Assemble and Appliqué Sewing Machine Block
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To foundation-piece, you stitch fabric pieces to a foundation paper with the marked side of the paper facing up and the fabric pieces layered underneath. The resulting pieced block will be a mirror image of the foundation paper.
1. Use a pencil to trace Foundation Pattern onto lightweight tracing paper or other foundation material of your choice, tracing all lines and numbers. Cut out traced pattern roughly 1/4" outside dashed lines to make a foundation paper.
2. With right sides together, layer tan print position 1 rectangle atop red print position 2 rectangle; align a pair of long edges.
3. Place foundation paper atop layered rectangles, positioning it so that the rectangles' aligned edges are 1/4" beyond the stitching line between positions 1 and 2. The rectangles should completely cover position 1 and extend at least 1/4" into adjoining areas (Diagram 4). To check placement, pin on the line between positions 1 and 2. Flip red print rectangle open, making sure it completely covers position 2 and extends at least 1/4" into adjoining areas. If it doesn't, reposition and recheck until it does.
4. Working with marked side of foundation paper up, use a small stitch length (1.5 millimeters) to sew on stitching line through all layers, extending stitching past the beginning and end of line by a few stitches (Diagram 5).
5. Turn stitched layers over so foundation paper is on bottom. Press red print rectangle open. Referring to Diagram 6, trim tan print rectangle so it extends 1/4" beyond next stitching line (the line between positions 1 and 3).
6. Align red print position 3 rectangle with trimmed edge of tan print piece. Sew on stitching line (Diagram 7). Trim seam allowances if needed. Press red print rectangle open.
7. Referring to Diagram 8, trim pieces 1, 2, and 3 so they extend 1/4" beyond next stitching line (the line between positions 1/2/3 and 4). Align red print position 4 rectangle with trimmed edge and sew on stitching line. Trim seam allowances if needed and press red print rectangle open. Repeat to add tan print position 5 rectangle (Diagram 9).
8. In same manner, add remaining tan print rectangles in numerical order, trimming previously stitched pieces 1/4" beyond stitching line before adding each piece.
9. Trim all fabric layers and foundation paper on dashed lines to make sewing machine block (Diagram 10). The block should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances. Remove foundation paper with tweezers or the blunt edge of a seam ripper.
10. Referring to Appliqué Placement Diagram, arrange red print A piece and solid black B and C circles on sewing machine block. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse pieces in place. If desired, straight-stitch or zigzag-stitch around appliqués.