Monday, September 24, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week Six - Oak Leaf and Fall Flowers Blocks!!

Welcome to Week 6 cute people:)
If you are just joining us...
for all the info:)

We are doing two applique blocks today...
and working on the left side of the quilt.

Let's start with this cute little 
 Oak Leaf Block:)

Originally I wanted to put the
 bias strip on top of the leaves 
like in my virtual mock up of the quilt.
When the fabric was produced 
I didn't think there was enough contrast
 so I put the vines underneath.
You can put yours on top if you like!!

These are the Autumn Love prints
 that we are using for the 
Oak Leaf Block

The Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed are:
5 - F1
1 - F2
1 - F3
4 - F11
2 - F20
From the green 1/4" straight bias
 cut 4 - 2" long stems
Cut 4 - 1 1/4" long strips 
for the acorn tops.
Cut your background square 12" x 12"

Let's start with the acorn tops.
Trace a line down the
 center of the circles.

Sew half a circle:)


Shape and press.
Repeat for the other three.

Now for the acorn bottoms.
After sewing...
turning and pressing
 the two ovals...
cut off 1 1/4" off 
each end like this...

For a total of four acorn bottoms:)

Set all of your prepared
 acorn pieces aside and 
sew all of the other shapes.

Don't forget to clip all of the
 inner curves in the oak leaf shapes.

Now its time to lay out 
the block and glue baste.

Because both of these blocks
 are symmetrical designs 
it will come in handy to 
press the background 
in half both ways.

Of course you will need to
 use the 10 1/2" Trim - It Ruler
 for laying out your block.

Pin all of your appliqu├ęs...

And glue baste.

All ready for applique!

After applique I'll sew 
12 Honey color Cute Little Buttons 
around the center circle like this.

Trim your Oak Leaf Block to
 10 1/2" square BEFORE 
sewing it into your quilt.

Super cute!!
Makes me want to 
go and gather acorns:)

Now let's make the
 Fall Flowers Block!

These are the Autumn Love prints used:)

The Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed are:
1 - F1
1 - F2
4 - F6
4 - F13
4 - F20
Subcut the 1/4" straight bias into
4 strips that are 3" long.
Cut your background square 12" x 12"

Let's make the bottom of
 the flowers first.
Draw a line down the center 
and then draw another 
on each side 1/4" away.

Sew on these lines...

And trim.

Turn...shape and press.

After sewing the two plaid ovals...
simply cut them in half like this.
The raw edges will be tucked
 under the largest center circle.

After sewing all of the other shapes...
don't forget to clip the 
cleavage areas in these two shapes.

Fall Flowers Block 
all ready for glue basting:)

As usual...
use your 10 1/2" Trim - It Ruler
 for placement.

Place onto a design board...

And pin the shapes into place
 before glue basting.

Let it dry flat:)

All ready for applique.

After applique I'll sew 16 green
 Cute Little Buttons on like this.

I always use matching Aurifloss 
when sewing on the buttons:)

Maple Leaf Block
10 1/2" x 10 1/2" BEFORE 
sewing it into your quilt:)

I loved making these two blocks...
I hope you do too:)
Sew with you next week!!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week Five - Scarecrow Block!!

Well hello again Autumn Lovers!
It's already week five of our sew along:)

I hope you all have been having fun making a few
Harvest and 4" Stars from last weeks tutorials:)

Todays tutorial is another applique block!

Grab your 
Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes...

And your Autumn Love fabric...

And let's get started on this little guy!

Here are the Sew Simple Shapes 
that you will need for 
the Scarecrow Block:
1 - F2
6 - F17
1 - F27
1 - F31
1 - F32
You will also need to trace the 
Ruler Work pieces for this block 
directly onto the interfacing...
just like you did for the wagon in week two.
The measurements are on page 14 of the sew along guide.

Cut your block background 12" x 22".

