October 23, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 6

This looks like it could be the apartment building on the block.  Love the fancy tiles!

Take your time with the tiles on the house.  The pattern instructions are great. Just follow along for a simple way to make these square-in-a-square units.

You can download the pattern for Block #6 here.

My fabric selection for those of you following along with the Moda Grunge fabrics:

  • House Rooftops - Jade
  • Tiles - Sunflower
  • Windows - Creme
  • House - Decadent
Check out our facebook page - I've posted some picture of Neighborhood blocks done in different fabrics.


October 16, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 5

Block #5 is a valentine house! Have you been thinking about who's living in each house as you make it?  I wonder who would be living in this cute house.
Download the pattern for block #5 here.

My fabric selection:

  • House - Duchess
  • Roof and Chimney - Rose
  • Heart - Cherry
  • Bird - Sunflower beak, Cobalt body & tail, Sky wing and a bit of Eggplant for the eye.
The pattern had a neat way of doing the chimney.  Follow the step by step diagrams and it will turn out great!

October 10, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 4

Here's this weeks addition to the Neighborhood.  I think you'll find that this house goes together pretty quickly.  Download the pattern here.

You'll be making 3 quarter-square-triangle units for the foundation of this house.  You can cut the 5-1/4" squares into triangles as listed in the pattern or use another quarter-square-triangle technique if you like.

Another note - when you make the connector corners for the large roof, save the big triangles that you cut off.  You'll be able to use those to cut some smaller pieces on future blocks.

Here's my fabric selection for those of you following along with the Moda Grunge fabrics:

  • House Roof Large and House Roof Small - Cherry
  • Quarter-Square Triangles - Aqua
  • House - I used Elafin for the house except for the two 5-1/4" squares.  I cut those squares from Kelp.
  • Window - Creme
I'd love to see some photos of your finished blocks.  You can email them or post them on our facebook page.  Have fun!  

October 2, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 3

Isn't this a fun house with the mailbox and the cute bird sitting on the roof? Go to our web site to download the pattern for block #3.

You'll have a little bit of applique to do this time.  The pattern notes that the bird pattern pieces are "not reversed". If you're doing hand applique, you can make pattern pieces and use them right side up.  If you're doing fusible machine applique, flip your pattern pieces over when you mark on your fusible product.  Your bird will end up facing the same direction as shown on the picture of the block.  Save your pattern pieces - you'll be making 3 more birds on future blocks. Some face right, others face left.

Be sure to watch the layout diagram as you assemble the mailbox.  
The pattern shows a little circle on the front of the mailbox. I thought it made it look like a birdhouse instead of a mailbox. You choose.

For those of you following my color placement, here it is:
  • House - Sky
  • House roof - Kraft
  • Mailbox front - Kraft
  • Mailbox side & pole - Fur
  • Mailbox roof - Geranium
  • Windows - Creme
  • Flag - Sunflower
  • Flag pole - Gris
  • Bird applique - yellow beak; cobalt body & tail; light blue wing; eggplant eye
Have lots of fun.  I have my first 4 blocks on display at the shop. Stop by and see them if you have a chance.


September 25, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 2

Here's my block 2 for Moda's Be My Neighbor quilt.  It looks to me like it's a barn with a quilt painted on the side. Pick up your pattern for block 2 here.  I hope you're all having fun!

Here are the fabrics I used in my block.
I divided up the house color a little differently than listed in the pattern.
  • House:
1 - 9-1/2" x 3-1/4" rectangle - Geranium
1 - 9-1/2" x 2-1/4" rectangle - Geranium
4 - 5" x 2" rectangles - Geranium
2 - 3-7/8" squares - Decadent
4 - 2-3/8" squares - Decadent

  • House roof - Fur
  • Pinwheel - Jade
  • Pinwheel Points - Purssian Blue
  • Tower - Papaya
  • Tower Roof - Lustra
  • Tower Chimney - Lustra
Remember to share photos of your blocks as you finish them.


September 18, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 1

Here's my first block for Moda's "Be My Neighbor" quilt.  You can pick up your block pattern from our web site here.
Each week I'll be posting the selection of Moda Grunge fabrics that I've used in my block. I'll also let you know if I have any tips for cutting and assembling the block.

My fabric selection for block 1:

  • House - Geranium
  • Windows - Creme
  • Roof & Chimneys - Fur
  • Tree - I used assorted greens, aqua and jade. The trunk is Fur.

This week I have a few tips for cutting for scrappy blocks.

  • Background - you'll be cutting lots of different size squares and rectangles from your background fabrics.  It made sense to me to cut a strip across the width of the fabric for each size needed.  I then cut the squares and/or rectangles needed and labeled the leftover strip with it's width.  That makes it easy when you're working on the next block to pick up the size strip that you need. 
  • I am using the same approach to cutting for the house and trees.  I've cut strips in the sizes needed. cut off the squares or rectangles listed and saved the leftover ends for future blocks.  Don't worry about direction unless you have an obviously directional fabric.  For example: cutting the pieces for this first house, I cut the 2 - 12-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles and 3 - 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangles from strips cut 2-1/2" x width of fabric.
  • I'm using "Creme" for windows in most of the blocks.  Most of the windows in future blocks are also 3-1/2" squares so if you cut a 3-1/2" strip, you'll use it again.
I know many of you are planning to select fabrics from your stash as you go.  We'd love to see how your blocks are coming along!  Post a picture to our facebook page or send me an email and I'll put together an album for each block.


September 11, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor

When I saw Moda's Neighborhood quilt, I knew I had to make it. Anyone want to do it with me?

It's a quilt-a-long from the creative folks at Moda Fabrics.

Monday September 19, we'll begin posting the series of 16 free downloadable "blueprints" each Monday. They'll be on our web site as well as here on the blog. The project will run through January 2.  I'll also be sharing photos of my blocks as we go along.  I'm planning to make my quilt using Moda's Grunge line of fabrics. You can follow along with me (we'll be cutting bundles this week of the fabrics I'm using) or use your stash to make it all yours.

Are you ready to plan your quilt? Here's a link to the quilt layout so you can get started.