It’s that time of year again, where quilters roam the streets, collecting patterns…
That’s right, it’s Row by Row!
This year’s theme is On the Go, and our block is named On the Go to Fabric Hut. We’ve tried something new – kits for our block are available, and the kit is a panel!
We had these specially printed for this year’s Row. They are limited edition, meaning they will not be restocked once they’re gone. With each panel you will get a copy of the pattern with instructions and templates. The only other thing you need is a half yard of the fusible webbing you like to work with..
Best of all, the block is completely customizable! Don’t like to fly? Leave the airplane out! Get seasick? Skip the boat! How you want to be On the Go to Fabric Hut is completely up to you.
We realize that some people might not have worked with a panel before, so let’s get started with the tutorial!
1- Iron your panel! Press on the back of the panel (not the printed side) and use a low to medium heat. This is to make sure your pieces are flat before you start cutting.
2- Cut out your pieces!
If you’re doing Raw Edge Applique, cut around the shape itself. For the Bay shape, there is a Plain blue 1/8” outline – trim this off! The Road piece will be a little long, but it will be trimmed later after you have it placed.
If you’re doing Needle Turned Applique, cut around the outline. For the larger pieces (the Ground, Sky, Bay and Road) there is not a separate outline, so cut around the shape.
For this example block, we are doing Raw Edge Applique.
Got everything cut out? Great!
3- Put the ground and sky pieces right sides together and stitch along the long edge with a 1/4” seam allowance. This seam allowance is built into the shapes, so you don’t have to trim the block after you’re done.
5- Apply fusible web to your applique pieces. We’re using Heat N’ Bond Lite, which means we need to apply the web to the BACK of the applique pieces first. Follow the instructions regarding temperature, and don’t forget to put down a protective layer on your ironing surface!
If you’re doing Needle Turned Applique, you might want to use the templates provided with the pattern to cut out your webbing so that you have an easier time with your turning allowance. For Raw Edge applique, just apply the fusible and trim around the pieces, making sure that there are no pieces of web sticking out!
6- Let’s start placing! Place the bay shape first. It will line up at the seam of the ground and sky (the horizon line) and along the left edge.
Place the Hut on the right side of the block. You decide how far up or down you want it, just as long as it’s more than a half inch from the right side. In our example block, we’re putting the center of the hut about 7 inches from the right edge.
Place the road in the middle. Line up the shortest edge to the horizon line.
7- Time to fuse! Follow your fusible’s instructions, and we recommend using a press cloth. Once those are placed, trim any of the road piece that overhangs at the bottom.
8- Now that we have the places to go, let’s add the transportation!
Put the boat on top of the bay. Make sure it’s more than a half inch away from the left edge!
Put the car on the road – point it along the road, towards the horizon line.
Time for takeoff! Get that plane in the air! Put the plane in the sky wherever you want.
If you want to add the clouds, place them in where you like.
9- Fuse those pieces according to the instructions, and you’re set!
10- Finish your applique using your chosen technique. For our display block, we’ve gone around each piece with monofilament to secure our applique.
Congratulations, your block is done! Add it to your quilt and we’ll see you soon!
Don’t forget – we’ve got a brand new license plate this year too! Stop in and pick one up (and one from last year if you missed it!)