Good morning and welcome to the
Today I'm sharing another vintage block
from my grandma's pattern basket:)
I'm using my
Farm Girl Vintage fabric collection ...
And my Bee Backgrounds fabric as well:)
If you are just joining us
and want to sew vintage blocks with me...
click on each block
that we have already sewn
for the tutorial:
6. Vintage Lily
7. Star Shine
9. Egg Money
10. Quilting Bee
11. Sunday Star
Today's tutorial is going to be
"short and sweet" because I am
packing my bags and heading out to
Nashville the cross stitch market.
But before I leave I wanted to
do another block for you.
This popular vintage block that we
are making today is traditionally
called Shoo Fly.
As I was thinking what to call mine
and what it had to do with grandma
(besides being in her pattern basket)
...it made me think of
something that she said often.
What she used to say is ...
"You can catch more flies with
HONEY than with VINEGAR!"
Meaning of course...
that you should always be
as sweet as honey if you
want things to go right!
It's always better to be kind.
One of life's great lessons...
my grandma was a smart lady:)
I'm calling my little blocks
"SWEET as HONEY"
These little cuties will finish at
3" x 3" when we sew them into the quilt.
They are super easy to cut and
to stitch up and you will need to
make 10 of them:)
I'm still not sure how many blocks
we are doing but I am not ready
to wrap it up yet because there are
"sew many" great block patterns
in grandma's basket:)
I hope you are simply
enjoying the journey with me and
not worrying about the end result because
it will be taken care of in time:)
I've paired up one print with
one background to make the blocks.
For ONE block you will need to cut:
From the Print- 5 - 1 1/2" squares
From the Background - 8 - 1 1/2" squares
I'll walk you through one block first:)
Grab the 5 print squares and
just 4 of the background squares...
And sew them into a 9-patch like this!
Then take the remaining
4 background squares...
And add an easy corner triangle
onto every corner:)
Either mark the lines or use my
If you want to sew
how I put it on my machine
and ready to trim.
Press and you have a
cute little easy peasy block...
SWEET as HONEY
Of course you could make
four half square triangles first
and then sew them all
together into a 9-Patch.
I think because they are
1 1/2" squares and small...
that's a little too fiddly
when it's just easier to
add the easy corners at the end:)
Repeat for the other 9 blocks.
First make them all into 9 patches.
Add the easy corner triangles...
I really do think these little blocks are SWEET as HONEY!
They should each measure
3 1/2" x 3 1/2" BEFORE
we sew them into our quilt
that we will be making
at the end of this sew along!!
I promise it's going to be so cute:)
Thanks for sewing vintage with me today!
Tune in next week for
another episode of the
Vintage Block Along:)
P.S. Some of you may be wondering why
I am going to cross stitch market.
Did you know that I am
designing cross stitch patterns too?
So far I've done:
Right now there is a stitch along
that Kimberly over at Fat Quarter Shop
is hosting called the
Quilters Cottage Stitch Along
to find out about the stitch along
and the weekly giveaway
by Fat Quarter Shop
to watch the video tutorials
by Kimberly for beginning cross stitch.
They are really fun
and Kimberly's a hoot!