Thursday, January 17, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Rhinestone Block Tutorial!!

Okay quilty peeps...
today I'm going to share 
a cute little block 
from my grandma's pattern basket
 that I have named

It's the next block in our 

I think these blocks look like
 colorful vintage rhinestone pins...
the kind that I told you about
 in my last post 
that grandma used to wear and
 were so popular back then:)

This is grandma's recipe box that I have now.

She had lots of recipes that she 
clipped from the paper...
and inside are a few 
poems and notes as well.

This one is the recipe for the
 Banana Drops 
that she made often and
 kept in her pig cookie jar.
(but not for long with 27 grandkids lol)

I love having her recipes
and in her own handwriting...
so very special to me.

Are you ready to make some Rhinestones?

These little 6" finished blocks 
are scrappy happy fun:)

This was a classic and super easy block
 that you see in many vintage quilts.

It was easy to use up small pieces
 of feed sack for one of these blocks.

we still like easy scrap blocks like this!

All you need for each block is
 a background and and two colors 
so have fun putting your 
fun combinations together!

I used 4 different Bee Backgrounds 
for my blocks.

Of course have each of the prints
 in this collection on
 a fabric swatch tag.

A few days ago I did a tutorial 
on how I make these...
and how I use them.

for the tutorial!

I'll just be showing you how to
 make one Rhinestone Block...
obviously they are each
 made the same way:)

From the background you will need to cut:
4 - 2 1/2" squares
8 - 1 1/2" squares

From Fabric One:
Cut 5 - 2 1/2" squares 

From Fabric Two:
Cut 8 - 1 1/2" squares.

Easy peasy!!!
All cut and ready to 
sew one Rhinestone Block:)

Pair up four of the 2 1/2" squares... 

And make four half square triangles.
if you want to know about the
 Seams Sew Easy Guide

Trim the excess and press!
You should have a total of four
 that measure 2 1/2" square
 at this point:)

Pair up the 8 sets of 1 1/2" squares
 and make four 4 patch blocks.

The four patch blocks should also measure
 2 1/2" square each at this point.

Place the remaining 2 1/2" square 
in the center of a small
 Bee in my Bonnet Design Board.

Lay the half square triangles 
and the 4 patch blocks around it 
just like this.

The only tricky part about sewing
 these pieces together is 
making sure that they are all
 going the right way.
Using the design board helps so much!

Now you basically have a nine patch
 to sew together into 3 rows...
 and then sew those 3 rows together.


This little block is a gem lol
pun intended!

Here's the back of my block:)

Now sew the remaining three blocks 
for a total of four.

We will use all four in the quilt.
I don't know yet if we will 
sew them together into 
one big block like this...

Or sew them into a row...
 or scatter them throughout.

I'll know more as each vintage block tutorials keep coming!

I sure do love these little jewels
and wherever I put them in the quilt ...
I know that they will shine!

Each Rhinestone Block should measure
 6 1/2" square unfinished 
and will measure 6" square 
when sewn into the quilt.

I will see you here next Thursday 
for anther vintage block 
or if I have time this weekend 
I may do one then as well.

If you are just joining the
 Vintage Block Along...YaY!

Here are the first four blocks.
Click on each one below 
to go to that tutorial:

Thanks for sewing vintage with me
 and we will chat again soon!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fabric Swatch Tags Tutorial!

Well hello there!
 I thought I would talk a little
 about how I audition and 
pull fabrics for a project...
and how I use these
 fabric swatches to do it:)

My latest fabric collection is 

It's full of many prints
 in happy vintage colors 
that I love to use.

So of course...
I made a fabric swatch tag
 for each print in the collection.

These three prints are not in my
 Farm Girl Vintage collection
 but are the 3 new widleback (108")
 prints that co-ordinate 
with the collection.

The prints are called 
and it comes in these three colors.

This is the print that
 I am using for the back of my 
during the sew along.

I made the swatches and
 added them to my
 Farm Girl Vintage swatches
I do not use these 
for backing only...
but I love to piece 
with them as well!

