Here you can see the pattern and the final outcome, minus the seeds,
I will put them on in the end of the series.
Note that the finished block is a mirror image of the pattern.
The reason for that comes clear below :)
So here we go ...
First of all you need to have all the right tools for the job. You can get away without some of these tools but we will get to that.
Then of course you need a sewing machine. Mine is a Singer I bought here in Japan.
I use a Singer 1/4" foot. It has a indicator for the fabric where the 1/4" seam allowance is.
The first thing you need to do is to print the pattern and make sure the size is correct.
I had problem with printing it because the Japanese printers I used re scaled the pattern so it was not 6,5" x 6,5" but more like 5,5" x 6" but I am just going to go a long with it. When I square up the finished block I will use my ruler and square it up to be 6,5" x 6,5" so my fruits will be just a tad smaller than our, but I doubt that you would notice.
Then you take the tracing wheel and a ruler and trace all the lines in the pattern with the wheel.
I usually trace them in order so I don't forget any.
This makes it easier to tare away from the block when you finish sewing it together.
Now we have the pattern ready so next I precut my fabric so it will be easier to piece together. Sometimes I skip this step and just eye-ball it but now I have measured it out and here is what you need to cut out for this pattern:
1 x 3" x 6"
8 x 1,5" x 3"
5 x 1,5" x 4"
3 x 1,5" x 2"
Foundation color (for me it is light grey)
1 x 5" x 7" (for pc no. 25)
2 x 5,5" x 1,5" (for pc no. 21 and 22)
2 x 2" x 4" (for pc no. 20 and 24)
2 x 1,5" x 3,5" (for pc no. 19 and 23)
1 x 1,5" x 2,5" (for pc no. 18)
Now we are ready to sew!!
So you take the pattern and turn it around. Put a little glue on the back of section 1 and place the pink fabric on it, with the face of the fabric turning to you.
Take one of the white pcs and have it face up on the mat. Place the pattern with the pink fabric glued to it so that the white pc of fabric is under where section 2 is on the pattern. When you place the fabrics together like this you are placing them face side together, so double check that the fabrics are face sides together :)
Breath a little, you have made you first seam :)
Now it is just a lot of repeat until the block is ready.
But lets take it a step at a time.
Now you should be able to follow these instructions for the remaining white pcs.
Now we are adding the green pcs.
It is basically the same as what we have been doing so I will start you of with the first pcs and then go on to the foundation.
OMG we are down to the foundation color ! It is almost finished.
When I got to the end of adding the foundation I made a little mistake. I was going to start over but I loved these colors and I didn't have enough to make another block.
SO I decided to take the opportunity and show you how you can easily fix small mistakes. It is not easy to use the seam ripper when you make mistakes because the paper can tear and the block can get separated from the pattern and that makes continuing difficult.
Mistakes are not always the end of the world, you can improvise and fix it :)
I really loved making this first block in my Fruit Basket Series. I hope you love it too.
On Monday I will make the Banana block and I look forward to it.
Fruit Basket Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern.