Monday, February 13, 2023

Calico Garden Sew Along - Week Three!!


Welcome to Week Three 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 
Calico Garden Quilt
90" x 90"

The quilt is made with my latest fabric
 collection called Calico...

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 
"Calico Garden Quilt Kit"
to find shops who still have some left.

We are also using the
Calico Garden
Sew Simple Shapes

I have 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.

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

As per usual for week one in my 
Sew Simple Shape Sew Alongs
 the FIRST week tutorial is a video.

Because I now have my own 
 I have posted the 
 Blue Coneflower Block
Tutorial there.
to visit my channel and watch the 
tutorial and I hope that you love it!
Pretty please leave me a comment
over there and let me know:)

If you like what you see 
and my other videos there...
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 I post another tutorial:)

Here's my Blue Coneflower Block 
that I showed you 
how to make in my video:)

for the tutorial on my

to go to my tutorial for the

to go to my tutorial for the
Morning Glory Blocks

This week we will be making the 
Primrose Blocks

Both blocks are exactly the same 
with the only difference 
being the fabric prints.
Of course you know what prints they are
 from the cutting section in the guide.

I'm going to show you how I made the
 Purple Primrose Block 
and then you'll also know how to make the 
Pink Primrose Block

Here is my Purple Primrose Kit
 Everything is all cut...
all traced and ready to go!

Here is a list of the
  Calico Garden 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
1 - O-19
3 - O-42
2 - O-56
3 - O-65

You will also need to cut
and prepare 1/4"
straight bias strip for the stem: 
1 - 4" long 
2 - 2 1/2" long
You will need a 1/2" prepared bias strip
to measure 5 1/2" long AFTER 
both ends are pressed under.

Cut your background  
10" x 10"
as it says in the guide
and press it in half for 
centering the flower and stem 
when pinning and glue basting:)

All of the shapes are sewn...
trimmed...turned and shaped
just like I showed in my video
that I did for week one.

Don't forget to clip the cleavage areas
 in the flower before tuning:) 

If you sometimes struggle turning
 smaller shapes...
 a pair of hemostat could help.
Also if you have a shape
that is smaller and you will be
 manipulating it a lot during 
the turning and shaping process...
use a smaller stitch and then
just go ahead and sew on that line
 as usual but keep going 
and sew around it twice!
This will help to strengthen that seam.
This also works particularly well
on small curved shapes like the 
flower parts in this block
 or small circles or leaves.

 With the being said...
Now I'll show you all of the 
measurements for this block 
after I glue basted and pinned it:)

This flower is also  7 1/2" tall 
from the top of the flower to 
the bottom of the basket trim.
Also take note that you will need to
 trim the inside ends of each of the
 side stems on an angle so that 
they can be tucked underneath
the center stem.
You will need to remember this
little trick when doing the Mum...
 Red Roses and Forget Me Not Blocks.

Also...when there are side stems 
that need to be tucked under 
I make sure that I do NOT glue the
 center stem down until those 
side stems are glued into place.
I just center it and glue down the 
bottom part to keep it into place.

Pressing your background in half 
is invaluable during this step 
to keep those stems placed 
where they need to be.

I hope these little tips help you
 as you are laying out your blocks
but the biggest tip I can give you...

Is to always use the Trim-It Rulers 
when laying out your blocks...
especially if they are symmetrical.

Pinned...glued and drying:)
Now for a few more helpful measuring!

The leaves are 7" wide

The flowers are 6 1/2" wide 

The flowers are 1/2" wide 
(at the top of the ruler)

The side stems begin about 
1 1/4" up from the top of the basket.

Okie Dokie...
I hope these measurements will
 help you as you pin and 
Sue Glue your blocks:) 

Purple Primrose Block 
all ready for applique:)

Afterwards I will 
press from the back and then 
I will use my 
8 1/2" Trim-It Ruler
to trim down the block before 
I sew it into the quilt.

Of course I made the 
Pink Primrose Block
using the exact same process and 
measurements as I did with the
Purple Primrose Block

And now we have planted six flowers
to live in our Calico Garden:)

Thanks so much for sewing with me today
 and for joining me for the 
Calico Garden Sew Along

I'll meet you right back here
on my blog next week for the 
Red Roses Block tutorial.
As you know...
I have already made my Mums Block
so I'll give you all of the 
tips and important measurements 
for it next week as well!!

Chat with you then...


Dianna said...

Ok! I’m enjoying making flowers for my Calico Garden!

Anonymous said...

This quilt is so happy-I love it!!! 😍❣️

Anonymous said...

Fun…fun…fun! I think a garden quilt of all flowers would be beautiful🌸🌺🌼

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