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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.

 

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

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 9 Around the Block
Sewing Instructions

Block 9, Around the Block, is a four-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. We’ll piece each of the four units in the hoop. Then the units will be removed from the hoop and sewn together on the sewing machine with ¼” seam allowance. In the software instructions for Block 9, we merged the four separate units into one embroidery design and combined the placement guides for each of the four units into the first color of the merged design.

Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop. Retrieve the merged Block 9 Around the Block design on the machine. Stitch color 1, the placement guides for all four 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 patch 1. Stitch color 7, the seam.

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

Place patch 5 fabric, right side down, over patches 1 and 4, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 9, the seam of patches 1, 4 and 5.

Flip patch 5 open and stitch color 10, the tackdown.

Place patch 6 fabric, right side down, over patches 2 and 4. Stitch color 11, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 12, the tackdown.

Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1, in the next unit (top of the block in my design). Stitch color 13, the tackdown.

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

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

Place patch 3 fabric of unit 2, right side down over patch 1 and 2. Stitch color 16, the seam.

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

Place patch 4 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 18, the seam of patches 3 and 4.

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

Place patch 5 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 20, the seam of patches 1 and 5.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 21, the tackdown.

Place patch 6 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patches 1 and 5, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 22, the seam of patches 1, 5 and 6.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 23, the tackdown.

Place patch 7 fabric, right side down, over patch 6, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 24, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 25, the tackdown. Unit 2 is complete.

Place patch 1 fabric of unit 3, right side up over patch 1. Stitch color 26, the tackdown.

Repeat the steps above to complete unit 3.

Place patch 1 fabric of unit 4, right side up over patch 1. Stitch color 39, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric of unit 4, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 40, the seam of patches 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 41, the tackdown. Place patch 3 fabric of unit 4, right side up over patch 1 and 2. Stitch color 42, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 43, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric of unit 4, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 44, the seam of patches 1 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 45, the tackdown.

Place patch 5 fabric of unit 4, right side down, over patches 1 and 4, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 46, the seam of patches 1, 4 and 5.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 47, 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 of the Month: Block 8 – Butterfly Tail – Sewing

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 8 Butterfly Tail
Sewing Instructions

Block 8, Nine Patch Star, is a three-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. We’ll piece each of the three units in the hoop. Then the units will be removed from the hoop and sewn together on the sewing machine with ¼” seam allowance. In the software instructions for Block 8, we merged the three separate units into one embroidery design and combined the placement guides for each of the three units into the first color of the merged design.

Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop. Retrieve the merged Block 7 Butterfly Tail design on the machine. Stitch color 1, the placement guides for all three 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 patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 5, the seam of patch 2 and 3.

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

Place patch 1 fabric of unit 3, right side up over patch 1. Stitch color 7, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric of unit 3, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 8, the seam of patches 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 9, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric of unit 3, right side down, over patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 10, the seam of patches 2 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 11, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric of unit 3, right side down, over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 12, the seam of patches 3 and 4.

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

Place patch 1 fabric of unit 2, right side up over patch 1. Stitch color 14, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 15, the seam of patches 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 16, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 17, the seam of patches 2 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 18, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric of unit 2, right side down, over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 19, the seam of patches 3 and 4.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 20, the tackdown.

Remove the units from the hoop and trim on the outer lines. Stitch the units together with the sewing machine.

Created by Nancy Stansbury

 

 

My Block Piecer Block of the Month: Block 8 – Butterfly Tail – Software Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 8 Butterfly Tail
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 8.

