Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 1

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you are as excited as I am to start the New Year off participating in the sew along.  If you haven't already signed up there is still time.  My only New Year's resolution this year  is  that I will be here every Wednesday for the next 52 weeks to walk you through the blocks in this quilt.

There are two colourways to choose from, Stonehenge and the 30's fabrics.   When I was asked to do this project I thought it would be a  perfect project for the Stonehenge line. But I have to admit the thirties line looks fantastic as well.  See for yourself.
We will start off with some easy blocks just to get our feet wet, then slowly move into the more complex blocks.  The first block is a variation of the nine patch.  I must say after many  years of strip piecing nine patch blocks I really enjoyed putting them together square by square.  It forces you to slow it down and my accuracy improved. 

To achieve a really accurate block you need to perfect your 1/4" seam allowance.  An exact 1/4" seam is one of the keys to getting perfect blocks everytime.

If you have a quarter inch foot for your machine, this is the time to use it.  It will look something like this:

 The new ones have a guide on the right side of the foot that keeps you fabric aligned.  If you don't have one you might consider picking one up from your machine dealer. 

If you don't have the foot another great way to get an accurate 1/4" seam is to measure over a quarter of an inch from your needle and place a piece of Sewing Edge on the bed of your machine and it too will guide your fabric.  I have used  painters tape in the past to do this job but the Sewing Edge  won't leave any residue on your machine and they are reusable so they are a very useful tool!

Pressing as you go is  also very important, not only does it keeps things looking neat and tidy, visually you will be able to see if you are being accurate if everything is lying flat.  It will also help you when it comes to piecing.  If you press your seams to the dark side then when you assemble them they will lock together where the seams meet.  It really is a great trick.


I look forward to seeing you all next week for block number two.  And there is plenty of time if you still want to join the fun!

 Now I think it is time for a giveaway.  Post a comment telling us which colourway you like the best and we will draw for a free fat quarter next Wednesday.  Remember what you voted for,  you never know once you see the quilt blocks unfold you might change your mind.  I have to figure out which one I am going to do.  My first thought was both, but that might be too much.  Stay tuned.  Yes, this New Year's resolution is much better than last years. Cheers!!  See you next week for block number two more tips and tricks and maybe a surprise or two,
  Jeannie

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17 comments:

Chris said...

The thirties line looks fun!

Cathi said...

If I had to choose, I'd choose the Stonehenge block ... I think! The '30s one is pretty cute too.

Shelley said...

I would choose the Stonehenge! I love the depth & richness of the colors

Unknown said...

I do like both of these themes but my favorite is the stonehedge because I have used it in many of my past quilts.

LM said...

I really like 30s and feedsackk-type fabrics.

poppyinpink said...

Both of your blocks have their own appeal but going with my first impression I would choose the stonehenge colourway as it had a contrast which gave depth and interest to the block for me. I do also like the 30's fabric choice and in the right setting they would be very suitable so thank-you for sharing these with us.

jelksnitis@rogers.com said...

The light, airy, cheerfulness of the
30's fabric speaks to me particularly in this the middle of winter.

Anita E.

hthnoord said...

Stonehenge is my favorite. Although the thirties line is nice too, but I think the Stonehenge makes a more sophisticated quilt.

Cathy M said...

I agree, the Stonehenge looks much richer, my pick too !

Judy said...

I chose the 1930s fabric because of the soft, nostalgic appearance. The Stonehenge fabric is at the other end of the spectrum and is very vibrant.

Betweens said...

Very good Jeannie..Idon`t think you need any help you know exactly what you are doing congrats on your first post!
As for your lovely blocks I can`t decide either and torcher to the fabriclover to decide is a another matter...
I will lean towards the 30`s though

Anonymous said...

I chose the 1930's. The colours are so soft and totally different from anything I have used before. Time to expand the horizons!
Linda G. Richmond

Lorna said...

I had to stop and think about which colourway I wanted to do. When I went to Sew Sisters and saw the finished blocks I was immediately drawn to The 30’s colourway. But I had to stop and think for a second. Last year I enrolled in the Ode to the Thirties BOM, so I decided on the Stonehedge colourway to do something different. I’ve never used Stonehedge before so this should be an interesting experience.

Samantha Leslie said...

I think the Stonehenge is lovely and I'm glad I picked it for my colour way.

Samantha Leslie said...
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Samantha Leslie said...

I think the Stonehenge is lovely.

Magnolia said...

So undecided! I love the colour and patterns of the 1930's. I'm intrigued by the comments about the richness of the Stonehenge. I'm just worried that the lack of pattern won't make for an interesting quilt.