Friday, March 14, 2014

Bom 2014 - Block 2 - Variable Star Variation

So, this month, the block is very similar to last month....I did that on purpose, because we are also going to work on the border units, so that when we get to November, you are ready for a full assembly. Since we are running a BOM with 12 blocks over 10 months, we are going to have to double up sometime, so we might as well start now, and do it with the simpler blocks, so that you aren't buried in the sewing room.

So, let's get started.

This is the block for this month : Variable Star Variation

1. Cutting :
  • From Background (white print) cut :
    • 4 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
    • 2 - 3 7/8" squares
  • From Focus Print (center, turquoise and purple in my sample), cut :
    • 1 - 6 1/2" square
  • From Accent 1 (Purple print), cut :
    • 8 - 3 1/2" squares
  • From Accent 2 (light teal print), cut :
    • 2 - 3 7/8" squares
2. Now start assembling.
  • Starting with the corners, draw a line on the back of the white 3 7/8" squares. Then sew 1/4" on both sides of that drawn line. (Can you see the sewing I did below??? Maybe I should use different thread next time!!!)
  • Now slice them apart on the drawn line.

  • And press towards the teal (dark). You will have a total of 4 of these when you are done.

3. Now, lets do the geese. 
  • Draw a line from corner to corner on each of the purple 3 1/2" accent 1 fabric pieces. Place the accent 1 piece on to the background with right sides together, and the drawn line from the bottom left corner to the upper right. Now, sew on that line that you drew. 

  • Now place the piece under your ruler and trim off the corner, 1/4" outside on the line that you sewed.

  • Now press it towards the dark triangle, and it will look like the one below.

  • Now do the same thing thing to the other side, with the diagonal going the other way (top left to bottom right).

  • Now sew on the line that you drew.

  • and trim off 1/4" outside of the sewn line.

4. Now lay out your blocks, twisting and turning them until the look like this.

5. Now sew them into rows, and press away from the geese units.

6. Finally, sew the rows together and press the seams away from the center of the block.

Your block is now complete!!!!

And now, we will move onto the border.

1. Cut 7 - 3 1/2" strips of the border accent fabric. 
2. Cut 7 - 3 1/2" strips of the border background fabric.
3. Cut 5 - 6 1/2" strips of the border background fabric. Subcut into 28 - 6 1/2" squares.
4. Place all of these cut pieces into your borders bag for next month.

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