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Block of the Month – Block 9

Block 9 – Wacky Tree Block Instructions

We’re up to Block 9 in the Block of the Month series from the May/June issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  You’ll find everything you need for Block 9, video instructions, step-by-step instructions and all download files.  Enjoy!

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

Download the files for block nine here: Block 9 

Materials for 1 block

Base Blocks: 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from MBP
Warm and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

Here are the parts you’ll need for the Big Block

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – background

6 – trunk

7 through 11 – tree parts

12 – sky

13 – side borders

14 – top and bottom borders

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 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 at fabric #1. 

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. Place glue at fabric #2. 

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 fabric #3.  

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6. 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, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5. 

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam. Place glue at fabric #5.

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10. Place glue at the seam for fabric #6.

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7. 

Place fabric #7 right side face aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8.

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

Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8.

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric stitch color #16.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #9. 

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9.
 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10. 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10. 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11. 

Place fabric #11 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11. 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12. 

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11. 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #13.

Place fabric #13 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #25, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #13.

Flip fabric #13 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #26, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #14. 

Place fabric #14 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #27, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #14. 

Flip fabric #14 open and finger press the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch color #28, the tackdown.

Stitch colors #30, 31, 32 and 33 – the embellishments

Congratulations your Wacky Tree block is complete!

 

Block of the Month – Block 8

Block 8 – Storm Geese Block Instructions

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

Download the files for block eight here: Block 8 

Materials Needed – for 1 block
Base Blocks 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from MBP
Warm and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

Here are the parts you’ll need for the Storm Geese Block

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Left Centers

6 – Left sides

7 – Right Center

8 – Right sides

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 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 at fabric #1 as shown.

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. Place glue at fabric #2 as shown.

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 fabric #3 as shown.

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6. 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, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.
 

 

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5.

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam.  Place glue at fabric #5 as shown.

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10.

Place glue on fabric #6.

 

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11. Place glue at fabric #7, the seam.

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7. 

Place fabric #7 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8.

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

Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8.

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #16. Place glue at the seam for fabric #9.

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9.
 

 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10. 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10. 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11.

Place fabric #11 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11.

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12.

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 .

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. 

Stitch colors #26, 27, 28 and 29, the embellishments.

Congratulations your Storm Geese block is complete!!!

 

 

 

Block of the Month – Block 7

Block 7 – DSDS Block Instructions

The May/June 2019 copy of your magazine subscription is on it’s way to you – most likely you’ve already received it.  So if you’re making the blocks of our year-long Block of the Month, then you’re ready for Block 7.  Block 8 and 9 will be published here on the blog over the several weeks.  Enjoy!


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

Download the files for block seven here: Block 7 

 Materials Needed for 1 block
Base Blocks  9” square – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from DSDS Block 7/Cut Files
Warm and Natural or White Batting:  7 7/8” square

Block 7 Supplies

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Center

6 – square corners

7 – diamond

8 – outside square corners

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 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 at fabric #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. Place glue at fabric #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 fabric #3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6.

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, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam. Place glue at fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10. Place glue at the seam for fabric #6 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #7 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #8 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #16. Place glue at the seam for fabric #9 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press
the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10.

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #11 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch and  color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #13 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #13 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #25, the seam. Place glue at fabric #13 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #13 open and finger press the seam. Smooth
the fabric and stitch color #26, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilting the Block

Stitch colors #28, 29 and 30, the
embellishments and quilting.

Congratulations your DSDS block is complete!

 

 

 

2019 Block of the Month – Block 6

Block 6 – Big Block Instructions

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

Download the files for block six here: Block 6 

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

Big Block Supplies

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1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – top left corner

6 – right inside

7 – right outside

8 – bottom inside

9 – bottom right corner

10 – bottom outside

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 into 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 fabric #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 as shown.

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

Place glue at fabric #2 as shown.

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.

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

Stitch Color #5, the seam. 

 

 

 

Place glue at fabric #3 as shown.

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

Stitch Color #5, the seam. 

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

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

Stitch Color #7, the seam.

 

 

 

Place glue at fabric #4 as shown.

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.

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.

