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Be My Neighbor Block 8

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.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Cutting out the pieces took longer than usual blocks because of the number of fabrics and the pieces are all different sizes.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Moving on to the windows in the block’s house, and the flag bits next.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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?

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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 .

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Now it fits the side bar as it should.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

A bit more assembly for the flower base and it is coming together.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

All done with the base block.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

The pattern calls for a large circle applique, and I used the freezer paper method this time.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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!

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

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.

Pebble Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Here they are with the blocks.  This will be the road between the house rows.

Pebble Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Which fabric would you choose?

 

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Be My Neighbor Block 7

Moving on, now I am on schedule of two blocks a month.  Next up Block 7.  I got out the previous blocks along with my spring scrap basket to choose the next house colors.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

I decided on the darker blue for the sky for this block. It has a tree, so I dug out the fabric with the oranges and leaves for that. Daffodils will go on the ground again, and the roof will be the marbled brown. I knew I wanted some pink in this house, so one of the flying geese units will be pink, and the other green, with a white background.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Cutting the pieces went more carefully this time noting the 1/4 and 3/4 dimensions.  This took longer than sewing the block, even with the boo-boos.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

There were a lot of squares to draw angled lines on this time, so I did all those at once.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the sections, they were chain pieced as much as possible.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

This also allowed for ironing in batches, which meant fewer trips to the ironing board.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

It was going really well, and then the ripping-out streak continued. I had to rip out and resew this seam three times before I was OK with the result.  The left side of the roof and chimney just refused to line up to my satisfaction.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Then I did this, LOL!! More ripping and resewing. Oh well, maybe next time!

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

I got the tree reoriented correctly, the roof matched up a bit better, and the geese set.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Right and left sections completed.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

And the block was done.  No birdies to applique this time.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

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. Here are Blocks 5,6 and 7 together.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

After I finish Block 8 in a couple of weeks, I’ll add it to this row. I haven’t decided on what to do for the sashing yet, maybe a cobblestone fabric that looks like a street? Or more sky fabric? Or florals? I’m just not sure yet.

What are you sewing this week?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along Block 6

Moving along to catch up, block six is next.  I picked a large scrap of purple fabric for the house as the bottom bit of this pattern has a piece 18-inches wide.  It has some squares on point at the bottom, and these still look like flower boxes to me.  So, I pulled some flower fabric to use.  I love this snapdragon print, but it is to close to the purple I have selected for the house.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I went back to the daffodils. More contrast will look better.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

OK, I like that so I cut the required pieces. I double checked the sizes this time!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Lots of HSTs meant drawing a lot of lines.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

The top of the house has five flying geese sections that are not the same, so I laid out the pieces carefully, chain pieced, then laid them out again to check the placement.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Then the top section was pieced.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Assembling the top two rows, I got this.  The points are so far off I cannot stand it.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

And so the streak continues, I have to frog something on every one of these blocks.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing again with more pins to keep the edges lined up. It isn’t perfect, but it is as good as it is going to get.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

This block has a lot of pieces. Carefully following the steps, it went together.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Chain piecing all the squares on point helped streamline the assembly.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Finally, all done!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

So, now I am caught up. The next two blocks are on the list for completion in April.  Are you sewing this week?

If 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.

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Be My Neighbor – Block 5

Getting back to the Be My Neighbor quilt, the first four blocks have been sewn together into the first row.  I laid it out so I could look at my spring scraps basket for the next house block colors.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has a heart on the side of the house, and I found a pink and red rose print for the heart. The house will be white, and the other floral print will be the ground.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Beginning with the roof again, I marked the sewing lines for the angled roof.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Once again, I chain stitched as much as I could to shorten the assembly time.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

I sewed it, then realized I had cut one of the pieces wrong.  The blue strip on the far left should be a half-inch wider than I cut it.  Those cutting instructions have such tiny writing, I keep seeing 3/4 as 1/4.  Egads, can I just do one bloody block without frogging? And I thought I was doing so well by paying attention to the way the chimney should face.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Ah, well, moving on,

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

The re-cut and re-sewn roof unit matched up this time to the base.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Almost done, the piecing part is finished.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has applique too, another bird.  Picking up the colors in the heart, I decided to do a cardinal. The advantage is that I don’t need to make the bottom a different color.  So, I tried the technique of fusible web, sewing and turning the applique. It made the applique a bit more stiff, and I clipped out some of the bulk from the backside. I stitched it as well.  The small bits got the starch treatment, pressing around freezer paper.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

I did another French knot for an eye, but again, will likely add a button after the quilt is finished.  The beak is a bit crooked, but it will stay as it is.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, all done.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Finally today, I want to let you all know about a wonderful charity quilting event over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Sign up to participate this week and you’ll be entered into the first round of giveaways from some wonderful sponsors.

