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2019 BLOCK OF THE MONTH BLOCK 3

Block 3 Package Block

If you prefer watching the video directly on YouTube, click here

Download the files for block three here: Block 3 Files

Block
3 – Package design

Supplies
for one block

Base
Blocks: two 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh

Back
Block: one 9” square

Front:
patches from Package/CutFiles

Warm
and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

1
– Back Block

2
– Bottom Base Muslin

3
– Top Base No Show Mesh

6
– Package

5
– Bow

4
– Batting

7
– ribbon

8
– background parts

LOADING
THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow
the directions included with the purchase of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

Place the muslin flat on the table.

Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

 

Insert the batting in the opening of the Maker.

Place the No Show mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly press the No Show mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker. Attach the hoop to the machine.

 

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue on patch #1 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #1, right side up in patch 1, aligning the fabric edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #2, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #2 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #2, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #3, the seam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at patch #2 as shown in blue.

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch color 4, the tackdown.

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #3 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #3, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #5, the seam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue in patch #3.

 

 

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #6, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #4.

Place fabric #4, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at fabric #4 as shown in blue.

 

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #8.

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #5 as shown in blue.

 

Place fabric #5, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch Color #9, the seam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue in patch #5 as shown in blue.

 

 

 

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #10, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #6 as shown in blue.

 

 

Place fabric #6, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch Color #11, the seam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at patch #6.

 

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #7.

 

Place fabric #7, right side down, aligning the fabric edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch Color #13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at patch #7.

 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #14.

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #8.

 

Place fabric #8, right side down, aligning the fabric edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch Color #15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at patch #8.

 

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #16, the tackdown

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #9.

 

Place fabric #9, right side down, aligning fabric edge with stitched outline. Stitch Color #17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at patch #9.

 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #18, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10.

 

Place fabric #10, right side down, aligning the fabric edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at fabric #10.

 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #20, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

Quilting the Block

Stitch color #21, the Bow echo outline.

 

 

 

Stitch color #22, the stippling and ribbon placement.

 

 

Use actual ribbon or make your own – I used a 2” x 4 ½” strip of fabric, turned the sides and ends under to make the finished ribbon 1” x 3 ½”.

 

 

Place the ribbon using the center lines from color #22.

 

 

Stitch color #23, the ribbon tackdown.

 

Stitch color #24, the border stippling.

 

 

 

2019 Block of the Month Block 2

Block 2 – Signature Block Instructions

If you prefer watching the video directly on YouTube, click here.

Download the files for block two here: Block 2 Files

Block 2 Signature Block Design
Supplies for one block
Base Blocks: two 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – Patches from Signature/CutFiles
Warm and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

 

 

Signature Block Supplies

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom: Muslin

3 – Top: No Show Mesh

6 – Center Front

5 – Corners

4 – Batting

LOADING THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow the directions included with the purchase of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

Place the muslin flat on the table.

Center the Monster Block Maker on the fabric.

Insert the batting in the opening of the Maker.

Place the Top base No Show mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly press the No Show mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker.   Attach the hoop to the machine.

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout.

Place glue in patch #1 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #1, right side up in patch 1, aligning the fabric edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #2, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #2, as shown in blue.

Place fabric #2 – right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #3, the seam.

Place glue on patch #2 as shown in blue.

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch color 4, the tackdown.

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #3 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #3, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #5, the seam.

Place glue in patch #3.

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #6, the tackdown.

 

Quilting the Block

Stitch colors #7, 9 and 9, the quilting and embellishments.

 

For information on the Monster Block Maker click the image below.



Celebration Quilt – 2019 Block of the Month Block 1

Block 1 – On Point Block Instructions

If you prefer watching on YouTube, click here.

Download the files for block one here: Block 1 Files

Blk1 On Point design

Recommended Fabric for 1 block

Base Block: one 9” square muslin

Stabilizer: one 9” square No Show mesh

Front – patches from OnPoint/CutFiles

Warm and Natural batting: 7 7/8” square

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom: Muslin

3 – Top: No Show Mesh

6 – Center Front

5 – Corners

4 – Batting

LOADING THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow the directions included with the purchase of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

Place the muslin flat on the table.

Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting in the opening of the Maker.

Place the No Show mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly press the No Show mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker.

Attach the hoop to the machine.

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout.

Place glue at patch #1 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #1, right side up, aligning the fabric edges with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #2, the tackdown.

 

Place glue at the seam for fabric #2.

Place fabric #2, right side down, aligning
the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #3, the seam.

Place glue at patch #2 as shown in
blue.

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #4, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #3.

Place fabric #3 – right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch Color #5, the seam.

Place glue at patch #3.

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #6, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #4
as shown in blue.

