Monday, August 26, 2019

Granny's Garden Sew Along - Week One!

Welcome to week one of the
 Granny's Garden Sew Along
It's finally here:)

We will be making this quilt:

Using Granny Chic fabric...

And my Shabby fabric
 in CLOUD for all of the background circles.
As far as supplies...
they are all listed in the 
 and I blogged about all of them
 a few weeks back in my 
"Bee Prepared" post.

if you need to read it again
 and see all of the information 
and sew along guide updates
 before beginning:)

are you ready to grow a granny garden?
Let's do this!

Of course today we are starting with
 Block One.
Grab your kit and ...
to see the video tutorial.

 I always kick off each sew along
 with a video tutorial of the first block.
The remaining block tutorials
 will be here on my blog each week.

We will be doing blocks 
2...3 and 4 this week as well.
The tutorial schedule is
 in the sew along guide:)

Please go at your own pace 
and do not feel pressure 
because that's not fun!
The tutorials will remain right here
 for your convenience 
so that you can do just that!

After you have watched the video 
and your Block One
 is ready for appliqué...
let's talk about Block Two:)

You will need to use the 
4" Circle Ruler for the flower center
 and for the petals you will need 
shape I-12.

For the petals in this block 
you will make 2 petals with one shape
 by tracing as usual and then 
marking 2 lines 1/2" apart
 in the center like this.

Sew on these two new lines as well...

Cut them apart...

and then trim them as usual:)
Now cut the "X" in the back 
of the interfacing for turning
 just like I showed you in the video.

Turn them right side out...
shape and press.

After making sure that my
 flower center circle is 
right in the middle 
I pin basted my lighter
 petals first like this.

Then I added the four darker ones ...
then glued and let it dry.
Now it's all ready to applique.

By the way you could add buttons 
from the Granny Chic set in-between 
the petals on this block if you would like.

The buttons are packaged by weight
 so each package has all of the
 same buttons but maybe different 
amounts of each size and color...
but no worries because 
there is plenty to choose from! 

I'm using the 
Granny Chic Aurifloss 
 to sew my buttons on. 

I always add my buttons after applique.
You can check with your quilter
 to see if you need to wait
 until after quilting 
is completed to add yours.

I have not appliquéd my block 2 yet 
but I wanted to show you this
first week how I add the circle
 onto the background after applique.

First...I always press my square 
in half both ways like this.

That way it's easy to 
center the circle for applique!

After applique is completed 
use the 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
to trim your blocks down to 
10 1/2" square.

Use the lines on circle is centered 
correctly in the middle 
of the square before trimming:)

This is the way that all 42 blocks
 in the quilt are trimmed 
before sewing them together.

I'm going to applique 
all 42 of my blocks first 
and then trim them all at the end:) 

Okay now let's talk about Block Three!
Shapes used are I-6 and I-22
Cut longest stem 7" and 
press one end under.

 Cut the two shorter ones 
2 1/2" long
 and trim one end on an angle like this.
 Those ends will 
tuck under the center stem.

After sewing your shapes....
don't forget to clip the cleavage areas 
in the flowers before turning.

Turn... shape and press!

Grab your circle and pin baste 
before applying the glue.

Let the shapes dry flat by 
placing a ruler and 
something heavy on top:)

Ready for applique!

I'm thinking about using the
 same color of 
buttons as the
 flowers for the centers:)

Now let's talk all about Block Four:)
Shapes used are I-9 and I-23
Cut two stems 4" long.

Sew your shapes!

While trimming....
clip the cleavage ares between 
the flower petals before turning.

Turn...shape and press:)

Pin and glue baste to prepare for applique.

Be sure to take advantage of 
the lines on the 
10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler.
They are diagonal as well as
 vertical and horizontal.

By using the ruler you can 
center everything perfectly
 onto your circle...
and that's something to be happy about!

I'll probably use yellow buttons
 for the center of the flowers in this block but I will also do that at the very end AFTER I have trimmed up my blocks because I want the Trim-It Ruler to lie flat and not on top of buttons LOL

Okay so now we have planted 
the first four flowers in our
 granny garden and I simply 
couldn't be happier about it!

I hope you are looking forward to 
making each and every 
block along with me.
Have fun with it...
be patient and kind with yourself 
as you grow and tend 
to your granny garden:)

I'll see you 
right back here next week:)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 29 - Crossroads Block!!

Good morning dear people:)
And welcome back to the 
next episode of the 

I'm sharing another vintage block
 with you from my 
Grandma's pattern basket:)

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage fabric
 to make my quilt...
and also my 
Bee Backgrounds
 fabric as well.

This is a block that I have
 shared so many times over the years.

I've shared it while 
teaching workshops and retreats...
and here on my blog as a tutorial
 and also as a tutorial on 

I have made many many scrap quilts
 using this pattern.
It came from my grandma and is 
a traditional vintage block...
again with many versions and many names.

The pattern from grandma 
was actually for one quarter section 
of this block 
and it can be 
laid out and sewn together
 many different ways.

This is the way that I have
 always sewn mine together and
 I have always called it 
Scrappy Crossroads 
or for this quilt...just Crossroads:)

It's a great block to use up
 leftover 2 1/2" squares...
We need 48 of them for this block
and we only need one background!

From the background cut:
8 - 4 1/2" squares.

We start out by sewing an
 easy corner triangle onto
 two opposite corners of
 each background square.

You will use 16 of your
 2 1/2" squares for this.

Draw a line from corner to corner
 or use the
 Seams Sew Easy Guide

Trim off the excess...

And press towards the triangles.
You should have 8 segments
 that each measure 4 1/2" square.

Now with the remaining 
32 - 2 1/2" squares 
we are going to make 8 - 4 patch segments.

Start by pairing them up and 
sewing them all together in sets of 2.

You should have 16 that measure
 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" at this point.

I press these open.

Now sew two sets of two together
 to form
 8 - 4 patch segments 
that measure 4 1/2" square each.

Now grab 2 of each kind of 
segments and sew them together 
just like this.

You should have 4 segments 
that each measure 8 1/2" square.

  By the way...
this is the actual block pattern
 that I got from Grandma years ago.

Now lay the four segments out
onto your design board like this...
making sure to turn each one correctly...

And sew them together to make your block:)

This is how I pressed mine.

should measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"
 BEFORE we sew it into our quilt.

I love this scrappy happy block
 and really wanted to include it 
in this sew along because yes...
it came from Grandma and
 is a vintage block...

 And also because Grandma was 
there for me when I came to the
 "crossroads" of making every
 important decision in my life.

I miss her so much...
but because she gave me such good advice
 I can still hear in my heart 
what she would tell me to do
 when I still need advice now.
If you are a grandma...
know that your grandchildren
 will always remember your advice:)

For those of you asking...
we are about 3/4 of the way through
 the blocks that we will be making
 for the quilt...
and it sure is going to be a beauty!!

*** FYI ***
Once week I'll be 
out of town and I'll try to get 
the next block posted
 but if it doesn't happen...
 don't worry! 
 I'll be able to do it 
the very next week for sure!!

If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
 done so far to go to the tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory
19. Picnic
20. Sparklers
26. Parade

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