Subcut your strips
 (after running them through the bias tape makers)
 into the following lengths:
Nutmeg 1/2" Straight Bias - 
One 10" - One 8" and Two 2" strips
Red Solid 1/4" - One 1" strip
Green Gingham  1/4" - One 6" strip
Steel Solid 3/8" - Two 2" and Two 3" strips
Cinnamon Solid 1/4" - Six 1" strips
Green Text 1/2" - Two 7" strips
Green Text 1/4" CUT ON BIAS - 
(from the strips that I had you cut from the fat quarter)
Cut five 4" strips and press two of them super curvy for the basket handles:)

Grab the 2 1/2" square that you traced 
onto the interfacing and draw a line
 from corner to corner like this.
This is a sewing line:)

Pair it up with the red fabric and 
sew a triangle like this.
Trim and discard the excess:)

Turn...shape and press.
You just made his cute little neckerchief:)

Sew the rest of the traced Ruler Work shapes after 
matching them up to their correct fabrics.

Grab your Sue Glue...your hat fabric and the 1/4" bias strip.
Glue baste the strip down the center like this.

Now place the traced hat on top so that the hatband is where it belongs and sew!

Trim and clip the two cleavage like this.

Turn...shape and press:)

After sewing all of the remaining shapes...
clip the inner curves on his overalls 
and the two cleavage in each apple before turning.

All shaped and pressed!

I pressed my background in half both ways and
 measured 5" from each side and 10" from the center
 for the top and bottom and pinned. 
This way I had a 10" x 20"
 to use as a guide
 when placing my pieces.

I stayed 1/2" inside the pinned edges when laying out the shapes for glue basting.

I started by placing the basket a little over 1" up from the pins.
(two apples will go lower than the basket and will be 1/2" away from the bottom pins)

I placed the hat 1/2" down from the pins at the top.

I then glue basted the 8" long strip in the center on top of the basket like this.

Then I placed my apples...

I pressed the 1" stems in half and tucked them in the top of each apple.

I trimmed the bottom of the apples that over layed the top of the basket.
I pressed just one end of the 3 green strips...

And glue basted like this.
Trim the excess off the top.

I also pressed under just one side of the 1/2" green strip and glue basted into place.
The raw edge tucks under the apples on the left.

I glue basted the handles ...tucking the raw edges under the basket and handles and then placed the final green trim across the top edge and glue basted.

Ruler and Queen Bee time!

Tape page 18 from your guide onto the light box.
I always use washi tape for this step because it peels off my light box and paper without tearing it r leaving a residue:)

Trace your scarecrow face:)

Just a reminder...make sure when you print the pattern that your printer is printing at the correct scale.
You can check it by measuring the square on the bottom left.
If it measures 1" it is correct.

Embroider your scarecrow face:)
I use all six strands of my Aurifloss.

Tuck it under the hat and glue baste:)
Place the 10" strip for his arms (after pressing each end under 1/4")...

And then start layering like this...

Trim strips where they tuck under as needed:)

Glue baste all of his cute pieces down...

And let it dry flat:)

Now you can remove the pins and he is all ready to applique!

I thought a few super close up shots would be fun and helpful:)

You can use the embroidery pattern in the guide to trace the "straw" lines or you can just draw them on. They are just random pieces of straw coming out of your scarecrow after stuffing him... haha!

Use all 6 strands of the gold Aurifloss and each piece of straw is one long stitch...

Like this:)

After applique I used my 10 1/2" Trim-It Ruler to trim my block to 10 1/2" x 20 1/2" beginning at the top... 

And working my way down.

Then I used my 8 1/2" x 24 1/2" ruler
 to trim up the top and bottom.

I chose two small
honey colored buttons 
from my Cute Little Buttons 
for the overall straps:)

"Scarecrow Block"
He should be 10 1/2" x 20 1/2" 
BEFORE you sew him into your quilt:)

I'll see you back here next week
when we will be
 making two more blocks:)

I'm having a fabulous time 
making this quilt
and I'm sew grateful 
to all of you 
who are sewing with me!

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