Place fabric #4, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch Color #7, the seam.

 

Place glue at patch #4 as shown in
blue.

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #8, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #5 as shown in blue.

Place patch #5 – right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #9, the seam.

Place glue at fabric #5 as shown in blue.

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #10, the tackdown.

Quilting the Block

Stitch colors #11, 12 and 13, the quilting elements.

Congratulations your On Point block is complete!

 For information on the Monster Block Maker click the image below.



Celebration Quilt – Intro

2019 Block of the Month

By PJ Wong of PJ Designs

Join us for the 2019 quilt-along.  You’ll master piecing and quilting in the hoop.  Here’s how it will work. In each 2019 issue, you’ll find the instructions for three blocks.   You can download the block designs and precut files every month on the first of the month. In addition to the downloadable designs, you’ll find a video illustrating how to create the block files in
My Block Piecer and My Quilt Embellisher.  If you have the software programs, these videos will help you master creating and decorating your own blocks.  If you don’t have the software, you can download the files, send them to your embroidery machine and stitch the blocks.

Finished size: 37” x 46”

Embroidery Products

Embroidery machine with a 200mm x 200mm sewing field
8” x 8” Snap Hoop Monster (for Baby Lock/Brother machines only) All others, use a standard hoop

8” Monster Block Maker

No Show mesh cutaway stabilizer

Fabric glue stick

Embroidery bobbin

40 wt. polyester thread

#90/14 Quilting needle

Temporary Spray Adhesive

 

Fabric

Plaid: ½ yd.

All Over Flowers & Scissors: 3/8 yd.

Grey Scissors: ½ yd.

All over Scissors Dots: 5/8 yd.

White Scissors: ½ yd.

Twenty-one 10” squares of a variety of fabrics

Backing: 2 1/3 yd.

Batting

All fabrics are available for purchase at http://www.MyFabricDesigns.com

Publishing Schedule

January/February 2019 – Blocks 1, 2 and 3

March/April 2019 – Blocks 4, 5 and 6

May/June 2019 – Blocks 7, 8 and 9

July/August 2019 – Blocks 10, 11 and 12

September/October 2019 – Piecing the Quilt

November/December 2019 – Quilting the Quilt

FAQs

Do I have to have My Block Piecer software to participate? 

No, all embroidery files will be provided to you at http://www.dzgns.com/blog

How will I quilt the blocks? Do I need to purchase quilting
designs? 

No, all block quilting is provided in the digital files. 

I have My Block Piecer software.  Are there additional instructions for creating the blocks in the software?  

Yes! You will find full-length videos for creating each block in My Block Piecer at http://www.dzgns.com/blog

Are quilting designs also created in My Block Piecer? 

No, all of the quilting designs for the 2019 Quilt Along were digitized in My Quilt Embellisher. The instructions for digitizing those designs are included in the full-length videos for each block.

What size hoop do I need? 

All files are provided in 200mm x 200mm in C2S, PES, EXP, DST, JEF and VP3.

Do I have to purchase Monster Block Maker to participate in the
Quilt-Along?
 

No, you can use a standard hoop but you will have to fill a 200mm x 200mm hoop with No Show cut-away stabilizer for each block.  Monster Block Maker economizes on stabilizer.

Can I purchase the fabric shown in the sample? 

Yes, all fabrics are available at http://www.MyFabricDesigns.com

How do I cut my fabric patches? 

Digital files (SVG and FCM) are provided for each block for digital cutting machines.  PDF patterns are also provided to cut patches with a rotary cutter.


I’m new to piecing-in-the-hoop, can I handle this project?

Absolutely!  You’ll find step-by-step instructions with images for each step of each block. 


I’ve never quilted before; will my blocks turn out wonky?


The beauty of piecing-in-the-hoop is the digital files produce precise
patches and seams.  Just follow the instructions and your blocks will be square and sharp. 

This week, we’ll post the materials for the first three blocks.  Make sure you subscribe to this blog so you’ll when each block is posted. You will be able to watch the videos and download all embroidery files.  If you have My Block Piecer software, I encourage you to watch the videos and work through the steps to create your own embroidery files.  You’ll be so familiar with the steps, you’ll be designing your own blocks in no time!

My Block Piecer: Block 12 – 1904 Star Sewing Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 12 1904 Star
Sewing Instructions

Block 12, 1904 Star, is the most ambitious block of the My Block Piecer Sampler Block of the Month as it consists of nine-units. As you know, My Block Piecer splits some blocks into smaller units when a patch shares seam allowances with more than one patch. Piece the nine units in one hooping and sew together on a sewing machine with ¼” seam allowance. In the software instructions for Block 12, we merged the nine separate units into one embroidery design and combined the placement guides for all of the units into the first color of the merged design.

Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop. Retrieve the merged Block 12, 1904 Star design on the machine. Stitch color 1, the placement guides for all units.

Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1 in the first unit. Stitch color 2, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 3, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 4, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 5, the seam of patches 1 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 6, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 7, the seam of patches 1 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 8, the tackdown.

Place patch 5 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 9, the seam of patches 1 and 5.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 10, the tackdown. The first unit is complete.

Depending on how you merged the individual units into the hoop, your next unit may be different than the sample. However, the construction for this corner unit will be the same. There are four repeats of this unit. Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1 of Unit 2.Stitch color 11, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 12, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 13, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 14, the seam of patches 1 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 15, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric, right side down, over patches 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 16, the seam of patches 1 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 17, the tackdown. Unit 2 is complete. Duplicate these steps for other three repeats of the corner unit.

The third unit will also be repeated four times. Here’s the color sequence, starting with the first color of the unit.

Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1 of Unit 3.Stitch color 1, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 2, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 3, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 4, the seam of patches 1 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 5, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric, right side down, over patches 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 6, the seam of patches 1 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 7, the tackdown. Unit 3 is complete.

Duplicate these steps for other three repeats of the corner unit.

If you have any remaining units to repeat, do them now.

Remove the block from the hoop. Trim the units on the outer stitched line. Sew the units together at the sewing machine.

Make three more blocks if you’re making the large quilt.

Created by Nancy Stansbury

My Block Piecer: Block 12 – 1904 Software Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month : Block 12 1904 Star
Software Instructions
By Nancy Stansbury

We hope you have been enjoying the block of the month series.  Remember, you can go back to previous posts to catch up on what you missed.


  1. Open MBP.
  2. Click on Create a New Design.
  3. If the units for the ruler on the design page show mm, Right Click on either one of the rulers on the Design Page, and Click on Inches.
  4. Right Click on either ruler again and click on Grid Settings.
    1. Check marks by:
      1. Maintain aspect ratio.
      2. Snap to grid.
    2. Set Horizontal spacing to 0.25.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click on the Block Icon.
    1. Enter 1904 Star in the Find box at the bottom of the window (DO NOT CLICK THE ENTER KEY).
    2. Click on the Down green arrow.
    3. Click OK to place the block on the design page.
  6. In the Properties Window on the right side of the screen click on the Transform icon.

