Wednesday, September 9, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 4

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by to get the last instructions for the sew along.  Click here to get the final instructions.

You know when they say that you should move every 10 years so you can weed out all your stuff?  Well, I am totally agreeing with whoever "they" are!  I am moving after being in the same home for 25 years.  I have accumulated a lot of great stuff but when you move, it doesn't feel so great!  So, this is what I've been doing for the past few weeks instead of sewing the final steps of the French Connection Sew Along.

I hope that you understand and thank goodness for Celine!  She has finished her quilt and it looks fabulous.  Check it out on her blog:

Now, back to packing...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 3


I hope that you all got your blocks done and are ready to start the first border.  I finally got my alternate block done and here it is:

To download Week 3, click here.

Week 3: Border Construction

The border is done with large flip corners on one side of a rectangle and small flip corners on the other side.  I wanted to use my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion ruler set so the first thing that I did was cut my main light to 3 1/2" x 5" and my greys larger than needed, 4 1/4" square, cut diagonally once.

Then using my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion, I trimmed the top right corner off of the light.  I put wrong sides together so that I could get mirror images.

Next, I lay my piece on the triangle cut from a 4 1/4" squares of grey.

I sewed using 1/4" seam and pressed out. Then I trimmed the pieces using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler with the 3 1/2" diagonal line across the seam.  I repeated for the mirror image.

Next, I trimmed the adjacent corners.

I sewed on a red triangle cut from a 2 3/4" square and trimmed using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5. I did both mirror images and sewed them together.  Follow the instructions for pressing.

I repeated this step to make a total of 8 with the alternate block grey and main block red and 4 with the alternate block red and the main block grey.  I had to think about which grey and which red went together because I used 2 different reds in my blocks.

The next thing I did was I made my 1/2 square triangles using the grey from my main block and the main light.  I repeated to make 4.

The final step is to make your 4 corners for the border.  I haven't made mine yet because I haven't decided on my borders. 

Have fun sewing this week and make sure that you post your pictures on our French Connection Sew Along Facebook page.

See you next week!