Monday, July 16, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - Week Six - Blocks 7 and 8 Tutorials!!

Welcome to Week 6...
Here are the four blocks
 that we just finished...

Click on these links if
 you are just joining in:

We used the 
and I made 2 more blocks using
 the same set for this weeks tutorials:)

Here are blocks 7 and 8.
I had to do them out of order
 but now here they are!!

Let's start with 

Here are all of my pieces...
sewn and shaped:)
The templates from the set
 used for this block are:
4 - C-1
1 - C-3
8 - C-4
8 - C-7
4 - C-8
1 - C-15
Cut 4 - 2 1/2" long 1/4" wide stems
 from your spool
 and sew your 
pinwheel background block:)

Start by centering the large circle
 and then the circle for the center of that!

Now you can arrange the 
8 flower petals.
Use your ruler for spacing
 and pin before glue basting:)

Use the 12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
to center everything and to see
 how far in to glue baste your pieces.

I placed my heart 3 1/2" in
 from the corner like this.
The circles in-between are
 2" in from the edge.

All ready to applique!

I love this cheerful block with 
yellow heart flowers and
 a red daisy in the center:)

Now it's time for 

Here are the Fruit Salad Shapes
 that I used for this one:
4 - C-1
5 - C-3
8 - C-4
8 - C-5
4 - C-8
1 - C-14
Cut 4 - 3 1/2" long 
1/4" wide stems 
4 - 2 1/2" long 
1/4" wide stems 
from your spool and
sew your pinwheel background block.

I used my ruler to see where I could place all of the pieces and to see what the finished block size will look like:)

Just like block seven...
I placed the 2 circles
 in the center first.

I measured 2 3/4" in from 
the corners and placed my blue flowers.

The cleavage in the heart
 measures 2" from the side edge 
of the fabric background.

Once the flowers and hearts are basted...
It's easy to fill in 
the space with the leaves.
The larger leaves go on the 
bottom and the smaller on top:)

Ready for applique!

I love the double leaves 
on this block and how the stems
 on the hearts make them into flowers:)

Okay cute people...
that's it for today's tutorial.

Next up will be blocks from my
 fourth set of 

I just may sneak a tutorial in
 before next week because I want to
 get all of my blocks finished
 before my Autumn Love Sew Along
 starts on the 20th of August:)
See you soon!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - Week Five - Blocks 11 and 12 Tutorial!!

Hello cute people!
Thanks for tuning in for 
episode 5 of the 
Sew Simple Shapes Series
Please click on these links
 to the previous episodes 
if you are just starting
 this series now:)

We are still playing with the 
and we will be making the last
 of the four fruit blocks today:)

Trace and sew the 
following shapes from the set:
1 - C-1
4 - C-6
4 - C-8
4 - C-9
4 - C10
Cut 4 - 2" long 1/4" wide 
green strawberry stems
Sew your pinwheel background block

These are the three shapes 
from this block
 that have inner curves and 
cleavages to clip.

All of my strawberry block parts!

I placed my flower petals 
in the center first...
I forgot to take a picture 
before I placed the 
red center circle on 
but you can see that all of 
the petals touch... 
so thats easy peasy:)

I measured 2 1/2" in 
from the corner and 
placed my stem.
Then I measured 3 3/4" in 
and placed my strawberry. 
The strawberry top goes 
about 1/4" above it.

The yellow gingham hearts 
are 1 3/4" in from the edge:)

I pinned and then glue basted...
and when dry I removed the pins:)

Super sweet and super easy block to make:)

Both background prints are from my 
Bee Backgrounds Collection.
The applique prints are all from 
Bee Basics.

Fun and Done!!

Okay let's make some 
granny smith apples now:)

Trace and sew the following from the
 Fruit Salad Sew Simple Shapes:
8 - C-1
4 - C-2
1 - C-3
8 - C-4
4 - C-8
4 - C11
Cut 4 - 2" long 1/4" 
wide brown stems
Sew your pinwheel background block

These are the two shapes that
 have an inner curve and a cleavage.


I placed the circles 1" in from the 
center of the block and 
pinned them for glue basting.
Top it with the flower center after:)

Measure down 2 1/2" from 
the corner and place your stems.

Measure 1 3/4" in from the side
 for the red gingham circles:)

Measure 4" down from the 
corner and place your apple.

The leaves go right on the 
stem center and the tip measures
 1 1/2" from the outer edge.
Place the hearts in the center
 of the apple...cute right?

