Are you ready for the first block? I had a lot of fun making this one-so much so I am making a second one.
Before we get started let me remind everyone that the block will be free until the release of Block 2 in July and after that it will be available in my store for purchase. Because of that I am not writing step-by-step tutorials on my blog for these blocks-however-I have tried to do that with my pattern instructions. I think you will find them quite detailed. I have also started to learn how to make video tutorials and will be including them as we go along-these will always be free and available on my website and I hope you find them even more useful than my photo tutorials were.
Okay, let me introduce you to Block 1-Glistening!
;To get the pattern you will need to add it to your cart and then click "checkout", this will redirect you to your shopping cart click Checkout again, enter your name and email and you will be given a page with the downloads. An email will also be sent to you with the download links. (Since the pattern is currently free, there is no payment information collected.) There have been some issues with iPad users not being able to check out-I am trying to figure out a fix, in the meantime if you use a computer it should work fine for you. I am also going to add the files to my Facebook Sew Along group page during the month that they are free-hopefully that will help everyone get the directions!
Here is the link for the pattern: Block 1
Other helpful information can be found here: Fabric Requirements etc
I ask that you do not share your copy with anyone-but do feel free to share how they can get their own copy of the pattern here on my website.
I wanted to start us out with some simple shapes for learning to do machine applique combined with some piecing techniques we will be using throughout this quilt project.
I have created video tutorials for making the Hourglass blocks, How to fan your seams for the corner units, a couple versions of machine applique, and the hand embroidery stitches used to make the faces.
There are a couple of tips I will share with you here:
In step 4 where we are putting the block together it can be helpful to pin the matching seams. I have found that if I also place a pin at the bottom of the unit it seems to make a difference in how well the seams line up.
Another very helpful tip is to use a stiletto to guide those seams through your machine that are facing towards the needle. They will want to bunch up sometimes and a stiletto can help them to lay flat as they go under your presser foot.
My only other advice is to sew slowly over those seams-take your time and enjoy the process.
And if you have any questions please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you and I am here to help you succeed.
You will find all of the videos here: Video Tutorials
For future reference; they are located under the "Tutorials" tab at the top of the page as shown in the photo. below.
Be sure to sign up for the email forthis BOM so you do not miss a block (at the top right of the this page.) Also, come and join me and a wonderful group of quilters from around the world who are making this quilt at my Facebook group page: www.facebook.com/groups/tuningmyheartsewalong/
and my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tuningmyheartquilts/ for news and announcements to keep you up to date on what I am doing.
I am looking forward to this journey with you!
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