2019 Block of the Month – Foundation Paper Piecing – Block 3

2019 Block of the Month – Foundation Paper Piecing – Block 3


hi and welcome back to darvanalee Designs Studio o my name’s Nicole Reed and today we’re already at block 3 and today we’re
going to be doing something a little bit more intricate than the last two blocks
so we’re going to dive into the the fan one here and it’s got a few blades on it
and it’s called cool fan and it’s broken up into four components so let’s get
started okay so here we are at block three it is
called cool fan and as you can see this one is a little bit more intricate again
it’s broken up into four components so it’s not too hard but we’re going to do
a couple of things a little bit different this time okay so you’re gonna
need the same tools that you needed for block one and two so you’ll need some
pins you’ll need a glue pen some paper scissors a here impressa or a mini iron
you will need some thread snips you’ll need a rotary cutter some template
plastic or cardboard and a couple of quilting rulers and let’s hope we don’t
need a quick unpick as well have it handy just in case okay so in the last
block we actually joined some of our templates together we don’t need to do
that in this block but we are actually going to do something a little bit more
intricate than the last two blocks that we’ve done so now you understand that
when you are doing your first one your fabric must be facing up with the wrong
side of the face fabric facing down to the template and the right side of the
fabric facing up and your tempo the next piece that goes on which is number two
in the sequence it will then be right sides together
so if you’re not too sure with how to go with that I do have those videos that
you can go into and you can watch them and that will give it give you a much
better idea so I will also put up down along the bottom just about now where I
will say right sides together or the right side facing up alrighty so let’s
get started you need your three fabrics so we need a background fabric which is
the white fabric that I’m using and then I’ve got my two contrasting fabrics now
go ahead and head over to our blog and download your template pieces you’ll
have a coloring in page there you’ll have a layout of what the block looks
like and you will also have some template pieces
okay so I’ve gone ahead and I’ve cut all my template pieces out so you will
notice on your templates that there are some shaded Gray’s and there are some
white now wherever it is white on your template that is your background for
so whatever background fabric that you have chosen to use that is where your
background will go so what we’re going to do on these templates because there
are so many blades to it I’m actually going to make some markings so what I do
is wherever it says whenever I know my background fabric is going to go I
either put the color white or the letters a background BG for background
or I write background so either way you can you can write whatever you want on
there just as a reminder for today I’m just going to use BG so I’ve marked all
those so I know all those those are little numbers there are going to be a
white fabric now we’ve got some shaded fabrics here so again I’ve made it so
you’ve got a contrast so the darker one is your dark fabric the lighter gray is
your lighter fabric so for me my dark fabric is black and I will write that on
there and then my lighter fabric the lighter gray area is my red so I will
write red on that one and on that one and as you go along you’ll actually get
a little bit better at doing this you’ll just write whatever color that you’re
using if you’re using all your sprouts out of your scrap bin and you’re making
this extremely scruffy that’s great you can just go for it you don’t need to
necessarily do this step but for those that are just using the three colors I
would really like you to do that on this step and you do that to all of your
templates okay you can see that I’ve done all that and I can set those aside
now and we’re going to start with our first block so basically our first we
need to find where a1 is and it is here and for me that is a red piece of fabric
okay so I’ve got a piece of red fabric here that I’m able to use out of my
scrap bin so basically what I’m going to do is like I’ve done in the other blocks
I’m going to flip it over and I one is just there I’m going to put a little bit
of glue on there and then I’m just going to lay my piece on to the template and I
can see that that’s covering everything there
then what I’m going to do is I’m going to flip it over and I’m going to find
where a two is and that is a white piece of fabric so basically what I can do and
you can see it’s a small one so I can use some of my scraps from my first two
blocks so I grab my template plastic like we have done with all our other
blocks and we’re going to align it on that black line there that joins a 1 to
a 2 we’re actually going to move our paper out of the way then we’re going to
grab our little ruler and we’re going to align our quarter inch line on the edge
of that fabric then we’ll grab our rotary cutter and we’ll just trim down
excess away and then we’ve got a quarter inch seam allowance so now what we can
do is now flip that over and we can get our white scrap piece and we can align
that on there now we are working with angles so you do want to actually check
that this is going to cover including the seam allowance over there and how I
do that is I just get a pin and I just put it in at the quarter inch mark okay
because that’s where we’re going to sew and then I’ll flip that over and make
sure that that’s going to cover everything and you can see there that it
is so I’m pretty safe now to go over to the sewing machine and sew that into
place so what I’m going to do is actually remove the pin and turn it back
a little bit move it back a little bit further so I don’t run over it with my
presser foot or my sewing machine needle pop that into place lick that over and then what I’m going
