Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Sunday Star Block Tutorial

Welcome to another episode of the 

I'm sharing another 
vintage block pattern from 
Grandma's pattern basket.

I'm using my 
Farm Girl Vintage Fabric 
to make each block.

All of the blocks that 
we are making will eventually 
make their way into a quilt!

Todays block finishes at 
14" and is called

This photo may look familiar to you:)
It's me when I was 3 years old!

This is where you would find me
 every Sunday morning
 when I was little.
Sitting under the hairdryer...
with pink curlers in my hair.
When my hair was dry 
Mom would comb it out..
put a dress on me
and get me all ready for church:)

The pink bonnet hair dryer 
hooked up to the vacuum!
There was a switch that would
 blow air out and that's
 what it was used for.
And yes...
the air was clean and NOT
 hooked up to the vacuum bag lol.

If you didn't have time to 
hang out with these vintage ladies
 at the beauty parlor...
 then having the convenience of
 a portable hair dryer at home 
was the way to go!

That's me on the end...
 singing and holding a flower
and after the hair dryer 
 on an Easter Sunday morning. 
My hair never did hold a 
curl very well and still doesn't:)

My 3 older sisters and I 
spent a lot of time
  under the hair dryer for 
many special occasions...
 but every week it was for
 church on Sunday.

Of course grandma was already there
  when we arrived...
saving a place for us 
on the long wooden benches.

We all wanted to sit next to her.
She would help us to 
be reverent and sit still 
by doing small things for us.

She let us wear her necklace 
for a few minutes...then she
 made dolls from our hankies:)

Grandma always kept her purse 
stocked well with 
fruit flavored Certs and 
plenty of Life Savers:)
My favorite was butterscotch and still is!

Afterwards we always had Sunday dinner
 with Grandma...
either at our house or at hers.

And after that...
all of us cousins would play outside
 until it was dark:)
Then it was time for 
board games and cards.

When I say "we"...
I mean Aunts and Uncles 
and cousins as well.
Sunday was a day for family!
Some of our favorites were 
Rook...Pit and RACKO!

So I named this block Sunday Star 
because I loved Sundays 
and I loved that we 
spent them with Grandma.

I chose this teal diamond print
 from my Bee Backgrounds collection 
for this block:) 
From your background you will need to cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares
4 - 3 1/2" squares
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
8 - 2 1/2" squares

From the center fabric cut:
1 - 4 1/2" square
8 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

From the outside fabric cut:
4 - 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"
4 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
8 - 2 1/2" squares

Grab the rectangles from the 
star print and the 8 
smallest background squares.
You will make the star points
 by sewing easy corner triangles 
onto one end of each rectangle.

Mark a line on the background squares
 or use the
If you need to see how I 
put mine on my machine...

Remember to sew 4 going one way 
and 4 going the other like this.
Trim off the excess...

press and trim for a total of 8.

Now sew them together and 
set aside for a minute.

Now grab the 4 background rectangles
 and the 8 smallest gray squares
 to make 4 flying geese.

Remember that you have to sew 
all of the easy corner triangles 
to one side before you can 
add the other sides.

You should have a total of 4
 that measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Sew the star points segments
 on top of the flying geese 
like this and set aside.

You should have a total of four 
that each measures 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" 

Now grab the remaining pieces 
(EXCEPT for the 4 1/2" background squares)...

Ans sew four segments like this.
You should have a total of 4 
that measure 5 1/2" square.

Now lay them all out onto
 your large design board.

Sew the 3 rows together first ...
and sew those rows together.

This block is cute...

but to finish for a Sunday Star 
you will need to add the 
easy corner triangles onto each corner.

Draw a line from corner to corner 
onto the wrong side of the 
background square and sew it on.

Trim off the excess and press!

Now those gray prints form a circle surrounding the star.
I love it!

An entire quilt of this block
 would be gorgeous...but I have
 said that about every vintage block 
we have done so far lol

This is a great vintage block 
and it was fun to figure out the 
redrafting it so that we can 
rotary cut it instead of 
using templates like grandma did:)

Your Sunday Star Block should 
measure 14 1/2" square at this point:)

Here's the back of my block 
if you want to see how I pressed it.

