Monday, October 18, 2021

My Happy Place Sew Along - Week Six!!





"CROSS STITCH BLOCKS"



"Three, Four and Five QUILT BLOCKS"


Welcome to week six 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...



However I already did the tutorial
 for block four on my YouTube Channel
And while you are sewing 
Quilt Blocks Three and Five
You will probably want to refer
back to my YouTube Tutorial 
as well for some of the segments that
are the same and for a refresher 
on exactly how I piece my blocks..
to watch it again if needed:)

Take note that just like blocks 
One, Two and Four...
Quilt Blocks Three and Five 
will measure 8 1/2" UNFINISHED 
and will measure 8" square 
once they are sewn into your quilt.

Okie Dokie...
now let's get started!


Here are all of the pieces for 
block 3 at my sewing machine:)


First step is to make 
4 square in a squares 
just like I showed you in the
 video for blocks one and two:)

Each one should measure 
3 1/2" square and
 I pressed my seams open.


Now add the easy corner triangles
 onto the top of the 8 strips.
Take note to split them into 
two sets of four and sew
 them in opposite directions.




Trim...


And press open.


Lay everything out on your design board
 and sew them together ...


Like this!


Back of my block:)


STITCH QUILT BLOCK THREE


Let's move onto Block Five


Start by making 
4 - Four patch segments like this.
I pressed my seams open.


Now add 2 easy corner triangles
 onto each four patch...




Like this!
I pressed towards 
the triangles on these:)


Lay them out like a 9-patch


And sew them together.


Back of my block:)


STITCH QUILT BLOCK FIVE



Sew Simple Shapes 
for the Cross Stitch Block 
you will need:
1 - L1
1 - L2

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 bias strip

and 
remember to use the gray
 1/4" straight bias strip 
that we had leftover. 

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


The 2 shapes needed for this block
 are too large for binder pocket
 so I showed you how to make a pocket
 out of my new 
STITCH Crafting Paper 
in the video tutorial 
for my Sewing Machine Block.

Easy Peasy...cute...handy and fun!!


I'm excited to let you know that
 both the STITCH and MY HAPPY PLACE 
Crafting Paper Pads 
have arrived and are/have shipped
 to your favorite quilt shop.
YaY!
Let the fun with these begin!
I'll be showing you 
how I use my papers and 
the clip art in the back:)


I am especially excited to use 
it with my new 
2022 Bee in my Bonnet Planner 
which has also just arrived!


Okay let's get started 
with the Cross Stitch Block...
and speaking of Cross Stitch
 I thought this was the perfect time 
to show you this fabric print 
that I designed to match my 
STITCH collection.

It's called Big Stitch and 
It's a fun print with lots of possibilities!

And also...
one idea is if you do not know how to 
cross stitch or are nervous about 
doing it for this block ...
you could easily grab some of this print
 and use it in the appliquéd hoop 
instead of our cross stitch block.


The cross stitch chart for the flower
 is in the sew along guide 
as well as all of the colors.
I used three strands of my Aurifloss
and of course my embroidery needles:) 


I put my fabric in an 8" hoop
 and a Q-Snap would work too!


Each "X" on this fabric represents 
one square on the chart in the guide...


And you will know which color 
to use because of the colored chart.

It reminds me of the 
pre-printed cross stitches
 that I learned to stitch on
 when I was a girl!



Simply do one X at a time...


Until you are finished:)
Take Note that...
Just like when cross stitching
 on linen or aida...
you do not use a knot...
just weave the floss ends 
behind your stitches so that 
they will not show or come out.

This flower will also be fun to 
stitch on gingham just like I did
 in my Let's Bake Sew Along


Now you are ready to 
sew your two circle shapes!
The larger circle goes on the
 nutmeg fabric to use for the 
hoop and the smaller will be 
used for your cross spited piece:)

Run the 3/4" strip through 
the 3/8" bias tape maker.


I cut all 3 of my straight bias strips
 2 1/2" long and pressed the two
 nutmeg ones in half and pressed 
one end under of the 
gray strip for the screw.

You will also use a small gray button
 from the STITCH button bag 
for the screw head.


Pin baste everything into place like this


Close up of the top detail:)
For some reason the button looks like
 it has a white ring on top of it
 but that is just the lighting LOL


From top to bottom it should 
measure about 10 1/2" tall:)


I love this sweet
CROSS STITCH BLOCK!

After applique you will 
trim it down to 12 1/2" square:)


Thank you all sew much 
for sewing with me this week...
We are making amazing progress on our quilt...
next week we will do the big
 APPLIQUE BLOCK
and I'll meet you right back here!
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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