Welcome back! It’s Week #2 of our ModTV QuiltAlong! ! This week we’ll be ‘slashin’ and sewin’ the TV Set and the TV leg units, so get ready to throw out everything you learned about exact cutting and piecing and get ready for some cut loose, liberated fun!
But first — If you’re just joining us this week, be sure to review Week #1’s Blog Post to find out how to purchase the pattern and what fabrics and materials you’ll need to gather –
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I love ‘slash ‘n sew’ piecing! It’s liberating, easy to do and best of all you don’t need to have an exact or even perfect 1/4″ seam or be that careful at cutting. The whole idea is to get wonky. And quite frankly, it’s that ‘wonkiness’ that gives these little retro TV’s their personality! So let’s get started!
Be on the lookout for Week #2’s companion video as well!
Organize Your Fabric Pieces —
The TV block which finishes at 12″ x 12″ is made up of three separate units: The TV, the Leg Unit and the the Antenna Unit. First things first – you should have already precut your pieces for at least (1) ModTV Block in Week #1. if not, refer back to pages 1 & 2 of the ModTV pattern to find the cutting directions and dimensions.
Separate all the cut pieces into the three groups. Refer to the pattern near the beginning of each section (i.e.: page 3 – Part One – Stitch the TV Set Unit), and you will find exactly which pieces from your TV fabric and your background fabrics should be placed in that grouping.
Here are the groups…..the TV….
….and The Antenna….
Stitch the TV Unit —
Turn to page 2 in the ModTV pattern. Place the TV rectangle and Background (B/G) rectangles on the cutting board.
Slash up the sides like so (or refer to Fig 2 in the pattern). The key here is to slash at an ‘upward and outward’ angle to create a wonky shaped rectangle, and to try to slash each TV block you make slightly different. But be careful not to slash too wide of a strip off or the TV will not finish at the right size (it may be too small when you complete piecing it). I usually end up slashing about 1-1/2″ width near the bottom to about 3/4″ -1/2″ width at the top. You can mark these measurements on the sides of your TV rectangle to guide you until you get more confident to “slash” without marking.
Next – super simple! Just flip the B/G rectangles over onto the edge of the slashed TV set edges. Place them Right Sides Together on the TV set and stitch – you don’t even need to do a perfect 1/4″ seam here – just place your presser foot along the slashed edge and stitch.
Press the B/G rectangles outward and then place your ruler along the bottom and edge and trim the bottom edge of the TV unit even. Set aside. Not so bad right?!?
Stitch the Legs Unit —
Turn to page 3 in the ModTV pattern and gather all of the pieces needed to make your TV Leg unit. First, as stated at the top of page 3, be sure to cut in half the (2) 3-1/2″ squares to make (4) 1-3/4″ X 3-1/2″ rectangles – these will be the B/G rectangles that will be stitched on to either side of your leg pieces.
SUPER BIG HINT! I like to lay all of the pieces out on my cutting board like so. As I stitch these leg units together I do not disturb what is on my cutting board. When I take 2 pieces and stitch them together, I return them to their exact positions on the cutting board so as not to confuse myself about which pieces go where.
First fold the leg units in half lengthwise to create a center crease. Return to position.
Starting with the right leg, flip the B/G rectangle on the right side over and angle it from the bottom right corner to the center top edge of the leg unit like so (the center crease on the leg unit will guide you).
Stitch down the edge of the angled B/G rectangle and trim the any excess fabric away to reduce the bulk leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the B/G rectangle outward.
Return the right leg unit back in position and flip the B/G rectangle on the left side over and angle it from the bottom left corner to the center top edge of the leg unit like so. Make sure that top edges of the B/G rectangles are overlapping each other at the top.
Stitch down the edge of the angled B/G rectangle and trim the any excess fabric away to reduce the bulk leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the B/G rectangle outward. Your leg unit should somewhat resemble the below photo. The leg unit will need to be trimmed and squared down. Before trimming the unit, I want to make sure my leg unit is centered so I draw (or crease) a line down the center of the leg.
Lining the pointy edge of the leg unit on the 1-1/4″ mark (which centers the leg unit under what will be the trimmed 2-1/2″ wide x 3″ long rectangle), trim the unit (refer to Fig 6-7 in the ModTv Pattern). Repeat on the left leg to make one pair of legs. (If for some reason, your leg unit is just “shy” (or smaller) than this, don’t worry – just trim it as close to that measurement as possible. When we complete the whole block, we will be trimming the block down to a final size and there will be extra fabric to trim away). 🙂
Again return the Leg units in position on the cutting board and sew the (5) pieces together to create the Leg Unit Strip. Press the seams according to Fig 8 in the ModTV Pattern.
Sew this Leg unit to the bottom of your TV unit!
That’s it for Week #2!! Next week – Week #3 we’ll begin slashing and sewing our TV Antenna Unit together and making the Color Bar Blocks – 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