    1. Have Maintain aspect ratio checked.
    2. Change the Width to 6.
    3. Click Apply.
  7. Click on the Reorder icon.
    1. There are three separate patch groups in this block. See the illustration that follows for the numbering order.NOTE: When numbering the pieces of the block, keep in mind that this is a sew and flip method of piecing, so each patch can only have a single straight seam joining it to a previous patch/patches.
    2. Right Click to end the numbering. The numbers will disappear but the numbering is still there.
  8. Click on the Select icon, and while holding down the CTRL key, click on patches 1 through 5 (Square in a square).
  9. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. Select a 200mm x 200 mm hoop or similar for your machine.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
    3. Click Sort Numbers and Click Yes.
  10. Click Preview.
  11. Click Save.
    1. Click on Create a New Folder icon and name Block 12.
    2. Double Click on the folder to open it.
    3. In the File name box enter 1904_StarA.
    4. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    5. Click Save.
    6. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. 1904_StarA_001.c2s.
      2. 1904_StarA _artwork.c2s.
      3. 1904_StarA _preview.pdf.
    7. Close the file window.
    8. Close the Save window.
  12. Click on the Select icon, and while holding down the CTRL key, click on patches 6 through 9 (Corner). Notice the numbers have changed to 1-4.
  13. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-5.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
    3. Click Sort Numbers and Click Yes.
  14. Click Preview.
  15. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter 1904_StarB.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. 1904_StarB_001.c2s.
      2. 1904_StarB _artwork.c2s.
      3. 1904_StarB _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  16. Click on the Select icon, and while holding down the CTRL key, click on patches 10 through 13 (Top triangle).
  17. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have changed to 1-4.
    2. Select a 200mm x 200 mm hoop or similar for your machine.
    3. Click the Auto Build button.
    4. Click Sort Numbers and Click Yes.
  18. Click Preview.
  19. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter 1904_StarC.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. 1904_StarC_001.c2s.
      2. 1904_StarC _artwork.c2s.
      3. 1904_StarC _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  20. Click the Select icon and draw a box around the entire block, OR Enter CTRL-A to select all of the block.
  21. Click the Cutter icon.
    1. Seam allowance default is .25”. Normally I change this to 0.4” or 0.5”, to make it easier to place the fabric pieces no matter which output format I choose.
    2. How you are going create the fabric pieces for the block, will determine which file format (hoop) to choose for the templates.
      1. If going to print the templates, and use them to manually cut the fabric pieces, select the Paper Letter 210×279.
      2. If going to use the Scan and Cut, select Brother SCN 12x12”.
      3. If going to use the Silhouette, select Silhouette 12x12”.
    3. Can Unclick Optimize Orientation if using a directional fabric (This will optimize how the pieces file on the paper.
    4. Click Apply.
    5. Click Save. If using a digital cutter, select the appropriate format for your cutter from the drop menu.
      1. In File name enter 1904_Star Templates.
      2. Click Save.
    6. The Following Files have been created.
      1. 1904_Star templates.
      2. 1904_Star templates_preview.pdf.
    7. Close the files window.
    8. Close the Cutter window.
  22. Click on Create a New Design.Note: If desired the embroideries can be saved in a specific format individually or they can be combined into one file.
  23. To save entire design in one hooping, Go To Step 43.
  24. Click on the Hoop icon and select a 200mmx200mm or similar for your machine
  25. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file 1904_StarA_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
  26. Move the design to the lower center of the hoop.
  27. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file 1904_StarC_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
  28. Move the design to the upper left corner of the hoop.
  29. Copy, Paste.
  30. Move the design to the upper right corner of the hoop.
  31. Click on the Select icon and draw a box around the upper two designs.
  32. Copy, Paste.
  33. Move near the center of the hoop.
  34. Click File, Save As.
    1. In the File name enter 1904_StarA.
    2. In the Save as type select the format for your specific machine format.
    3. Click Save.
  35. Click on New Design.
  36. Click on the Hoop icon and select a 200mmx200mm or similar for your machine.
  37. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file 1904_StarB_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
  38. Can fit all for designs needed for one block in a 200mmx200mm hoop.
  39. After bringing in the first design. Copy, Paste and rotate each design as necessary.
  40. Click File, Save As.
    1. In the File name enter 1904_StarB.
    2. In the Save as type select the format for your specific machine format.
    3. Click Save.
  41. Go to Step 47.
  42. To save as one hooping.
    1. Click File, New.
    2. Click File, Merge.
    3. Locate 1904_StarA.001.c2s.
    4. Click File, Merge.
    5. Double Click to open.
    6. Locate 1904_StarB.001.c2s.
    7. Double Click to open.
    8. Move to upper leftr corner of the hoop.
    9. Copy, Paste.
    10. Rotate right twice.
    11. Move to upper right corner.
    12. Copy, Paste,
    13. Rotate right twice.
    14. Move to lower right corner.
    15. Copy, Paste.
    16. Rotate right twice.
    17. Move to lower left corner.
    18. Click File, Merge.
    19. Locate 1904_StarcC.001.c2s.
    20. Double Click to Open.
    21. Move to Upper center of the hoop.
    22. Click Copy, Paste.
    23. Click on Rotate right twice.
    24. Move to center right side of hoop.
    25. Click Copy, Paste.
    26. Rotate twice.
    27. Move to bottom center of the hoop.
    28. Click Copy, Paste.
    29. Rotate Twice.
    30. Move to right center of hoop.
    31. Adjust designs as needed for spacing.
  43. Let’s combine all of the Placement Stitches so they all stitch out at once.
    1. Click Ungroup.
  44. In the Sequence window
    1. Locate the second set of placement stitches.
    2. Click on them, and holding down the left mouse key, move to the top of the sequence window.
    3. Repeat for all 8 of the placement stitches below the first.
  45. Save the design in the format for your machine.
  46. Print the templates, or prepare your fabric and send the templates to your cutter.
  47. Load each of the designs into your embroidery machine to stitch the nine units.

 

My Block Piecer: Block 11 Crazy Star – Sewing Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 11 Crazy Star
Sewing Instructions

Block 11, Crazy Star, is a two-unit block in the My Block Piecer Sampler Block of the Month. As you know, My Block Piecer splits some blocks into smaller units when a patch shares seam allowances with more than one patch. Piece the two units in one hooping and sew together on a sewing machine with ¼” seam allowance. In the software instructions for Block 11, we merged the two separate units into one embroidery design and combined the placement guides for both of the units into the first color of the merged design.

Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop. Retrieve the merged Block 11 Crazy Star design on the machine. Stitch color 1, the placement guides for both units.

Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1.Stitch color 2, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 3, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 4, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patches 1 and 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 5, the seam of patches 1, 2 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 6, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric, right side down, over patches 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 7, the seam of patches 3 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 8, the tackdown.

Place patch 5 fabric, right side down, over patch 4, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 9, the seam of patches 4 and 5.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 10, the tackdown.

Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1 of Unit 2. Stitch color 11, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 12, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 13, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patches 1 and 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 14, the seam of patches 1, 2 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 15, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric, right side down, over patches 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 16, the seam of patches 3 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 17, the tackdown.

