Welcome to the start of an epic adventure! Today we kick off the Long Time Gone Sew-along and it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride! Every Wednesday at 7:30am AEST (that’s Sydney time) I’ll publish a blog post that will provide you with all the information you need to make that week’s block. To help you get all the information you need every week my blog posts will be in a consistent format so that you will know exactly what to expect and where to find it. Nicole and I are alternating tutorials, so some weeks I’ll have a full tutorial other week’s I’ll just have all the information about where to find that week’s tutorial and what you need to do to be eligible for prizes. You really want to be eligible for prizes! (You can see the full sponsor and prize list by clicking here.)
I’ve included all the helpful information in today’s blog post, including where to find the FAQs, what you need to post to Instagram and even where to get the handy tracker to help you keep organised. It’s all in the post below. So, let’s not wait any longer and let’s get the party started!
Tutorial: Bow Tie Block
- See tutorial for seam pressing details.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used Clover Wonder Clips to help keep my pieces in place.
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.
1. I’m going to break this block down into the smallest unit, show you how to make that and then show you how they all fit together to make the larger block. You’ll need the squares identified in diagram 1 to make this unit. See page 3 of your pattern for the cutting instructions. 2. On the wrong side of the 2 smaller blocks use a fabric pen (I use a Frixion Pen) to make a diagonal stitch line. (Shown as a red line in diagram 2.) Place these squares right sides together in the corners of your background blocks (as shown in diagram 2). I found laying them out in the order in which they’d appear in the finished block helped me to keep my directional prints going in the right directions.
Stitch on the line. If accuracy is a problem for you (and it is for me) I find stitching just to the edge of the line, closest to the corner to be trimmed, helps ensure that when the piece is pressed it forms a proper square. Once stitched, trim outer corner, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
3. Layout your remaining squares as show in diagram 3.4. Join the squares together to form two rows, as shown in diagram 4. Join rows together to complete the square. Repeat steps 1 to 4 to make 8 of these square units.
5. Layout 4 of the square units as per diagram 5.6. Join the units to make 2 rows, as per diagram 6.
7. Join the 2 rows together to complete your Bow Tie Block. I found using the seams of the unit joins as a guide for pinning really helpful in lining everything up. Repeat steps 5 – 7 to make your second Bow Tie Block.
Alternate Block Information
Don’t forget that you can head on over to Snips Snippets and see what Nicole has made this week using her beloved stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Click here to visit Nicole.
Prize Winning Details
Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
How to Win
We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:
- Post a photo of at least ONE of this week’s blocks to your Instagram account between 15 March and Midnight 21 March 2017 in your timezone.
- Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
- Be following these accounts on Instagram:
Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!
You will need to also do the following:
- Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
- Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July 2017 in your timezone.
- All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
- You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.
Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, then get your hands on the Long Time Gone SAL Tracker by clicking here to download.
You can find out all the information about prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors by clicking here.
For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.
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