October 30, 2016

Moda's Be My Neighbor - Block 7

Welcome back to the Neighborhood.  Aren't these houses fun?!  You can download Block 7 here.

You'll be making flying geese units to assemble this house.  Following the pattern instructions, you'll make the flying geese units using 5" x 2-3/4" rectangles and 2-3/4" squares.  This technique works great but if you have another technique you like, go ahead and do that.  The finished geese units will be 4-1/2" x 2-1/4" (5" x 2-3/4" including seam allowances).

Here my fabric selections if you're following along with the Moda Grunge fabrics:
  • Tree - assorted greens and turquoises
  • Tree Trunk - Fur
  • House Roof and Chimney - Papaya
  • House - Sunflower
  • Flying Geese Dark - Geranium
  • Flying Geese Medium - Rose
I hope you're all having fun.  

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.