Monday, October 11, 2021

My Happy Place Sew Along - Week Five!!






"EMBROIDERY SCISSORS"


"FAT QUARTERS"


"One and Two QUILT BLOCKS"


Welcome to week five of the 
"MY HAPPY PLACE"
Sew Along!
Join me here each week 
when I will be doing tutorials
 on the blocks for the quilt.

 I will be posting each Monday 
right here on my blog 
and you can follow my tutorials 
any time during the week that 
 is convenient for you.



For this sew along...
We are making the 
My Happy Place Quilt
74" x 88"

I've been sew excited to begin...
This is going to be fun!!


The quilt is made with my newest fabric
 collection called STITCH...



Along with several Bee Backgrounds:)


I am having a lot of fun 
with all of the prints in the kit
 and I hope that you are as well:)



As all of my 
Sew Simple Shapes Sew Alongs go...
We are using the shapes
for the pattern of this quilt
and of course the Sew Along Guide and my tutorials each week.

The set of shapes that we are
 using for this quilt are called
MY HAPPY PLACE

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to read that post.


As per the sew along guide 
cutting instructions...hopefully
 you were able to have 
everything for this weeks blocks 
 all cut and ready to go.
This weeks tutorials 
are here on my blog
and let's get started on them!


Sew Simple Shapes 
for the Sewing Scissors Block 
you will need:
6 - L6
6 - L5
3 - L22

You will of course need to 
have your fabrics cut 
per the sew along guide
and 
You will need a 3/4"x 21"
strip cut for finished 
3/8" straight strips 

You will need to 
have your background cut:
9" x 14"
and you will trim it to 
7 1/2" x 12 1/2"
AFTER
it is appliquéd:)


Sew your shapes...


And trim them.
There is no clipping seam allowances
 needed for any of these shapes 
so you can just turn and shape...


Like this!
Go ahead and run the 3/4" strip 
through the 3/8" bias tape maker.


The first thing that I did
 before pinning down my shapes
 is to glue the small circles 
onto the larger circles 
and cut 6 - 1 1/2" long strips 
for the scissor handles.


I pressed my background fabric in half
 so that I could center the 
first pair of scissors.
Take note that the circles for 
the handles touch each other 
and together with the scissor sheath 
it should measure 6 1/2" long.
Pin this center pair into place first...


Add the strips for the handles...


And then pin the other handles into place.
It should measure 11" wide and
 to make sure that I had them
 spaced evenly
I placed a ruler on the center pair
 at the 5 1/2" mark on the ruler.


I pinned and glue basted all of the pieces.

All 3 pairs of embroidery scissors
 together should measure 11" wide.

Each pair should measure 6 1/2" tall




"EMBROIDERY SCISSORS BLOCK"
 
After I have appliquéd my block 
I will trim it down to 
7 1/2" x 12 1/2".
It will finish at 7" x 12"
 when it's sewn into the quilt.

Now let's do the Fat Quarters Block!


For the Fat Quarters Block 
you will need 
 Sew Simple Shape:
10 - L7
And your fabrics cut

You will need to 
have your background cut:
12" x 26"
and you will trim it to 
10 1/2" x 24 1/2"
AFTER
it is appliquéd:)


Sewing these shapes are easy peasy...


Before turning and shaping...
 clip a little bit off of 
each corner to reduce bulk:)


All ready to go!!


Layer your squares by starting 
on the bottom row left like you sew here
 (darker green fabric) 
and continue with that row...
It should measure 23" long.

Add the above row by starting with
 the gray fabric on the right side
 and ending with the nutmeg appliqué print.


The squares together 
should measure 9 1/2" wide.


Pin and glue baste:)
I named this block Fat Quarters
 to represent FQ's folded into squares
 like they come in a FQ Bundle...
but of course they could just 
represent pre-cut squares as well!

Take note that this block 
will be thicker of course
 because of all the layers
 but that does not bother me at all
and will not be a problem.



"FAT QUARTERS BLOCK"
 
After I have appliquéd my block 
I will trim it down to 
10 1/2" x 24 1/2".
It will finish at 10" x 24"
 when it's sewn into the quilt.


Now for Quilt Blocks One and Two:)


Last Friday was my regular 
filming day for my YouTube Channel 
and so I did a tutorial there 
on how to make my blocks.


to go on over and 
visit with me in my Happy Place!


I give you lots of tips and tricks
 on how I sew my blocks...


And I also talk about the
 "bonus project"
 that I will be making 
during this sew along.
I hope you will join me for that too!


It sure is amazing how quilt blocks 
can look so completely different
 just by making a different size or 
by different color placement.

That is exactly what keeps me passionate
 about quilting and designing 
and that is the basis of my 
video tutorial and I sure 
hope that you enjoy it!

If you do...
please leave me a like on my video 
and leave me a comment there
 on my channel about my video tutorial:)


Here is a look of our blocks so far...
and I'm loving it!
I love having them on the 
design wall in my happy place:)

I'll be right back here 
next week with more tutorials!
xx
Lori



Click on the links below 
to visit each week of this sew along:



 

Week Three




"Bee in my Bonnet"
Vintage 1966


Monday, October 4, 2021

My Happy Place Sew Along - Week Four!!




"Ironing Block"


Welcome to week four of the 
"MY HAPPY PLACE"
Sew Along!
Join me here each week 
when I will be doing tutorials
 on the blocks for the quilt.

 I will be posting each Monday 
right here on my blog 
and you can follow my tutorials 
any time during the week that 
 is convenient for you.



For this sew along...
We are making the 
My Happy Place Quilt
74" x 88"

I've been sew excited to begin...
This is going to be fun!!


The quilt is made with my newest fabric
 collection called STITCH...