Place patch 5 fabric, right side down, over patch 4, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 18, the seam of patches 4 and 5.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 19, the tackdown.

Remove the block from the hoop. Trim the units on the outer stitched line. Sew the units together at the sewing machine.

Created by Nancy Stansbury

My Block Piecer: Block 11 Crazy Star – Software Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month : Block 11 Crazy Star
Software Instructions
By Nancy Stansbury

This ongoing Block of the Month series was designed to inspire you to learn new techniques using My Block Piecer.  As a reminder, the first Saturday of every month will feature the software lesson using My Block Piecer.  The following Wednesday will feature the sewing lesson.

  • You are free to adapt the block to a size of your preference.
  • A free trial of My Block Piecer is available if you’d like to try it before you buy it.  Note the “Save” feature is deactivated until the software is purchased.
  • Interested in learning more about My Block Piecer and other Inspirations Software?  Join us at an Inspirations Event.  Click the Events link for events near you.
  • If you’re late to the Block of the Month “party” have no fear!  Start with Block 11.

Let’s continue the journey of learning and creativity!


Editor’s Note: The artwork for this block is original artwork. Download the Crazy Star.emf file and save it to your hard drive.  Download:  CrazyStar

  1. Open MBP.
  2. Click on Create a New Design.
  3. If the units for the ruler on the design page show mm, Right Click on either one of the rulers on the Design Page, and Click on Inches.
  4. Right Click on either ruler again and click on Grid Settings.
    1. Check marks by:
      1. Maintain aspect ratio
      2. Snap to grid.
    2. Set Horizontal spacing to 0.25.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click File.
    1. Import Art Work
    2. Locate Crazy Star.png
    3. Click on the image.
    4. Click on the Open button.
  6. In the Properties Window on the right side of the screen click on the Transform icon.
    1. Have Maintain aspect ratio checked.
    2. Change the Width to 6.
    3. Click Apply.
  7. Click on the down arrow by the Artwork Icon and select the Pen tool.
    1. On the Properties Window, Check the Fill Box and Click Apply.
    2. Right Click on Color 1 to make it the color to use.
    3. Click on each of the 3 corners of the upper right triangle.
    4. Click on the first corner again.
    5. Right Click to create the patch.
    6. Repeat for the other blue triangle.Note: If at some point the cross hair for the pen tool disappears, just click on the Artwork icon.
    7. Click on Color 2 at the bottom and change it to yellow.
    8. Click OK.
    9. Right Click on Color 2 to make it the color to use.
    10. Repeat 7c through 7f for each of the yellow patches.
    11. Continue changing colors and create the artwork for each of the other pieces of the block.
  8. Click on the Reorder icon.
    1. Look at the diagram below for the numbering sequence.
    2. Click on each patch in block.
    3. Right Click to end the numbering. The numbers will disappear but the numbering is still there.
  9. Click on the Select icon, and holding down the CTRL key, Click on numbers 1 through 5.
  10. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. Select a 200mm x 200 mm hoop or similar for your machine.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
  11. Click Preview.
  12. Click Save.
    1. Click on Create a New Folder icon and name it Block12.
    2. Double Click on the folder to open it.
    3. In the File name box enter Crazy_Star_A.
    4. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    5. Click Save.
    6. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Crazy_Star_A_001.c2s.
      2. Crazy_Star_A _artwork.c2s.
      3. Crazy_Star_A _preview.pdf.
    7. Close the file window.
    8. Close the Save window.
  13. Click on the Select icon, and holding down the CTRL key, Click on the patches for the other half of the block.
  14. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. Click the Auto Build button.
  15. Click Preview.
  16. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Crazy_Star_B.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing the created files.
      1. Crazy_Star_B_001.c2s.
      2. Crazy_Star_B _artwork.c2s.
      3. Crazy_Star_B _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  17. Click the Select icon and draw a box around the entire block, OR Enter CTRL-A to select all of the block.
  18. Click the Cutter icon.
    1. Seam allowance default is .25”. Normally I change this to 0.4” or 0.5”, to make it easier to place the fabric pieces no matter which output format I choose.
    2. How you are going create the fabric pieces for the block, will determine which file format (hoop) to choose for the templates.
      1. If printing paper templates to manually cut the fabric pieces, select Paper Letter 210×279.
      2. If using the Scan and Cut, select Brother SCN 12x12”.
      3. If using the Silhouette, select Silhouette 12x12”.
    3. Can Unclick Optimize Orientation if using a directional fabric (This will optimize how the pieces file on the paper.
    4. Click Apply.
    5. Click Save.
      1. In File name enter Crazy_Star Templates.
      2. Click Save. If using a digital cutter, select the appropriate format from the drop down menu.
    6. The Following Files have been created:
      1. Crazy_Star templates.pdf.
      2. Crazy_Star templates_preview.pdf
      3. Close the files window.
      4. Close the Cutter window.
  19. Click on Create a New Design.
  20. Click on the Hoop icon.
    1. Select the 200mmx200mm hoop or similar for a specific machine.
      Note: When using the Merge to open a file, SAVE is actually a SAVE AS and the original file is not overwritten.
  21. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate Crazy_Star_A_001.c2s.
    2. Click open.
    3. Move to the lower left corner of the hoop
  22. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate Crazy_Star_B_001.c2s.
    2. Double Click to open or Click on the name and Click open.
    3. Move to the upper right corner of the hoop.
  23. Combine the placement stitches to sew in the first color.
    1. In the Sequence Window, click on the second design.
    2. Click Ungroup.
    3. Click on the placement stitch for the second design.
    4. Move the placement stitch up to the first placement stitch.
  24. File, Save as
    1. In the name box enter Crazy_Star
    2. In the Save as type select the specific format for your machine.
    3. Click Save.
  25. Print the templates, or prepare your fabric and send the templates to your cutter.
  26. Load the design in your machine and stitch the two parts of this block.
  27. Manually sew the two halves together to complete the block.

