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Be My Neighbor Block 11

Getting back to the previous block on the Be My Neighbor quilt along, I said last month that I wanted to make these little houses into birdhouses. After that post, I was gifted a lovely piece of fabric by Mary who blogs at Needled Mom, (thanks again!!)  The sizes of the birds was perfect for this block, and I used my square-up ruler to mark the fabric so I could fussy cut the exact size I needed with the birds in the center.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

There were more than six motifs, so I had a hard time choosing which ones to use.  I went for the ones with nests first, then had to adjust to get six full motifs.  I couldn’t get the robin and nest because it was too close to the others where I needed the extra space to get the full square.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

So, here are the final cuts, along with the other elements of the block.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

There were only a few squares to mark for the roof sections this time.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Being careful to get the correct sections on the top and bottom of the bird squares, chain piecing made construction quick.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Little roofs went on the birdhouses quickly too.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the units, I made sure the colors of the birds were distributed nicely, and sewed the rows. At this point I was cautiously optimistic that this block would go together smoothly.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Rows pressed, and assembled, and YES!!! I made a block without ripping out a single seam, whoopee!!

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a look at each of the bird blocks, starting with the cardinals.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Cedar Waxwings are seldom seen here, but once I did see an entire flock of them in a tree at our house. There must have been four or five dozen, a huge flock. This little square brings back that memory.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

This one is a red breasted grosbeak, I haven’t ever seen one of these in real life.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

We have bluebirds here, but I don’t see them often. I bought mealworms for them and DH put them in the feeder, then didn’t see any bluebirds for months!

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

This one is a yellow warbler. I would have loved to get the goldfinches on the fabric, but I couldn’t have them and the cardinals too.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

I think this is supposed to be a purple finch.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

One last look at the finished block.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the row, I had Block 12 from last time, so the row blocks were ready to assemble.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

Getting closer to the end of this, just four more blocks to go and then sashing.

Be My Neighbor Block 11 at From My Carolina Home

I know I have shared this before, but I was at it again with this block. I use the ends of my longarm bobbins to wind bobbins for the DSM. And I use the ends of bobbins from my DSM as the top thread for scrappy blocks. It helps to use up those bits and ends, and free up bobbins to reload with different colors.

Re-using ends of bobbins at From My Carolina Home

If you are just finding this, all the patterns are available on Bear Creek Quilting’s free pattern area for Moda Be My Neighbor blocks, click HERE for the pattern downloads.  Three rows finished, and I like the lighter colors.  I wish now that I had done all the sky fabrics the same, but oh well, not going to rip it out!!

Be My Neighbor Three Rows Complete at From My Carolina Home

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Be My Neighbor Block 9

The meeting is today, and I’ll be taking the pebble fabrics there to get a few more opinions. Actually if I could find the grey color in the other smaller scale, it would be perfect. I’ve had another idea too.  I am considering taking all the blocks apart and adding blue sky sashing between the houses to separate them a bit. I haven’t made that decision to rip more yet, but I am thinking about it! So, for today, I needed to get to block 9, the first block on row 3.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

Once again, cutting all the little individual pieces took a while. This time even more so as the print I picked for the house is directional.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I did the marking on the backs of all the designated squares first.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

Chain piecing was a bit more involved due to the directional print of the house, so I had to lay them out after each grouping was sewn.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I was really happy that I got all of them right this time! I kept the little black dot on the top of the white fan on every single one.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I got the rows done, and ironed the seams opposing in order to nest the seams.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I carefully pinned the two rows of bowtie blocks and sewed.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

And somehow came out with a seriously off seam in the middle. I didn’t get a picture of it, but trust me it was a mess. So, the streak continues, and I ripped it out to resew.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

Resewn, looking better. But at this point I am seriously rethinking my choice of print for the house, it may be a bit busy on such a large area.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

But, I continued on anyway. Laying out the window sections, I made sure again that the print was correctly arranged.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

And here it is. The print doesn’t look all that bad at a distance, I guess.

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

What do you think?

Be My Neighbor Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I just now realized that I need to add the ground strip along the bottom, so I’ll do that before the meeting today. Then block nine will be done.  Do you like this print?

 

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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 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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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along – Block 2

Deciding to start over with the Be My Neighbor Quilt Along, I pulled out some really pretty springtime fabrics. This Beverly Park bundle from Connecting Threads came a couple of months ago specifically to do a lighter springtime quilt. I thought they would do nicely for this quilt too.

