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MODERN PIECING...DEAR JANE BLOCK B-9

This Tutorial is a step by step of how I put my Block B-9 called Tinker Toy from the Dear Jane Quilt.  Please remember that the sizes I included in this Tutorial are for blocks that finish at 6" square...so if you plan to use any of this tutorial for your own Dear Jane Block, please plan accordingly.  Any questions please feel free to contact me!

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Begin by cutting an 8" square block from your background fabric.  If you double click on the picture above you will see that the right edge of this particular piece of fabric is a bit "rough", but that's OK...as I will be trimming the block later to the desired size.

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Now, using your rotary cutter and ruler cut the block corner to corner...in both directions.

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Right sides together the top piece to the left side piece and the right side piece to the bottom piece.  Sew, using an accurate 1/4" seam allowance.  Press to set your seams, and then break the rule of pressing and PRESS all your seams OPEN.  You will thank me later!

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After you have pressed the seams open...this is what the two halves look like.  Now, right sides together these two sections, making sure you match the center seam...pin if necessary. Sew, using an accurate 1/4" seam allowance...press to set the seam and then press that seam OPEN too.

 

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This is what the "pieced" background looks like now... BEFORE I trimmed it down.

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Now trim the block down to 6.5" square...be sure to use the cross hairs on your ruler and line them up on the seam lines to give you an accurate block cut.

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Here's the backside of the pieced background block...YES, I really did press all the seams OPEN!

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Let's do a little Modern Piecing and Machine Applique the pieces onto the background instead of hand piecing it all!  Here is a chunk of my light cream fabric already prepped with the Heat and Bond Lite adhered to the backside.  I know you are all JEALOUS of my big thumb...that looks like a big TOE!  Lol!

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From my prepped fabric piece (with the Heat and Bond) I cut two 1 5/8" squares and one 1" square.

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Cut your two larger squares from corner to corner to make four adorable triangles...just the RIGHT size.  No worries...I did the Math for YOU!

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Using your seam lines as a reference...place your square in the center, and press in place with NO steam.  Once again, you use the seam lines as reference as you place the corner triangles...you will also need to be sure that all tips of your triangles are 1/4" from the outside edges of the background block itself.  Once you have press all of the Applique pieces in place from the top, be sure to turn your block over and press it well from the back side too...this insures the BEST adheasion.

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See how pretty it is...all ready to start Machine Applique!
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Prep your applique work by placing a piece of mid weight tear away stabilizer on the backside.  Once again...my Big Thumb makes her debut!

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Sorry...this picture is a bit blurry.  I need to work on my handling of the camera with one hand and taking a picture with the other!  None the less...here are the needles I use for Machine Applique.  Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needles size 70/10.  I use this size needle because the shaft of the needle is thinner and it helps prevent fraying on the edge of your applique when your needle pierces the fabric.  Try them!  LOVE!

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I have set up my Ruby Jane (The Janome Horizon 7700) with a buttonhole applique stitch and then set my width at 2.0 and stitch length at 1.5.  I also lessened the pressure of my foot to 2.  This enables you a little more "freedom" in movement while you applique.  Play with the different applique stitches that YOUR machine has first and decide which one you like best...then write it down on your Dear Jane printout for reference later.

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I am all set up and ready to start appliqueing the pieces in place.  My Machine is threaded with a Rayon (or you can use cotton or polyester) embroidery thread on top and a cotton bobbin has been installed.  Be sure to do some practice stitches first to get your tension right.  Machine Applique is a "practiced art" and this is why I teach it per your machine in the classroom setting.  There is NO sense in learning it on a Janome if you sew on a Bernina at home.  Your skill improves greatly when you have been taught how to Machine Applique on your brand of machine!  Also...Good lighting is essential in your work area...so turn on the extra lights or use a "task" light near the bed of your machine!

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I like to use the OPEN toe foot on my Ruby Jane while I am Machine Appliqueing...it gives you complete visibility while you work and you can easily control your stitching to the edge of the applique piece.  Once again...please excuse my blurry picture, I will work on that... promise!

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After all my applique work is complete...I remove as much of the tear away stabilizer as possible...do NOT worry about what is "underneath" the stitching itself.

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Here is the block from the backside, after the stabilizer has been removed...it is almost as pretty as the front!

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Here she is folks...be sure to double click on the picture to see the pieced reference lines up close.  Any one interested in more Dear Jane Tutorials?

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Excellent first tutorial!
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:38