Welcome to the first week of the BlockBase Sew Along! The first block weâ€™ll be making is #1336!
For this first block, weâ€™ll go over the basics of finding a specific block in the software and printing the pattern.
Open BlockBase and click the Search by Number tool.
Type in 1336 and click Search.
Voila! Thereâ€™s our block.
Since weâ€™re just getting started with this sew along, letâ€™s start a project where we can save all our blocks as we go along. Click the Add to Project tool.
Now click the Save to Project tool. Type in a name for your project and click the Save button.
[By default, BlockBase projects are saved here on your computer: (My) Documents > My BlockBase > bb_prj]
Now click the Project tab at the bottom of the screen. Click block #1336 to select it and then click the Print Block button. Youâ€™ll see the printing options available for this block.
Now itâ€™s up to you how you would like to print the patterns for this block. Block #1336 is a perfect candidate for rotary cutting because all the triangles use easy-to-measure 45 degree angles.
After choosing Rotary Cutting, a box appears where you can type in the Width and Height for the block. This is the finished size of the block. BlockBase adds the seam allowance for you. Itâ€™s always a good idea to Preview the printout before printing.
If the Print Preview looks good, click Print.
So what do those Cutting Diagrams mean? Hereâ€™s an example:
The above diagram means cut a strip of fabric 2-7/8â€ť wide. From that strip, cut a 2-7/8â€ť square. Then cut the square diagonally to make two triangles.
So after youâ€™ve got your patterns printed out, itâ€™s all about the sewing!
Remember to come back in 2 weeks and link up your finished blocks! I canâ€™t wait to see the fabrics everyone chooses!