to do is I’m going to head over to the sewing machine and I’m going to stitch
on that line there now you can see here that we’ve got a corresponding line here
that is fine if you stitch one or two stitches into that that’s okay
go right ahead and do that because it’ll be caught up in the seam allowance and
it won’t make any difference so just start with a backstitch and end with a
back stitch and we’ll get that second piece of fabric sewing on okay so we’ve
sewn that piece into place we can flip that over we can grab our little hand
press and we can just press that down into place and we know that we’ve now so
that piece on and it’s covering all the sections that we need to to get rid of
that excess fabric I’m just going to trim that off and put it into our scrap
bin so now we’re up to a three so again we need to create a quarter inch seam
allowance you’re going to get your template or cardboard whatever you might
be using you’re going to place it on through that line and you’re going to
move the paper out of the way you’re going to grab your ruler and put your
quarter inch mark onto the edge of the paper and then you are going to trim off
that excess fabric flip the paper back over remove your template plastic and
now the next piece that we’ve got to sew on is a black piece so again we flip
that over we grab a piece of black fabric and you can see here I’ve got
quite a large piece that’s okay I’m just going to put a little bit of glue there
to stop that from moving on me okay just a little dot and then that’s going to
hold in place for me okay so I’ve got a long piece of black fabric here that’s
okay all I’m going to do is I’m going to align my straight edges together
straight raw edges together I’m going to pop a pin in that I’m not even going to
worry that it’s it’s longer and I will now head over to the sewing machine
so they’ve right sides together pin up to the sewing machine and I’m going to
sew on this line here so you can see here that I do have excess fabric but
I’m not going to worry about cutting it off I’ll just cut trim that up in a
moment when we get ready to do the next piece
so we’ve sewn that we need to flip this over then we’re going to push our fabric
so it’s right sides facing up grab our little hand press on give that a press
flip it back over and now we’re going to get rid of our excess fabric so imma
grab our the template plastic or cover whatever you’re using and we’re going to
place it where you can see a four is here and a three is here and we’re going
to put it on that mark just there so that line place the straight edge of
your template plastic on that pull back your paper out of the way grab your
rotary cutter and your ruler place the right the quarter edge quarter inch mark
of your ruler on the edge of the paper and trim off that excess the next color
we need is a piece of white so you can see here these angles are starting to
come together now so we need a piece of white and I’m just going through my
script again and I’m going to align up my straight edges and I don’t need to go
all the way off here because the piece that I need to cover is just here so I’m
going to make sure that it’s quarter inch past the line and you probably
can’t see that but I’ll draw it so you can see where I’m what I’m talking about
so this is the piece that I’ve got to cover this little white bit here so you
can see here my point of this triangle which was in my scrap bin is actually
going a quarter-inch past this line so I can leave that there and that gives me
ample fabric to use in another section because we’ve got lots of little
triangles in there so I can use this again so I’m just going to place a pin
into that and hold it into place I’m going to flip it over and then I’m
going to stitch along this line here making sure that our backstitch at
either end and then we on to the next piece
so we’ve stitched that into place and now what we’re going to do like we’ve
done all the other times is we’re going to flip that fabric bucket so it’s right
sides facing up and then we give that a press flip that back over and now we’re
going to sew a five and that is a red piece so again we grab our template
plastic and I just pop that into the center like so I push the the paper out
of the way I grab my ruler aligning my quarter inch mark up with the edge of
the paper and then I just grab my rotary cutter and I trim away that excess
fabric now remember not to throw your fabric away just pop it into your scrap
bin that way you can use it throughout the quilt now I can flick that back and
the next color I need is red so you can see here we’re starting to get some
really nice angles so I’ve got my fabric and I’m just going to align that up grab
a couple of pins and pin that into place and then I’m going to head over to the
sewing machine and I’m going to sew that line just there making sure that I
reverse at the beginning at the end so we’ve signed that into place I’m just
going to flip that over and grab my little hand press give that a really
good press and then I’m going to get rid of this excess fabric so the next piece
that we’re going to be is sewing on is this line here and that’s connecting a 5
to a 6 so grab your little piece of template plastic or whatever that you’re
using put your paper out of the way grab your rotary cutter and just get rid
of some of this excess fabric okay you’re going to place your ruler with
the quarter inch marker against the edge of the paper and then you’re going to
trim away that excess so move your fabric out of the way get rid of all
your little bits and pieces and then the next piece that we’re going to put on is
a background piece so again I grabbed my white fabric and if your bigger pieces
are giving you a little bit of grief just in with a bit that you’ve got to
cover just put a little bit of glue and that will just remain in place for you
so you can see here that we’re starting to get some quite some decent points so
