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The Corner Shop Block
Made from Tilda's The Corner Shop collection, blocks can be made simply and quickly by machine applique, or using your preferred Foundation Piecing technique (Quilt pictured made using Foundation piecing technique). Instructions and patterns for both methods below. Completed blocks measure 6 1/2" x 6" (16.5cm x 15cm) excluding sashing.
Cute on it's own, or join several together to make a Schoolhouse type quilt!
For each block you will need:
Contrasting fabrics including approx:
12.5cm x 25 cm dark coloured print
10cm x 10cm light coloured print
10cm x 12.5cm white cotton fabric
For the Applique technique, you'll need:
Bondaweb, Thread for topstitching, 25cm x 25m plain white or light coloured cotton fabric for backing.
For Foundation piecing technique, you'll need either:
Sew-in interfacing, Freezer paper, or lightweight copy paper
Equipment: Sewing machine, Iron, Pins and needles, Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler, pencil, scissors
1. Print out the Applique Corner Shop pattern here (.pdf file)
N.B. Check print settings are set to "Actual size" in Size Options of print menu.
2. Using a pencil and ruler trace outline of pieces 1-5 onto bondaweb.
3. Place on top of wrong side of dark fabric and press using a hot iron until the bondaweb sticks to fabric.
4. Reach for the rotary cutter, guide & cutting mat and carefully cut out.
5. Now trace the outlines of pieces 6-8 (windows and door) onto bondaweb, cut out, and put to one side for use in step 8.
6 .Peel off the paper and position pieces 1-5 on the backing fabric.
7. Press for 10 seconds with a hot iron, until the bondaweb sticks to the backing fabric.
8. Peel of the paper from pieces 6-8, position windows and door as shown on pattern. Press with a hot iron.
9. Now the pieces are in position, machine applique round the raw edges, using a buttonhole stitch.
10. You're block is now complete!
1. For Foundation piecing using sew-interfacing or Freezer paper method print out Foundation piecing block pattern here (.pdf file)
TIP: check print settings are set to "Actual size" in Size Options of print menu. Trace the pattern onto interfacing or freezer paper.
For paper piecing method ( where you stitch through the paper) print out Paper piecing pattern here. (.pdf file)
2. Prepare pieces:
- For freezer paper method: Number each pattern piece (see pattern)
before cutting out. Iron pattern pieces to right side of fabric, then cut
out leaving 1/4" seam allowance around each piece.*
- For sew-in interfacing foundation method check fabric to be used
is big enough to provide a 1/4" seam allowance.
- For paper piecing: Place right side of fabric to unprinted side of
paper, hold up to the light to check for correct positioning.*
Set length of machine stitch to short stitch (this will make it easier to
tear paper backing out when block is complete)
2. Sew pieces 1-5 together in sequence, using your preferred method.
Now sew pieces 6 -14 together in sequence.
3. Sew the two rectangles prepared in step 2 together, referring to pattern to check positioning.
4. Sew pieces 15-19 (roof section), then 20-24 (chimneys) together.
Using a pin to match seams, sew roof and chimney sections together.
5. You're nearly there! Sew the units prepared in steps 3 & 4 together, then sew 2" strips of plain white or light coloured print to form sashing around your block.
* If you're new to Paper piecing, you'll find hugely helpful tips and superb tutorials for Foundation paper and freezer paper piecing on Charise Randell's - brilliant blog here - NB. paper piecing can be addictive!
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Machine applique technique (skill level: Easy to Intermediate)
Foundation piecing Corner Shop block (skill level: Intermediate to Experienced)