Welcome to the first week of the BlockBase Sew Along! The first block we’ll be making is #1336!

For this first block, we’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! There’s our block.

Since we’re just getting started with this sew along, let’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. You’ll see the printing options available for this block.

Now it’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. It’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? Here’s an example:

The above diagram means cut a strip of fabric 2-7/8” wide. From that strip, cut a 2-7/8” square. Then cut the square diagonally to make two triangles.

So after you’ve got your patterns printed out, it’s all about the sewing!

Remember to come back in 2 weeks and link up your finished blocks! I can’t wait to see the fabrics everyone chooses!