 

My Block Piecer Block of the Month: Block 10 Tulip Time – Software Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month : Block 10 Tulip Time
Software Instructions
By Nancy Stansbury

This ongoing Block of the Month series was designed to inspire you to learn new techniques using My Block Piecer.  As a reminder, the first Saturday of every month will feature the software lesson using My Block Piecer.  The following Wednesday will feature the sewing lesson.

  • You are free to adapt the block to a size of your preference.
  • A free trial of My Block Piecer is available if you’d like to try it before you buy it.  Note the “Save” feature is deactivated until the software is purchased.
  • Interested in learning more about My Block Piecer and other Inspirations Software?  Join us at an Inspirations Event.  Click the Events link for events near you.
  • If you’re late to the Block of the Month “party” have no fear!  Start with Block 10.

Let’s continue the journey of learning and creativity!


  1. Open MBP.
  2. Click on Create a New Design.
  3. If the units for the ruler on the design page show mm, Right Click on either one of the rulers on the Design Page, and Click on Inches.
  4. Right Click on either ruler again and click on Grid Settings.
    1. Check marks by:
      1. Maintain aspect ratio.
      2. Snap to grid.
    2. Set Horizontal spacing to 0.25.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click on the Block Icon.
    1. Enter Tulip Time in the Find box at the bottom of the window (DO NOT CLICK THE ENTER KEY).
    2. Click on the Down green arrow.
    3. Click OK to place the block on the design page.
  6. In the Properties Window on the right side of the screen click on the Transform icon.
    1. Have Maintain aspect ratio checked.
    2. Change the Width to 6.
    3. Click Apply.
  7. Click on the Reorder icon.
    1. Click on each patch as numbered below.NOTE: When numbering the pieces of the block, keep in mind that this is a sew and flip method of piecing, so each patch can only have a single straight seam joining it to a previous patch/patches.
    2. Right Click to end the numbering. The numbers will disappear but the numbering is still there.
  8. Click on the Select icon and draw a box around the patches in the upper left quarter of the block (patches 1 through 3).
  9. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. Select a 200mm x 200 mm hoop or similar for your machine.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
  10. Click Preview.
  11. Click Save.
    1. Click on Create a New Folder icon and name it Block 10.
    2. Double Click on the folder to open it.
    3. In the File name box enter Tulip_TimeA.
    4. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    5. Click Save.
    6. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Tulip_TimeA_001.c2s.
      2. Tulip_TimeA _artwork.c2s.
      3. Tulip_TimeA _preview.pdf.
    7. Close the file window.
    8. Close the Save window.
  12. Click on the Select icon and draw a box the Upper right quarter of the block (patches 4-10).
  13. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-7.
    2. Click the Auto Build button. More than one unit has been created, so this part of the block needs to be manually created.
    3. Right Click in the window on the right side (with the numbers) and Click Reset.
    4. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on the 1 and 2.
      1. Right Click and Group.
      2. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on unit and 3.
      3. Right click and group.
      4. Repeat ii and iii for patch 4 -6.
      5. DO NOT CLICK AND GROUP THE LAST NUMBER.
  14. Click Preview.
  15. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Tulip_TimeB.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Tulip_TimeB_001.c2s.
      2. Tulip_TimeB _artwork.c2s.
      3. Tulip_TimeB _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  16. Click on the Select icon and draw a box around the lower left quarter of the block (patches 11-15).
  17. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-5.
    2. Click the Auto Build button. More than one unit has been created, so this part of the block needs to be manually created.
    3. Right Click in the window on the right and Click Reset.
    4. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on the 1 and 2.
    5. Right Click and Group.
    6. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on unit and 3.
    7. Right click and group.
    8. Repeat ii and iii for patch 4.
  18. Click Preview.
  19. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Tulip_TimeB.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Tulip_TimeC_001.c2s.
      2. Tulip_TimeC _artwork.c2s.
      3. Tulip_TimeC _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  20. Click on the Select icon and draw a box the around the lower right quarter of the block (patches 16-18).
  21. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-3.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
  22. Click Preview.
