Monday, August 27, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week Two - Wagon Block Tutorial!!

Hi there cute people:)
Today we are going to make
 another block because its week two!
If you are just joining us...
for more info on this sew along!

Today's block is in the top row middle...


Here are all of the 
Autumn Love prints that we are
 using in the Wagon Block:)

Grab your precut block and your traced pieces...and let's begin!
All Sew Simple Shapes for this block are:
4 - F-1
2 - F-2
3 - F-5
2 - F-6
1 - F-14
1 - F-18
3 - F-21
1/4" wide green cut on the bias-
 10" and 3 1/2" long
1/4" wide red - 
7 1/2" and 1 1/2" long
1/4" wide dk.gray- 
4 3/4" long
and 1/2" dk.gray- 
1 1/2" long 
12" square background

You should also have traced a
 2" x 6 1/2" rectangle 
directly onto the interfacing.
We will be doing this
 "Ruler Work" 
for pieces that are rectangles.
Instead of making a lot of these 
sizes into sew simple shapes...
it's just as easy to trace them
 and cut down on the 
number of shapes in the set:)
All of the Ruler Work measurements are on page 14 of the guide:)

On the two F-6 shapes that we are
 using for these flowers...
we will do a little modifying.
Measure in 1 1/2" from the 
curved side and draw a line...

Like this!

When sewing...
stitch on this new marked line 
and ignore the "V" part:)

After sewing and trimming
 all of your shapes...
you will need to clip the 
inner curves on the sides 
of the pumpkin stem and 
clip the cleavage areas 
in the two flowers and the star.

Now you cut the "X's" in the 
interfacing and turn them
 right side out.

Shape and press all of your 
cute pieces for the wagon block:)

Press a curve in the green stems like this.
Press the ends under 1/4" 
on the two red strips.
Press one end under 1/4"
 on the 1/2" wide dk.gray strip.

Arrange pieces onto the 
background square that is 
placed on a design board.

Start layering your shapes 
according to those that go underneath.
For example...
stem goes under pumpkins...
side pieces of pumpkin go down first
 before the center piece etc.

Always use the 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
to lay out your shapes so that your design does not "GROW".
Remember to stay within the 
"window" inside the ruler:)

After placing your shapes...
pin them so that they do not shift
 and then lift up the edges...
  place little dots of "Sue Glue"

I trimmed off part of the 
bottom of my pumpkin pieces 
and one side of the one on the right
 to save bulk underneath the wagon:)

After glue basting I removed my 
applique pins and placed my 
ruler on top and then my 
cutie pie Queen Bee 
until the glue dried ...
about 15 minutes.

All ready for applique!

Chunky pumpkin in a little red wagon:)

Use the light box and trace
 the stem for embroidery.
Use 6 strands of my Dk.Green Aurifloss 
and a backstitch:)

After you applique...
press from the back.
After trimming up your block 
to 10 1/2" square...
you can sew 2 red buttons 
onto the wheel centers.

I use matching Aurifloss to sew them on.
You can also save this step until
 after your quilt is quilted...
it depends on how you are 
quilting it and/or the 
preference of your quilter:)

Block Two aka Wagon Block is completed!
Sew darn cute:)
Gotta love a pumpkin in a wagon right?
Next week we will put one in a bucket!
See you back here then...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week One!!

Welcome to week one of the 

I'm super excited to make my 
Autumn Love Quilt with you...

and to play 
with my Autumn Love fabric!

Today's block tutorial is the
 Crow and Pumpkin Block

This print from the fabric kit 
is what we will be using 
for the background for this block
 (as well as all of 
the other applique blocks)

And here are all of the prints 
used for the shapes in this block.
Of course ALL of the cutting for
 each one is in the 
Sew Along Guide
if you have not downloaded it yet:)

As always...
I have done a video tutorial for you.
 But before you watch it...
I wanted to list here 
all of the cutting and 
Sew Simple Shapes 
used in this block 
so that you make sure 
that you have them all traced and cut.
1 - 1"x 4" yellow acorn print-crows beak

1 - F-1
2 - F-6
1 - F-7
1 - F-10
1 - F-18
3 - F-22
1 - F-23
1 - F-29
Cut your background square 12" x 12"

You will need to clip the cleavage areas
 on the leaves and the
 sunflower before turning.
There are also two cleavage
 in the crow shape
 as well as inner curves.
There are also inner curves 
on both sides of the stem.
The other shapes do not need 
to be clipped before turning:)

The stem is 
1/4" wide and 7" long
The crows legs are 
1/4" wide and 2 1/2" 
No need to press the ends under 
as top ends will be under 
the crow and sunflower a little and 
the bottom ends will be sewn into 
the seam allowance at the bottom 
when the block is sewn into the quilt. for the tutorial!

This is what my 
Crow and Pumpkin Block 
looks like right after applique...
but not trimmed up yet.

closer look:)

I also wanted to show you that 
you can trim a small strip off of 
one or both side sections 
of the pumpkin...
 to reduce bulk when 
laying out your block:) 

Close up of the embroidery:)

Here is a close up look of a 
corner of the block back 
so that you can see what the
 applique stitch from behind looks like:)

I hope these close ups 
during each step will help and 
that together with the 
instructions on the video...
you are good to go!

After all applique and 
embroidery is completed...
press from the back only and use your
 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler to
 trim it down to 10 1/2" square.

I can't wait to see all of your 
Crow and Pumpkin Blocks:)
Please post them on social media
 using the hashtag
because we All want to see them 
and it's a super fun thing
 to sew together!

I will meet you here next week
 for another block tutorial:)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sew Simple Shapes Series - The Big Finish!!

Okay you guys...
I got my quilt back from the quilters.

The quilt finishes at
 74" x 88"
I'm so happy with how it
 turned out and 
I know I'm going to
 LOVE this quilt forever:)

I sewed my 20 blocks together in 
5 rows of four blocks across.
I cut 49 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
 sashing strips for in-between the blocks.

I cut them out of all of my
 Bee Backgrounds Collection
 that I used in the blocks.

Before sewing the blocks together ...
I of course used my 
12 1/2" Trim-It Ruler and 
trimmed them all up to 12 1/2" square!

These are the fabrics that I chose
 for the back of the quilt...
the cornerstones...
the binding and the border.

I cut 30 - 2 1/2" cornerstones
 to go in-between the sashings.
Used 1/4 yard of the blue dot from
 my Bee Basics collection.

I used the baby chick print for the backing.
It's 108" wide and from my
 Bee Backings and Borders Collection.
I used 2 3/4" yards.

The red text binding is from my
 Cozy Christmas Collection.
I cut 9 - 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips
 and joined together on the diagonal
 to prepare the binding. 

I just had to do a 
red gingham border!
The gingham that I used is from my
 Bake Sale 2 Collection.
I used 2 1/4 yards and I cut it lengthwise:
Cut 2 - 8 1/2" x 72 1/2" 
and sew to the sides first
and then cut 
2 - 8 1/2" x 74 1/2" 
for the top and bottom.

My friend Juli Stubbs did the quilting 
and it's FABULOUS!!

I went out in my yard
 and took a few photos ...

And then snapped a few more
 after hanging it inside on my wall:)

I super love this quilt 
and I hope that you do too!!!

It was so fun to make using all
 of the my different sets of 
Sew Simple Shapes (so far) 
combined together for one quilt:)

While doing each and every
 tutorial for you...
 I got so excited to put 
all of the blocks together:)
Thanks so much for sewing with me during this series:)

Here is the link to each week of this 
12" Block Sew Simple Shapes Series:

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