Monday, March 1, 2021

COLOR MY WORLD--Month 3

This Block of the Month quilt is available FREE to Star Members of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It was designed by Wendy Williams exclusively for The Quilt Show for 2021. It is not too late to start--you will learn a lot.

Month 3 brings us the remaining 16 Small Houses--#3 and #4, eight of each:



RESOURCES:

1. WATCH the MONTH 3 VIDEO--find it with the Patterns under Instructional Videos

2. You might want to review the Video "The Basics of Sewing", shown in Month 1.

3. Watch the LIVE Broadcast I will do Thursday March 4, 2021,  10 am PST, on Facebook and YouTube. I will answer your questions and review this month's process.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

1. Small Houses 3 and 4 are the same size as Small Houses 1 and 2 that were made in Month 1. 
Double check the 1" box on the pattern before beginning--both the file copy you make for your binder AND the paper foundation you print, whether you are using freezer paper or newsprint or some other lightweight paper for your paper patterns. 

2. Small House 3 has 3 sections, instead of 2. Make all 3 sections and join them together.

3. Cutting instructions for each fabric are in the pattern and they will work. I prefer to increase the size of very small pieces. Any piece that was to be cut 1.25" I cut 1.5". You can always cut the fabric larger to provide a bit more ease in placement--it will, of course, mean you waste a tiny bit more. In the photo ABOVE, the top fabrics were cut as the directions say, the bottom fabrics were increased--from 1.25" square for the light green to 1.5" square. The blue window was increased from 2" x 1.25" to 2" x 1.5". 

4. When all 32 Small Houses are complete, join them into 16 pairs. Then STOP! Do not join the pairs to each other until Month 4, after all the trees have been added to each pair.

5. Plan your colors however you like them. Wendy suggests sewing the houses into pairs 1/2 and 3/4, and then placing them as 1/2/3/4, all the way around the circle--remember, they are all joined AFTER the trees are added, in Month 4. It is more important you like how the colors play with each other than it is to have the houses in 1/2/3/4 order--only you will know if you move some to other positions. Here, in  my quilt, the light green treetop is on Small House 2/1, the dark green treetop is on Small House 3/4:


5. Try to sew a very accurate 1/4" seam allowance when joining the pairs of houses. How round your final circle is and how flat your quilt lays depends on this accuracy. I cannot stress this enough.  Press the seam OPEN after sewing two houses into a PAIR. 

6. When joining two houses into a pair, be sure the lower edge is accurately aligned--the top edge will be covered by the tree so if some of your houses are not exactly the same height, that will work out. The lower edge will be pieced to the Inner Road in Month 5--that edge needs to be as accurate as you can make it. 


7. To cut the Backgrounds, you have a choice--follow the pattern cutting directions, they work. OR use my Speed Cutting Instructions that we talked about in Month 1. Find the VIDEO about that HERE.

The Speed Cutting Instructions are the same two pages that were introduced January 1, 2021. The Month 3 instructions are in the lower box--Small House 3 and Small House 4. Find the PDF HERE.

 If you find it too confusing to cut rectangles different sizes for this method, simply cut them ALL from 5.5" x 7.5" rectangles, half face up ad half face down. That generates more waste but less confusion. 

The Month 3 Video, in Instructional Videos on the Pattern page, goes into this method in detail. 

The Large piece Small House 3=o, Small House 4=k

The Smaller piece Small House 3=n, Small House 4=j

Some must be cut Face UP

Some must be cut Face DOWN

Next month we will add the Tree Trunks and Treetops and you will be sewing all 32 Small Houses into a complete circle. Then the fun begins!

Let's quilt.

Barbara


15 comments:

  1. how do I find the pattern for 3 and 4 to print out????? Thanks You Caroline

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    1. Be logged in as a Star Member, go to Learn, Block of the Month, 2021 BOM, select Documents and you will come right to it

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  2. For some reason I am not getting thta option even though I am a star member. The last two months I had no issue now this month there is. I sent a message to support for help.

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    1. Try logging out, then log in. I have to do this each time.

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  3. Hi, I am a star member, I did what you said and cannot find it, I don't want to get to behind with the block. I do not see documents anywhere on the page. I will look one more time.
    I am enjoying the quilt and listening to all your hints and help.

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  4. Starting yesterday afternoon I can't log in to the Forum but I can log in to LEARN where the patterns are. When you get to LEARN look to be sure you are logged in--it will say Welcome and your name. Go to 2021 BOM, scroll down to View, then the page opens with Videos first, to the right of the word Videos it says Documents. That takes you to the patterns. I will be demonstrating this one the LIVE broadcast today at noon CST.

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  5. I found it very cumbersome to find the pattern! It is buried too deep in the website. Can you make a large flashing "PATTERN" button to click on?

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  6. Is the forum at a new link? Thank you.

    Sharon

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    1. No, still www.thequiltshow.com
      There are hiccups with the new site but if you are logged in correctly it is working well.

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  7. I just came across this BOM! Is it too late to join? Is there a link that would show the fabrics required? I understand I would have to join the Quilt Show. Is there a further cost involved? I do have extensive PP experience! Thanks, Rhonda

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    1. Not too late. Join The Quilt Show. The patterns are FREE as a perk of membership. In LEARN you will find the first 3 months patterns AND a Fabric Requirements listing all the yardage amounts. Be sure to watch ALL my videos and the LIVE broadcasts for LOTS of information. And the first of each month my blog is about Color My World.

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  8. I have just started to work on Month 3 and my houses are 1/4 inch larger than the houses from Month 1. I carefully checked the scale however something is amiss. Can you please give me the finished measurements for the houses and I'm sure I can figure out what is wrong? As in Month 2, you gave the measurements for the Mariners Compass which enabled me to make adjustments. In light of the fact that so many people are having problems accurately printing the pattern, maybe more info can be given at the beginning of each month as to finished size. I would hate to continue this beautiful project only to find out that nothing will fit together properly at the end of the year.

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    1. I just put this info on the Forum:

      https://thequiltshow.com/forum/block-of-the-month-bom/bom-2021-color-my-world/883091-size-for-two-small-houses-sewn-together

      When I get a chance, I will update this blog--I am teaching out of town for the next week.

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  9. I'm confused. I did my house 1 &2 without any problem. Now I'm working on house 3 and it is way longer than house 1 & 2. So is my house 1&2 to small or is house 3 to large. Can anyone give me the length of their houses. I haven't worked on house 4 yet but it is the same size as house 3. I used the same computer and printer to download the patterns. Please someone help me!

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    1. Read my Reply to the comment right above yours.

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