Woohoo! This is the last piece of Rey to work on! Get your cuppa and your chocolate*, and let’s get sewing!
First, print out the last 4 pages of the pattern, the ones with the templates for Rey’s torso. Make sure in your Print Options dialog to check the setting for “Print Actual Size” (or uncheck “Shrink to Fit”). Begin by printing just one page, and then checking the size of the printer test lines on it:
If you can’t get your printer to print the right size, print out what you can, then use a copier to increase/decrease it by 1% at a time until it’s right. Err on making it slightly bigger if you have to, because we can always trim it back.
Print the rest of the pages once you have the sizing sorted, and then cut out the parts, taping together piece G.
I like to cut out templates/fabric by placing a ruler over the template and cutting with a rotary cutter. I think it’s more accurate than using pins as the pins distort when used with the thicker printer paper on small pieces.
Cut out all the pieces, and lay them out on your design surface:
Start by sewing together B, C and D, the upper right part of the torso. Place the two pieces together, and thread a couple of pins through where the seam will go at the 1/4” seam allowance. Thread them like making a running stitch, and if you have really long pins, even better!
Flip this test seam open to see how it’s laying… you’re checking the ends to make sure the edges line up:
Looking good! Sew the seam, press it, and trim off the dog ears:
All of the seams in this section are on the bias. This is a good thing, in that if you need to give it a bit of a tug to make it fit, it will oblige. But the bad thing about bias is that it DOES stretch, so be gentle with it, and don’t pull a bunch of distortion into it.
After sewing B, C, and D together, do the same for E and F:
Then add these sections to both sides of G:
Sew together H, J and K to make the lower torso:
Snowball the background squares onto the torso sections. These will make Rey’s waistline:
Find the belt section from last week (or pop back to Section 6 on page 8 and make the belt!):
And sew the belt between the torso sections to finish. Press well! This section should measure 8 1/2” x 16 1/2” – keep an eye on this if you had sizing issues printing the templates.
And all the sections for Rey are DONE! Huzzah! Next week we’ll move on to BB-8!
Please post your progress on social media with these hashtags: #reyandbb8QAL, #reyandbb8quilt, #thedroidisnotforsaleQAL, #thedroidisnotforsalequilt.
* This week’s chocolate is one of my favorites! This is Alma’s Sea Salt Hazelnut Crunch. The inside is made using Woodblock Chocolate and Jacobsen Salt, both Portland companies. It’s crunchy, sweet, salty, and creamy!