Along with several Bee Backgrounds:)


If you are just joining us and you 
are looking for a kit...
simply do a quick google search of 
"My Happy Place Quilt Kit" 
and I'm thinking that you will easily 
be able to find quilt shops 
that still have a kit available:) 


As all of my 
Sew Simple Shapes Sew Alongs go...
 The pattern for this quilt are
these three things:   
1. Sew Simple Shapes 
set and of course the 
2. Sew Along Guide 
and finally my weekly 
3. Tutorials 
that I do for you each and 
every week during the sew along.

The set of shapes that we are
 using for this quilt are called
MY HAPPY PLACE

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to read that post.


As per the sew along guide 
cutting instructions...hopefully
 you were able to have 
everything for this weeks block 
 all cut and ready to go.
The tutorial for this week
is right here on my blog
and we will be doing the 
Ironing Block and Block Six...
so let's get started!



For the Ironing Block 
you will need:
1 - L23
1 - L29
1 - L35
1 - L36
1 - L37
You will need your 
background for the applique...
your 3/4" strips cut for the 
3/8" bias tape maker 
and your 1 1/4" wide strip for the 
3/4" bias tape maker.

You will also need to 
have all of your 
background fabric and prints 
for piecing the patchwork underneath the iron and everything for block six cut 
and of course all of that cutting is 
in the sew along guide:)


Let's start by doing all of the piecing...
first up is Block #6:)


Start by laying out on your design board
 and sewing the rectangles together 
like this so that you can simply
 sew it together like a nine patch...


Like this!!


Now use the remaining four 
background squares to sew an
 easy corner triangle onto each corner.


Then trim off the excess...


And press!
This is how I sew my Churn Dash Blocks 
and it's super easy peasy:)

Your block should measure 
8 1/2" square at this point:)


Add the fabric strips and now 
it will look like the block is sitting 
on a design board on the ironing table
 when it's sewn into the quilt:)
Now your block should measure
 9 1/2" square at this point.


Go ahead and sew the 
background strip to one side 
of the block like this:)



The patchworks section of the block 
is also easy peasy.
Simply grab your squares and 
sew six sections like this.
Sew them together...


And press your seams open 
during the entire process 
so that it will lie flat.


You can do your squares in 
whatever order that you would like...
or do them how I did mine.
I put mine aside on my design wall 
and moved onto the next step:)
At this point it measures
3 1/2" x 36 1/2"


Now to sew the appliques!


After you have trimmed and 
cut the interfacing for turning...
you will need to clip the inside curves
 on both the iron handle and 
the top of the spray bottle.


Turn and shape your appliques...
use the seam roller to help shape your
 iron handle just like I showed you 
when doing the sewing scissors
during week two.


It's kind of a strange shape 
but it's easier than it looks:)


Now for the strips...


Run them through the bias tape makers
 and press a slight curve 
in the end of the 3/8" red strip
 to use for the spray bottle.


3/8" gray strips:
 Cut the strip for the bottom
 of the iron about 
11" long and press both ends under
 so that it finishes at about 10 1/4".
Also cut two pieces 1 1/2" long and
 press them in half for the plug ends.

3/8" red strips:
Cut a strip about 1 1/2" long
 and press both ends under 
so that it measures about 3/4" long.
Also cut the curved end of the strip
 about 2 1/2" long and press the 
curved end under about 1/4"

3/4" red strips:
Cut a strip about 2" long
 and press both ends under so 
that it measures about 1 1/4" long.
Also cut another one 2" long
 and press in half 
for the knob on the iron.



Before laying out your appliques for basting...
you will need to sew the block 
to right side of your background fabric
 and the patchwork along the bottom.

I made sure that my background fabric 
on the right side and bottom were
 cut straight before doing so.
Use a 1/4" seam allowance 
and press away from the patchwork.

The top and left side of the background
 for the applique part will hang 
over the edges and that's totally fine...
you can trim them up after 
the applique is completed.


It's easier to glue the strip 
onto the bottom of the iron 
and the red strip onto the top 
of the spray bottle and
 the end of the nozzle 
like this before glue basting:)


Pin the spray bottle 
approximately 1 1/2" away from 
the pieced block and the plug ends about
 3/4" away from the spray bottle like this.

Trace on the embroidery lines 
for the spray and the lines for the 
iron cord using the pattern
 in the sew along guide.


Tuck the end of the vintage trim 
under the plug before 
glue basting it down.


You will know how far apart the iron
 and the plug are by the 
embroidery pattern for the cord...
the tip of the iron is about 
2 squares in from the patchwork.
Pin your iron appliques into place
and Sue Glue them down:)


Now Sue Glue your cord.
When I do this I make sure
 to place my pins BETWEEN
 my little dots of glue.
I let the glue dry longer 
for the Vintage Trim to make sure
 it stays on there and 
 I don't want to actually glue
 my pins in as well:)



As soon as it's dry 
I'll stitch down the cord...


And embroider the spray lines.


All Sue Glued and ready for applique...


Side view:)


Time for embroidery!!!


After I applique I'll trim down the
 left side and the top 
of the applique background.
All together with the patchwork 
and the Block #6 added...

"IRONONG BLOCK"
should measure 
12 1/2" x 36 1/2"
unfinished...
and 12" x 36" finished after 
it's sewn into the quilt:)


These are all the blocks together
that we have made so far...
We are making great progress!!





Enjoy making your Ironing Block 
for this week and I'll be back next week
 for the pieced Quilt Blocks One and Two...
and the applique 
Embroidery Scissors Block.
I'll do the Fat Quarters Block too!
xx
Lori

Click on the links below 
to visit each week of this sew along:



 

Week Three


"Bee in my Bonnet"
Vintage 1966





 

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