expression™ - Foot Cubes

Kommentoija PFAFF®

Materials:

  • ½“ hook and loop tape- 57 linear inches per cube- non-adhesive only
  • Rayon embroidery thread or 30wt cotton thread for decorative stitching
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Bobbin thread
  • All purpose thread-to match main fabric
  • INSPIRA® Fast & Easy Tear-A-Way™ stabilizer
  • 20”(50.8 cm) Foam cube
  • Fabric marking pen or pencil

Accessories & Fabric:

Optional Accessories Used:

  • Adjustable Guide Foot for IDT™ System
  • Bi-Level Guide Foot for IDT™ System
  • Clear Open Toe Foot for IDT™ System

Cube A Fabric:

  • Small strip- ¼ yard (23 cm)
  • Wide strip- ¼ yard (23 cm)
  • Main fabric- 2½ yards (2.3 cm)

Cube B Fabric:

  • Small double strip- ¼ yard (23 cm)
  • Medium middle strip- ¼ yard (23 cm)
  • Main fabric- 2 ½ yards (2.3 cm)

Cutting the Fabric:

Cube A- PFAFF® expression™ 710:

  • Cut 3 pieces of small strip fabric to 21”x 3” (53.3 x 7.6 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of wide strip fabric to 21”x 6” (53.3 x 15.2 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 21” (53.3 x 53.3 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 4” (53.3 x 10.2 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 13” (53.3 x 33 cm)
  • ½” (1.2cm) seam allowances are used unless specified.

Cube B- PFAFF® quilt expression™ 720:

  • Cut 6 pieces of small double strip fabric to 23”x 1¾” (58.4 x 4.5 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of wide strip fabric to 23”x 4½ ” (58.4 x 11.43 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 21” (53.3 x 53.3 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 4” (53.3 x 10.2 cm)
  • Cut 3 pieces of main fabric to 21”x 13” (53.3 x 33 cm)
  • ½” (1.2cm) seam allowances are used unless specified.
Sewing Tips
 
Constructing Cube A:
  1. Mark three horizontal lines at a 45 degree angle equidistant on your wide strip fabric using your fabric marking pen or pencil
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  2. Place a piece of INSPIRA® Fast and Easy Tear-A-Way™ stabilizer under one piece of your wide strip fabric that you just marked.
  3. Select stitch 4.2.12 and line up the bottom edge of the stitch to the marked line. Sew along the line from edge to edge. Use your decorative thread for this stitching. Note: The needle starts at the bottom of the stitch.
  4. Repeat for each marked line, selecting Stitch Restart before starting a new line.
  5. Mirror image the stitch side-to-side and select Stitch Restart.
  6. Line up your needle with the bottom outer corner of the middle square
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  7. Sew the mirrored stitch along the marked line. The bottom edges of each stitch should be against each other, giving the illusion of one wide stitch rather than 2 sets of stitches. Sew from edge to edge.
  8. Trim fabric to 4” (10.2 cm) wide. When trimming the fabric, you will want to trim off some of the top and/or bottom stitch so it looks like one wide stitch rather than two rows of stitches.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 for the remaining 2 wide strips.
  10. Sew one small strip to one side of each wide strip, right sides together. Press towards the small strip.
  11. Sew the 21” x 4” (53.3 x 10.2 cm) main fabric to the other side of the wide strip, right sides together. Press towards the wide strip. Sew the  21” x 13” (53.3 x 33 cm) main fabric to the other side of the small strip, right sides together. Press towards the small strip
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  12. Repeat steps 10-11 two more times with the remaining strips from step 9.
  13. Sew two pieced squares together, right sides together, matching the seams. Sew the remaining pieced square to either end of this piece, right sides together, matching the seams. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end of all seams.
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  14. At one end of this piece, attach one 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square, right sides together. Leave a ½” opening at each end
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  15. Attach the two remaining 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric squares to the remaining sides of the pieced square that is attached to the 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square, right sides together. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end
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  16. Attach the opposite sides of these 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric squares to the sides of the far pieced square, right sides together. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end
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  17. Sew the top of this 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square to the remaining side of the middle pieced square
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  18. Cut the hook and loop tape into three 19” (79.3 cm) strips. 
  19. Attach the hook and loop tape by sewing a straight stitch down each side edge of the strip.
  20. Sew the soft side of the hook and loop tape to the bottom edge of the main cube on the right side of the fabric. For both sides, start the hook and loop tape as close as possible to the sewn side, leaving a small blank spot at the open corner end. When sewing the end piece, center the hook and loop tape to leave a small blank spot at each end
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  21. Sew the rough side of the hook and loop tape to the edges of the bottom cube flap on the right side of the fabric. For both sides, start the hook and loop tape as close as possible to the sewn side, leaving a small blank spot at the corner end. When sewing the end piece, center the hook and loop tape to leave a small blank spot at each end
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    Tip: Put a piece of INSPIRA® Tear-A Way™ stabilizer on top of the hook and loop tape for smoother presser foot movement while sewing.
    Note: The corners will overlap when you go to close the flap for a tighter fit, this is a why the hook and loop tape does not go to the end of each side.

