Monday, October 9, 2017

Bee Happy Sew Along - Week Seven!!

Good morning and 
thanks for tuning in:)

We are into week seven 
of our sew along!

If you are just getting started...
remember that there is
 a link to each and every blog post 
of this sew along...
right here on my blog.

Simply look on the right side bar
 and scroll down to find the 
Bee Happy Sew Along...
 and  click on the post 
that you would like to read:)

If you need a kit...
check with your 
favorite quilt shop 
or do a google search online
 by typing in 
"Bee Happy Quilt Kit" 
to see what online quilt shops
 may have a kit left.

Today let's get started 
by baking some cupcakes!

You will need just two
 Sew Simple Shapes
D-8 and D-12

After sewing you will need to 
clip the cleavage areas 
in the cupcake tops.

Trim...turn...shape and press:)

Pin baste your cupcakes
 using this placement guide.

Ready for appliqué!

I used a red button 
for the cherries on top...

But I trimmed up my blocks 
to 4 1/2" square first:)

Applique...embroidery and 
buttons are complete.


Those cupcakes made me thirsty 
so let's make a nice tall 
glass of lemonade to go with!

You need D-1 and D-18 
Sew Simple Shapes

Just easy clipping needed:)

Run the bias strip through the 
1/4" bias tape maker for a cute straw!

After turning and pressing...
prepare your block for appliqué like this.

Trace on the embroidery lines
 by using a light box
 and the pattern in the sew along guide.

Press the ends of the
 bias strip under and glue baste.

Just like I told you in the 
video tutorial at the beginning 
of the sew along...
 that when you press under these ends...
don't worry if they stick out 
of the sides a little 
because you can fix that 
during appliqué.

If you are machine appliquéing...
simple push them in with a 
tailors awl or use the end 
of your seam ripper 
and then the stitches 
will cover them nicely.

If you are doing hand appliqué...
use your needle to "sweep"
 those pieces that are 
sticking out back under the strip:)

All ready for appliqué!

Do the embroidery as well.
Your block should measure 
4 1/2" x 8 1/2" ...

And is ready to sew into your quilt!

Now let's have some fruit!
It's apple season so 
let's pick a nice variety:)

You will need D-15 and D-2 
Sew Simple Shapes

Run the stem strips through the
 1/4" bias tape maker.

Sew and trim...
no clipping needed on these:)

Turn...shape and press!

Let's begin laying out the block.

Use this photo as a guide 
for measurements
 on placing your 
apples and leaves.

Last to do are the stems.
I embroidered my leaves 
before I pinned them.

Ready for appliqué...
let's do this!!

Your block should measure
 4 1/2" x 14 1/2" 
and is ready to sew into the quilt.

After appliqué you can 
sew the buttons on now...

Or wait until after quilting:)

Let's make a picnic basket 
to carry our goodies! 

Grab your block pieces and the 
D-28 Sew Simple Shape

Run the red strip through the 
3/4" bias tape maker

Run the handles strips through the 
1/2" bias tape maker

Run the Vivid Solid through the
 1/4" bias tape maker 
for the top trim of the basket.

Measure up 2 1/2" from the bottom 
of the basket rectangle and 
glue baste the red strip.

Pin the interfacing on and 
sew the strip 
into the sides at the same time 
that you are sewing the basket...
easy peasy!!

Trim and turn as usual.
You can appliqué the strip edges 
down at the same time 
you appliqué the rest of the block.

Ready to prepare the block!

Basket is placed 3/4" up from 
the bottom
 and the handles are 1" down 
from the top.

Ready for appliqué:)

Trim your block to 8 1/2" square.

I used red floss instead of white
 to sew on the buttons 
because I think it looks super cute!

We have a few more weeks of tutorials
 before we can sew row four together...
and I am so excited with the
 progress that you are making!

You are doing great 
no matter which row you are
 working/playing with right now.

Keep those blocks coming 
and keep posting them! 
 Don't forget the hashtag

Stay tuned for next week and
 Bee Happy!

1 comment:

Janice Holton said...

Lori, although I am not participating in the QAL, I always read them with great interest! Your designs and fabrics are the so clever. I have a question. Your applique pieces always look so perfect when you turn them and I was wondering if you use a shorter stitch length than when just doing piecing?

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