  23. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Tulip_TimeC.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Tulip_TimeD_001.c2s.
      2. Tulip_TimeD _artwork.c2s.
      3. Tulip_TimeD _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  24. Click the Select icon and draw a box around the entire block.
  25. Click the Cutter icon.
    1. Seam allowance default is .25”. Normally I change this to 0.4” or 0.5”, to make it easier to place the fabric pieces no matter which output format I choose.
    2. How you are going create the fabric pieces for the block, will determine which file format (hoop) to choose for the templates.
      1. If going to print the templates, and use them to manually cut the fabric pieces, select the Paper Letter 210×279.
      2. If going to use the Scan and Cut, select Brother SCN 12x12”.
      3. If going to use the Silhouette, select Silhouette 12x12”.
    3. Unclick Optimize Orientation if using a directional fabric (This will optimize how the pieces file on the paper.
    4. Click Apply.
    5. Click Save.
      1. In File name enter Tulip_Time Templates.
      2. Click Save if using paper templates or use the drop down arrow to find the digital cutting format for your cutter.
      3. The Following Files have been created.
        1. Tulip_Time templates.
        2. Tulip_Time templates_preview.pdf.
      4. Close the files window.
      5. Close the Cutter window.
  26. Click the Hoop icon.
    1. Set Hoop to 200mmx260mm.
  27. Click on Create a new design.Note: When using the Merge to open a file, SAVE is actually a SAVE AS and the original file is not overwritten.
  28. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Tulip_TimeA_001.c2s.
    2. Click Open.
    3. Move it to top left corner of the hoop.
  29. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Tulip_TimeB_001.c2s.
    2. Move it to top right corner of the hoop.
  30. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Tulip_TimeC_001.c2s.
    2. Move it to lower left corner of the hoop.
  31. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Tulip_TImeD_001.c2s.
    2. Move it to the lower right corner of the hoop.
  32. Move all the placement stitches to the top.
    1. CRTL-A or Select all.
    2. Ungroup.
    3. In the Sequence Window move the second set up placement stitches on top of the first set.
    4. Repeat for the other two sets of placement stitches.
  33. Click Save.
    1. In the name box enter Tulip_Time.
    2. In the Save as type select the format for your specific machine.
    3. Click Save.
  34. Print the templates, or prepare your fabric and send the templates to your cutter.
  35. Load the design in your machine to create the four parts of this block.
  36. Option: Manually sew the four parts together to create the block.

 

My Block Piecer Block of the Month: Block 9 – Around the Block Software Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month : Block 9 Around the Block
Software Instructions
By Nancy Stansbury

This ongoing Block of the Month series was designed to inspire you to learn new techniques using My Block Piecer.  As a reminder, the first Saturday of every month will feature the software lesson using My Block Piecer.  The following Wednesday will feature the sewing lesson.

  • You are free to adapt the block to a size of your preference.
  • A free trial of My Block Piecer is available if you’d like to try it before you buy it.  Note the “Save” feature is deactivated until the software is purchased.
  • Interested in learning more about My Block Piecer and other Inspirations Software?  Join us at an Inspirations Event.  Click the Events link for events near you.
  • If you’re late to the Block of the Month “party” have no fear!  Start with Block 9.

Let’s continue the journey of learning and creativity!


  1. Open MBP.
  2. Click on Create a New Design.
  3. If the units for the ruler on the design page show mm, Right Click on either one of the rulers on the Design Page, and Click on Inches.
  4. Right Click on either ruler again and click on Grid Settings.
    1. Check marks by:
      1. Maintain aspect ratio.
      2. Snap to grid.
    2. Set Horizontal spacing to 0.25.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click on the Block Icon.

    1. Enter Around the Block #2 in the Find box at the bottom of the window (DO NOT CLICK THE ENTER KEY).
    2. Click on the Down green arrow.
    3. Click OK to place the block on the design page.
  6. In the Properties Window on the right side of the screen click on the Transform icon.
    1. Have Maintain aspect ratio checked.
    2. Change the Width to 6.
    3. Click Apply.
  7. Click on the Reorder icon.
    1. Click on each patch as numbered below. Do not need to number the lower row as it is identical to the first row and just rotated 180 degrees.
    2. Right Click to end the numbering. The numbers will disappear but the numbering is still there.
  8. Click on the Select icon and draw a box around the top row (patches 1 through 7).
  9. Click on the Workflow icon.

