Monday, October 15, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week Nine - House Block - Part One!!

Hello again Autumn Lovers 
and welcome to week nine 
of our sew along!!
We are nearing the end...

Today we are starting on the
 center of the quilt...

The house block!
We are splitting this block up 
into two weeks and this is the
 portion that we will do this week:)
Let's get started!

Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes 
that you will need 
for this week:
5 - F14
2 - F15
1 - F22
1 - F28
Cutting for 2 house pieces 
(gunny sack print)
and all of the background pieces 
(nutmeg gingham)
 are of course...
in the sew along guide.

From the blue floral print...
 cut the roof pieces.
Run the 1 7/8" x Width of Fabric strip through the 1" bias tape maker.

You will need a
 1" wide x 3 1/2" long 
prepared bias strip 
for the chimney top.

Prepare the oval window
 for the front door...
along with the harvest moon 
and the twinkly stars!

Don't forget to clip the 
cleavage areas in each star
 before turning:)

Now for the pieces that are the ruler work.
All of the ruler work measurements 
are on page 14 of the sew along guide.

Match each traced interfacing piece 
up with the co-ordinating fabric and sew.

Trim...turn...shape and press.

Now that all of your 
applique shapes are prepared...
set them aside...
 and let's piece the house! 

I'm sure that it will help 
to refer to the house block diagram
 on page 4 when sewing.
Draw a diagonal line from 
point to point on the back
 of pieces "A" and "D" 
for sewing the Easy Corner Triangles.

Place them onto pieces "H" and "I" 
and sew on your marked line.

Trim off the excess leaving an 
approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
Press towards the triangles and then 
repeat for the other side.

Sew the top of house together like this...

And add the two "E" pieces 
to the house bottom.

Now sew the bottom to the top 
and we are ready to glue baste
 the appliqués onto the house:)
The house block at this point
 should measure 26 1/2" x 30 1/2"

First up is the harvest moon:)
Measure in 2 1/2" from the side and 
2" from the top and glue baste.
Trim off the bottom of the moon like this:)

Press under one end of the 
1" bias strip for the roof 
and make it hangover 3/4" 
on the bottom end.

 Don't press under the top end...
just trim it even with the 
top of the gunny sack fabric like this.

Place the glue dots right above 
the seam and add the strip 
just barely overlapping 
onto the gunny sack print by about 1/8".

When you add the other strip...
you will need to press under both ends.

Before you glue that strip down...
 glue the chimney first.
Measure in 7 1/4" from the side
 and 4 1/2" from the top when placing.

Trim off a triangle on the bottom
 of the chimney...then
 glue baste the roof strip.

Press each end of the chimney top 
under 1/4" and add to the top.

Glue baste the stars like this...
2" from the top and sides both.

Place the window and shutters
in the center and 
1" up from the bottom roof.

Place the star 1/2" 
up from the window.

Now let's move down to 
the bottom of the house!

Center the door and place it 
1/8" up from the bottom edge.
Glue baste the oval window onto the door.

Place the shutters and the window
 by measuring in 1" from the side
 and 2" down from the roof like this.

Repeat with the remaining 
window and shutters on the other side:)

Place the stars 1/2" down 
from the roof and 1/2" apart:)
Now you are all ready to applique!

This block will be much easier 
to do over two weeks and by
 doing these pieces first.
We will add the remaining
 appliqués next week!
See you then...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Autumn Love - Turkey Pillow and Plaid Block Tutorial!!

Hi there:)
If you are doing the 
with me and are wondering 
what the F30 
Sew Simple Shape is for...
this tutorial is for you!

I included it in the 
set so that you could make a 
fun Turkey Block..or two!

I made a pillow with 
one of the Turkeys...
I'll show you how I made two projects.

I used two different backgrounds 
and cut them each 12" x 12" square.
The Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes 
that I used for 
1 - F30 - Turkey
6 or 7 - F10 Feathers
1 - F5 Snood (red thingy lol)
1 - F8 or F9 Wing
About 12" of yellow prepared 
1/4" wide bias tape strip for legs:)

You know the drill!!! 
and press each applique.
Clip the inner curves and cleavage
 in the turkey shape and the wings.
Cut each leg about 2 1/2" long and
 press one end under 1/4"
Press under each end of the 
smaller strips and cut the other 
ends on the diagonal like this.

It will be easy to tuck those
 short end pieces under the leg 
because they are on the diagonal.

There are two ways that I've
 arranged the feathers...I love both!

I used my 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
to lay out the blocks
 just like I do with the blocks
 in my Autumn Love Quilt:)

All ready for applique!!

After applique is completed...

I trimmed this turkey
 to 10 1/2" square:)

Autumn Love Turkey Block:)

Now for the 
I designed this easy peasy block 
as a stash buster and to 
finish at 5" square...
making it perfect to fit around the
 Autumn Love blocks because they 
all finish in 10" increments:)
Isn't quilty math fun?!

The small squares in the center are
 Cut 1 1/2" 
and the outside squares are
 Cut 2 1/2".
You can choose either background
 from the collection...
they are each Cut 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"

I chain sewed a bunch of 
2 1/2" squares to each side
 of a background strip.

And then sewed a background strip
 to each side of the 1 1/2" squares
 and joined the three rows together
 to form a block.
I pressed away from the background strips.

Each block should measure
 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square
 at this point:)
I sewed 12 blocks 
for the turkey pillow.

I made 2 rows of two and sewed them
 to the sides of the turkey block first...
and then sewed 2 rows of 4 blocks
 for the top and bottom.

I like how they look like plaid 
when sewn together...
that's why I named my block PLAID!


Quilted and ready for a 
20" x 20" pillow form!

I always do an envelope back 
when making my pillows.
I've done several tutorials on this
 and also have detailed instructions
 in my second book called 

Fun and Done!!

Are you wondering what I did
 with the other Turkey Block?
I wanted to frame it...
 so when I glue basted it...
I squished the feathers together 
a little bit and tucked them
 further under the turkey body 
so it would be narrow enough 
to fit inside of an 8 x 10 frame.

I added the Gobble Gobble! 
embroidery for a fun finish
 to the project.

I hope you liked my tutorial 
and two new Autumn Love Blocks:)

Happy Fall Y'all !!!

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