Sew Alongs

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 11

Posted 03-04-2013 by | Posted in: Block 11 BlockBase Sew Along

The end is in sight- here we are at Block 11 of the sew along! Block #2088 *Remember, if you’re keeping all your sew along blocks in the same project, open the project now so you can add this new block.* Open BlockBase and click the Search by Number tool. Type in 2088 and click Search. The block appears on the Search Results tab. Click the Print Block tool. The wonderful thing about being able to print your own block patterns is that you’re not limited to using the construction technique chosen by the quilt designer. Many times I find that using a combination of the print styles works best for me. For example, I’ll be making my block 5″ x 5″ finished. Let’s take a look at the Rotary Cutting chart for this block at 5″ (I’ve set rounding to 1/16): Patches A and B look easy enough to

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 10 Link Up!

Posted 03-01-2013 by | Posted in: Block 10 BlockBase Sew Along

Time to show off those #1301 blocks! My block is 10″ and I used the foundation pattern to construct it. If a block is foundation-pieceable, you can pretty much guarantee that’s the technique I’m gonna use! With a block like this I think it’s easy to get your fabrics flip-flopped around, so I like that I can write notes on the foundation paper to keep myself straight. To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can link up your Block

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 10

Posted 02-18-2013 by | Posted in: Block 10 BlockBase Sew Along

Here we are at Block 10 of the sew along! Block #1301 *Remember, if you’re keeping all your sew along blocks in the same project, open the project now so you can add this new block.* Open BlockBase and click the Search by Number tool. Type in 1301 and click Search. The block appears on the Search Results tab. Last time, I showed you how the Export Metafile tool works. This time I’m going to show you another exporting option- Export Bitmap. Bitmaps are a type of image file that can be used in other software. Click the Export Bitmap tool. In the dialog box that appears, type in the size and choose whether you’d like to create a file or simply copy the bitmap to the Windows Clipboard. Bitmap images have the file extension “.bmp”. You can now paste or insert the bitmap into another application. These files are

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 9 Link Up!

Posted 02-15-2013 by | Posted in: Block 9 BlockBase Sew Along

Time to show off those #2901.5 blocks! I don’t want to play favorites, but this may be my favorite block of the sew along so far! Who doesn’t love a good star block? To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can link up your Block 9 photo at any time. But for those who link up by Monday, February 18, 12 noon EST, you’ll be entered in a little giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a priority mail envelope

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 9

Posted 02-04-2013 by | Posted in: Block 9 BlockBase Sew Along

It’s time for Block 9 of the sew along! Block #2901.5 *Remember, if you’re keeping all your sew along blocks in the same project, open the project now so you can add this new block.* Open BlockBase and click the Search by Number tool. Type in 2901.5 and click Search. The block appears on the Search Results tab. Now I’d like to show you how the Export Metafile tool works. Exporting a metafile creates a line drawing of the selected block. Metafiles are resolution independent, so they can be resized without loss of quality. They are great for creating piecing diagrams because you can drag the individual patches apart when you import the metafile into another software application. Click the Export Metafile tool (it’s to the left of the Print Block button). In the dialog box that appears, type in the size and choose whether you’d like to create a

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 8 Link Up!

Posted 02-01-2013 by | Posted in: Block 8 BlockBase Sew Along

So which block did you choose- #1407a or #1401? I choose #1407a. I thought about doing an alternative coloring from the way the block appeared in BlockBase, but I just couldn’t resist those little spools! I may have gotten a little crazy with my fabric choices, but it’s nice to see some bright colors on these dreary winter days. To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can link up your Block 8 photo at any time. But for those

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 8

Posted 01-21-2013 by | Posted in: Block 8 BlockBase Sew Along

Welcome to Block 8 of the sew along! This time I’m going to give you a choice between two blocks: Block #1407a OR Block #1401 Essentially these two blocks look the same. But you’ll notice that the first block has set-in seams, while the second does not (therefore making it easier to piece!). However, I’m not just giving you the option to construct this block in a two different ways, I’m using this as an opportunity to show you a nifty tool in Block Base! *Remember, if you’re keeping all your sew along blocks in the same project, open the project now so you can add this new block.* Open BlockBase and click the Search by Number tool. Type in 1407a and click Search. The block appears on the Search Results tab. Now we’re going to try out a tool we haven’t used yet during the sew along. Click on

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