I love Month 7 of Moon Glow. It’s my favorite so far. I did pretty well with the exception of one part where I trimmed too much. My points lined up pretty well. I’m really happy with how this is coming along.
Step 1: Change the thread on the machine
I like to use black thread because it hides better in the dark fabric. I periodically forget to do this when I work on different months so I’m sure when I put the blocks all together it will be noticeable. This is one of those things that I learned as I went.
Step 2: Print the templates
I use Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper to print the templates on. I’ve had these forever and I’m not sure what project I had originally bought them for. I’m sure there is probably something cheaper I can find and use so if you have any ideas, please let me know.
Step 3: Sort the fabric, Press and Cut
I have a ton of little pieces from previous months so I like to use up what I can before I cut into the new fabric that came with the kit for this month. For some fabrics I have enough pieces from the previous month where I do not even use the piece that came this month.
Step 4: 1st and 2nd Piece
I have Carol Doak’s class, “Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing”, on Craftsy. And I use the method she teaches in the class with one minor exception. Instead of using pins, I glue the first fabric to the paper template with restickable glue. I used restickable glue when I worked on the Iris Cameo at my guild’s workshop with Laurel Anderson. This is the first time I used it when foundation piecing and it was the best method I’ve used for that first piece of fabric. Pins tend to shift. Then I trimmed the fabric between 1 and 2, placed fabric 2 down and sewed.
Step 5: Press
When I press, I have to be careful because the markings on the template transfers onto my ironing board. So I put a piece of dark fabric on the ironing board. That way if the template transfers to the fabric – you can’t tell and my ironing board is safe. It’s not a big deal but I’m afraid that if the markings are on my board, it might transfer onto lighter fabric later for different projects. That’s a big deal for me if it should ever happen.
Step 6: Repeat for all fabric – Trim, Sew, Press
Step 7: Once all the fabric is sewed on, trim all the sides of the templates
I messed up on one of the pieces where I trimmed too much of one of the sides. It caused me problems later when I sewed all the pieces together and later, it didn’t lie flat on this side without causing puckering. Luckily it’s the black part so it’s not very noticeable.
Step 8: Sew all the foundation pieces together
The olive green looks brown in this picture….
Step 9: Applique the center and piece the borders on
This month asked me to applique the center. It isn’t always this way but I find I have more control in making sure the block lies flat better in the middle when I applique the center.
Hopefully you enjoyed my step by step process. It’s different enough from Month 6 where I felt that I wasn’t repeating everything all over again.
On a personal note: the kids started school last week and the girl caught something. 😦 She stayed home sick yesterday and we’re not leaving the house this weekend so guess what? I get to stay home and play in my sewing room! 🙂