieces as shown above next to your sewing machine.

With a 1/4" seam, stitch each building (print fabric) to a parking lot (black on white fabric), and press.

Next, stitch a grassy area (green square) to each building/parking lot combo, to form three rows. Press.

Then, stitch rows together to form the Quad, making sure seams align well.

Finally, stitch top road (short) to top of Quad, the other short road to the bottom of Quad, and press. Stitch the side roads, and you are done!

OK, all this writing about Quads and grassy areas and roads made me feel like taking a walk! First, though, let me hang this block on my design wall next to the others. They are looking pretty good together. 

Do you have pictures of your blocks to send me? It is fun to see the City Girl Sew Along blocks in other color combinations. Until then, I hope you have a fun weekend!

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