Thanks for sewing vintage
 with me today!!
See you next week:)

P.S. If you are just joining us 
and want to sew vintage blocks with me...
click on each block 
that we have already sewn
 for that tutorial:

9. Humble
10. Egg Money

Monday, February 18, 2019

Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along - Trees Block!!

Welcome to the farm!

It's week four in the 
Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along 
and we are going to make trees today:)

We are using Farm Girl Vintage fabric...

And making the 
Farm Sweet Farm Quilt!

if you are just joining us
 and want to know all about it!

My tree block kit is all cut 
and laid out on a small design board.
You should have all of your pieces cut by following the sew along guide...
easy peasy!!

Farm Sweet Farm
Sew Simple Shapes:
H4 - 3
H15 - 12
H22 - 3
H36 - 3

Let's talk about the strips:)

Run the tree trunk strips 
through the 1" bias tape maker 
and press one end under 
for the bottom of each trunk.

Run the Cottage Circles strip
 through the 1/2" bias tape maker 
to use for the swing.
The swing will need to finish at
 2 1/4" wide so cut it about 3" long
 and press the ends under.

From your spool of prepared stem strips 
cut a 7 1/2" - 6 1/2" - 6" - 4 1/2"
 and two 3 1/2" for the flower stems.

Grab your traced interfacing pieces
 because its time to sew the shapes!

Before you turn the tree and 
the daisy shapes you will need
 to clip the cleavage areas.

Turn...shape and press:)

Here's what my block looks like
 all pinned and ready for Sue Glue.
I used 2 large design boards 
to lay out the block:)
I took some close up pictures 
of my block that will help you
 in laying yours out:)

First of all...
I decided that I'm going to sew the
 left side of the block directly 
to the right side of the 
barn block when it's finished...
without trimming any background 
from the left side.
The tree is 1/4" from the edge finished...
so I pinned it 1/2" in from the edge
 to allow for the 1/4" seam allowance
 when it comes time to sew them together.

Same goes for the coral daisy 
on that same side...
I pinned about 1/2" in from the left.

By the way...
this extra leaf will be appliquéd 
over that seam after sewing
 to the barn block 
so I put it aside until later:)

The measurement from the left edge
 of the background to the 
leaf outside edge on the right side 
(the one on the stem of the yellow flower)
 is 16 3/4"...
so don't let your design 
go any wider than that:)

I measured up 2" from the bottom edge
 of my fabric and pinned the 
lowest tree trunk bottom there.

When I trim off the 
bottom background edge after applique...
 I'll trim off about 1 1/4".

The shortest trunk measures
 about 2 3/4" up to 
where the treetop is.

The trunk for that tree 
measures about 6" long.

The tree trunk on the left
 measures about 7 1/2" long.

It measures about 7" wide 
from the outside edges 
of all three tree trunks.

The entire height of this tree
 from the very top to the bottom 
of the trunk measures 15"

The center tree measures 15 1/2" tall...

And the far right tree measures 14" tall.

You can use these measurements
 to see how I spaced 
the flowers in between the trees:)

After I glued everything
 I took out the pins and
 put on the rulers and my heavy 
bumble bee rock so glue can dry.

I pinned my leaf in the 
tractor pincushion for safe keeping!

Fast forward a few days...
 and the applique is now completed!

Let's talk about the 
Cute Little Buttons 
for the flower centers and apples.

Oh wait...before that I almost forgot
 to tell you that I used 3 strands 
of the dark gray Aurifloss
 for the swing ropes.

Above are the colors of buttons
 that I'm putting on the flowers:)

For the apples...
I'm going to use several sizes 
and styles of red buttons from 
all 3 of my Cute Little Button jars.

I'll sew these on after quilting because
 they are close enough that it will
 be hard to quilt around them.

Before sewing on the buttons 
you will need to press your block 
from the back and trim it to
 17 1/2" wide x 24 1/2" tall.

 I haven't trimmed my block up yet...
I'm waiting until I finish the barn block
 and then I will sew it to the left side
 of that block and trim it up afterwards:)

As a reminder...
instead of starting on the barn block
 next week as planned...
I switched it to doing the 
chicken coop block first:)

Have fun making your trees this week...
and I'll meet you 
right back here next week!!

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