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Moda's Be My Neighbor Quilt-a-Long

Welcome to Moda's Neighborhood!  Visit each week to download the "blueprint" for a new house in the neighborhood.  We'll be posting the blueprint for the first house on Monday, September 19 and will continue each Monday through the first week of January.

I'll be making my quilt using "Grunge" fabrics from Moda.  Here's my fabric selection. Stop in the shop or give us a call if you'd like to order a kit to use the same fabric selection that I'm using.   I'll let you know which fabrics I've used for my house each week.  If you prefer - have fun with your stash and make your own fabric selections.

Here's the quilt layout so you can start planning.   Come back each Monday, beginning September 19, to download the "blueprints".

Block #1 pattern

 September 19
I used "Geranium" for the house and "Fur" for the roof and tree trunk.
My windows are "Creme". I'll be using Creme throughout the quilt for windows.
The tree uses an assortment of greens and teals.

Visit our blog each week for Nancy's tips.

Block #2 pattern
September 26
This looks to me like a barn with a quilt painted on the side.  What do you think?  I used Geranium again for the barn, Fur for the roof.  My quilt on the side of the barn is Decadent, Jade an Prussian Blue.  The tower or silo is Papaya and it's roof is Lustra.
I'll look forward to seeing photos of your finished blocks.  You can email a photo to me or post on our facebook page.

Block #3 pattern
 October 3
What a cute house with a bird perched on the roof and a mailbox out front.  Visit our blog for a couple of tips and for color details if you're following my color placement.

Block #4 pattern
October 10
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I used Elafin for the house and made the quarter-square triangle units for the foundation using Kelp and Aqua. The roofs are Cherry.
The pattern calls for cutting the quarter-square triangles, then sewing them together. If you have another technique that you like for quarter-square triangles, go ahead and use it.

Block #5 pattern
October 17
It's a valentine house! This block goes together really fast. And you get to make another of those cute birds.  There are several ways to applique the bird. Some of you will probably do hand applique.  If you would like to stitch the bird by machine, you can fuse the bird in place using the fusible product of your choice.  Then you can either straight stitch very close to all of the raw edges or use a tight zig-zag stitch to cover the edges.
Colors I used: Duchess for the house, Rose for the roof and chimney and Cherry for the heart.
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I posted a few photos of houses made with other fabric combinations on facebook. Check them out - and share a photo of your blocks.

Block #6 pattern
October 24
This one looks like an apartment building.  Love the decorative tiles.
Colors I used: Rooftops are Jade, Tiles are Sunflower, Windows are Creme, House is Decadent.

Visit our facebook page to see more fabric combos for blocks 1 - 5.  More will be coming soon

Block #7 pattern
 October 31
Here's the pinwheel house with tall tree next to it.  I'm posting this one early since I'll be at Quilt Market on Monday. 

If you're following my colorways with the Moda Grunge fabric here's what I used:
Tree - an assortment of greens and teals; Tree trunk - Fur;
House Roof & Chimney - Papaya; House - Sunflower
Flying Geese Dark - Geranium; Flying geese Medium - Rose
If you want to check out post #7 on our blog, it should be up Sunday evening.      Keep having fun!

Block #8 pattern
November 7
When you finish this house you'll be halfway through the blocks for this quilt.  Isn't that just the point where you get overly confident and think you don't really have to look at the pattern?  Look at it. I sewed the flag parts together the wrong way and had to think a bit, then rip a bit.  If you're following the pattern, I'm sure you won't do that!
My fabric selection: Leaves - Spearmint; Flower - Sunflower & Eggplant; Roof - Hyacynth; Flag - Geranium; Flag Pole -Gris; Window - Creme; House - Cobalt.

Block #9 pattern
November 14
This was a fun house to make with the decorative strip of bow tie blocks. It kind of reminds me of a castle. I hope you're all having as much fun as I am stitching this neighborhood.

My fabric selection:
House Roof - Prussian Blue; Bow-ties - Hyacynth; Windows - Creme; House - Lustra.

Block #10 pattern 
November 21
Love the star on this house, and notice how cleverly it's made. The star floats just a bit so you won't loose your star-points when you piece the house together.

My fabric selection:
Tree - Jade (or do multiple green and turq. if you wish); Tree Trunk - Fur; Star - Eggplant; House Roof - Lustra; House - Elafin.
Bird applique: Beak - Sunshine; Body & Tail - Cobalt; Wing - Sky; Eye - Eggplant

Block #11 pattern 
November 28
These are fun, quick houses to stitch up.  I think they look a bit like colorful beach cabanas.

Here's my fabric selection:
Houses are Papaya, Rose, Prussian Blue, Raspberry, Spearmint and Hyacynth.
Roofs are Gris, Eggplant, another Gris, Cobalt, Cherry and Papaya.
Windows (or doors) are Creme.     

There are only 5 blocks left to go.  I hope you're all having fun and getting lots of blocks made. Here's a link to the setting instructions if you'd like to start sewing rows together as you get your blocks done.
Block #12 pattern    
December 5
This weeks block will go together quickly.  It's just a couple of quick nine-patches featured in a large four-patch block.

Here's my fabric selection if you're following along with our
Moda Grunge bundle:
House Roof - Eggplant; Houses - Jade; Chimneys - Kraft; Nine-patches - Aqua.

Block #13 pattern 
 December 12

Today's tip: Be sure to follow the instructions for making the
leaves (step 2) so you have mirror image leaves.  Some of us might
have been hurrying along too much and made all of the leaves facing
the same direction.  Oh well, it didn't take to long to fix it.

Here's my fabric selection:
Leaves - Decadent; Flowers - Sunflower for the larger circle and Raspberry for the center; Roof - Papaya; Half-square triangles - Papaya; House - Vert; Windows - Creme.

Bird applique: Beak - Sunshine; Body & Tail - Cobalt; Wing - Sky; Eye - Eggplant

Block #14 pattern 
December 19
This week's block is a quick one.  Here's a tip: after you sew the half-square triangle units that make the sail, square them up to 6 1/4" from raw edge to raw edge.  They'll fit perfectly into your block.

My fabric selection:
Flag - Geranium; Sails - Kraft; Mast - Fur; Boat - Eggplant; Waves and Water - Sky

Block #15 pattern   
 December 26

Note as you get started on this block: Be sure to follow the piecing sequence for the roof sections. The first step is to add the 2-3/4" background squares onto each end of the 14" x 2-3/4" roof section with a diagonal seam. Add the 14" x 7" roof section to the unit you've already sewn, then add the 7-1/2" background square to the roof section.  This technique make the upper roof section float a bit.

My fabric selection: Roof - Gris; House - Rose; Pinwheel Dark - Raspberry; Pinwheel Light - Creme; Tree - assorted Greens and Teals; Tree Trunk - Fur.

Have fun! Only one block left to go when you've completed this one!

Block #16 pattern 
 January 2
The last block!  When you finish this one you can start putting your quilt together.

Here's my fabric selection: Roof & Chimney - Fur; Roof small - Fur; Tower - Cherry; Windows - Creme; Cross - Lustra; House - Cherry.

Assembling your quilt
If you haven't already printed out the instructions for assembling your quilt, use the link above to get there.  The instructions tell you the length to cut the sashing and borders.  Just a tip - measure your quilt rows before cutting the sashing strips.  If your rows turned out to be a different length than is listed on the pattern, change the length of the sashing strips accordingly.  Same with the border strips - measure your quilt, then cut the border strips to length. I'm sure you all know this but when sewing your sashing and borders - pin first, then sew.  This will all help you to end up with a nice flat finished quilt.