Tuesday, September 5, 2017

7 Day Mystery Sew Along- Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my mystery sew along. Did you have fun yesterday? I hope so. I'm really trying to keep our project secret right up to Day 7 but if you guess beforehand and are still having fun, I'll be happy :)
Today is a bigger sewing day than yesterday but its all very easy, so lets get started.
Yesterdays "Homework Assignment" was the cutting requirements for Day 2 but if you didn't have time, here's a recap:
From your white fabric cut:

  • 2 x 1 1/2" x 15" strips
  • 1 x 1 1/2" x 7" strip
  • 2 x 2 1/2" x 19" strips
From your blue fabric cut:

  • 1 x 3 1/2" x 15" strip
  • 2 x 2 1/2" x 7" strips
  • 1 x 1 1/2" x 19" strip
Lets sew!
We are working with the 7" blue and white strips first today.
Step 1: Sew a blue 2 1/2" x 7" strip to either long side of the white 1 1/2" x 7" strip, pressing seams towards the blue strips to yield one rectangle which should measure 5 1/2" x 7" when complete.

TIP: for a nice crisp seam, set your seam first by pressing with a hot iron and then finger press along the length of the seam, opening it in the direction you want to press, before pressing flat with your iron.
Step 2: Trim and square up one end of the rectangle and then cross cut units at 1 1/2" intervals. You will need to cut 4 of these units and each unit should measure 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".

TIP: Line up the centre seams of the rectangle with any marking on your ruler to ensure your cut units are squared up and accurate.
Next we are working with the 15" blue and white strips.
Step 3: Sew a white 1 1/2" x 15" strip to either long side of the blue 3 1/2" x 15" strip, pressing seams towards the blue strip to yield one rectangle which should measure 5 1/2" x 15" when complete.

TIP: for a nice crisp seam, set your seam first by pressing with a hot iron and then finger press along the length of the seam, opening it in the direction you want to press, before pressing flat with your iron.
Step 4: Trim and square up one end of the rectangle and then cross cut units at 1 1/2" intervals. You will need to cut 9 of these units and each unit should measure 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".

TIP: Line up the centre seams of the rectangle with any marking on your ruler to ensure your cut units are squared up and accurate.
Step 5: Sew one of these units to the top and bottom of each of the four units made at Step 2, along the long sides and pressing the seams open. Units should measure 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" when complete.

You should have one strip left over, keep it aside for now.
Lastly we are working with the 19" blue and white strips.
Step 6: Sew a white 2 1/2" x 19" strip to either long side of the blue 1 1/2" x 19" strip, pressing seams towards the blue strip to yield one rectangle which should measure 5 1/2" x 19" when complete.

TIP: for a nice crisp seam, set your seam first by pressing with a hot iron and then finger press along the length of the seam, opening it in the direction you want to press, before pressing flat with your iron.
Step 7: Trim and square up one end of the rectangle and then cross cut units at 1 1/2" intervals. You will need to cut 12 of these units and each unit should measure 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".

TIP: Line up the centre seams of the rectangle with any marking on your ruler to ensure your cut units are squared up and accurate.
Step 8: Sew one of these units to the top and bottom of each of the four units made at Step 5, along the long sides and pressing the seams open to yield four blocks which should each measure 5 1/2" square when complete.

You should have four strips left over, keep these aside.
And that's it for today. Well done :) You should now have the four finished blocks and your leftover strips which we will need in the coming days. Pop today's blocks and leftover units into a ziplock bag marked Day 2 to keep them safe and then give yourself a huge pat on the back.  You rock!
Now its time for your next "Homework Assignment":
If you get time throughout the day, cut your fabrics ready for tomorrow and you'll be all set to sew.
I hope you had a fun sewing day today. Any ideas on what we are sewing yet? No matter, your one step closer to solving the mystery :)
And don't forget, if your looking for more free patterns this National Sewing Month, grab a coffee and go and check out what hot at FaveQuilts and AllFreeSewing.
Cya tomorrow :)

2 comments:

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

that is really a cute block Rose. You are so generous with the quilting community, thank you Sharyn in Kalama

Laura said...

Sweet blocks!! Excited for day 3!

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