Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life. ~Ryan Blair

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sailing Away Block

JUNE...
Holiday time is coming... can it really be here!!

That time of year when being active doesn't mean layers and layers of clothing just to keep warm. But now, opportunity to cool off! Water is where many people enjoy their summers, and why not try this block for JUNE to signify those special days.



PLEASE NOTE:
For any more instruction to prepare the block, please visit my Craftsy page for the PDF pattern (available usually within a few days of this posting). These three blocks that will remain free for the duration of this series: BLUE MOON, IS THERE COFFEE?, and OH...LOLLIPOP!



FABRIC SELECTION

5.) BLUES

I have chosen my blue block to embellish for my fifth quilt block in this series. This color theme fits perfectly with the water theme that dominates our summer activities. 

Because we are thinking of water, why not add machine stitching using a wave stitch along the strips. Be careful that you don't stretch the block out of shape.  


BLUE BLOCK - FRONT

BLUE BLOCK - BACK


BLOCK APPLIQUES -- SAILBOAT

Even our scraps can produce a colorful section once selected and sewn together to create this delightful sailboat. Whether your memories are of toy boats from your childhood or real adventures on the ocean, have fun selecting your fabric strips to create this appliqued block.


CONSTRUCTION OF THE APPLIQUE

A.) Instead of using fabric, why not use Rattail satin cord (2mm) to create the mast. Here I've used two pieces cut from a 12" length and stitched separately using a zigzag stitch to fasten each down. 

B.) Before stitching, place the sailboat on the block to place the cord in the proper location. Once it is stitched, replace the sailboat pieces; and fuse and stitch them in place. 

THE MAST

THE FLAG


THE FINISHED BLOCK

SAIL AWAY BLOCK


This block may be added to the others and joined into a larger quilt once all my blocks are completed. That process will be featured soon.


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Enjoy this project... and find the pattern soon at my Craftsy store page, where all applique templates will be included. SAIL AWAY will be available to download for free for the month of June 2015

Although this means that the previous month's block: Outdoor Adventure will no longer be available for free. All templates will be available together in one pattern, once the series has run its course. Each new block will replace the previous one until all blocks have been posted. 


Happy piecing...


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