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There will be tutorials and giveaways, guest bloggers (including me!), check ins and link ups. With three very worthy charities to choose from, just about any quilt size is needed. Hop over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and sign up to contribute a quilt HERE.

What are you working on now?  Are you participating with Hands2Help?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along – Block 4

At the meeting on March 1st, I found out that the BOM club will be doing two blocks a month with the first two done in February.  This meant that instead of being caught up with three done in March, I was one block behind.  Plus I need to get two done this month to be caught up, so I’ll do one a week for three weeks to get caught up.  After that, I’ll try to get one done every two weeks or so until all 16 are done.  Today is block 4, and once again it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, but part of that is my fault in changing my mind. Here are the first three sewn together.

Be My Neighbor Blocks 1-3

I started off with the quarter square triangles. I see these as flower boxes, so I picked out two flower prints, cut my squares, marked the lines and chain stitched.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

This time, because I knew I would need a specific size at the end, I cut the squares a bit bigger than the pattern said, and squared them up after they were assembled.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

As I was looking at my basket of spring scraps, I thought I could make a house white since the background isn’t white on my blocks. I cut house bits in white, background in sky.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

I began assembling, this time following the directions. Maybe this block will go a bit better than the others.  I did chain piece wherever  possible.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

Coming together nicely, and all the pieces are fitting well.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

And I don’t like it. The big expanse of white looks like I forgot something. Great. I thought about just leaving it, but it bugged me.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

I decided to do it over with yellow for the house.  I changed the window print too, rather than frog all that out.  It was easier just to cut another roof triangle and start the center section over.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

Better, but that large piece on the right still looks empty. I should have picked a busier print. At this point I refuse to take it apart again, so it will stay this way. At the meeting, one of the ladies showed her block with an appliqued heart in that space, so that is an idea.  Another lady put another window in hers. I could also do some silk ribbon embroidery after the quilting to add something to that space. Or maybe just an applique door with a button handle. I don’t know what it will get, but I can figure that out later. For now, block 4 is done. On to Block 5 to catch up to the class!

What would you do with that space?

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along – Block 3

It is the first Wednesday of the month, time to show the next block of the Be My Neighbor quilt along. It seems like block three has the most pieces of all the blocks, some really tiny! Plus it has appliqué, my nemesis. But, I am determined to do this. After all, the only way to grow is to practice. So, I cut pieces of scraps, keeping in mind that I wanted the background to be sky.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

This time I read the directions instead of jumping in. The roof section was pieced, then I started on the mailbox and windows.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

So far, so good, laying out the elements after each step.  Tiny bits make the mailbox, and I was happy that they went together as they designed.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the purple for the house.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

Looking good, all done with the piecing.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, crap. Do you see what I did wrong? Of course I didn’t notice it until I took the picture. The bottom has sky fabric, so the house appears to be floating in the clouds. The bottom background pieces should be green to create a ground. So, I frogged off the bottom, and resewed it with green. Then turned my attention to the appliqué.

I started the circle on the birdhouse with a yo-yo, but that didn’t work. There were too many points instead of a smooth circle and it was too big.  Yep, you guessed it, a bit more frogging was in order.  I got out several applique books and decided on the fusible interfacing method for the appliqués. Templates were cut out of Golden Threads Paper for both fabrics and interfacing.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 applique ~ From My Carolina Home

Then the interfacings were lightly fused to the cut out bits. The hope is that I will be able to have something to guide the needle-turn and make a smooth edge. I did clip the inside curve on the bird body.  This gave the appliqué pieces a bit of body and helped create the edge as I sewed.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 applique ~ From My Carolina Home

My book says to use tiny stitches for the best result on curves, so I did my best.  Still not happy with this, the bottom edge is a bit ragged where I have sewn.  You can see the raw edge at the top where I haven’t turned it under yet.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 Applique

I pinned all the bits to the block so I wouldn’t lose any of them, and put it next to my chair for stitching on Sunday.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 ~ From My Carolina Home

The bird began with its rosy breast, I am hoping it will look like a robin.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 Applique

I couldn’t get the turned under areas to stay put, so I tried more pins. Some of these were a help, and some got in the way.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 Applique

The little tiny beak was the most trouble. I hate working with tiny pieces. I put a French knot in black for the bird’s eye.  It doesn’t look that good, but as I like to say, finished is better than perfect.  Perhaps after the entire quilt is done I’ll go back and add a tiny bead or button for its eye.

Be My Neighbor Block 3 Applique

Now it is done. I need to iron it, but it is done in time for the meeting today, yippee!!

Be My Neighbor Block 3 Applique

How’s your quilt coming along, or whatever you are working on?

 

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