Moon Glow – Month 7: Sea of Vapor

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.

Moon Glow Block 7 - Sea of Vapors FINISHED August 15, 2014

Moon Glow
Block 7 – Sea of Vapors FINISHED
August 15, 2014

Step 1: Change the thread on the machine

Moon Glow,  Step 1 Change the thread on the machine

Moon Glow,
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.

Moon Glow Step 2 Sort the fabric

Moon Glow
Step 3
Sort the fabric

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.

 

Moon Glow,  Step  Sew, Press, Trim

Moon Glow,
Step 4-5
Sew, Press, Trim

 

Moon Glow Step  Press

Moon Glow
Step 5
Press

Step 6: Repeat for all fabric – Trim, Sew, Press

Moon Glow,  Step  Trim

Moon Glow,
Step 6
Trim

 

Moon Glow Step  Sew

Moon Glow
Step 6
Sew

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.

Moon Glow,  Step

Moon Glow,
Step 7 – Trim

Step 8: Sew all the foundation pieces together

The olive green looks brown in this picture….

Moon Glow  Step  Pieced Star without borders and center

Moon Glow
Step
Pieced Star without borders and center

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.

Moon Glow Block 7 - Sea of Vapors FINISHED August 15, 2014

Moon Glow
Block 7 – Sea of Vapors FINISHED
August 15, 2014

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! 🙂

~Happy Quilting!

Melanie

 

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