These are the four prints from
 Farm Girl Vintage that I call backgrounds.

Here are the aqua prints...

The yellow prints...

The denim prints...

The browns...

The teals...

The reds...

The grays...

The oranges...

The greens...

and the coral and pinks.

I keep all alike colored swatch tags 
together so that when I'm 
looking for a certain color...
I know they are all there
 in my swatch collection.

I make swatch tags for each and every collection as soon as I get it.

These are my swatch tags from my

This is my go to collection 
when choosing backgrounds and...

I use these swatch tags
 all of the time when 
pulling a project together.

There are several colors to choose from...

in a variety of prints and 
I always find something that works!

I love having a little piece 
of my fabrics at my fingertips 
for quick and easy reference.

I must admit that when I'm 
going through my 
"swatch tag files"
I sometimes feel like a librarian lol

I've had several questions about
 how I make them.
So here is a quick and easy tutorial
 on how I do it:)

I use kraft tags that you can get
 in the paper crafting section
 of any craft store.
These are ones that I got at
 Michaels and they are 3.00 per pack.

I use fusible web to iron the 
fabric onto the tag.
Heat and Bond has several different kinds...
this is what I use the most:)

From the Heat and Bond...
I rotary cut one rectangle
 for each swatch...

 a little bigger than I want
 the swatch to end up.

For my size tags that means
 I cut the fusible web 2 1/4" x 4"

Most of you probably know this...
but if you have never 
worked with fusible web...
it has a smooth side which is paper 
where you would trace your pattern onto etc.

Of course for this there is
 no pattern to trace:)

Here is the "bumpy" side which
 is the fusible part that irons on.

PS. Yes I DO use vintage irons and 
NO it is not turned on and 
sitting on my cutting mat lol... 
scared you didn't I?

I grab a piece of the fabric...
I don't really take the time to cut it
 a certain size because I will
 just trim it down anyways...

 I just press the rectangle
(fusible side down)
 onto the wrong side of the fabric
 making sure that there is 
at least a little fabric 
hanging over all edges.

Then I use my little 
Cute Cuts Rulers and Mini Cutting Mat 
to trim it down to 2" x 3 3/4"

I trim 2 sides first and then 
turn the little mat around and 
trim the other two sides 
with out picking up the rectangle...
easy peasy!
I do these a bunch at a time 
so it's sort of like chain piecing 
but instead it's chain trimming:)

Next step is to peel the paper backing off.

Sometimes that is easier said than done.
I like to use my longer pins for this...
the ones that I usually use to
 bin borders and larger pieces
and "score" a mark in the paper.

Then I can start peeling from the 
score line and not the corners...
which are hard to start peeling from.

Once it's peeled off you will
have the other fusible side exposed 
and can press the fabric swatch
 directly onto the tag... 

like this!

I like to mark the name of the fabric 
and also the SKU for easy reference 
when needed for ordering etc.

I use my Planner Pens for this...

of course they come in lots of happy colors!

I wrote on the info on the back.

Remember this Gunny Sack print 
from my Autumn Love fabric collection?

Now it is a Riley Blake Basic 
and comes in these colors so far...
more color combos than these will be 
coming in about 6 weeks.

It really is a big time saver 
for me to have a swatch tag 
for each print that I use frequently.

 I can mix and match colors 
and collections easily.

Like for example...
when I am creating and I need
 several reds and pinks 
for a valentines project...
I just go through my swatches 
of those colors in all different 
fabric collections and see which 
reds and pinks out of all
 go together well.

It's much easier than pulling out
 every piece of red and pink fabric 
that I have.
Once I have chosen the prints 
from the swatch I know which fabrics
 to grab and cut.

That is how I have chosen which fabrics
 to use in each of my 
vintage blocks for the

It's easy peasy...quick and fun!!

I hope that this explanation of 
how and why I use my Fabric Swatch Tags 
and also the Tutorial has helped to 
answer those questions that 
those of you have had about them...
and you may even want to give them a try!

Until next time...

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