I’m just going to grab some more white fabric because it’s just a small piece
that I’ve got to cover and I’m going to place that up at this end here making
sure that it is going to cover that section and I’m just going to pop a pin
in here so it just doesn’t move on me making sure I’ve got enough room for my
presser foot to pass by the pins because we’re sewing on the line flipping that
over and then we’re going to sew from here down making sure that we do go into
the seam allowance here so that way we get a nice sharp point
okay so we’ve sewn that we’re going to flip that over like we have in the past
and now we get our little presser or your little mini iron and we put that
out give that a good press and it’s out of the way we’re going to flip our page
over and we’re going to now get our template plastic and we’re
going to place it on this here that’s connecting a seven to the rest of the
block again we move our paper out of the way we get our ruler and if you’ve
signed in to the seam allowance just pull that fabric down that’s okay it’s
perfectly okay it just is added strength for when we go to remove the paper grab
our rotary cutter and then we just get rid of that excess fabric remove our
template plastic and flip it back over so you can see here we’re starting to
get what looks like a fan now we are sewing on a seven which is actually a
background fabric so I’m going to grab a strip of white fabric and I’m just going
to make sure that that is actually going to cover it and I can see that it is so
again I just line everything up my edges meeting and I’m putting them right sides
together I grab a couple of pins pop that in there like so and up this end as
well making sure I’m leaving enough room for my presser foot to go past the pin
so I don’t have to remove them going to flip that over and then starting up here
in the seam allowance one or two stitches I’m going to stitch all the way
down making sure that you reverse at the beginning and at the end
okay so we’ve removed our pins and we’ll just clip off our threads and we can
roll that fabric back now and then we can get our little presser and we can
give that a light pressing we’re going to flip that over and we’ve got one more
piece to put on which is a white piece and we get our template plastic and put
our straight edge against that line we pop that out of the way grab our ruler
put the quarter inch mark on the edge of the paper
then grab our rotary cutter and trim off the excess fabric okay we
are almost finished this quarter next you’re going to grab your piece of white
fabric you’re going to flip it over again and then we’re going to align our
straight edges here making sure that when we flip it over it is going to
cover it grab a pin place it in flip it over and
stitch this last line okay get rid of your threads take your PIN out roll your
fabric over give it a little press with your presser and then we can flip this
over and now we are ready to trim up our block so we just spread our quilting
ruler we align our quarter inch mark of our ruler on that inside dark line and
then we just trim away on that lighter outside line so you can see there I’ve
still got quarter inch seam allowance so that’s our first quarter done and now
we’re going to do that exact same method to the rest of our templates until we’ve
got four quarters and then we’ll be ready for block assembly
all righty so we’re finished doing our four units for our block and now what
we’re going to do is we’re going to take unit a and unit B and we’re going to
place them right sides together and then we’re going to pin them into place
making sure that everything is aligning properly and we’re going to pop a pin in
at the points and we’re also going to pop a pin in up the top here as I said
making sure that everything is aligning and we’re ready to sew so you’re going
to start here at the edge and when you’re going to sew on that line all the
way down to the bottom and you’re going to sew off the edge and do a reverse at
the beginning and at the end okay so there is template amb put together and
now we’ll do the same with D and C again right sides together aligning everything
that needs to be aligned popping a pin in and then one up at this end okay so
we’ve got our pins in we’re gonna start here reverse and then get down to here
and reverse and stitch along that line I said that is unit C and D put together
and now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take the top row and the bottom
row and line them up making sure that we nest our Center seams just like you
would do for any other patchwork now you may find that this is just a little bit
bulky in here but that’s okay just take it slow when you’re sewing it through
and if you need to just put a wonder clip into that point there line up all
your other sides bring a pin in and the same at this end and so we’re going to
again starting off at the edge back stitching and then going all the way
along this line to the other end and back stitching at the end so that’s all
sewn together now we can open that up you can give that a really good press
and set that aside if you find that there’s a lot of bulk there because
there are some seems coming into one another you can
just try and flatten that out with your iron that’ll be fine
so there we go that is our third block for the block of the month well thank
you very much for joining me today I really do hope that you enjoyed our
little tutorial on the cool fan block if you liked this video today give us a
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5 thoughts on “2019 Block of the Month – Foundation Paper Piecing – Block 3

  1. Hi Nicole! Do you tear away the paper or does it dissolve in water? Also, what stitch length are you setting your machine at? Thanks for another great tutorial!

  2. ISSUE WITH LINKS IS NOW SORTED…Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused 🙂 at the time of publishing they were correct and in working order…But they are now working

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