Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fall Flower Pots Quilt Tutorial!!

I just got my
Fall Flowers Quilt 
back from my friend Juli
 who does my quilting and always
 does such a fabulous job! 

Now I want to show you how I made it:)

The blocks are super fast and easy
 to prepare for appliqué...
and I decided to applique by machine
 to make it even faster!

I used my Autumn Love fabric collection 
and was able to use a lot of 
the leftover bits and pieces 
from the sew along...
especially for the flower petals.

I used 4 of the 
Autumn Love Sew Simple Shapes:
F3 for the flower center
F10 for the leaves
F20 for the petals
F33 for the flower pots

The petals are really easy to make
 because you just sew one F20 shape...
cut it in half ...
and you have two petals!

I used all of the prints and 
divided them into piles of colors.
For each flower you need 7 petals.

I used all of the green prints
 to make the leaves and stems.
You need 2 leaves for each flower.

Each stem is cut 5" long after preparing 
and I used the 1/4" bias tape maker
 so that they measure 1/4" wide:)

I started out using only the 
browns and grays for the centers
 and then added more colors later.

At this point I was not sure 
if I was going to make a runner or
 a quilt so I didn't know 
how many blocks I would end up making.

I used all of the color prints 
in the collection
to make the flower pots.

For the background I chose to use
 the new linen by Riley Blake Designs.

This color is called natural.
I cut my background blocks 
10" x 18"
 and later trimmed them down to
 8 1/2" x 16 1/2" 
after the applique.

I started with this pile all ready to go!
I prepared all of my appliqués
 just like I always do 
with my sew along quilts.
If you have not used
 my method before...
to watch the Autumn Love week one 
video where I show you how.

First I pressed my background in half
 so that I had a nice center line.

I pinned and glue basted the 
flower pot 1 1/2" up from the 
bottom edge of my background 
and then glue basted 
the stem down the center..
tucking 1/4" under the flower pot.

Because I cut my stems 5" long...
by the time I tucked the top edge
 under the flower center by 1/4"...
the length of stem showing is 4 1/2" long.

After I pinned my circle...
 I tucked the raw edges of the
 petals underneath it
 starting at the top and centering
 that petal and then working my way around.

The flower petal at the top 
measured about 1 1/2" down from
 the top edge of the background.

After I glue...
I remove all of the applique pins 
and layer my ruler on top 
and then my bumble bee to 
weight it down while 
drying for a few minutes.

All dry and ready for applique!

I took it to the machine and
 decided to just do a
 "top-stitch applique"
 by going around the
 edges of each piece.

I sewed about 1/8" inside the edge
 and used a neutral thread
for all that matched the linen.

I backstitched a little 
when I stopped and started.

On the flower top...
I did all of the petals first and 
then finished up with the circle.

Easy peasy...
and one block took me about
 10 minutes to machine applique!

All of my flowers were about 
14 1/2" tall from top of petal
 to bottom of pot.

I used my 8 1/2" Trim It Ruler 
and trimmed it 8 1/2" wide
 by starting at the bottom 
and using the center line 
on the ruler to line up with 
the center of my pot and the stem...
and trimmed the sides

Like this.

Easy peasy!!

Then I trimmed off the top and the bottom
 so that the block measures 
16 1/2" tall now:)

Fall Flower Pot Block
8 1/2" x 16 1/2" unfinished
Ready to sew into the 
quilt or runner:)

At this point is where I decided to
 make more blocks and do an
 entire quilt because they were 
so fast and easy and it was fun 
to make all different 
color and print combinations:)
I'm a quilter and I like to 
play with fabric!!

My potted flowers kept growing...

And growing...

Until I had 25 Blocks!

I started to lay them out and
 decided that off setting them 
like this would be fun way to finish:)

I cut 6 - 8 1/2" squares of the linen
 to add to the top and bottom 
of those rows where they are offset. 
I really loved the way they 
looked on the natural linen:)

I sewed 4 long rows of 4 flower pots
 and 3 rows of 3 flower pots  
and those 3 shorter rows are the ones 
that I added the 8 1/2" squares to.

 I decided to use the linen as 
the borders as well!
YES! I love it!
I cut  2 side borders 
6 1/2" x 64 1/2" 
and added them first.
The top and bottom borders are cut
 6 1/2" x 68 1/2"

The quilt measures 68 x 76 
and I'm sew happy with it!

I decided to add a scrappy binding...

And so I grabbed a 
2 1/2" strip roll and used some
 of the strips to make it. 
Cut the pieces about 6-7 inches long 
and join on the diagonal until 
you have at least 300".

I think the scrappy binding really
 adds the perfect finishing touch
 against the linen.
The linen is a dream to work with...
and in fact I'm using it 
for the background in my next sew along...
Farm Sweet Farm!

When working with linen
 you should probably
 pre-wash it for shrinkage purposes.

It doesn't shrink a lot but it will
 shrink at a different
 rate than the fabric...
which by the way I do not prewash.

I super love the 
scrappy happy look of my
 Fall Flower Pots Quilt!

It really was so fun to make 
and adds so much vintage goodness
 to my fall decor.
It's also versatile enough
 to use year round!

It was such a beautiful fall day today...
blue skys and all!
I hung my quilt over the gate where the colors of my barn and shed 
look so cute with it:)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Thursday is Thanksgiving
and I am sew grateful for all of you wonderful and amazing quilters.
Thank you so much as always 
for sewing along with me:)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Vintage Christmas Sew Along!!

 It's already Week Four 
of our 
Sew Along and I can't believe
 how fast the time is flying by...
it always goes that way
 during holiday season don't you think?

Grab your Cozy Christmas Fabric...

Your Vintage Christmas Book...

Some cute supplies...
and let's get sewing!!!

We are making 5 blocks every week 
and here is the line up for this week:

Little Deer Block

Little White Chapel

Merry Mug Block

Mistletoe Block

Mitten Block

I hope you are all having fun
 with each Vintage Christmas Block...

Don't forget to
 make yourself a cozy cup of cocoa
 and turn up the Christmas Carols
 while you sew!

to visit the Jolly Jabber's
 blog post 
and to see this weeks 
guest bloggers.

Have a very Vintage Christmas!

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