I got a bit busy with other things, but finally got back to the Be My Neighbor block due next week. Block 8 is on the right end of row two, so I got out the other blocks to pick fabrics. I was trying not to repeat the same fabric in adjacent blocks. This block has a flag, and I thought the star fabric would be good for that.
Cutting out the pieces took longer than usual blocks because of the number of fabrics and the pieces are all different sizes.
As before, I marked all the diagonal lines on all the squares that needed them, so I could chain piece as much as possible. Plus I can iron a bunch at once.
Moving on to the windows in the block’s house, and the flag bits next.
Once again, I lay out the bits as they are done so I know what to do next. At least that was the plan. And you know what they say about plans! For those of you that have done this block, notice something missing here?
I didn’t either. And I had the bloody pattern right in front of me. So I did this, and had to rip it out. The top pink piece going over the windows and below the roof is missing, which made the section too short to join to the side piece.
So the streak of frogging something on every block continues, LOL!! And I thought I was doing so well this time! But it seemed that I didn’t even cut that piece. So, I had to go back to the scrap basket and cut that bit to add in .
Now it fits the side bar as it should.
A bit more assembly for the flower base and it is coming together.
All done with the base block.
The pattern calls for a large circle applique, and I used the freezer paper method this time.
It took about 10 minutes to stitch it once I had the circle done. The pattern actually calls for a second circle on top of the first one, but I decided I am going to use a large button instead. I’ll add that after the quilt is quilted. I’m thinking it needs a bit of floss embroidery to make a stem between the flower and the leaves.
So here it is, alongside the other blocks, and sewn to the second row. I am not sure I really like the flag in this one, but finished is better than perfect anyday!
If you are just now finding this series with me, and you’d like to make these blocks too, go to Bear Creek Quilting Free Moda Be My Neighbor for the patterns for all 16 blocks. I’ll be doing two a month until they are done. You can click on Be My Neighbor to see all the blocks I have sewn up to now. The next block will be the beginning of row three, so I’ll use the darker blue background on it to spread that around a bit more. I am thinking I should have done all the sky fabrics the same, but will continue the way I have started. I really don’t want to go back and rework finished blocks.
So now, here are the pebble fabrics I got in Myrtle Beach, and I would like your opinion. The one on the left is all neutrals in grays and browns, the right side is pastels like my houses with soft peach and greens.
Here they are with the blocks. This will be the road between the house rows.
Which fabric would you choose?