Monday, June 18, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - Week Two - Block 2 and Block 3 Tutorial!!

Good morning cute people!
Today I'm going to show you how to make this block in the

This is one of the first blocks that I designed with the BLOOM set ...
and because it's also a 12" block I thought it would be fun to add to the quilt.

Grab you BLOOM set and let's get started! 
You will need:
1 - A23
9 - A1
1 - A2
8 - A10
4 - A18
And cut 4 - 
3" prepared stems from your spool

Choose your fabrics and sew your shapes...

And your block background.
If you are just joining us...
you will need to 
for week one tutorial 
where I detail all of these steps:)

On the A-23 shape you will need to 
make a clip in all 4 cleavage areas.
Clip right to your sewing line...
but not into it or past it.
This is so your shape will lie flat.

Prepare all of your applique shapes 
using the turning tool.
This step is important so 
don't underestimate how useful
 this tool is:)

I stitched my leaves just like
 I did in last weeks block.
Now we can lay them all out
 onto the background:)

Start with the center flower...

And add the two circles:)

Before adding your flowers...
glue baste the center circles...

Like this!!
Now it will be easier because 
they are each one piece.

I use my 12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler
 to see how far into the corner
 I can place the flower 
without sewing over it or
 cutting it off when trimming.

I ended up placing the bottom edge 
of the flower 2 3/4" from the edge
 of the yellow flower in the center.

And that ends up being 2 3/4" 
from the corner too:)

Glue baste your stem down like this...

And finish up the other 3.
Now for the measurements 
of the other pieces...

Coral circles are 3/4" from 
the center flower like this.

The leaf tips are 2 1/4" from
 the edge of the background.

And they are 1 1/4" from the center flower...

And there is 1/2" between
 the red flower and leaves.

Pin everything down into your 
design board and 
glue baste into place.
Let it dry for a few minutes:)

That 1/4" aqua strip around 
all 4 edges of the ruler 
is the seam allowance and everything inside is what your block will 
look like at its finished size...
easy peasy right?

I don't trim my blocks up until
 they're ready to go into the quilt.

Now it's time to applique this
 sweet and happy block:)

Fun and Done!!!

Now onto the next block 
made with the BLOOM set:)

Here are the shapes you will need:
1 - A1
1 - A2
4 - A9
8 - A10
8 - A11
Cut 4 - 
5" long prepared stems from your spool.

Choose your fabrics...

and sew!!

There are no cleavage areas
 or inner curves to clip.
Simply shape them and embroider
 your leaves if you want to:)

After placing your two center circles...
measure 4 1/2" from the edge 
and pin your top leaf.

That means they are about 2 1/2"
 from the outside corner edge
 of the background.

The largest leaves are 3/4"
 from the circle...

And  the medium leaves are 
1/2" away from the smallest leaf.

The sides of the large leaves are 
1/2" from the center seam lines.

Halfway there!

Remember to use your ruler 
when laying out your pieces...
it's super handy:)

My block after pinning and glue basting.

I love the cool blues and greens of the leaves...and just a pop of red!

And then there were three!
All three blocks were made 
with the BLOOM Sew Simple Shapes 
and I'll be using another set 
for next weeks blocks:)

Here's what we have 
for our quilt so far...




Remember that I told you last week 
that these other 3 blocks 
will be in our quilt...
 but they are made using my 
Sew Simple Shapes.
They will not be available until July
 and so I'll do those tutorials then:)

Happy sewing peeps!
I'd love to see your blocks 
so make sure to use the hashtags
and #SewSimpleShapesSeries
when you post on 

See you here next Monday 
for episode three!

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