Welcome to week 4! Did you get your head done from last week? If you didn’t, you’ll have time to catch up… this section is only 8 seams, and you can probably finish it before your cuppa cools off. You’ll still have time for chocolate though – there’s always time for chocolate!*
As always, start by cutting out the parts and laying them out:
Do the three snowballs first (refer back to last week if you need a refresher on how to do them):
And sew HF to G (the toe of Rey’s boot to the background strip):
Now we’re going to sew D to HFG. These strips are longer than the bed of your machine, which means they’re really easy to stretch when you sew them. It’s not uncommon to start with two strips of the same length, and finish sewing to find one a 1/2” longer. But we’re not doing that today, because we are smart, skilled sewists!
This is my recommendation for sewing strips that are less than 40” long:
1. Find the center of each strip. You can do this by measuring, or by folding the strip in half and giving the fabric a good pinch, or a scrape of your thumbnail to finger-press it.
2. Do this to both pieces:
3. Align the pinches of both strips and pin there. Pin the ends too:
4. And sew that seam:
Sew the rest of the pieces together to finish:
Put this aside with your other pieces. Please post your progress on social media with these hashtags: #reyandbb8QAL, #reyandbb8quilt, #thedroidisnotforsaleQAL, #thedroidisnotforsalequilt.
If you are sewing strips longer than this, you can also put a pinch (and pin) in at the 1/4 and 3/4 marks on the strip too. Yes, I know that pinning slows you down, but it actually speeds you up in terms of being accurate on your first sew, and not having to take out a stretchy seam and have to do a second sew 🙂
Glue basting is also an excellent way to keep long seams straight.
And if you can get an accurate 1/4” seam with your walking foot (or have a 1/4” walking foot, like my Janome 8900), use that too, as it moves the top and bottom fabrics together as a unit more effectively.
Is your tea still warm? Then kick back for a few minutes to admire your handiwork, sip your tea, and enjoy your chocolate!
My chocolate this week is Woodblock 70% Dark blend. I was introduced to Woodblock in a Salt & Straw ice cream, and hunted down the chocolate behind it. It has a great, unique flavor, and is one of my faves.