Monday 19 March 2012

Sew Out Loud:Vintage Notions Quilt Block

It is my turn in the Sew Out Loud blocks- I guess you are all still reeling after Charise's amazing Design Studio block last week!
This block measures 12.5" unfinished and is made in 3 sections, the top and bottom of the block is rotary cut and the middle tray section is pieced.  I have done two sets of instructions as I know some like the template freezer paper method- I find this easier for fussy cutting and it is great for Y seams, and others like the foundation paper method where you stitch through the pattern- a precise method so you will get a neat finish
Version 2.  Foundation Pieced, without Y seams (You need Adobe installed I think to view this one)
Many of the fabrics for this block were supplied by the Fat Quarter shop who generously sponsored the Quilt-a-long and I have listed the fabrics at the end of this post.
Whichever method you chose the rouleau loop is on both versions so I thought I would show a few pics here to help if you haven't sewn one before.  You can see the bias strip seamed, trimmed and ready to turn through here with a loop turner- it is a hard job without this but you could use a blunt tapestry needle as described at the bottom of this link
Once it it turned through and pressed, this is where you position it on the background fabric strip- the red mark is the centre of the bottom edge.  The loop should be pointing upwards.
And this is the loop hand stitched on and long ends trimmed.
Another technique that I use in both patterns is using tick marks to join pieces and sections really accurately.  
The trick is to place pins vertically through the tick marks to line them up perfectly front and back.
You can either slide the pins out and hold tight all the way to the machine or pin within the seam, fine pins help for this.
Block Fabrics
Background Wall- Lost and Found Worn Dots by Mind's Eye for Riley Blake
Table- Sweet on NYC  by Katie Plitt for Timeless Treasures
Basket edge trim-Daisy Cottage White Leaf Stripe by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
Basket-Daisy Cottage Yellow Tossed Daisies by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
Basket Inner-Pinelope Gold Needle Thread by Anna Griffin
Tray and some of the notions- assorted Suzuko Koseki fabrics from my stash
Other notions: Kumiko Fujita and a scrap of a Robert Kaufmann fabric from Vintage Couturier range
If you make the block, please add to the Sew Out Loud Flickr group, and you can add it to my group too!  And remember, the final block for Sew Out Loud could be designed by you!  Suzuko Koseki will be judging this stage- more news on this to come from Julianna and Joanna soon

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  1. Loving this one - looks fab. And I've got lots of vintage sewing pictures just waiting to be printed out to pop inside.

  2. Kerry, that is just adorable! Thank you for sharing your unique ideas! Happy sewing week! x Teje

  3. What a box full of treasures!

  4. Fantastic! Looks just like my "real" vintage notions! Lovely pattern. Gotta hurry and learn so I can do some of these SOL projects!

  5. This is going to be so much fun! Thanks Kerry!

  6. Wonderful! Thanks for the pattern.
    It is going to be quite a trick to find all the beautiful fabrics for inside the box.
    I want to make all the blocks....I hope it happens!
    Love your work!

  7. This sew-along is utterly amazing. I cannot get over the extreme creativity by you and others, like creativity on steroids. Seriously! LOVE.IT!!!

  8. Totally wonderful! I am in constant awe of your creativity! :)

  9. Love this block, it took me a while to find that loop though, total head scratcher!

  10. Pinned - for when I am a little better than I am now!

  11. Love this gorgeous block, thanks for the generous sharing of the pattern...I keep telling myself slow and steady but this is a long way from the mug :)

  12. Thanks SO much for sharing this awesome pattern. I look forward to making it one day soon! xo

  13. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity with us once again.

  14. I loved this block the first time I saw it, but I am in love with it now that I know that there was an actual loop attached there! How CUTE?!

  15. I just wanted to say thank you for posting about Sew Out Loud. I never would have heard of it otherwise!! All the blocks are so inspirational, so much so that I was inspired to design for the very first time for the contest. I blogged about my block here if you want to see:

    I feel like a small fish in a big sea of uber-talented bloggers, but I figured nothing ventured nothing gained right?? :) Anyway, a big thanks to you!!



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