Hello! And welcome to the ‘first week’ of our fourth Colourwerx QAL (quilt along) where we’ll be making our super fun ModTV block (and or quilt)!
First, I want to thank you so much for joining us here and on our Facebook Colourwerx QuiltAlong Page. Whether you’ll be sewing up the pattern along side us or just observing from afar, we welcome you and are overwhelmed by your enthusiasm so far – so thank you, thank you, thank you!
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So this is Week#1 of the ModTV QAL – First let’s review the schedule!
As you can see it’s a 4-week QAL this time, but please know that you can take it at your own pace and join in anytime. All of the videos and blog posts will remain here, as well as be posted on our website and social media pages throughout the year. My quilt alongs are always free to join and I’ll be making a 12″ TV block along with you over the next 4 weeks. I’ll also show you other ModTV quilts I have made and ways you can personalize your ModTV block by changing out the TV screen shape to a licensed fabric or a fabric photo. But first things first….
GATHER YOUR PATTERN & MATERIALS —
Here’s what you’ll need to join in on the stitchin’ fun –
• The ModTV pattern by Colourwerx – and great news? – the ModTV pattern is now 20% off until May 31st! Yippee!
• To Make just (1) ModTV block –
— (2) Fat Quarters;
— 3″ x 6″ scrap for the TV Antenna;
— 5″ x 7″ Piece of Fusible Web to Fuse the TV screen in place (i.e.: Heat n Bond Lite, Steam a Seam II Lite or Pellon Wonder Under;
**For each additional TV block you’d like to make just add a another pair of fat quarters and a fabric scrap for the TV Antenna.
• To Make the Larger 48″ x 54″ Quilt (16 TV’s plus (4) Color Bar Blocks) – refer to the cover of the pattern –
— (16) Coordinating Fabrics – 3/8 yard each fabric;
— Dark Grey (or Black) plus a White (for color bars) – 1/6 yard each;
— (Optional for the quiltalong) Binding – 1/2 yard and Backing 3-1/2 yards;
— 1-1/2 yards of Fusible Web to Iron the TV screen in place (i.e.: Heat n Bond Lite, Steam a Seam II Lite or Pellon Wonder Under
Also begin to think about whether you might like to personalize the TV screen with a piece of licensed fabric (like ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘Star Wars’), or perhaps a fun zigzag print that looks like static, or a photo of a favorite person or family pet (photo should be sized to 4″ x 6″).
If you do want to use a photo, be sure to purchase some photo fabric from your local quilt shop or at a Joann’s Fabrics or Walmart. I prefer the brands EQ Printables or June Tailor Computer Printer Fabric. Make sure you select the type for your printer at home: InkJet or Laser.
Precut to be ready for Week #2 —
First off, before cutting – I really, really, really like to starch my fabric. Mary Ellen’s Best Press is terrific stuff but it it’s too pricey to use on larger pieces…so when I need to starch several yards or a larger piece, I use the Faultless Gold Top Firm Finish Spray Starch. First you can’t beat the price at like $1.99 a can – available at Target, Walmart, the supermarket, etc…. Secondly, I just happen to love the way it makes my fabric feel. It gives the fabric a firm hand but not too stiff and makes my cutting and piecing more precise. Use a hot dry iron (no steam) and definitely starch the fabric before you make that first cut as the fabric may shrink ever so slightly after the starch is ironed dry.
Next, precut your fabrics to make (1) TV block –
• If just making a single TV block: gather your (2) fat quarters, or;
• If making the pattern cover Lap Size Quilt, select (2) fabrics – 3/8 yard each fabric.
Follow all of the cutting directions and dimensions in the ModTV pattern on pages 1 & 2. In the pattern there is also a handy insert page which details and diagrams how to cut your pieces from the 3/8 yard cut or the fat quarter to ensure that you get all of your pieces from the yardage.
And with all of these pieces, it can really get confusing so here’s my BIG TIP for the week! – be sure to label each of your pieces to keep them organized. Each ModTV block is made from three sub units: the TV unit, the legs unit & the antenna unit. All three units come together on the final step to create one 12″ finished ModTV block. The TV screen is ironed on after the TV block is together.
If I’m making just one block, I might just use post it notes or scrap pieces of paper to label each of my pieces.
But, if I’m making several blocks, I open up my word processing program (like MS Word) and choose the address label template …I type in all of my unit names and then copy those descriptions (X) however many blocks I am making.
I then peel these labels off and apply them to each unit. This little tip keeps you super organized and ready to to start piecing for next week!
That’s it for Week #1!! Next week – Week #2: we’ll begin slashing and sewing our TV sets together – woohoo!
Until then, please be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Or feel free to post questions or progress pictures on our Colourwerx QAL Facebook Group.
Until your next colour fix and next week’s QAL post ~ happy and bright quilting always! L&C xxoo