June 18, 2015

City Girl Sew Along - Block #20

This week we are crossing The Bridge as we finish block #20 of our City Girl Sew Along. The background can be one or two fabrics (ocean/sky) - I had to piece my ocean because I did not have a large enough piece of the fabric I wanted to use, but you don't have to.

Here is what you will need:

(1) 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle of fabric for sky
(1) 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangle of fabric for water
(1) 8-1/2" x 4" rectangle of fabric for bridge
Fusible web (I use HeatnBond Lite)
Thread for applique'

Gather all materials near your sewing machine.

Stitch water rectangle to sky rectangle with a 1/4" seam. Press towards darker fabric.

Trace bridge template (to download template click here) onto shiny side of fusible web. Fuse to wrong side of bridge fabric according to instructions of fusible web manufacturer.

Using sharp scissors, cut around the bridge shape. Notice that I decided to extend the bridge template so when the block is sewn to the other blocks, the bridge ends will be inside the seam. That was not my original plan when I designed it. So, you may want to do the same. I will, however, change the template and upload it again to reflect this last minute change.

Since the bridge lines are so skinny, I used a straight stitch to applique' it to the background. This closeup lets you see the fabrics and their colors better.

I made this block very quickly (usually the tutorials take longer!). Afterwards, I noticed the yellow on the right side where the sky meets the water... happy serendipity reminiscent of the setting sun...

If you are just joining us, you can find tutorials for all 20 blocks at the City Girl Sew Along page, as well as on Pinterest.

It is past my bed time... Have a restful sleep!


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