Thursday, September 29, 2022

Strippy Improv Halloween QAL - week 2

 Hello! I'm so excited that you'll be sewing along with me for the Strippy Improv Halloween QAL! If you still need the pattern, you can order it here.

It's Week 2, time to make your first two blocks! 
Which blocks have you decided to make? Let me know in the comments. 

Block Making Tips: 
Tip 1:
If you're not already set up like this, move an iron an cutting mat adjacent to your sewing machine. These blocks assemble with a press and cut after every seam, so you'll enhance your efficiency if everything you need is together. 

Tip 2: If you accidentally cut through the muslin when you're trimming strips, don't worry! I've done it as well. Just keep sewing - the hole in the muslin will be covered. 

Tip 3: 
If your fabric marking pen erases with heat, consider using pencil to trace your templates onto muslin. 

What comes next: 
If you've completed the strippy improv piecing part and wondering if your blocks look "right," here are what mine looked like after piecing. After you cut out the reverse applique background and fuse in place, you can trim the excess. Note that for the bat, I pieced the strips on an angle. Choose your strip direction based on how you want the final block to look. 

If you learn better by video, I have a YouTube video showing this same technique used for my Holiday pattern. You can find it here.

How are your blocks coming? Any questions? 
Leave a comment below or reach out via DM on IG!

Happy block making and I'll see you back here next Thursday, 10/6, when we'll talk about making two more blocks.

Here's the QAL schedule: 
Thursday 9/22: Fabric and block choices
Thursday 9/29: Make 2 blocks
Thursday 10/6: Make 2 blocks
Thursday 10/13: Assemble and finish!

I hope you'll join in the fun! I'll be posting here on the blog and also sharing posts on IG (@quiltyzest). If you're going to sew along, use the hashtag #strippyimprovhalloween to share your block and/or fabric choices!

Press the easy button and order the kit for the version below here.

Choosing/using your own fabrics? Order just the digital pattern here

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