December 20, 2011

Traditional Tuesday - Block 14

Santa's Belly
Block 14 - Santa's Belly
Merry Christmas everyone! I love this little block, even though it's not traditional at all! To read the story of this block, please see the Modern version in the previous post.

For my block I went for the obvious - red, black and gold!

Cutting:
  • From the red, cut 1 - 4" x 6 1/2" rectangle AND 1 - 1" x 6" strip AND 1 - 1" x 6 1/2" strip
  • From the gold, cut 1 - 1" x 9" strip
  • From the black, cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 1 3/4" rectangle AND 1 - 1 1/2" x 6" strip
Here's the colors. The red is Fossil Ferns, the gold is an old piece of hand dyed.

After I cut the fabric, I laid out the pieces roughly in the order to be sewn.
First, from the gold, cut 2 strips 1 3/4" and sew to the top and bottom of the black rectangle. Press to the gold. Measure this unit and cut two more strips that length and sew to the sides. Press after each seam is sewn.

Here is the finished buckle. Now this is important - I forgot to take a picture of the next step so I'll have to describe it. Sew the 2 - 1" red strips to either side of the black strip, pressing to the red. Cut this in half.

Sew the pieced units together, making sure you line up the blacks so they look like one continuous line (the belt).
Lay out the units as shown and sew together. You can either trim the center, pieced unit to 6 1/2" before joining together or after. If you choose after,  make sure you line up the top and bottom reds when you sew or else your block will be too small after trimming. Trim to 6 1/2".

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