Monday, October 25, 2021

My Happy Place Sew Along - Week Seven!!


Welcome to week seven of the 
Sew Along!
Join me here each week 
when I will be doing tutorials
 on the blocks for the quilt.

 I will be posting each Monday 
right here on my blog 
and you can follow my tutorials 
any time during the week that 
 is convenient for you.

For this sew along...
We are making the 
My Happy Place Quilt
74" x 88"

The quilt is made with my newest fabric
 collection called STITCH...

Along with several Bee Backgrounds:)

If you are just joining us 
and need a fabric kit...
 just do a quick google search 
to find out which quilt shops 
may have one left for you.
Simply type in 
"My Happy Place Quilt Kit"
to find one!

As all of my 
Sew Simple Shapes Sew Alongs go...
We are using the shapes
for the pattern of this quilt
and of course the Sew Along Guide and my tutorials each week.

The set of shapes that we are
 using for this quilt are called

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to read that post.

This week we are making the 
Applique Block
and hopefully you already have 
all of your pieces cut
as per the sew along guide:)

The Sew Simple Shapes
 for the Applique Block 
that you will need:
9 - L4
4 - L6
4 - L26
4 - L27
1 - L28
4 - L33
4 - L34

You will need the 5/8" wide strips 
for the 1/4" bias tape maker
 for the stems.

You will also need to 
have your background cut:
22 1/2" x 22 1/2"
and you will trim it to 
20 1/2" x 20 1/2"
it is appliquéd:)

I started first by sewing the appliqués
 that do not have seam allowances
 that need to be clipped:)

All ready to go!!

Next I stitched the shapes that
 have cleavage areas to clip:)

Remember that you only 
need to clip just once...
right to your stitching line
 but not into it of past it:)
If you do not clip all the way 
to your stitching line...
 you will have a hard time 
getting it to lie flat.

I use my Quick Press Seam Roller 
to help with that when pressing.

The last shapes for this block have both cleavage and inner curves to clip.

Here's a close up of 
the inner curve clipping.

This is how I cut the 
interfacing for these shapes:)

Turned and pressed!

Now all of the shapes are pressed 
and it's time to lay them out onto the background and glue baste:)

First thing that you will want to do
 is to press your background fabric 
in half both ways and 
also diagonally both ways.
These pressed lines are important 
to help you place your pieces
 accurately and symetrically.

Also cut the first four stems 4" long:)

Place the center applique first
 using your pressed lines 
to center it perfectly.
Glue baste the stems onto
 the diagonal pressed lines.

Now pin the tulips into place.
They should measure 2 1/4" from 
the tip of the red center piece.

From bottom of tulip to 
bottom of tulip should measure 13 1/2"

Now add the centers on the tulips.
From tip to tip of the tulip centers
 it should measure no more than 23"

Looking good!!

Now cut the next set of stems
 3" long and lets start 
pinning the daisy flowers.

Start with the leaves and 
place the bottom point 
3/4" from the center red applique.

Remember to continue using
 your pressed lines to place
 the pieces correctly.

Each daisy flower should measure 
7" tall from bottom of leaves
 to top of petals.

As I'm pinning...
I just place a few in each piece to
 keep it in place and I am not 
glueing anything but the stems and 
the flower center circles at this point
 so that I can adjust if necessary.

All that we have left 
to pin are the pink circles:)

Pin them evenly with the tops
 of the daisy and corners of tulips
 and centered in between them.

Once you have everything pinned 
into place you can go ahead and
 glue with just a few dots on each piece...

Then remove the pins and lay your
 20 1/2" Trim -It Ruler 
onto your block to make sure 
everything measures up correctly 
by using the lines on the ruler.

If you need to adjust any of the pieces 
they are easily pulled off 
and adjusted at this point.

Then go ahead and glue all of the pieces!

Using the Trim-It Rulers 
are very very helpful to me 
when placing my applique pieces 
that are symmetrical like this one.

Of course you will use this ruler
 to trim your block to 
20 1/2 x 20 1/2 
AFTER it's appliquéd:)

will measure 20" square 
when it's sewn into your quilt:)

Take the time this week to 
enjoy making this weeks block.

I really love traditional applique blocks
 and really wanted to 
include a super sweet one in the quilt!
I'll be right back here next week
 with more block tutorials!!

Click on the links below 
to visit each week of this sew along:


Week Three

Bee in my Bonnet
Vintage 1966

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