Beverly Park Fabrics

I pulled more springtime colors and started to figure out the first block again. The block from yesterday will be used in a charity quilt, and I have that one underway too.  The light blue Moda marbles for sky is at the top of this picture.  I have a darker blue to use as well, so the sky will have some variation.

Purple and Pink Fabrics

Cutting takes more time than usual because a lot of decisions have to be made as to what colors to place where – house color, window print, roof fabrics, tower print, etc.  You can see my notebook in this picture, all the patterns and instructions were printed, hole punched and then put in a binder.  This way nothing gets lost.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

I apologize for these pictures being so dark. I dropped my little camera and broke it.  It is toast, so another used one of the exact same model was purchased online so I can use the same accessories as the broken one. I didn’t pay attention to the setting on the good camera, and it was still set for night pictures.  Anyway, once again I picked up bits and sewed as much as I could at once.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

This block didn’t start out well, as I sewed the points together wrong, so frogging the first seams stopped the progress.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Arrgggghh, this is why I cut extra large and square up HSTs – these should be 3-1/2 inches.  So, I had to start over and remake several of these HSTs.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did this. The third mess up with this bloody block!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Frogged those out, and finally made progress on some of the construction.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

But apparently, I still need a lesson on reading the instructions. I messed up the tower roof too, sewing the chimney on sideways, so more frogging was in order.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

But, eventually, I did get the block done. I added some daffodils to the sides of the tower to set it into a landscape.  This block has the alternate blue fabric for the sky.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

The re-made Block One went a bit faster. I used a flower with leaves fabric on either side of the now flowering tree to set it into a landscape.  The tree has tiny oranges and leaves now.  The actual block is lighter than this picture makes it appear.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are the first two blocks done.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll be working on the third block to get it done before the next meeting.  It has a bunch of really tiny pieces, and also some applique. I don’t do well with applique, so I’ll be getting out a couple of books to try to do better this time.  I just need more practice.  Plus it will give me some handwork to do, which I do enjoy.  You can still get the downloads for the 12 house blocks on Bear Creek Quilting Moda Be My Neighbor, but I am not sure how long they will be there.  I’ll get to block 3 next week, and then I plan to do one or two a month after that.   There are sixteen blocks total, so we need a couple of months to have two.  I will likely publish these on the first Wednesday of the month, as that is the monthly time for the local quilt shop’s meeting.

Do you like the new color choices?  Do you want to quilt along?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along

The LQS here started a quilt along in January for the Moda Fabrics Be My Neighbor quilt.  The original publication of the block instructions were done late last year.  So, I decided to do this monthly meeting so I can keep up with a few friends.  The shop emailed me the first blocks, but I couldn’t even think about sewing for over a week.  Finally on the day before the meeting, I thought I should at least get one block done, so I pulled some scraps and got busy.

Neighbor Block One 2

This one takes some concentration as each block is different and has lots of pieces that are close in measurement. The background on this one has a 2-1/2-inch square and a 2-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch rectangle. So careful placement is essential. As I usually do anyway, I laid out the bits to be sure they were all in the right spots.

Neighbor Block One 3

Then I picked up adjoining pieces and sewed as many as I could chain style.

Neighbor Block One 4

Took all those the the ironing board, then laid out the block again.

Neighbor Block One 6

Pick up the pieces that could be done next, and chain pieced again until I ran out of bits.

Neighbor Block One 8

I kept going like this until the entire block was sewn.  I put a white on white lacy print in the ‘windows’ to look like lace curtains, but it was too subtle.

Neighbor Block One 10

When I got the block done, I thought ho-hum. I am doing what I always do, choosing the same colors I usually do. So, this block is going to become an orphan. I am going to re-sew another one in spring colors. The trees will become flowering trees instead of evergreens, and I bought some sky fabric in a pale blue Moda marbles with some white that looks like clouds.  One of the other ladies in the quilt-along group also brought up an interesting idea.  She added in a grass patch on either side of her tree, creating a “horizon”, which sets the tree into a landscape.  I liked the look of that too. So, now I am four blocks behind, but who cares! Quilting should always be fun. I have all the best intentions of keeping up, but I am not going to stress out if I am a bit behind.

The patterns are still available at Bear Creek Quilting online, in free downloads. Click on Be My Neighbor to get all the patterns if you’d like to quilt along too, or maybe to join in later.

Want to quilt along with this one?  What are you working on?