Constructing Cube B:

  1. Mark the center with a straight line from edge to edge on the long side of the wide strip fabric.
  2. Select stitch 5.2.22 and sew from edge to edge with the bottom of the stitch against the centerline.
  3. Press stitch restart, then mirror image the stitch side-to-side.
  4. Sew this stitch along the centerline, so the bottom of both lines of stitching are up against each other.
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  5. Measure 1” (2.5 cm) from the indent of the top and bottom stitch and mark. Do this on both sides.
  6. Using these marks draw a straight vertical line from edge to edge.
  7. Select stitch 8.3.23 and sew from edge to edge on the left line.
  8. Mirror image this stitch and sew from edge to edge on the right.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 for the remaining 2 wide strips.
  10. With the wide strip finished, place a piece of INSPIRA® Fast & Easy Tear-A-Way™ stabilizer underneath the right side and place one small strip piece, right sides together, on the right hand side. Note: the piece of stabilizer only needs to be 2” (5cm) wide, but it must hang over the edge of the fabric by at least 1” (2.5cm) because Floating Stitches will stitch half on the fabric and half on the stabilizer.
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  11. Select stitch 8.3.23. Attach the Bi-Level Guide Foot and place the edge of the fabric to the middle guide on the foot. The stabilizer under the fabric should be partly under the fabric and partly under the other side of the foot.
  12. Sew from edge to edge.
  13. Select Stitch Restart and mirror image the stitch side-to-side.
  14. On the opposite side, place a piece of stabilizer under the wide strip and place the other small strip piece on top, at the edge of the wide strip.
  15. Sew from edge to edge.
  16. Tear away the stabilizer from both sides.
  17. With one hand grab the edge of the small strip and with the other hand grab the opposite side of the sewn piece. Gently tug on the fabric to open the seam exposing the Floating Stitch. Press seam towards the small strip.
  18. Repeat steps 10-17 for the remaining 2 wide strips.
  19. Trim each sewn piece to be 21” (53.3 cm) long. Before cutting, align the lines of decorative stitching to make sure, with a ½” (1.2 cm) seam allowance, and that the stitches will match at the seam. Tip: It is easiest to match the stitching at the beginning or end of the decorative stitch.
  20. Sew the 21” x 4” (53.3 x 10.2 cm) main fabric to one side of the wide strip, right sides together. Press towards the main fabric.
  21. Sew the 21” x 13” (53.3 x 33 cm) main fabric to the other side of the small strip, right sides together. Press towards main fabric.
  22. Repeat steps 11-12 with all the finished strips from step 18.
  23. Sew two pieced squares together, right sides together, matching the seams. Sew the remaining pieced square to either end of this piece, right sides together, matching the seams. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end.
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  24. At one end of this piece, attach one 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square, right sides together. Leave a ½”(1.2 cm) opening at each end.
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  25. Attach the two remaining 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric squares to the remaining sides of the pieced square that is attached to the 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square, right sides together. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end.
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  26. Attach the opposite sides of these 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric squares to the sides of the far pieced square, right sides together. Leave a ½” (1.2 cm) opening at each end.
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  27. Sew the top of this 21” (53.3 cm) main fabric square to the remaining side of the middle pieced square.
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  28. Cut the hook and loop tape into three 19”(19.3 cm) strips.
  29. Attach the hook and loop tape by sewing a straight stitch down each side edge of the strip.
  30. Sew the soft side of the hook and loop tape to the bottom edge of the main cube on the right side of the fabric. For both sides, start the hook and loop tape as close as possible to the sewn side, leaving a small blank spot at the open corner end. When sewing the end piece, center the hook and loop tape to leave a small blank spot at each end.
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  31. Sew the rough side of the hook and loop tape to the edges of the bottom cube flap on the right side of the fabric. For both sides, start the hook and loop tape as close as possible to the sewn side, leaving a small blank spot at the corner end. When sewing the end piece, center the hook and loop tape to leave a small blank spot at each end.
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    Note: The corners will overlap when you go to close the flap for a tighter fit, this is why the hook and loop tape does not go to the end of each side.

Additional Tips

Additional techniques to try in your statement strips:

  • Pintucking using the 9mm Pintuck Foot with Decorative Stitch Guide
  • Free motion quilting
  • Stitch sequencing

Bonus Tips and Hints:

  • When selecting fabric try to choose home décor weight fabrics. If you do choose quilting cotton, use a medium weight fusible interfacing to give the fabric more structure.
  • When connecting strips of different fabric weights, press seams towards the lighter fabric allowing the heavier fabric to lay flat. This creates less bulk around the seams.
  • If you can only find adhesive hook and loop tape, use an INSPIRA® Titanium Needle to sew it. If you sew adhesive hook and loop tape with a normal machine needle, the adhesive from the hook and loop tape will stick to the needle causing the thread to stick, leading to thread breakage.
  • For slippery floors use a nonstick fabric for the bottom panel.
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