Moda BOM

Hi and welcome to only the second edition to our Moda BOM blog posts. Firstly let me apologise for not keeping up to the posts as we have posted out the monthly blocks. I aiming to get back on track for you as soon as possible.

In the meantime the lovely Jules (aka @Juleskerry_s) stepped in to give us a run down on the latest block she made with some helpful guidance for us all.

Without further ado over to Jules –

I would like to talk a little about Kona solids before I start. These are beautiful fabrics and they make fabulous quilts. The colours are stunning. The fabrics are a little heavier than what you may be used to. They tend to frey and once they are cut on the bias (diagonally) they stretch very easily. Once I have my pieces cut out, I handle them as little as possible.

I use a quilting needle for my machine, a size 75, as these needles have a sharper point (the universal needles have a more rounded point). These needles go through the fabric much easier.

I use a 1/4 inch foot with guide, flatter when pressing (not ironing-this stretches the material), this really gets those creases out. I press one colour at a time, cut it and put it to one side, then go through all the colours to make the block. I also use Aurifil threads.

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I am starting with block 8 as I have photographs to show how I
assembled the blocks. I didn’t take photos of the other blocks but I’m hoping this will show you how to construct them using the pattern.

Cut out all your fabrics using the Block cutting guide at the bottom of the pattern. Where you have a square to cut diagonally, pick those pieces up carefully not to stretch them, and then put them to one side. When you cut a square diagonally twice, place the square on point, cut top to bottom and carefully pick the ruler up and cut right to left. This stops you handling the fabric too much.

When you have all your pieces cut out, place the pieces on your mat to match the picture.

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Stand back and check theses are correct. If you are not sewing them straight away put your ruler on top so they can’t be moved. (I use my big 20″ square ruler). Pick pieces up, stitch and put them back down in the same place, this way they won’t get stitched the wrong way.

Making up your flying geese using one B and two C pieces. Match your first side of C with B, the top will be slightly over, this is okay.

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Stitch a 1/4″ seam, press seam to set the press over to the dark side and trim.
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Line the other C on the opposite side, stitch and repeat.

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Do this with the remaining B & C blocks to give you 16 flying geese.

To prepare to attach D piece to your flying geese, fold in half one flying geese unit, pressing with your finger, this will show when opened.

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Repeat with D piece.

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Lay this on top of the flying geese unit, matching up the creases, sew in place. Set the seam then press open and trim.

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Once you have the four flying geese unit together with the D piece on top we need to attach the E piece (orange triangle). See pic for placing.

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Stitch, then attach the other triangle E to the other side. Repeat with one other set of four geese & D.

The centre of the block is one centre square A, two lots of four flying geese and two D’s.

Joining the sides to the centre, butt your seams together (see pic) put a pin in to secure. When sewing remove pin, don’t sew over the top it.

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And there you have your final block

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I’d just like to say thanks again to Jules.

We will be working hard to put up pointers and tips for the remaining blocks and get these posts up to date for you all. We’d love to have a finished quilt top at the end of the year and see yours too.

So here are the other BLOCKS from Jules with posts to follow…

Block 2
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Block 3
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Block 4
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Block 5
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Block 6
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Priory Square launch party

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Many of you will already be aware of the excitement surrounding Katy Jones’s (aka @Imagingermonkey) first fabric line. A Limited Edition collection with Art Gallery Fabrics that she named Priory Square.

We are very lucky to be good friends with the lady herself and so she couldn’t say no to an exclusive Northern event to launch the fabric to our lovely local (and not so local) customers.

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On Friday evening we had a fantastic time with friends, family and customer alike. Much tea, coffee, mulled wine, mince pies and yuletide log were consumed along with lots of chatter and laughter. In reality although that was lovely we were all there to hear from Katy, so enough frivolity onto the main event.

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Katy shared with us all the story behind her deciding to design her first fabric line and the preparation and ideas she put into it. We also got some insights into how the process works from the first glimpse of a collection, bringing together different ideas, through to the artwork process behind each print and to honing down the colour schemes. Then there’s the strike-offs and final signing off of the prints and whole collection with all the compromises that can bring!

