Monday, May 30, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along - Week 20 - Block 20!!

Good morning cute people...
let's do this!!!

Can you believe that after today we will be finished with our BLOOM blocks?
But it's never too late to get started!
to download the free pattern 
for my BLOOM quilt:)

I've had a blast making 
cute appliqué blocks using my 

Today is of course...
block twenty:)

And here are my Calico Days 
fabric choices for this week.

We will be using 
A-7   A-13   A-20 
Sew Simple Shapes

From BOTH fabric and interfacing:
Cut 1 - 3" x 4" for the flower center
Cut 2 - 2" x 3" for the leaves
Cut 8 - 2" squares for the petals

Prepare stem piece about 5" long
Cut your background 9" square

1. Trace your shapes onto the interfacing.
2. Pair up with fabric...
stitch on traced line and trim a 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Cut an "X" in the interfacing for turning.
4. Turn and shape using the Clover turning tool.
Press on the fabric side:)

Press a crease in the center 
of your block like this.

Place your stem on the center of 
the line and even with the bottom edge.

Measure up 3 1/4" fem the bottom edge to place your first petal.

Measure 1 1/4" from the top edge to place the top petal.

Now place your oval in the center...

And add the two side petals.

Fill in the four remaining petals.

Pin or glue baste into place for appliqué.

When your appliqué is complete...
press from the back and trim your block down to 8 1/2" square.

Choose and cut your border fabrics and corner squares...

And sew together your super cute...very last...

Now you can sew the last row together and add the borders...


Next week I'll show you my 
BLOOM Quilt 
right after I get it back 
from the quilter and bound:)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UTAH!!!

Last week was spring quilt market 
and because it was here in Salt Lake...
 I decided to do the very first Bee in my Bonnet booth:)

We loaded up some of the furniture from my cottage 
and headed to the Salt Palace to start setting up:)
Salt Lake is about 25 miles from where I live.

As I started to decorate the booth...
 I brought in more and even more things 
 from my cottage to give my booth the real 
Bee in my Bonnet treatment:)

I brought all of the quilts that are in all 3 of my books...

Kassidy and I made the bunting to hang across the top of the booth...
I think I reached my goal of 
covering every inch of the curtained walls with quilts:)

This was my home away from home for the week.
I had so much fun!
I had my quilty peeps Judy, Beth, Shanna and Rosanna to help me.
I signed books every day and 
I visited with so many wonderful quilt shop owners...
 and got to introduce a few new 
Bee in my Bonnet products!

One of which is my brand new line of 
"Cute Cuts"
rotary cutting mats!
I'm so excited:)

They come in my happy colors and 
are very nice quality...
 and are of course self healing.
They come in 3 sizes;
24" x 36"
18" x 24"
12" x 18"
They are double sided so there are 6 colors total.

Here is the other side:)
The mats will be ready to ship next month.

I also have a new line of magnets for fun quilty gifts!

And my "Cute Little Buttons"
 are just about ready to ship to quilt shops!

I'm also excited to announce that coming this December is 

My first fabric collection (Sew Cherry) is back by popular demand:)
I have added a few more prints as well as a fat quarter panel.
The gingham will come in all 6 color ways:)

Here is a sneak peek of the quilt we will be doing for the sew along...
it's called Sweetie Pie and yes...
there will be a new set of Sew Simple Shapes called Fruit Salad:)

I'm super excited about all of these!
Thank you so much to all of you who came
 to visit me in my little booth and
 also to those who came to my schoolhouse...
you were so sweet to me and it was so fun to meet all of you!!

to see the video of my schoolhouse:)

Monday, May 23, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along - Week 19 - Block 19!!!

Good morning cute people!

Can you believe that we are 
nearing the end of our 
But don't worry...
if you are just getting started.
My tutorials will remain on my blog just for you:)
to download my free pattern 
for the BLOOM quilt.

to purchase a 
Calico Days fabric kit for the quilt.

to get the BLOOM Sew Simple Shapes
to make the blocks:)

These shapes are so fun...
and make it so easy to do cute and easy appliqué blocks!

Today is block nineteen:)
We are using 
A-1   A-2   A-11
Sew Simple Shapes

Here are the prints that I've chosen from my
 Calico Days fabric collection for the appliqués.

From BOTH fabric and interfacing:
Cut 4 - 3" squares for the flowers
Cut 4 - 2"squares for the flower centers
Cut 4 - 2" x 3 1/2" for the leaves
Cut 1 - 2" square for the center circle

Cut a 9" x 9" square for your background
Prepare 2 - 5 1/2" long stems

1. Trace your shapes onto the interfacing.
2. pair up with the fabric and sew onto traced line. 
Trim an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Cut an "X" in the interfacing for turning.
4. Turn using the Clover turning tool.
When you are happy with their

Prepare your background square by pressing in half both ways like this.

Place your stems in the center diagonally.

Now tuck your leaves into the cleavage of the stems like this.

Measure 1 1/2" down from the outside corners and place your flowers.

Center your remain circle and pin or glue baste into place.

Use your method of choice to stitch down the appliqués...
either by machine or by hand.

Either way...
I like to start with the outside pieces and work my way inside:)

When appliqué is complete...
press from the back only and trim your block down to 8 1/2" square.

Choose and cut your border strips and squares...

And sew together your

I super love this block! 
Once again...
I know that I say this all the time
but this one is my favorite!

Next week we will be doing the last block...
which makes me happy and sad at the same time:)

See you then!

Monday, May 16, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along - Week 18 - Block 18!!!

It's already time for another block in our 

I'm sew excited that we are working on the last row of our quilt.
to download the free pattern

to get your 
BLOOM Sew Simple Shapes

We will be making block eighteen today:)

These are my prints I've chosen for my appliqués.

We will be using A-9 and A-19 Sew Simple Shape

From BOTH fabric and interfacing:
Cut 3 - 3" for the hearts (I used 3 different prints)
Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" for first set of leaves
Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"for second set of leaves

Prepare 3 stems 6 1/2", 4 1/2" and 4".
Cut your background 9" square.

1. Trace your shapes onto the interfacing.
2. Trim and cut and X in the interfacing for turning.
3. Clip each cleavage on the hearts.
4. Turn and press your appliqué shapes.

Press your fabric in half like this.

Place your longest stem on the center fold.
Measure 2" to the left of the stem and draw a
 thin line for the second to the longest stem placement.
Repeat for the other side with the shortest stem.

All 3 stems should look like this:)

Measure 1 1/2" down from the center top edge 
of your background and place the heart like this.

Measure 3 1/2" from the topped to place the heart on the left side....

And 4" down to place the heart on the right side.

Now arrange your leaves and like this and glue or pin baste into place.

When appliqué is completed...
trim up your block to 8 1/2" square.

Cut your border strips and squares ...

And sew up your block!
I love the sweet simplicity of this block, don't you?!

Eighteen down and 2 more to go!!

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