Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along - Row 2...

Can you believe that it's already time for row 2 of the
Well it let's get rowing!!!
This row is cute and easy butterflies:)

Sew the white strips onto the top and the bottom of the butterfly body fabric
using an accurate 1/4" seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance towards the background.

Make sure that you keep your lines straight by checking your ruler lines before cutting.
wasn't that easy?
You have all of the center strips in your blocks complete and ready for wings.

Now for the easy corner triangles on the wings.
If you don't have an Angler 2 on your will need to mark a line from corner to corner onto the wrong side 
(if there is a wrong side)
of each of your background squares.
Use a ruler and a mechanical pencil for a thin straight line.

Make one complete butterfly block so that you can check for accuracy before you make the remaining 10 butterflies.
Start by placing a white square onto each inside corner of the wings.
Line up the edges and corners of the squares with the edges and corners of the wings exactly even. 
Make sure that your marked line is going the correct direction so that when you end up with the desired shape.

Stitch one at a time directly onto your line that has been marked from corner to corner.
Do not it will distort the shape. Just hold the square carefully in it's place as you stitch.

After stitching...cut off the excess and leave an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
(no need for accurate 1/4" seam has already been stitched!)

Press the seam allowance towards the white triangles like this.
Now you still have 2 rectangles but you have replaced the 4 inside corners with a white triangle and created a wing shape!!!
I just love easy corner triangles:)

Now sew a wing to each side of a body...
one at a time...

pressing each seam allowance towards the body.

Your butterfly should measure 
the exact same size as the square that you started out with!!!
(just a little bit of quilty magic:)

If your first butterfly measure's correctly...and you don't have to do any adjusting...

Go ahead and continue sewing the remaining  butterflies.

It will be faster if you chain peice each step along the way...
starting with each easy corner triangle onto the same corner of each wing...
 and then finally sewing the wings to the bodies just exactly like your first butterfly. 

 cute butterflies!!!!

Now onto the sashing for the butterfly row.

Cut strips out of your background fabric.

Cut off the selvedge edges...and take over to your machine to joint them into 1 long continuous strip.

Always join strips on the diagonal like this.
This is how I always join strips together when I need to make them longer than width of fabric for sashings and borders.

By joining on the diagonal...prints and solids both look nicer on the diagonal.
It is easier on the eye because your eye does not stop suddenly like it would at a straight seam...but flows easily over a diagonal joined strip.
*(I don't need to mark a line on my strips because I have the Angler 2...but I marked it so that you would understand which direction to sew)

This is what the back should look like after stitching.

This is what the front looks like.
Join all 3 strips together so that you have one long continuous strip.

Trim off the excess just like when making easy corner triangles.

Always press your seam allowances open when joining strips together for sashings or borders.
It prevents bulk and they will lay nice and flat if you do.

You will cut 2 strips out of this long one to go above the butterfly row and below like in the picture above...but for now...


Just lay this long strip aside ...
while you cut the sashings to go in between the butterflies and on the end of each row.

Lay your butterfly row in a pleasing order for joining...making sure to notice that every other butterfly is going up and every other one is going sideways.
Join your butterflies together with the  sashing strips in between.
Press seam allowance towards the sashings.

Now sew the row ends onto each end of your row.
Remember that your strip will need to measure correctly
to fit into the quilt.
Fold your strip in half and trim off the row ends at the measurement line on your mat...just like you did with 

Now time to cut the 2 strips from the long continuous row.
We are going to use a mat for measuring.
Fold your strip in half so that you are cutting both strips at the same time...
and place it at the 1" mark on your mat.
*(I have 2 cutting mats and I changed to the red for this because it contrasts so nicely against the white...ensuring that I measure and cut accurately)  

Leave the row ends at the 1" mark and stick a pin at the 36" mark...

And then lift up the rows...keeping the pin in and place that pin right on the 1" line.
*(you will have 36" hanging off the left side of the pin now)

Now measure in from the pin...

And cut.
You now have 2 rows that measure exactly 
what they need to measure
to sew onto the top and bottom of your butterfly row!!!

Take note that you will use this same method  every time you add sashing strips to the top and bottom of a row.
*( will not add these to every row...I will tell you which ones to add them to as we are sewing them)

Press these white rows in half to make a center mark and pin them to the center of the butterfly body in the very center of your row.

Now pin the ends even on both sides of the row.

Continue pinning about every 10 - 12" before sewing...easing fabric where needed while you are pinning.
Never just run it through your machine and hope it all ends up even in the end...
you have cut accurately...
and math doesn't lie...
so mathematically...
it will fit...
and it is your job to make it fit.

Always remember...
You are the boss of your quilt!!!!
*(a good tip to remember is the fabric that is on the bottom when sewing...will run thru the feed dogs a little bit place the one on the bottom that might need more easing in and let the feed dogs help you) 

Press your seam allowance towards the white strips.

your Bee in my Bonnet Row Along #2 is complete!

A row of colorful butterflies:)
I hope you like them and that you had fun making them!

Do not sew row number one to row number two.
I just wanted to show you what they look like together...and give you more of an idea of what your quilt will look like.
It's going to be exciting to see it grow...
row by row:)

I hope you enjoyed your quilty lesson for the are all such good students!
Let me know what you think about row 2. 
Your sweet comments are always appreciated:)

I can't wait to see all of the row 2's showing up on the 
BIMB Row Along Flickr Group.
to join up and to check out all of the row 1's...
they are all sew fun!

