May 29, 2015

City Girl Sew Along - Block 17

This week we are "going" to the Aviary as we continue with the City Girl Sew Along and finish block #17. All fabrics featured on this block are by Riley Blake Designs: the background and the dark gray for the silhouettes are from their Blenders Collection (C200), and the branches are cut from RBD Honeycomb (C800).

Throughout this Sew Along I have machine appliqued silhouettes with Aurifil Mako 12wt, so this is the thread I used on this block, also. I continue to use HeatnBond Lite to fuse applique shapes to the background.

What you will need:

Background fabric (green)
(1) 3" x 3-1/2" rectangle
(1) 5" x 3-1/2" rectangle
(1) 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangle
(1) 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangle

White/Brown dots (branches)
(1) 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle
(1) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle
(1) 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle

Dark gray
(1) 5" x 6" rectangle

Gather all pieces as shown above near your sewing machine. To download the template for bird shapes, click here.

Stitch together the pieces to the left of the "main branch", then the ones to its right, always using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams toward dark fabric.

Next, stitch each side to the main branch. Press seams toward dark fabric again.

Finally, fuse birds onto branches as shown above and applique' them using blanket stitch. For details on how to fuse applique shapes, click here. This block comes together very fast. However, it took me FOREVER because I had an unexpected visitor outside my studio window:

This field mouse kept walking between the screen and the window through the hole his predecessors made... Then he would attempt to climb the screen to get out through another hole only to fall down again. I became interested in his attempts and could not do anything else but watch him for a long time. You may call it wasting time - I decided to call it "being present" !!!

On this note, I wish you a great weekend! On Monday I will announce the winner of our last giveaway of the month, celebrating my 10th anniversary as a quilter. See you on Monday!


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