Monday, August 20, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week One!!

Welcome to week one of the 

I'm super excited to make my 
Autumn Love Quilt with you...

and to play 
with my Autumn Love fabric!

Today's block tutorial is the
 Crow and Pumpkin Block

This print from the fabric kit 
is what we will be using 
for the background for this block
 (as well as all of 
the other applique blocks)

And here are all of the prints 
used for the shapes in this block.
Of course ALL of the cutting for
 each one is in the 
Sew Along Guide
if you have not downloaded it yet:)

As always...
I have done a video tutorial for you.
 But before you watch it...
I wanted to list here 
all of the Sew Simple Shapes 
used in this block 
so that you make sure 
that you have them all traced and cut.
1 - F-1
2 - F-6
1 - F-7
1 - F-10
1 - F-18
3 - F-22
1 - F-23
1 - F-29
Cut your background square 12" x 12"

You will need to clip the cleavage areas
 on the leaves and the
 sunflower before turning.
There are also two cleavage
 in the crow shape
 as well as inner curves.
There are also inner curves 
on both sides of the stem.
The other shapes do not need 
to be clipped before turning:)

The stem is 
1/4" wide and 7" long
The crows legs are 
1/4" wide and 2 1/2" for the tutorial!

This is what my 
Crow and Pumpkin Block 
looks like right after applique...
but not trimmed up yet.

closer look:)

I also wanted to show you that 
you can trim a small strip off of 
one or both side sections 
of the pumpkin...
 to reduce bulk when 
laying out your block:) 

Close up of the embroidery:)

Here is a close up look of a 
corner of the block back 
so that you can see what the
 applique stitch from behind looks like:)

I hope these close ups 
during each step will help and 
that together with the 
instructions on the video...
you are good to go!

After all applique and 
embroidery is completed...
press from the back only and use your
 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler to
 trim it down to 10 1/2" square.

I can't wait to see all of your 
Crow and Pumpkin Blocks:)
Please post them on social media
 using the hashtag
because we All want to see them 
and it's a super fun thing
 to sew together!

I will meet you here next week
 for another block tutorial:)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - The Big Finish!!

Okay you guys...
I got my quilt back from the quilters.

The quilt finishes at
 74" x 88"
I'm so happy with how it
 turned out and 
I know I'm going to
 LOVE this quilt forever:)

I sewed my 20 blocks together in 
5 rows of four blocks across.
I cut 49 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
 sashing strips for in-between the blocks.

I cut them out of all of my
 Bee Backgrounds Collection
 that I used in the blocks.

Before sewing the blocks together ...
I of course used my 
12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler and 
trimmed them all up to 12 1/2" square!

These are the fabrics that I chose
 for the back of the quilt...
the cornerstones...
the binding and the border.

I cut 30 - 2 1/2" cornerstones
 to go in-between the sashings.
Used 1/4 yard of the blue dot from
 my Bee Basics collection.

I used the baby chick print for the backing.
It's 108" wide and from my
 Bee Backings and Borders Collection.
I used 2 3/4" yards.

The red text binding is from my
 Cozy Christmas Collection.
I cut 9 - 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips
 and joined together on the diagonal
 to prepare the binding. 

I just had to do a 
red gingham border!
The gingham that I used is from my
 Bake Sale 2 Collection.
I used 2 1/4 yards and I cut it lengthwise:
Cut 2 - 8 1/2" x 72 1/2" 
and sew to the sides first
and then cut 
2 - 8 1/2" x 74 1/2" 
for the top and bottom.

My friend Juli Stubbs did the quilting 
and it's FABULOUS!!

I went out in my yard
 and took a few photos ...

And then snapped a few more
 after hanging it inside on my wall:)

I super love this quilt 
and I hope that you do too!!!

It was so fun to make using all
 of the my different sets of 
Sew Simple Shapes (so far) 
combined together for one quilt:)

While doing each and every
 tutorial for you...
 I got so excited to put 
all of the blocks together:)
Thanks so much for sewing with me during this series:)

Here is the link to each week of this 
12" Block Sew Simple Shapes Series:

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!

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