Monday, August 13, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Bee Prepared!!!

Hello Autumn Lovers!!
Today is the "Bee Prepared" 
post before the 
sew along begins next Monday:)


If you haven't done so yet...
to download your free copy of the
 Autumn Love Sew Along Guide.

I talked a little about it last week.
If you missed that post...
to read it:)

By now hopefully you have 
your fabric kit and are
 ready to start cutting!

I have found through experience 
that if you cut your kit 
right from the start 
it makes the sew along even more fun!

 Play your favorite tunes or
 watch your latest Netflix binge and cut:)
It's all about enjoying each step of our sew along journey.

Working your way through the guide 
is easy ...just go in the order 
that I have outlined for you 
and check off each cut as its completed.

I love to check things off 
my to do list...don't you?

I have detailed the cutting
 so that you can cut 
every piece of fabric AND also 
know which block that it belongs to:)

Before I began cutting...
I decided to use my 
DYMO Label Maker and 
print out the name of each block.

You can just use a sharpie and
 label plastic bags with
 each block name and add all of the 
pieces as you cut them...
or you can simply add all of the
 pieces to each block on a 
separate design board and 
stack them up after cutting.

*Just a note about cutting strips 
for the bias tape makers.
Some of them need to be 
cut on the bias (meaning diagonal)
 because those strips will need to curve.

The others I just cut what I call
 "Straight Bias"... 
because these strips still 
need to be run through the
 bias tape makers...
 but do not need to curve
 so I do not cut them on the diagonal.

It really would not matter if you did cut them diagonally for other projects
 but it does take more fabric...
 so for my sew along quilts
 with fabric kits I just cut them straight 
if they do NOT need to curve.

The photo above details one of the
 prints that includes both bias cuts and "Straight Bias" cuts.

I put my guide in a binder like this.
I like to use the kind that 
you can slip the 
first page on the cover...

And also if it has a pocket inside 
it could come in handy for 
holding the Sew Simple Shapes.

I have also listed how many 
of each shape
 that you will need to
 trace for the quilt...


I designed and included 
this page for notes.
You can print as many of
 this page as you would like:)

I am a list maker and a note taker 
and so I thought y'all might be as well:)

You may want to take a few notes 
about each block as I do the tutorials 
so you have them with you in the binder.

Besides the fabric requirements
 for the quilt...
there is a list of 
all supplies needed.

Here are photos of each 
in order that they 
are listed in the guide:

Autumn Love
Sew Simple Shapes

4 1/2" and 10 1/2" Trim-It Rulers

1/4" - 3/8" - 1/2" - 1"
Bias Tape Makers

Clover Point to Point Turner

Bee in my Bonnet 
Sew-In Interfacing

This is a special weave and thickness/thinness that I developed especially to use with my 
Sew Simple Shapes

Bee Happy Aurifil 45 set
 has all of my happy colors to use
 when appliquéing your shapes.

You will of course need matching
thread for each shape.

There is 50 wt thread for 
machine applique and 
80 wt for hand applique.

The Bee Basics 20 set of Aurifloss
 is for embroidery only.
It matches all of 
my fabric colors as well:)

I have used all three of my 
Cute Little Button 
jars here and there 
throughout the quilt.

This is my absolute favorite glue 
to use for basting.
It's by Sue Daley and I
 affectionately call it my "SUE GLUE!"

Sorry that this picture is 
not good but it's super hard 
to photograph rulers:)

These are my Cute Cuts 
rectangle and square rulers 
that I use to cut all of my
 fabric and interfacing:)

I also use my Cute Cuts mats
 for rotary cutting 
and my mini mat when tracing the 
shapes onto the interfacing.

It has just the right amount of 
"non-slip" surface and
 it's smooth for tracing 
and not bumpy like 
fine sandpaper can be.

I use Bee in my Bonnet Design Boards
 for literally every project
 that I cut and sew.
Yes...I know I have a lot
 but I use every one of them!
I always have more than 
one project going at a time:)

I love to cut my blocks and
 place them individually 
on a small design board...
and then stack them up 
where they stay safe and sound 
until I'm ready to sew them.

Pictured is my stack of 10" size 
which I have the most of.
 I do use several larger size 
for this quilt as well...
for laying out the blocks
 and more importantly...
for pin and glue basting.

I use my Nifty Needles for 
all of my hand sewing needs.

My applique needles are 
very long and very thin which I love.
This is how I get 
nice applique stitches.

My embroidery needles are 
shaped perfectly to allow the 
6 strands of Aurifloss to 
glide through fabric smoothly.

I use all of my 
Pretty Pins 
and I use the ones labeled 
when I glue baste my shapes.