***edit July 2013
The pattern and instructions for the 
Bee in my Bonnet Row Along
are in my new book
"Quilty Fun"

to reserve your copy today


Sweet Pea said...

I'm guessing you're either up really late or really early! This 2nd row looks exciting. Can't wait to start on mine.

dream quilt create said...

I love row two, the butterflies are so cute! This is almost as good as taking one of your classes, except that we don't get to spend time together in person. I am so excited that polka dot stitches has arrived in the quilt shops. I am going to buy yardage of every single print in every single color. I absolutely love it!!!

Sew Filomena said...

Very very cute.... guess what I am doing on Friday....

Patricia Lessell said...

Thank you so much. You really are amazing and I so wish I had your stash. Never mind I have mine and I can't wait to get going on this one.

KaHolly said...

I am very upset with you. I don't need another project.....but how can I resist? The adrenaline is pumping and I'm digging through fabric and it's a beautiful morning and I really should be outdoors stalking migrant birds visiting my, love, love this butterfly row!!

Material Mary said...

Way way too cute..can't wait to get going on this just makes me giddy inside!!!

Bari Jo said...

This is S.O. cute! Thank you so much for all the details in the tutorials!!!!! And all the tips and tricks - so helpful!!! You are sweet to share all this with us! xoxo

Scrapatches said...

Butterflies! Yes! :)

Shelly said...

I wish you could hear a recording of all of us swooning "AWWWWWW" at the same time. You deserve to hear this. These butterflies are adorable. Thank you.

Nanna said...

I never would of expected butterflies lol! this is getting interesting for sure lol!

My Vintage Mending said...

I am still back on yesterday and all my excitement over the new tool I have needed for oh 10 years....It is going to revolutionize my excited to get it...thank you always....smiles...Renee

legato1958 said...

Sooo Sweet! These butterflies are just adorable. And thanks for the clear and precise tutorial!!

I am getting wooed into making this .... (only reluctance is my time for fitting it in!)


PamKittyMorning said...

I can't wait to get started!

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh my goodness, i love them!


Little Susie Home Maker said...

My goodness! This is the best tutorial ever!! I love the butterflies, and the fabric combinations is adorable! I just think this is great!

•stephanie• said...

remember when you were reading the twilight books or the hunger games and you got so mad when you'd finish one and then you had to wait waaaaaaaay too long for the next one to come out?

yep . . . that's how i'm feeling right about now. i can't wait to see what row comes next. the suspense is killing me.

p.s. the butterflies are adorable. i better get started!!

trish said...

This is such a great tutorial! :o) I felt like a child on Christmas morning, watching for your row 2 to post! :o)
Thanks so much for such a fun quilt along!! Squaring up my butterflies now. Can't wait to show you. :o)
Trish xo

Rita said...

i love your butterflies -- thank you very much for allowing us to sew-a-long with you. i am learning so much from your tutorials and enjoying every minute. you are so accurate, and i really appreciate that!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I can't wait to start these! I actually sighed when I saw them, so sweet!

Darlene D said...

Oh my, I better get busy. Haven't even got the first row started yet!!

Annette said...

I have my butterflies all done. Thanks Lori. I tried the flickr thing but couldn't get it to take my picture. I can work a sewing machine but never could master the computer. I did blog about it though. I am looking forward to the next row. So fun!

Anonymous said...

This is so clear and easy to understand with all the pics This row is so cute I can't wait to start!

Denice said...

These butterflies are adorable. I can't wait to get started!

sewyouquilt2 said...

butterflies are so cute and look easy peasy. I am saving your row along to maybe make in Jan when I am not so bogged with projects

luverlie said...

Thanks so much for the pictures and instructions. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this.

ayumills said...

Those butterflies are so cute, Lori!! I can't wait to make them!

Anna said...

It is a very nice and hard working.
A hug.

Rindy said...

This is so sweet. I'm getting excited to get going. You've done a great job.

Maxine said...

Can't wait to start this row, but where did you get the red mat? I have never seen a red mat before.

Anna Maria said...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LESSON ! it help me for my work!

Darlene D said...

I've got mine done, both rows! Can't wait to see number #3

Carla said...

These are really cute!

Nanette Merrill said...

I messed mine up. I was so distracted. But I'm not redoing them. I just can't. I don't have time. But they were really fun.

Judy said...

I'm amazed at the difference of my sewing on my two sewing machines. My Bernina 820 will soon have the angler 2 while my Pfaff sews perfect 1/4 inches. Now I can follow your wonderful directions and they turn out every time. I'm much happier.

tubakk said...

What fun. Now I have to start with row 1 first, if it's not too late.

Anonymous said...

I love the circle templates. I have had a time making circles before I know these would really help.

Helen L said...

I'm working on row 2 and it is going along just fine: great tutorials that you've done!!

Judy said...

I cut my strips to your measurements and eased in my butterflys. All is well. Thank you.

salamanda said...

Just finished my butterfly row which needed a little bit of seam ripping to get my accurate butterflies. Was all set to take photo and realised one of the sashing pieces is on back to front. Really good tutorial, especially for a beginner as I really need to learn how to be accurate. Row one is going back to the drawing board as it's too short. Many thanks. Now I just need to catch up with row 3.

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