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Summer project with 6 Boats: the second

Block nr. 2, with the another boat, can be downloaded for free HERE. This boat will be made in the same way as boat nr. 1. Let me show you how it’s done.

I’ve downloaded the pattern, made paper templates for this block. These have to be made for each block separate, because they are totally different from the first (and other) block(s).

Placing the paper templates on the Fossil Fern to see if the colors are right. That’s the right thing to do: check before cutting. 

I have placed the paper templates on the WRONG side of the fabrics for cutting (remember: mirror image because of the paper piecing technique!). Cut the fabrics and put everything back, in the same order to keep an overview. 

Using fabric glue again, still no pins!

Fabric 1 for section 1 is glued with the Bohin Glue Pen, not sewn.

I’ve used the folding template on sewing line 1/2 zit, for cutting back fabric 1, including seam allowance. Using the Add-a-Quarter ruler and my folding template: if you don’t own this ruler, just use your regular quilting ruler. 

Fabric 2 for section 2 is placed underneath fabric 1, right sides (and edges) together. 

Instead of using pins, I will use Bohin Glue Pen to secure both fabrics, preventing them from shifting while bringing them to my sewing machine B770QE.  

Reduce stitch length, adding more perforations to your paper.

Reducing the stitch length (1.50) for more perforations, making it easier to tear the paper away from the fabrics, once the block is finished.  

Making a couple of stitches ahead of the sewing line and beyond, to secure the fabrics,

and a couple beyond the sewing line. You don’t have to anchor stitches, for securing your stitches. As long as they are small, they will hold.

This is sewing line 1: a row of regular straight stitches, with a couple of stitches (aprox. the width of a seam allowance) beyond the actual sewing line. 

Iron every piece of fabric after sewing.

Fabric 2 is then folded to the right side, and ironed. 

Preparing for sewing fabric 3 onto sewing line 1/2 – 3: placing folding template on the solid line, folding the pattern over it and cutting the excess fabric along the seam allowance with the Add-a-Quarter ruler (or your regular quilting ruler).

Bohin Glue Pen is used ON the seam allowance, to prevent shifting. (Yes, I am a lefty! ) 

Be sure your stitches reach the edge of the seam allowance.

You can see that the stitches are made into the seam allowance of the pattern, up to the dotted line. 

More and more fabrics are added: the fabric falls far over the edges of the pattern, which is just what you need, .

This pictures shows fabrics 1 to 6 are sewn on, up to fabric 7. 

Again, folded the fabric to the right side after sewing and ironed it. 

Before adding fabric 10, first cut back the fabrics to make a sharp fabric edge, preparing for the next sewing line between 1/5/8 and 10: for this the folding template is placed on the solid (sewing) line. 

The excess fabric is cut away again, now fabric 10 can be placed to the edge of the previous fabrics, right sides together.

Iron your block after stitching.

And this Boat 2 is ready too. The block is ironed,

and this is the back: I have been generous with my fabrics: you don’t have to have that much excess fabric…  

Cut everything back along the dotted lines of the seam allowances of the block.

and there it is: Boat 2. Such a colorful boat it is!

Next time Boat 3: enjoy and see you then!  


Sylvia Kaptein

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Weekend
Used Material: Add-a-Quarter ruler, cutting mat, Folding template, Fossil Ferns, paper, Printout pattern, quilt fabrics, quilting ruler, rotary cutter, scissors

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