Monday, September 5, 2022

Prairie Meadow Sew Along - Block Two!!

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

Of course because we are all sewing 
from all around the world  
we all have different time zones...
But I will be posting each Monday 
right here on my blog 
and you can follow my tutorials 
any time each week that 
 is convenient for you.

We are making the 
Prairie Meadow Quilt
68" x 85"
I've been sew excited to begin...
This is going to be fun!!

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

I hope that you all have all 
received your 
fabric kits by now...
 and that we are all ready to begin!!

If you still need one ...
just do a quick google search for 
"Prairie Meadow Quilt Kit"
to find shops who still have some left.

We are also using the
Prairie Meadow
Sew Simple Shapes

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 download the sew along guide.

It's important to watch my 
Week One/Block One video tutorial
 because everything I show you in 
block one pertains to all 
the rest of the blocks.
Things such as tips on sewing...
 shaping and turning all of your
 appliqués as well as the entire 
process of laying out the block.
I also explain about sewing 
the scrappy background.

If you have not watched it please 

As per the sew along guide 
cutting instructions
 you should have everything for your
  Block Two 
 all cut and ready to go!

Here is my Block Two Kit
 Everything is all cut...
all traced and ready:)

Here is a list of the
  Prairie Meadow 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for  
 Block Two:
1 - N-1
1 - N-2
1 - N-20
4 - N-21
4 - N-24
4 - N-33
4 - N-39
8 - N-57

You will need to cut
4 - 2 1/2" long
of prepared 1/4" straight 
bias strips for the stems 

Here are the squares and rectangles
 for my Block Two background
all sewn together:)

Here are all of my Block Two shapes sewn... 
trimmed and clipped.
You will need to clip all of the
shapes except for the two 
that I am holding in my hand:)

All turned...shaped and pressed:)

I usually pre-glue the shapes together
 that are layered before laying them out
 onto the background for pinning.
The above are the shapes
 that I pre-glued for Block Two.
The dark orange center in the plaid 
orange flowers sticks out 3/4"

The 3 teal pieces are simply 
centered on top of each other. to start pinning the block
onto the background.
Place your background onto
 a design board and let's get started!!

Remember what I said to you last week
in my video for block one...
I will always start forming each block 
in this quilt from the center out:)

So first I pinned the layered teal
 appliqués onto the center
 of the background.

I pinned them down but made sure to 
glue the outer edges down last because 
I wanted to be able to tuck the stems
 and corner leaves underneath first.

Next I did the stems and the orange flowers.
The stems measure 1 1/2" long from the
 teal center shape to the 
bottom of the orange plaid flowers...
that means each end is tucked under 1/2"

The dark orange tip of the flower
 measures 1 1/2" from your background edge
(before trimming up after applique of course)
I then pinned the double leaf shape
centered on the stem.

The circles also measure 1 1/2" from 
the edge of fabric and are
 5/8" away from the side points
 of the orange plaid flower.

I measured 3 1/2" in diagonally from the
 corner of the background and placed
 the top of the gold leaf.
The bottom end of the leaf tucks 
under the teal center shape.
I used my ruler to make sure that 
it was centered exactly on the diagonal.

I love this pretty 
"fall flowers on the prairie block"...

These color and print combo makes me happy!!

Here's my BLOCK TWO 
all ready for applique:)
Just like I said in the video...
Afterwards I will 
press from the back and then 
I will use my 16 1/2" Trim-It Ruler
to trim down the block.

I do not trim away any fabric
 or any interfacing.
My grandma used to do that 
back in the day when they 
hand quilted all of their quilts
 and it was hard to needle all 
the layers and get tiny stitches.
Although she trimmed because it was
 necessary for hand quilting...
grandma didn't like to do it
because she felt that it weakened 
the appliques and also distorted
 them over time.
Now a days of course that is not
 the case as we have wonderful
quilting machines that quilt 
over/and around the appliqués very well!

Sew...there you have it!
That's how I made Block Two:)

Thanks so much for jumping on the
 wagon train and for joining me 
 today for week two of 
Prairie Meadow
Sew Along
I hope that you will enjoy
every step of this journey
and that you will have fun
making your Blocks!!

I'll meet you right back here
next week for the 
Block Three tutorial...

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Linda H. said...

I absolutely love the fabric and the sew along. Having fun with the preparation and hand sewing.

Jean said...

Thank you, I love it!

Annie said...

Thank you for the beautiful fabrics and wonderful instructions. Appreciate all your encouragement!

Mary from Arkansas said...

Thank you Lori for the wonderful instruction for beautiful block #2.

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