We’re beginning BB-8 this week!
We’re doing two sections this week – both the antenna and the dome – Steps 9 and 10 on page 10 of the main pattern. The antenna section has only two seams, which didn’t seem worth brewing a cuppa for, so we’ll do the dome too. Get the kettle on and find your chocolate!*
If you skipped Rey and are joining the QAL here, you’ll need a bit of the early information, so please hop back and read the Week 1 post as it has links to the patterns (both the original and the 2xScale BB-8), information about fabrics, and instructions on marking. You might also want to peek at all the previous posts for my weekly chocolate pairing!
So let’s get started!
Cut and lay out the parts on your design surface. I’d just like to point out the that ORANGE and GRAY strips for the dome are 1” wide. I’m pointing this out because I left them at 1 1/2” wide, and didn’t discover it until I snowballed the dome! So we have some pix below that are a bit off – sorry about that!
First, sew the antenna section together. Press towards the antenna if you can – the seams will overlap, but it will pop the antenna forward and make it more prominent:
Next, snowball the larger black square of the dome. If you’re making the 2x Scale BB-8, you can snowball the smaller black square too (I thought it far too tiny to fuss with in the original version, but if you’re feeling brave or like playing with confetti, I think 3/4” squares for the snowballs might do the trick). Please hop back to Week 3 for detailed info on how to snowball.
And then put the black and white section together. Press after each seam for best accuracy:
Sew the ORANGE strips to the top and bottom (note, mine are cut too wide in this image!)
Then sew the GRAY strips to the top and bottom (note, mine are too wide again!)
At this point I discovered my mistake and sorted it out. OOPS! Let’s hear it for having extra fabric! The bits missing on the ORANGE are because I had already snowballed it before I unpicked it.
And then snowball the upper corners with the background fabric:
Add the side background pieces:
At this point you can put both aside for sewing together in the final assembly, or you can sew them together now:
And Sections 9 and 10 are 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 a departure for me as it’s milk chocolate. This Belgian offering is by Dolfin, is infused with green tea, and it’s lovely! It has the delicate flavor of a good green tea ice cream, overlaid on a nice milk chocolate that’s not overly sweet. I found it at The Meadow: