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Be My Neighbor – Flimsy Assembly

When I left this at the beginning of the week, I had realized too late that I made two yellow houses to go next to each other.  One of those ‘oh, no!’ moments.  What is the good of having a plan if I don’t stick to it?   Well, perhaps it is to let you all know that mistakes happen, and there isn’t anything that cannot be fixed in some way.  I make plenty of mistakes normally, but this quilt has certainly tried my patience.  So now, time to punt yet again.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

The first thought I had was to just move this block to the opposite end. But, I have made one block in each row with the darker color blue, and this would put two right next to each other in the first position on two adjacent rows. So I thought, I’ll swap the two, but as you can see, they are not the same width.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

OK, leave the house in the fourth position, then I realized that the house in the same position on the first row was also yellow. Good grief.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

So, maybe I move the last house to position one, but again, I end up with the two dark backgrounds in the same position on two rows, plus it doesn’t separate the yellow very well.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

OK, so this row goes back to the bottom. The only thing that makes sense now is to rip the first block from row 3 and put it on the right end, so the dark blues are again distributed evenly.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

That is looking better, but now I have birds on two blocks in the first position on adjacent rows, when they were spread out better before.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

But I am not ripping up an applique, LOL, I draw the line there! So, the only thing to do at this point is to swap row one and row two.  OK, maybe I have a good layout now with the colors and the birds well distributed from a design standpoint.  I’m good with it, so this is ready to finish up.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

I sewed the end blocks to the rows on the third and fourth rows. Then, I begin cutting the sashing strips. I use one strip of sky and one of pebble fabric for road between the rows and across the bottom.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Cutting the strips to measure 60-inches, and pinning takes the longer set up of cutting board and pin board.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

But, in short order the upper two rows are together.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Then the bottom two rows are sewn.  I only put pebble fabric on the bottom for now.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Now as I am looking at the two sections together, I see a big open space on the bottom right.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

If I put a bird on that house, it would balance the distribution of the birds. So, more applique! Now is the time to do that, before the upper and lower sections are joined. Out comes the freezer paper, sections are cut and ironed.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

I still should to buy some applique pins, but I am resisting that urge as I don’t really want to do a lot more applique.  I see this little guy as a Carolina Wren.  It took less than an hour to stitch him down.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Joining the top and bottom sections and finally, the blocks are together with the sashing!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

I start auditioning border fabrics now too. The light green with the butterflies looked the best.  I also decided to add side and bottom borders of sky blue to frame out the neighborhood.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Two borders done, a narrow light blue sky fabric and then the light green with butterflies.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Here’s the bottom corner, with the same strips as between the rows.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

One sky strip on the top with no pebble fabric. The sides have just the sky fabric.  The green is 3-1/2 inches wide.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

And, there it is, finally all assembled!!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

On to quilting it, LOL!!  Then I’ll need to do binding and all the extra details, then a label and hanging sleeve.  I think I can make it by the deadline now.

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Be My Neighbor – Blocks 15 and 16

Stepping up the pace now, my plan was to sew block a week for the next two weeks, sashing and borders in the third week, quilting during week four, and then binding in week five with a week to catch up if I don’t keep up.  But, after the last block was done, and the next one underway, I realized all the handwork I have planned is going to take it’s share of time and I have to add a hanging sleeve and a label to the back.  So, it was time to sew two blocks in a day to move the schedule forward at least a week. Block 15 was supposed to be in these colors, but after I laid out the green, it didn’t make sense anymore. It has such a strong leaf print, I didn’t want to use it.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

But the good news is I found just enough of the orange tree print to barely get a top and three branches for the tree. The pattern calls for seven branches and a top, so I had to expand the trunk and the sky above. I liked that idea better than introducing another tree fabric.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Tree done, with the sky strip to add.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the rest of the bits, for some reason I cannot now explain, I picked up yellow as the house fabric in place of the green, without consulting my plan. This will come back to bite me in just a little bit.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

I had cut the green piece according to the directions, but it wasn’t fitting as it should.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Measuring again, then looking at the pattern, there is a mistake in the pattern.  Adding up the widths of the pieces across the bottom, you get 21-1/2, not 15-1/2.  I wanted to have the 10-1/2 x 2-1/2 piece under the house stretch across the width of the block as a ground.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

So, another piece cut and finished it up.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Adding this block to the other two on the row, and arghh!! The center of the ground floral strip is still not right, it is bowing up in the middle so I must have cut it wrong.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

You guessed it, yep, had to rip it out and replace it.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Then I had to change that fabric too, as I no longer had enough of the original choice.  Finally, will call this one done.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

The next day, on to the next block, the last one!! I pulled out my fabrics from my plan and set to work.

Be My Neighbor 16 1

Cutting out the bits, and laying them out, I started sewing on some of the pieces. It was fun to realize that I was on the last of the piecing for the house blocks.

Be My Neighbor 16 2

It looked so easy, so I dove in without reading the directions. Bad idea.

Be My Neighbor 16 3

The house window floral is directional, so sewing the house needed to be done with care.

Be My Neighbor 16 4

About here was when I realized that the upper cross on the corner was sewed too soon, and the bottom part needed to be separate to complete the house with straight seams.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

Oh well, ripped out a bit more.

Be My Neighbor 16 7

Now, this time I read carefully, as I have messed up on this kind of roof-chimney arrangement before.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

Got it right, no ripping this time.

Be My Neighbor 16 8

Laying out the block again, it is looking better. But even now, I still haven’t realized my mistake.

Be My Neighbor 16 9

More sections sewn, and it is done, whooppeee!!!

Be My Neighbor 16 11

Doing the happy dance, until I placed the last block next to block 15.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

And there we are, two yellow houses side by side.  Nope, can’t leave it this way.  Now, I need to figure out what to do, what to change with the least amount of hassle.  Yes, there is likely going to be more frogging involved, but just how much is yet to be determined.

What are you working on?