Thursday, November 28, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Winter Flower Block Tutorial!!

Welcome back for another episode of the

I'm sharing another vintage block
 with you
from my Grandma's pattern basket.

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage Fabrics
 and Bee Backgrounds

Last week I did a block called 
Fall Flower and this week it's 

Grandma absolutely loved a
 Pink Poinsettia!
She always had one(a HUGE one) 
on the round end table in the 
corner of her front room.

On that table she usually kept
 a beautiful doily made by her mother 
and a photo of her parents
 on top and a pretty candy dish.
But at Christmastime those were moved
 to the bookcase and the giant 
 Pink Poinsettia took it's place:)

Grandma also loved a beautiful 
Christmas Card.
It was always a big decision which 
design that she would choose 
from the store each year.
Every time they were beautiful.

She enjoyed filling them out
 and sending them...
she had quite a long list 
and it always made her feel good
 once they were all sealed...
stamped and given to the postman!

Grandma also received many cards 
each year and she put them all
 on her fireplace mantel..
then hang them clothesline style
on string across her walls.

After the tree was taken down and 
when the holidays were over 
she would keep them in a big bowl 
on the end table next to her sofa.

She would keep them close by to 
read over and over and we
 would all read them too.
She would keep them there 
until Valentine's Day ...
when they would be replaced by 
all of the Valentines 
given to her by friends and family:)

After that it was Mother's Day 
and then her birthday etc.
Grandma really loved the tradition 
of picking out a beautiful card.
To her it meant that extra time taken
 to find just the right one was
 thoughtful and kind to the
 receiver as well as the giver:)

Are you ready to make your own 
Winter Flower?

I used yellow for my center 
but it would look pretty in a
 lighter green as well!
I chose red for the center 
of petals and pink for the petals.

From the background you will need to cut:
4 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
8 - 1 1/2" squares
8 - 1 1/4" squares

For the center cut:
1 - 2 1/2' square

For center of petals cut:
8 - 1 1/2" squares

For the petals cut:
4 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
4 - 2 1/2" squares

First step is to grab the pink rectangles
 and sew easy corner triangles 
onto each corner.
The easy corner triangles are
 1 1/2" squares.

Mark your stitching line or use the 

This is what you rectangles
 should look like now.
They should each still measure
 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Now for the other pink petal squares 
you will sew easy corners triangles
 onto each side using the 1 1/4" squares...

like this!

They should still measure 2 1/2" square.

Now take the remaining background 
rectangles and sew them to these
 pink petal segments...

like this!
These should now measure 3 1/2" square.

Now lay your pieces out and 
sew them together like a nine patch.

So pretty!

This Winter Flower would be beautiful
 in any color... 
don't you think?

should measure 8 1/2" square 
before we sew it into our quilt.

You guys!!
We only have one more block 
and it's an easy peasy one...
then we can start sewing our quilt together:)

I'll meet you back here
 on Thursday for that tutorial.

If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
 done so far to go to the tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory
19. Picnic
20. Sparklers
26. Parade
30. Leftovers
36. Wash Day

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Holiday Lights Block Tutorial!!

Hello again!
Welcome back to the 

I have another vintage pattern to share
 with you from my Grandma's pattern basket.

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage Fabrics:)

Just like the last block
 this is also a 4" block 
but we are making 4 of them and
 sewing them together to make one block:)

This is a simple traditional vintage
 block and I have added the 
yellow corners because I wanted to
 make the little lights look like 
they are glowing bright for
 the holiday season.

I've named this block 

Remember when the lights came in boxes 
like this and they were so large 
compared to the lights now?

I remember these kind too...
my mom still has some of them!

At our house growing up...
as soon as Thanksgiving was over 
the first thing on the list was 
turning on the Christmas Lights 
and that meant at Grandma's house too!

My Dad and Uncles and cousins 
would all hang the lights 
on Grandma's house
and then...

 They would bring up all of the 
decorations, ornaments and the tree 
from Grandma's basement. 
Grandma had a tree made of tinsel
and it pink and silver!
All of us grand daughters 
would help her decorate. 
After the decorating was completed 
of course we all had pie:)

All of grandma's ornaments were 
precious to her and she had 
collected them over the years.
They were all so beautiful 
and fragile and sweet.

I always think of her when I 
hang my own vintage ornaments
 that I've also collected...
some came from her:)

And the same goes for vintage tree toppers...
Grandma's were similar to these.
I sure do love me a good vintage Christmas!

Are you ready to make your
 Holiday Lights Block?

Before we get started let me 
fill you in about today's block.

Besides the 4 blocks that 
we will sew together into one...
we will also need just a single
 Holiday Lights Block 
to go in another part of our quilt.

I made mine scrappy and it's the one 
that I'm going to show you how 
to make for the tutorial.

I cut for all 5 blocks at the 
same time and they are here 
on my design board...

  I'm just going to tell you 
cutting for the ONE scrappy block:)

From the background cut:
4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
4 - 1 1/2" squares

For the corners cut:
4 - 1 1/2" squares

From the colored prints:
 if they are all the same print
 you would cut:
4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
in this case I cut a 
1 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
of FOUR different prints.

This block is super easy and fun to make.

 I have all
 of the pieces for one block...
and now to take them over
 to the sewing machine!

First step is to sew the print rectangles 
to a background rectangles.

Next you will sew a background 
easy corner triangle to the top 
of the print rectangles
 and then a gray print 
easy corner triangle onto the 
top of the background rectangle.

Mark a line or use the 

Easy peasy!
Each segment should 
measure 2 1/2" square.

Turn them like this and 
sew them together to make your block.

Fun and done!!
Your block should measure 4 1/2" square.

Here's the back of my block:)

Now that this one is completed 
you can whip up the other four!

Sew them together:)
I decided to use medium and
 dark tones of each color 
in these blocks and I love 
how it turned out...
I hope you do too!

should measure 8 1/2" square
before we sew it into our quilt...
and that time is getting closer!

Thanks so much for 
sewing vintage with me today...
I'll meet you right back here
 on Thursday for another block
 from me and my Grandma:)

If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
 done so far to go to the tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory
19. Picnic
20. Sparklers
26. Parade
30. Leftovers
36. Wash Day

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