I hope making Rey’s Staff went smoothly last week – I enjoyed seeing all your posts on IG!
This week, we’re making Rey’s Head. This section has the smallest pieces of the quilt, so once you’re done with these the sailing will be smooth! Just take your time and sew deliberately – no rushing on this one, or you might be hurrying towards your seam ripper! Also, if you didn’t dial in your 1/4” seam allowance last week, you’ll need to get it right for the skinny strips ahead.
Get your cuppa and chocolate* ready!
First, cut out all the parts and lay them out on your design surface:
This section includes snowballs. Snowballs are a way to place a triangle on the corner of a square without needing to cut or manage any odd angles.
There are two easy ways to do them, one with marking, the other without.
This is my preferred method when I only have a few snowballs to do, or the pieces are large or small (I find the accuracy better). I’ll show you this on Rey’s Mouth.
Mark a line on the WRONG side of the fabric across the diagonal of the square that will make the snowball:
Place the snowball square, RIGHT sides together, on the corner that will be snowballed.
Sew on the line – sew towards the point. If you start at the point, you might pull the fabric down into the needle plate’s hole:
Press the triangle open (pressing before trimming makes for less distortion)
Cut the excess triangle off, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. NOTE: some people leave the excess triangle in to help stabilize the block and keep things square. Do this if you feel like your fabric is easy to distort (thinner or more delicate fabrics).
NON Marked Snowballs
This is my preferred method if I have a lot of snowballs to make. I’ll show you this on the final snowballs of Rey’s Head.
Place a piece of tape on the bed of your sewing machine, with one edge leading to the needle (but not over the feed dogs). Of course I have ORANGE washi tape! (Thank you Mary Ellen!)
Place the snowball square, RIGHT sides together, on the corner that will be snowballed. Turn the unit 45 degrees.
Sew from one point of the square to the other, keeping the second point following the edge of the tape as you sew.
Cut the excess triangle off, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
First, snowball the B pieces onto J, the mouth (see above under Marked Snowballs). Press and trim.
Snowball the M pieces onto A, the forehead. Press and trim.
Assemble the rows of the head (press to the dark if you can, but don’t sweat it if you can’t):
Then assemble the rows into the face. Sew one row at a time, then press before going to the next row, just like you did on the staff. Yes, I know the eyebrows are tiny! Sorry! Don’t worry if your sides are a bit uneven as they’ll be covered up in the next step:
Put the hair on, top first, then sides:
Add the final snowballs on all four corners of the face and hair (see above under NON Marked Snowballs):
Finish by adding the neck!
Section 2 is done! Put it aside safely (we wont touch this again until the final assembly).
PLEASE share your progress on social media with these hashtags: #reyandbb8QAL, #reyandbb8quilt, #thedroidisnotforsaleQAL, #the droidisnotforsalequilt.
* This week’s chocolate is IBLEND from Domori! Portland has a lovely gourmet chocolate store, The Meadow (they sell salt and bitters too), and I’ve been known to make a trip or two there. This one was new to me… Domori makes a variety of single origin bars, but I chose the blend as a start. Nice and smooth, dark but not bitter, with nice creamy finish. According to the package, it won a 2013 Golden Chocolate award. YUM!