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Thursday, January 9, 2020

How to Stitch a Light Bulb


I never thought I would be stitching a light bulb but here I am stitching a light bulb! I bet you're wondering why..🤔




Well.. for this particular light bulb, it's because today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! 


We don't personally have any family members in law enforcement, but we have a few friends and neighbors that are, so I thought I would include this day in my National Days scrap quilt, because we really appreciate all they do! When I was trying to figure out how to draw a block for this day, I was toying with the idea of a hat, but then remembered Project Blue Light, where people place blue light bulbs in their porch lights to show support for law enforcement and their families, or honor fallen officers.. so I thought I'd stitch a blue light bulb. But you could totally change the colors of the light bulb for other causes. Blue can also be for autism, pink for breast cancer, purple for domestic violence, green to support our vets.. I'm sure there are others.




Here is how the light bulb block goes together, and then I'll show you my finished block.






Fabric A (background):
(4) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (****)
(2) 2 1/2 x 5 1/2"
(2) 3 1/2" sq.


Fabric B (darker blue):
(1) 1 x 2 1/2" (>>)
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (****)
(1) 2" sq.
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"


Fabric C (lighter gray):
(2) 1 x 2 1/2" (>>)


Fabric D (darker gray):
(1) 1 x 2 1/2" (>>)


Fabric E (lighter blue):
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"









Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.



~Using above method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A, and a 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" rect. of Fabric B, make one double upper corner clip & flip unit. Repeat for total of two units.

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Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.






~Using above method, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B-left upper, 2" sq. of Fabric B-right lower, and a 2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric E-long edge at the top, make one left upper/right lower clip & flip unit.

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Using scant quarter inch seams, assemble block as shown below. You'll have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) scrappy light bulb!




Here's how my block turned out using scraps from the bin next to my sewing machine. Didn't find a white piece big enough, so yellow background it was. Uh oh! Do you see my error? I flipped the middle piece. I just noticed! The light blue reflection piece is upside down. Oh well! Too late! This little bulb's going to have to stay the way it is. 😅


I'm going to link this block over on the National Days page with the others, *HERE*. I think this is number 20!

I'm enjoying this process WAAYYY more than I expected. It suits my quilting A.D.D. perfectly. 🤣 It turns out that an 8" block per day is the perfect amount of sewing before I get distracted. ha! And I always lose focus if I have to make too many of the same block, so doing a different block each time is right up my alley, too! And the design challenge is super fun. So I'll definitely be back soon with another block. I've got to keep them coming if I'm going to get to 144 blocks by the end of the year! It's going to be one fun, wacky scrap quilt. 💗

In the meantime, I'm still dicing up extra Harry Potter blocks, and working on new patterns so I'll be posting more about those soon. 

Thanks for dropping in to visit! If you make any National Day blocks, come find me on IG (@kellifanninquilts) and #nationaldaysquiltblocks. Or send me a pic!

Happy Thursday & Happy Stitching!

xoxo



2 comments...:

Jenny98223 said...

Thank you for these National Day Blocks. Very cute.
Am I missing the link to print? or just keep copying and printing?

Great bulb, and great way to honor our Police.

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