March 26, 2015

City Girl Sew Along - Block 9

Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, or MFA for short! Block #9 of the City Girl Sew Along is my version of an installation you might find at the museum (can you tell I am really enjoying designing these blocks? :-)  ). Choosing the fabrics was sort of an adventure! I pretended I was painting the boxes that were going to be stacked against the white wall.

As you can see, Block #9 involves piecing and a little bit of machine applique. Don't be alarmed by the list below - the instructions are simplified by the photographs (scroll down to the photographs and you will understand), so it will be easy!

What you will need:

1/4 yd of white fabric for background
  Cut: (1) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle  (A)
          (1) 2-1/2" x 4" rectangle (B)
          (1) 2-1/2" x 3" rectangle (C)
          (2) 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" sort of squares (D)
          (2) 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles (E)
          (3) 1-1/2" squares (F)
          (2) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles (G)
2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of brown floral (boxes)
  Cut: (2) 2-1/2" squares
1" x 2-1/2" strip of hot pink (box detail) - I used Blenders by Riley Blake Designs
  Cut:  [apply fusible web to back and cut] (2) 1" squares
3" sq of brown print (box)
  Cut: 2-3/4" x 2-1/2" 'square'
1" sq of pale green (box detail)
  Cut: [apply fusible web to back and cut] (1) 1" x 3/4" rectangle
2-3/4" x 6" strip of light floral (box) - I used Halle Rose C4181 by RBD
  Cut: (1) 2-3/4" x 2-1/2" 'square'
          (1) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangle
2-1/2" sq light green (box detail)
  Cut: [apply fusible web to back and cut] (1) 1" square, and (1) 1-1/4" x 3/4" rectangle
1-1/2" x 5" strip of light pink (box)
  Cut: (1) 1-1/2" square
          (2) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
thread for piecing and machine applique (I used Aurifil 50 wt for piecing and 40 wt for applique)
scraps of fusible web (try HeatnBond Lite - it works very well for me!)

Here are the instructions:

You should have 25 pieces of fabric in total, including the ones on the upper left corner of the photo above. Arrange pieces close to your sewing machine as shown. The letters on each white background piece should help you with placement, as they correspond to the ones I mentioned in the cutting instructions.

I decided that it would be easier to put sewing directions on the photograph, so start on number 1 at the top right corner and stitch as marked. Press seams (after every stept) toward dark fabric whenever possible. When you are finished, your block should be looking like this:

Now, sew the bottom parts of the block together...

... then the three rows together so your final block should look like this:

It took a little longer to organize the tutorial this time but I think the extra effort makes the instructions clearer. Remember, if you need help using the fusible web, check out the tutorial here for guidance. Here are the nine blocks we have sewn so far:

On my next post I will show you a very cool detail of the mini paper pieced quilt I made for my son Chris (read post here). I think you will like it.

Until then, enjoy the weekend!

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