I am using this print from my 
108" wide 
Bee Backing and Borders Collection
 for the back of my quilt.

I just wanted to show you my 
Seams Sew Easy seam guide 
in case you have not used it.

It comes in handy when 
sewing both the 4" Stars 
and the Harvest Star blocks.

I use my Easy Trace Light Box 
for all of the embroidery patterns.

I love how bright the LED light is 
and how lightweight and thin it is:)
It's a great size too!

Most of the quilt shops that purchase
 my fabric to cut the kits...
also stock these supplies needed 
which makes it very handy to
 purchase in one place!

Please check with them to
 purchase these needed supplies.
If you cannot get them there 
I do have most of them in my 

Okay then cute people!!
Now that we have gone over 
you can Bee Prepared and 
I'm sew excited for next week:)

Join me right here 
first thing Monday morning!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Autumn Love is Here!!!

You guys!
I'm sew excited that
 my latest fabric collection
Autumn Love 
is finally here and has been 
shipping to quilt shops world wide!

Two weeks from today we will begin the 
Autumn Love Sew Along 
and it will take place
 right here on my blog 
every Monday for 12 weeks:)

I hope you will be 
joining us for the fun!

Here are the answers to that question:)

First...all you need to do is tune
 in here every Monday...

And of course grab your

And the all important
 Autumn Love Quilt fabric kit:)
I feel "sew grateful" that there are
 so many quilt shops cutting and 
selling these kits...YaY!

Check with your favorite shop 
and if they don't have one 
then simply do a google search of
 "Autumn Love Quilt Kit" 
and you will for sure find a lot of
 online shops where you can get one.

This sew along will go just like
 my others using my 
fabric and Sew Simple Shapes.

Each block tutorial will be here 
on my blog so there is no pattern...
basically the Sew Simple Shapes
 are your pattern.

I do have a SEW ALONG GUIDE for you to download for free 
that gives ALL of the schedule...
 supplies needed...
 cutting instructions for each fabric...
sew in interfacing instructions
 and embroidery patterns etc.
to download the guide so that
 you can BEE PREPARED when 
August 20th gets here!
You can also copy and paste this photo
 onto your blog or IG to show 
that you are sewing along with us:)
There you go...
those are all of the steps 
so when you have completed them...
consider yourself joined!

This is going to be a super fun quilt 
to make and I also super LOVE 
that we will be sewing all things
 Autumn as the season here
 is beginning to change:)

I can honestly say that I am 
definitely in LOVE with Autumn Love 
and want to sew all the Autumn things!

YES!...I am preparing for the 
sew along but I'm also 
doing a "few" LOL other projects too:)

See that cute acorn box on the left?

It holds my Acorn Table Runner Pattern
 and Kit and will be available 
in quilt shops next week.
This photo is the bottom of the box:)

I have cut my runner out 
and will be sewing it this week.

In the meantime...
I am using my super cute 
Autumn Love Acorns Box 
to hold my Autumn Love fabric swatches!

Autumn Love Oranges...

Autumn Love Corals...

Autumn Love Greens...

Autumn Love Yellows...

Autumn Love Teals and Aquas...

Autumn Love Browns...

Autumn Love Reds...

and Autumn Love Grays:)

I always make "swatch cards" for each of my fabric collections so that I can easily design projects without pulling all of the fabrics out...I just use the cards:)
I decided to use these kraft paper tape for Autumn Love and keep them separated onto rings by colors.
I used Heat and Bond Lite and simply ironed the fabric rectangles onto the tags and then wrote the SKU number on top of each print:)

I'm sure you will be seeing more of these swatches during the sew along!

One of the projects that 
I've been making are blocks from my 
"Scrappy String Block Tutorial"
I did the tutorial in early spring...
if you want to make some:)

These blocks are super fun to 
use up your leftover strips 
but are easily done with 
one fabric collection as well!

Looks how cute this gingham pumpkin
 looks with my blocks.
I got it at JoAnn's...
when I saw it I thought it 
really needed to come home with me 
to play with my Autumn Love fabric:)

I have started sewing my Scrappy String blocks together...

Here's what the back looks like...
I DO NOT remove my sew in interfacing.
I love the stability that it adds to these  strips that end up being cut on the bias around the edges..
When finished...
I'll add thin batting or flannel
 and a backing fabric and 
quilt and bind as usual!

This makes a darling runner or pillow. 
I can also just keep adding rows
 for an amazing scrappy autumn quilt:)

Next week I'll show you my progress
 on the Acorn Table Runner and also 
chat a bit more about the 
Autumn Love Sew Along.

I remain as excited as ever 
to sew with all of you!

In gratitude...

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