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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Part and Parcel Mystery Sew-along Part 7

Today we are on part 7. We are so close to finishing that I can see it on my calendar!

If you are just joining us, WELCOME! You'll want start with the Introduction and Strip Stash cutting instructions.

Here's a schedule. Follow the treasure map to previous posts:
Give your self extra brownie points (or Brownies!) if your neighbors have been peeking out their windows to see if they can discover what the "mystery" is all about.


Clues to demystify the blocks

Anatomy of a Part and Parcel Block

The blocks have 4 parts:
  1. Center(s),  the piece in the center of the block
  2. Spacers, pieces between multiple centers to make 1 center piece.
  3. Sides, pieces on the left and right vertical sides of the block.
  4. Top and Bottom, pieces on the top and bottom of the block. 
Order of sewing: 1)Spacers if needed, 2)Sides, 3)Top/Bottom. You'll always know which direction the block goes by the direction of the seams. Another clue.

All seams should be a scant 1/4". That means 1 or 2 threads shy of 1/4" to allow for the thickness of the fabric when folded into seams. If you find your units are not ending the right size. Check your seam allowance for accuracy. Here's a tutorial.

Sewing with the sashes toward the feed dogs may keep your units more square, and will give more control over the direction of your seams.

Press toward spacers. Press all other seams outward, unless otherwise specified.

Never sew across a seam that has not been pressed.

After cutting for this section, remaining fabric can be returned to the strip stash, label intact. In future cutting, you can use scraps first if you like.

Cut larger pieces first for best use of fabric.


For Section 7 you'll need the following strips from the Strip Stash:
Fabric 1) 1/2 strip @ 2 1/2"
Fabric 2) none
Fabric 3) 2 strips @ 2 1/2"
Fabric 4) none
Fabric 5) 2 strips @  2 1/2"
Fabric 6) 1 1/2 strips @ 4 1/2", 1/2 strips @ 2 1/2"
Fabric 7) 1/2 strip @ 4 1/2" , 3 strips @ 2 1/2"


Cross-cutting Section 7

Fab 1) 5 @ 2 1/2" square

Fab 2)   none

Fab 3) 2 @ 2 1/2" x 16 1/2",  2 @ 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Fab 4) none

Fab 5)  2 @  2 1/2" x 12 1/2",  2 @ 2 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Cut one of each size from each strip.

Fab 6)   1 @ 2 1/2" x  26 1/2", 1 @  2 1/2" x  20 1/2",  1 @ 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" , 1 @ 4 1/2" x 26 1/2",
5 @ 4 1/2" x  6 1/2"

Fab 7)  1 @ 4 1/2" x 12 1/2", 10 @ 2 1/2" x 6 1/2, 10 @ 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"


Sew the Blocks

Section 7 has 3 blocks.

Some instruction in this section are different than all the others, so read through carefully before doing anything.



Section 7 Block 1

Block 1

Center: 1 Fab 7 - 4 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Round 1: sew 2 Fab 5 - 2 1/2"  x 12 1/2" strips to the long sides of the center.
Sew 2 Fab 5  - 2 1/2" x  8 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the block

Round 2: Sew 2 Fab 3 - 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips to the long sides of the block.
Sew 2 Fab 3 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the block.
Press the bottom seam up towards Round 1.

Block 1 should measure  12 1/2" x 20 1/2".

In the top left corner, label this unit Section 7 block 1 and set it aside until assembly.


Blocks 2 and 3 have centers that are the same. We'll make the 5 centers then go on to the blocks.

Centers: 5 Fab 1 - 2 1/2" squares

Round 1:  Sew 2 Fab 7 - 2 1/2" squares to the sides of each of the 5 centers.
Sew 2 Fab 7 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips to the tops and bottoms of each of the 5 units

You should have 5 centers measuring 6 1/2" square

Section 7 Block 2
Block 2


Center: 3 - 6 1/2" square centers from above

Spacers : Sew 2 Fab 4 - 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles between the 3 centers creating a tall unit with centers and spacers alternating, center squares at the top and bottom

Round 1: Sew 1 Fab 6 - 4 1/2" x 26 1/2" strip to the left side of the center unit.
Sew 1 Fab 6 - 2 1/2" x 26 1/2" strip to the right side of the center unit.
Sew 1 Fab 6 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to the bottom of the unit. Press the seam up toward the block.

The top of the block does not have sashing.

Block 2 should measure  12 1/2" x  28 1/2"


In the top left corner, label this unit Section 7 block 2 and set it aside until assembly.

Block 3

Center: 2 - 6 1/2" square centers from above

Section 7 Block 3
Spacers: Sew 1 Fab 6 - 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" to the left side of each center.  Sew the 2 units together creating a row with 2 centers, each with a spacer to the left.

Sew 1 Fab 6 - 2 1/2 x 20 1/2" strip to the bottom of the row.
The right side and top of the block do not have sashings.

Block 3 should measure 20 1/2" x  8 1/2".

In the top left corner, label this unit Section 7 block 3 and set it aside until assembly.

Section 7 Complete
Do not sew the blocks together at this time.


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We'll be back to the the Part and Parcel Mystery Sew-along in two weeks. It's the LAST section and Reveal! I'm so excited!

Until next time!

RaeLyn
RB

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