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Katy’s dry humour and enthusiasm for each of the prints and the stories behind them helped bring to life the whole collection. It even had some people changing their minds over their favourite prints. there were obviously some very taxing questions that had Katy having to think hard!

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We were lucky enough to here about the ideas and inspiration behind each print in turn. From her love of flowers, all things traditionally British and her obsession with leopard prints.

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How she used different techniques to create each of the prints. With the use of illustrator and playing about to give her unique, never to be repeated images. As well as getting to grips with repeats!

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Even how she incorporated actual hand drawn images made with Katy’s fair hands.

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We we’re very lucky to have a restock of the very popular Aurifil thread collection which co-ordinates beautifully with the fabrics. Katy here is looking mighty confused as to why they are not all 2615! Anyone who follows Katy and reads her blog will know that she is a huge fan of this shade of grey and cannot get enough.

In one last bit of news, we had a raffle for a Simply Solids goodie bag filled with treats from Aurifil, Soak & Art Gallery Fabrics as well as some items from the shop. We raised £40 in aid of the Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group and the winner was local sewing and fabric enthusiast Helen. Congratulations Helen.

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I think that it just leaves us time to give a great big THANK YOU to Katy for taking time to come and visit us, especially on a Friday night. I know everyone there really enjoyed the night.

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In case of you have yet to get your hands on this line, don’t hang about. Remember this is a Limited Edition collection which means that Art Gallery Fabrics will not reprint like they do with their other lines. So once it’s gone it’s gone.

Here’s a handy link RIGHT HERE, to all the Priory Square collection, including the eight cotton prints, the two knits, the voile and the Aurifil co-ordinating box sets. Just in time to treat yourself for Christmas.

Organic Baby Towel Tutorial

As most of you are aware I’m about to have my 4th baby this month! Eeeep! One of our blogging team, the lovely Nat, is due her 2nd baby around about the same time and so she wanted to do a baby related project for the blog which is perfect!

In this quick and easy tutorial you can see how Nat used some of our organic deer fabric with some organic terry toweling to create the cutest hooded baby towel, needless to say I’ve nabbed the sample for my new arrival!!!

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One thing I really used/I am still using after having baby MiH was the baby towel – one that I made and one that I got from one of my friends. This tutorial is in fact based on both. I followed some (most) of the steps of the PurlBee tutorial but added some ‘roundness’ to the towel – based on the one I was given.

A word of warning about Terry Cloth, it is still a nightmare to cut and use. In fact, you will see that my pictures are nearly all taken outside on my patio, because I did not want to keep hoovering my house. There is a right and wrong side to it – but it is a bit tricky to find – the right side looks a bit softer and furry. I bought my terry cloth here in the UK.

You are going to need (for a towel measuring 70cm x 70 cm):

  • 71 cm x 71 cm squares of terry cloth and Simply Solids organic deer print fabric
  • 36cm x 36 cm squares of terry cloth and organic deer print fabric (you will only use half of it)
  • Enough fabric for the binding of the longest side of the half square (I use a 1 inch binding so you will need a 4 inch binding strip)
  • Carboard or any medium to make a template for round corners
  1. I made a template for the round corner based on the towel I received as a present. Any template will do as long as you use the same for all corners.

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  1. Cut the four corners of our terry cloth and fabric squares, and the top of the triangles using the template.

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  1. Add the bias tape to the towel hood.

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  1. Now it is time to put everything together – the hood is sandwiched between the terry cloth and the fabric – you need to ensure that the right side of the towel will show on top of the right side of the main part of the towel.

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  1. Stitch around – leaving a 4 inch gap so you can turn the towel the right side round.

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  1. Once on the right side, topstitch the towel – I did not topstitch the hood, but it is a personal choice.

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You can see the finish on the picture.

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And another Baby towel is now waiting for a little baby. I love the roundness of it – makes it so snuggly, and the backing fabric really adds some cuteness to it.

It is a very quick project – and a very useful and thoughtful present.