Delilah Month 2 : Bells Beach

By Christine Lux
on April 13, 2017
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Bells Beach is the second block in the Delilah quilt and this one offers a ton of opportunity to play around with fabrics and colors. We're sewing more curves and have some inset (also called "Y" seams), so take your time!

If you are sewing with our fabric kits, we've added these prints to our mix from month one....

You'll see that I've used prints from both months in our blocks this month. 

I shared some thoughts on sewing curves in our last Delilah post here. The same rules apply here. Be really careful not to stretch your pieces too much as you are handling them. 

Once I got the curved units together, I tried to line up, pin, and sew carefully to have the edges of the curves meet or "kiss" each other once I sewed the blocks together. 

When you are working on the borders of this block, I highly recommend that you mark the seams. You may have noticed the small holes in the templates - you should use a pencil or other removable marking pen or pencil and make a dot on these pieces. 

When you sew these pieces together, match the dots and back-stitch when you are sewing the y-seam/inset seam. I talk about this technique as well as using glue basting for y-seams in this post here from when I worked on Jen's Smitten quilt.

Admittedly, this block takes some patience! My second one was definitely a little less wobbly than the first one. :)

Feel free to tag me on Instagram or send us an email if you get stuck!

Happy Sewing! :)

Delilah : Machine Piecing Curves

By Christine Lux
on April 13, 2017
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If you have been sewing along with us so far, you've noticed that there are some curves along the road to our finished Delilah quilt.  For many of you, sewing curves may be a new skill. I thought we'd share a few tips... 

I like to use anywhere from 3 to 5 pins depending on the size of the block.  In month 1, the blocks were a little smaller, so I used three.  In month 2, I used five pins on the outer most curves. 

I start folding both pieces to create a crease along the center.

Then, I pin the center and then the straight edges on the ends of the two pieces. (On larger curves, I will add a pin between the center and edge pins.) 

To sew, I start at the left, sewing with the concave piece on top.  I do remove pins as I go and use a stiletto tool to help manipulate the fabric and ease it in as a I go around the curve. I sew these fairly slowly and will stop and lift the presser foot as needed. 

There are lots of great videos on YouTube that show how to sew curves.  This is a quick one that also shows how to use a stiletto tool.

Someone in the Delilah Facebook group also shared that they like to use Wonder Tape to help them hold the pieces in place.  I haven't tried this method, but found a video here if you are interested. 

With these first few blocks, another option would be to cut your pieces about 1/2" larger (past the straight edge sides of the templates only - NOT the curves) and then trim to size once assembled. 

Regardless of your preferred method, I have found the best way to perfect your curved blocks is practice. :)

Hope this post is helpful to you!

Happy Sewing! :)

Welcome to the Delilah Sew Along!

By Christine Lux
on February 28, 2017
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Welcome to Delilah!

We are so excited for it to finally be March so that we can kick off our Delilah sew along featuring the newest program from Jen Kingwell. Delilah is a template-of-the-month quilt block program that runs for 12 months.  Each month, we will make a new block for this super fun quilt. 

If you are sewing along with us using our fabric kits, here are (most of!) the prints you'll find in your packages this month.  We have a wide assortment of colors and styles, featuring mostly small scale prints. 

This first block is called Rising Sun and does take a little bit of patience to put together when sewing the curves.  We've made two of this 12-inch beauties with our kit fabrics and love how they each look different.  This scrappy quilt is going to be so great!

Rising Sun #1

Rising Sun #2

One of the things you'll notice is that cutting the pieces from the templates is super easy! It is also best done with a 28mm rotary cutter.  (Club members - get excited - we're sending you one!)

Happy Sewing! :)

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