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 Butterfly Tail 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. The block is numbered in this order so the seams will nest when sewn.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 and draw a box around the top row of the block.
  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. This portion has been created with only one unit.
  10. Click Preview.
  11. Click Save.
    1. Click on Create a New Folder icon and name Block 8.
    2. Double Click on the folder to open it.
    3. In the File name box enter Butterfly_TailA.
    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. Butterfly_TailA_001.c2s.
      2. Butterfly_TailA _artwork.c2s.
      3. Butterfly_TailA _preview.pdf.
    7. Close the file window.
    8. Close the Save window.
  12. Click on the Select icon, and draw a box around the middle row of the block.
  13. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have been changed to 1-4.
  14. Click the Auto Build button.
  15. Click Preview.
  16. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Butterfly_TailB.
    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. Butterfly_TailB_001.c2s.
      2. Butterfly_TailB _artwork.c2s.
      3. Butterfly_TailB _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  17. Click on the Select icon, and draw a box around the bottom row of the block.
  18. Click on the Workflow icon.
    1. The numbers have changed to 1-4.
  19. Click the Auto Build button.
  20. The build has more than one unit, so it has to be created manually.
    1. Right Click on one of the numbers in the right pane and Click on Reset.
    2. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on the 1 and 2.
    3. Right Click and Group.
    4. Holding down the CTRL Key, Click on unit and 3.
    5. Right click and group.
    6. DO NOT CLICK AND GROUP THE LAST NUMBER.
  21. Click Preview.
  22. Click Save.
    1. In the File name box enter Butterfly_TailC.
    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. Butterfly_TailC_001.c2s.
      2. Butterfly_TailC _artwork.c2s.
      3. Butterfly_TailC _preview.pdf.
    5. Close the file window.
    6. Close the Save window.
  23. Click the Select icon and draw a box around the entire block, OR Enter CTRL-A to select all of the block.
  24. 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”.
      4. If making the large quilt, place a 4 in the repeat field.
    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 Butterfly_Tail Templates.
      2. Select the appropriate format if using a digital cutter. Click Save.
      3. The Following Files have been created.
        1. Butterfly_Tail templates.
        2. Butterfly_Tail templates_preview.pdf.
      4. Close the files window.
      5. Close the Cutter window.
  25. 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.
  26. If saving all three sections together, go to Step 32.
  27. Click on the Hoop Icon and select the 200mmx260mm or similar for your machine.
  28. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Butterfly_TailA_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
  29. Click File, Save As.
    1. In the name field enter Butterfly_TailA.
    2. In the Save as Type select the format for your specific embroidery machine.
    3. Click Save.
  30. Repeat Steps 25-29 for each of the other two embroideries, changing their names so they don’t write over the previous one.
  31. Go to Step 41.
  32. Click on the Hoop Icon and select the 200mmx260mm or similar for your machine.
  33. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Butterfly_TailA_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
    3. Move to the top of hoop.
  34. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Butterfly_TailB_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
    3. Move to the middle of hoop.
  35. Click File, Merge.
    1. Locate the file Butterfly_TailC_001.c2s.
    2. To open Double Click on the name OR Click on the name and Click Open.
    3. Move to the bottom of hoop.
  36. Select all by both clicking the select icon and drawing a box around all of the designs, or CTRL-A.
  37. Click the Ungroup icon.
  38. To save time at the machine, move all placement guides to the first color. In the Sequence window,click on the icon for the second stitch placement guide and move it below the first sequence.
  39. Repeat for the third stitch placement guide.
  40. Click File, Save As.
    1. In the name field enter Butterfly_Tail.
    2. In the Save as Type Select the format for your specific embroidery machine.
    3. Click Save.
  41. Print the templates, or prepare your fabric and send the templates to your cutter.
  42. Load each design/designs onto your machine and stitch the pieces of the block.
  43. Manually sew the three sections together for finish the block.

 

 

 

My Block Piecer Block of the Month: Block 7 – 9 Patch Star Sewing Instructions

My Block Piecer
Block of the Month: Block 7 – Nine-Patch Star
Sewing Instructions

Block 7, Nine Patch Star, is a three-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. We’ll piece each of the three units in the hoop. Then the units will be removed from the hoop and sewn together on the sewing machine with ¼” seam allowance. In the software instructions for Block 7, we merged the three separate units into one embroidery design and combined the placement guides for each of the three units into the first color of the merged design.

Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop. Retrieve the merged Nine Patch Star design on the machine. Stitch color 1, the placement guides for all three 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 patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 5, the seam of patch 2 and 3.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 6, the tackdown. Place patch 4, right side down over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 7, the seam. Flip the patch open and stitch color 8, the tackdown.

Repeat the process on the bottom unit. Place patch 1 fabric, right side up, over patch 1. Stitch color 9, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric, right side down, over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 10, the seam of patch 1 and 2.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 11, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric, right side down, over patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 12, the seam of patch 2 and 3.

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

Place patch 4, right side down over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 14, the seam.

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

Place patch 1 fabric of unit 2 (the unit in the middle) right side up over patch 1. Stitch color 16, the tackdown.

Place patch 2 fabric of unit 2, right side down over patch 1, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 17, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 18, the tackdown.

Place patch 3 fabric of unit 2, right side down over patch 2, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 19, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 20, the tackdown.

Place patch 4 fabric of unit 2, right side down over patch 3, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 21, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 22, the tackdown.

Place patch 5 fabric of unit 2, right side down over patch 4, aligning the raw edges. Stitch color 23, the seam.

Flip the patch open and finger press the seam. Stitch color 24, the tackdown.

Remove the block from the hoop. Cut the units on the outer stitch line and piece the units together on the sewing machine.

Created by Nancy Stansbury

 

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