 

 

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

ADDING THE BLOCK EMBELLISHMENT

Place glue at bottom right for the
corner applique.

Place the bottom right corner piece, right side up.

Stitch colors #12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, the embellishments.

Congratulations your Big block is complete.06 P1050053a

 

2019 Block of the Month – Block 5

Block 5 – Handbag Block Instructions

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

Download the files for block five here: Block 5

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

Handbag Block Supplies

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1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – top left

6 – left handle

7 – center

8 – right handle

9 – top right

10 – bottom right

11 – bag

12 – bottom left

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.

Place the batting into 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.

Place glue at fabric #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 as shown in blue.

Place fabric #2 – right side down, aligning the fabric edges with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #3, the tackdown.

Place glue at fabric #2 as shown. 

 

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 for fabric #3 as shown in blue.

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 fabric #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 fabric #4, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #9, the seam.

 

Place glue at fabric #5 as shown.

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.

Place fabric #6, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #11, the seam.

Place glue at fabric #6 as shown.

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

Place glue at the seam for fabric #7 as shown.

Place fabric #7, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #13, the seam.

Place glue at fabric #7 as shown.

 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #8 as shown.

 

Place fabric #8, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #15, the seam.

 

Place glue at fabric #8 as shown.

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

Stitch colors #18, #19 and #20 – the embellishments – Skip color #21
Congratulations your Handbag block is complete.

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2019 Block of the Month Block 4

Block 4 – Pieced Octagon Block Instructions

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

Download the files for block four here:  Block 4

Recommended Fabric for Block 4

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 

Pieced Octagon Block Supplies

1: Back Block

2: Muslin

3: No Show Mesh

6: Top and bottom

5 – Center

4: Batting

7: Sides

8: Corners

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. 

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 fabric edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #5.

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.

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

Place patch #6 – right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #11, the seam.
 

Place glue at fabric #6 as shown in blue.

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

Place glue at the seam for fabric #7.

Place patch #7 – right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam.

Place glue at patch #7 as shown in blue.

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

Place glue at the seam for fabric #8 as shown in blue.

Place patch #9 – right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #15, the seam.

Place glue at fabric #8 as shown in blue.

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 as shown in blue.

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #17, the tackdown.

Place glue at patch #9 as shown in blue.

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

Quilting the Block

Stitch colors #19, #20 and #21, the embellishments.

Congratulations your Pieced Octagon block is complete!

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.



Custom Quilting

Last week, blog reader Kay asked for some help in Inspirations’ My Quilt Embellisher. It’s a popular software program and easy to use. You can design custom quilting for an 8-point star in just a couple of steps. Follow along to learn how.

Click on the Block Library icon. Go to Eight Point Star and select Arrow Star. Click OK.

Select the white diamonds in the center of the block. Right click on a color chip in the tray (bottom of the screen) to change the color of the diamonds.

Change the color of the center diamonds.

We’ll start by filling the negative space with stippling, In the sequence view, select the remaining white shapes (red box) and click on the Stippling icon (red arrow). In the Properties Box, change the Stippling style to Hilbert (green arrow).



To decorate the eight points, use the art tool to draw a diamond. Size the diamond to fill one of the star points.

The diamond pre-set shape in the Art tool drop down menu.

Select the diamond and click on the Contour tool.

The Contour tool fills a shape with rows of stitches.

Copy and paste the Contour diamond to fill the star.

Save the design. That was easy, wouldn’t you agree?

Software Questions? Read on…

It’s been a fun journey hosting Software Saturday for the past five years. I’ve covered many of Inspirations’ software programs with primary focus on Perfect Embroidery Pro. In order to continue offering educational content, I’d love to hear your thoughts on future lessons for Inspirations software programs.

I know a blog is fairly one-sided but I do read all of the comments and use that information to create new posts.

Please leave a comment below and tell me what Inspirations’ software you’d like to see discussed on Software Saturday. Perfect Embroidery Pro, My Block Piecer, My Quilt Embellisher, Word Art in Stitches, My Fabric Designer, Vintage Embroidery Software or My Quilt Planner? And what topics would you like covered?

You input matters – so take a moment and share your thoughts – let’s make 2019 the year to master the software you’ve invested in.

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