Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stitch block instructions

See out Loud block 12
 The Sew Out Loud quilt along has been through 11 amazing weeks and 11 equally amazing blocks.  I am only about halfway through sewing up the blocks  myself but I continue to be amazed by the creativity and talent of all the designers.  Every single block is so original.

As you might know, part of the QAL was to select a 12th block from among the entries submitted by participants.  The winning entry was chosen by none other than Suzuko Koseki herself.  Quite an honor.  I'm thrilled to say that my block was chosen as the winning block.  I can't tell you how honored I am to be included.  Still kind of in shock over here.

I also wanted to say thank-you to all the designers for hosting the QAL and especially to Joanna and Juliana who organized the whole event.  It truly was the most exciting QAL I've been part of and the ladies that participated were a blast.  If you would like more info click here:


So with that, here are the instructions for sewing the block:

Go here to see the block pieces.  They are formatted to print on US 8.5x11 paper and include seam allowances.  Set your printer to print at full scale (100%).  The finished block should be 12.5".  Thanks to Joanna for help, she test printed these on A10 paper as well and they came out at the correct scale.  So I think all our European friends should have no problem printing these.

Go here to see instructions for piecing this block. Instructions are also posted in this blog post with some pictures.

Instructions for piecing of Stitch Block
Section layout ~

Foundation piecing of Stitch block.  
All Pattern pieces include ¼” seam allowance. Remember to trim up your sections to ¼” prior to attaching to the next section.  Some pieces need to printed over 2 pages. You will have to attach the pattern sections together using the guidelines prior to sewing (a glue stick works well).  All pages should be printed on a standard 8.5x11” (US/Canada) paper or foundation paper product.  

Needle ~
Stitch section A,
Stitch section B, Sew A to B
Stitch section C, Sew A to C
Sew D to B, Attach section E to C, Needle segment complete.

Attach section F to Needle section.  Attach section G to F and Needle section.  Set aside.

Spool ~
Sew section H.  Sew section M.  Sew section N.  Attach M to N. Sew section S. Attach section S to H and M/N.  Set aside.
Sew section I.  Sew section R.  Sew section O.  Attach R to I and then to O.  Set aside.
Sew section J.  Sew section K.  Sew section L.  Sew section P.  Sew section Q.  Attach L to J and then to K.  Attach Q to LJK and then to P.  

Set aside.  
Attach T to SHMN.  Then attach this whole section to RIO.  Then attach this whole section to QLJKP.  Spool segment complete.  

Sew this half of the block to the previous side (needle segment).  Block should measure 12.5”.  Trim up if necessary. Block is complete. 

With a chalk pencil, write the word STITCH and draw a thread line in a looping arc through the eye of the needle and over to the word “Stitch”.  

I like to trace a printed out word since my handwriting isn't the neatest. I tape the block to the window to help see through the block to the paper underneath.  Remember to have the thread going above  the eye of the needle on one side and and below the eye on the other side so that it looks realistic.  Use cotton embroidery floss to  stitch over your drawn lines.  You are done! Enjoy!

 Please email me or post a comment if you have any questions about the block piecing.
 Happy Sewing!
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