Make sure to use your
 12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler
 every step of the way.
No block is perfect...and that's okay!
 But it's always good to use 
the tools that help us:)

I really love the 
denim flower in the center:)
It's from my Calico Day's collection.
The hearts are from 
Cozy Christmas and the gingham 
is from Bake Sale 2!

Both background are from my 
Bee Backgrounds and the 
yellow pears print is from 
Bee Basics.
I used the green bandana print 
from my Bee Backings and Borders 
for the apples:)

All ready for applique!!


Next week I will have 
two more blocks for you
 from the 
Fruit Salad 
Sew Simple Shapes:)

 Until then...
Have a Quilty Kind of Day!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - Week Four - Block Nine and Ten Tutorials!

It's time for episode four in the 
Sew Simple Shapes Series
If you are just joining us now
click on these links 
to the first three weeks

Okie Dokie...
Let's get started on Block Nine!

We are using the
 for the next 6  
blocks in this series:)

Trace and sew the following 
shapes from the set:
5 - C-1
4 - C-4
4 - C-7
4 - C-8
4 - C-12
Sew your pinwheel block 
for the background:)

For this block you will need to
 prepare brown 1/4" bias for the stems.
I cut about 5/8" x 42" for mine. 
After running it through the maker
 I wrapped it around one of my cute little wooden empty Aurifloss spools:)
*FYI* - I used this brown 1/4" bias 
for 3 blocks in the series.

For each Pear stem...
Cut 4 - 2" long pieces and press
 one end under by about 1/4" like this.

After sewing and trimming 
each C-12 pear shape 
you will need to clip the 
inner curves before turning.
Remember to clip right to your
 sewing line but not into it.

You will also need to 
clip the cleavage 
each time you sew the
 C-8 heart shape.

We will be using this shape 
in the next 5 blocks:)

Prepare all of your 
cute shapes for this cute block!!

The first thing that I glue basted
 were the petals for the center flower.
All four points meet in the middle.

Glue baste the flower center next.
Always use your 
12 1/2" Trim -It Ruler 
to check if it is
 correctly in the center.
I always think that 
I can "just eyeball it"
 but I never can!

I measured 4" in from the corner
 of my background block and 
pinned the top of my pear.

The top of the stem is placed
 2 1/2" in from the corner 
and the raw edge is 
tucked under the pear.

The leaf is placed straight across
 one side of the pear with 
the point in the center of the stem.

I measured in 1 3/4" from the edge 
and placed my aqua gingham circles:)

I removed the pins after 
my Sue Glue was dry...
about 15 minutes.

I used the aqua penmanship 
red honeycomb prints from
 Bee Backgrounds Collection
 for the background block:)

I used Bee Basics fabric for the rest 
with the exception of the 
green polka dot is Bake Sale 2 
and the aqua stars print 
for the flower petals are my 
upcoming Autumn Love 
that will be here any day!

All ready for applique:) 
I love this block!
I think the making of
 4 fruit blocks will be a
 sweet addition to our quilt:)


Now let's make some cherries!

Trace and sew the following shapes
 from the FRUIT SALAD set:
8 - C-2
1 - C-3
8 - C-4
8 - C-7
4 - C-8
Cut 8 - 3 1/2" long brown stems
 and press one one end 1/4"
Sew your pinwheel background block:)

All ready for pinning and glue basting!

Place your flower petal points
 1/2" from the center and 1" apart. 

Use your 12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
to center and check for accuracy.
At this point...
I can see that I need to move
 the petal on the top 
diagonal right out just a bit.

The flower center is up next 
after the petal dry. 
As a reminder...
I always use my 
and pin directly into my 
design boards to hold my pieces
 into place after measuring...
and then I glue baste. 

I measured 3 1/2" down from the
 corner and place my leaves like this.

The stems are place 3" down.

The cherries are 2 3/4" from 
the side edge and the hearts 
are 1 3/4" in from the side edge.

The inside corner of stems are 
1/2" from the 
 making them 1" apart 
and the cherries are about
 1/4"-3/8" apart.

For the background block I used the
 Nutmeg "X" print from
Bee Backgrounds and the 
Green baby chicks print from
 Bee Backings and Borders.
The cherries are plaid from 
Calico Days and daisies 
from Sew Cherry 2.
The hearts and the flower petals
 are from Bee Backings and Borders 
and the flower center 
is from Bee Basics:)

All ready for applique!

What could be cuter than 
cherries with flowers and hearts?


Tune in next week for blocks 11 and 12:)
But in the meantime...
show us your progress on 
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so that your post will go 
onto the page that we can all see!


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