    1. Select a 200mm x 200 mm hoop or similar for your machine.
    2. Click the Auto Build button. The patches are in more than one unit, so the embroidery needs to be manually created.
    3. Right Click in the window on the right side (with the numbers) and Click Reset.
    4. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on the 1 and 2.

      1. Right Click and Group.
      2. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on unit and 3.
      3. Right click and group.
      4. Repeat ii and iii for patches 4 – 6.
      5. DO NOT CLICK AND GROUP THE LAST NUMBER.
  10. Click Preview.
  11. Click Save.
    1. Click on Create a New Folder icon and name it Block 10.
    2. Double Click on the folder to open it.
    3. In the File name box enter Around_The_BlockA.
    4. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    5. Click Save.
    6. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Around_The_BlockA_001.c2s.
      2. Around_The_BlockA _artwork.c2s.
      3. Around_The_BlockA _preview.pdf.
    7. Close the file window.
    8. Close the Save window.
  12. Click on the Select icon and draw a box the patches 8-13.
  13. Click on the Workflow icon.

    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-6.
    2. Click the Auto Build button. If there is only one unit go to Step 14.
    3. Right Click in the window on the right side (with the numbers) and Click Reset.
    4. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on the 1 and 2.
      1. Right Click and Group.
      2. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on unit and 3.
      3. Right click and group.
      4. Repeat ii and iii for patch 4 and 5.
      5. DO NOT CLICK AND GROUP THE LAST NUMBER.
      6. Go to Step 15.
  14. Click Sort Numbers.
    1. Click Yes to update piece numbers.
  15. Click Preview.
  16. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Around_The_BlockB.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Around_The_BlockB_001.c2s.
      2. Around_The_BlockB _artwork.c2s.
      3. Around_The_BlockB _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  17. Click on the Select icon and draw a box the patches 14-18.
  18. Click on the Workflow icon.

    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-5.
    2. Click the Auto Build button.
    3. Click Sort numbers.
    4. Click Yes to update piece numbers.
  19. Click Preview.
  20. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Around_The_BlockC.
    2. Save as type select Inspiration Series (C2S).
    3. Click Save.
    4. A window will open showing you the files that have been created.
      1. Around_The_BlockC_001.c2s.
      2. Around_The_BlockC _artwork.c2s.
      3. Around_The_BlockC _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  21. Click the Select icon and draw a box around the entire block.
  22. Click the Cutter icon.

    1. Seam allowance default is .25”. Normally I change this to 0.4” or 0.5”, to make it easier to place the fabric pieces no matter which output format I choose.
    2. How you are going create the fabric pieces for the block, will determine which file format (hoop) to choose for the templates.
      1. If going to print the templates, and use them to manually cut the fabric pieces, select the Paper Letter 210×279.
      2. If going to use the Scan and Cut, select Brother SCN 12x12”.
    3. If going to use the Silhouette, select Silhouette 12x12”.Can Unclick Optimize Orientation if using a directional fabric (This will optimize how the pieces file on the paper.)
    4. Click Apply.
    5. Click Save.
      1. In File name enter Around_The_Block Templates.
      2. Click Save and select the proper format for your cutting device.
      3. The Following Files have been created.
        1. Around_The_Block templates.
        2. Around_The_Block templates_preview.pdf.
      4. Close the files window.
      5. Close the Cutter window.
  23. Click on Create a New Design.Note: When using the Merge to open a file, SAVE is actually a SAVE AS and the original file is not overwritten.
  24. Click on the Hoop icon and choose a 200mmx200mm or similar hoop for your machine.
  25. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file. Around_The_BlockA_001.c2s.
    2. Move to top of hoop.
    3. Click Copy, Paste.
    4. In the Properties window.
      1. Click on Transform tab and rotate 180 degrees.
      2. Click Apply.
    5. Move to the bottom of the hoop.
    6. Click File, Merge.
    7. Locate the file Around_The_BlockB_001.c2s.
    8. Move to middle and left side of the hoop.
    9. Click File, Merge.
    10. Locate the file Around_The_BlockC_001.c2s.
    11. Place on the right in the middle of the hoop.
  26. Stitch all placement stitches at one time.
    1. CTRL-A or draw a box around all of the designs.
    2. Click UnGroup.
    3. In the Sequence Window move the second set of placement stitches up to the top of the window.

    4. Repeat for the other two sets of placement stitches.
  27. Click File, Save As.
    1. In the name field enter Around_The_Block.
    2. In the Save as type select the format for your specific machine.
    3. Click Save.
  28. Print the templates, or prepare your fabric and send the templates to your cutter.
  29. Load the design/designs onto your machine stitch the pieces for the block.
  30. Manually sew the pieces together to make the block.

 

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