Friday, May 15, 2009

House Block for the Yokohama/Toronto Wallhanging - Instructions Part I

Here are the instructions for block #4 of the 'Tale of Two Cities - Yokohama/Toronto" wall hanging. The finished block can be seen here.

First, prepare the background fabrics. Mark a rectangle measuring 3 inches by 9 inches. Cut out leaving a fairly wide 1/4 inch seam allowance. (The applique might make the piece smaller when it is finished and you want to be sure that you have a piece measuring exactly 9 inches square plus seam allowance.)

Next Mark a rectangle measuring 6 inches by 9 inches. Cut out, again, leaving a fairly wide 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sew these two pieces together to create the background.

Now prepare the applique pieces.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Cut these out on the line.

Iron each piece onto the appropriate fabric. Cut them out leaving an extra 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Now it is time to baste the pieces. First clip any inside curves. For this block you will need to clip the tree pieces.

Now baste the pieces. Fold over the seam allowance to the back of the piece. Stitch in place using a long running stitch.

Lay the pieces out on the background. You are now ready to start appliqueing. I will continue on the next post because Blogger will only let me download these photos.

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