Monday, March 13, 2023

Calico Garden 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.

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 templates and 
fabric kits by now...
 and that we are all ready to begin!!

If you still need them ...
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
  Hollyhocks and Rake and Shovel 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

to go to my tutorial for the 

to go to my tutorial for the 

to go to my tutorial for the 
Forget Me Not Block

to go to my tutorial for the

to go to my prepping tutorial for
 Let's do the Hollyhocks first and then
 we will move on to the Rake and Shovel:)

Here is my Hollyhocks Block 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:
7 - O-1
5 - O-2
3 - O-3
7 - O-4
3 - O-5
2 - O-55

You will also need to cut
and prepare 1/4"
straight bias strip for the stems: 
1 - 19" long
1 - 15" long 

Cut your background  
10" x 24"
as it says in the guide
and press it in half for 
centering the stems 
when pinning and glue basting:)

This is what the leaves look like all sewn...shaped...turned and pressed:)
Bee sure to clip the two cleavage areas
in each one before turning.

I thought I would separate each 
circle according to size and print 
so that it may help to 
eliminate any confusion. 
The three O-5 are across the top and
 the seven O-4 are on the bottom.

The three O-3 are on top...
Five O-2 are in center and the 
seven O-1 are on the bottom.
Okay...grab your stems...
leaves and background and 
let's go over to the worktable!

I'm using two medium Design Boards 
for pinning and glueing this tall block.
Because Im giving you these
 particular measurements for
 laying out this block...
It is very important that your 
background is cut exactly 24" tall 
and that your stems are 
 exactly 19" and 15" long. 

I drew two lines for my stem placement
 and glued my stems centered on my lines.
I measured  2 1/2" up from the bottom
 of my background and 1 1/4" from the 
center crease and drew the lines.

The one on the right is the 19" stem
 so I drew the line exactly 19" tall.
The one on the left is 15" 
so I drew my line 15" tall.

The drawn lines are 2 1/2" apart...
 note that in this photo 
my stems are just placed to 
the outside of each drawn line 
and now it's time to glue them
 down the center of the drawn line...

Like this.
Space between the two stems 
should now measure 2 1/4" 
Now let's start placing the circles!!

Start from the bottom up...
because thats how hollyhocks grow lol
Measure up 2 1/2" from the bottom
 of the right stem and pin the
 flower  overlapping halfway into the stem.
On the left measure 2 3/4" up and do
 the same thing with that flower.

These two bottom large flowers 
together should measure 7 1/2" wide.

There's one more large flower
 so I just pinned it in 
between a little bit higher.

I also pinned the two small flowers
 at the top of each stem...
 overlapping those stems 
a little less than 1/4".
(you will see those in the next photo)

Now that the top and bottom flowers
 are set into place (do not move them)
you can fill in
 all of the other flowers in between.
You will start with the next size
 circles and work your way up
 using the graduating sizes... 

I just stuck a pin in each circle
 as a temporary placement so that
 I could easily adjust as I filled 
them all in and made them fit
in-between the top and bottom flowers.
Your in-between circles do not need 
to be placed exactly where mine are
just pin them where they fit 
and what looks good to you!
Hollyhocks are ready to be Sue Glued:)

We will not be able to glue or applique 
the leaves onto the bottom of the stems
 until that section of the quilt is 
sewn together (just like the hens and
the root veggies) but we can glue the
 leaves together like this so
 that they measure 7 1/2" wide.
I just pinned mine on so that
 you could see what they look like:)

See on the finishing pages in the
 guide how the leaves overlap on top
 of the grass below them:)

Back of the leaves after they are glued.

My hollyhocks at tallest point on the
 right measures about 21 1/2" tall. 
This measurement doesn't really matter 
because you will obviously applique
 your flowers and stems and then trim up
 your block but I thought I would show 
you anyways just for reference.

All pinned and glued!!!

After applique I'll use my
 Trim-It Rulers and trim up my block to
 8 1/2" x 22 1/2" 
and sew it onto the left side of the 
Potting Shed (after week eleven)
When I trim I'll leave 1" background 
above the top of the flowers.

The leaves will be appliquéd later!

Your hollyhocks are planted...
now let's make a Rake and Shovel!

Here is my Rake and Shovel 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-70
1 - O-71
1 - O-72
1 - O-73
1 - O-75

You will also need to cut
and prepare 1/2" straight bias
 strips for the handles: 
1 - 10" long and press both ends
 under to finish at 8 3/4"
1 - 8" long
You will also need to cut 
and prepare 1/4" straight bias
strips for rake:
8 - 2 1/2" long 
and then press each one in half.

Cut your background  
9" x 16"
as it says in the guide
and press it in half for 
easier placement 
when pinning and glue basting:)

After sewing your shapes...
remember to clip the inner curves
 on the rake before turning.

Shaped...pressed and ready to go!

Let's get started with the shovel first:)

Measure 1 1/2" up from the bottom
 of the shovel and glue the handle.
Make sure it is in the center.

This is the handle that I 
had you press both ends under. 
It should measure 8 3/4" long.

Now glue the other end onto the 
red shovel handle like this. 
The entire length of the 
shovel should measure 13" long:)

Now glue the background shape
 onto the handle center.

Now let's pin and glue it. 
Center the length of the 
shovel onto the background.
 Place the side of the handle 1 1/2" away
 from the center crease that you pressed. 

Now onto the rake!

Glue all of the 8 rake tines
 that I had you press in half together.

Place your 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" Ruler 
on the bottom edge of your Design Board.
Now measure 3/4" up from that 
and pin the rake bottom into place.

This is set up as a guide to glue
 your rake tines into place evenly
 and all at the same length
which is 3/4" of an inch. 

Place a dot of glue onto two tines.
(folded end of tines should be at the bottom)

Now tuck underneath the rake 
glueing into place and pin.

Pin the remaining 6 tines into place
 at the bottom spaced evenly apart.

Add another pin onto each tine
 to keep them straight and un-pin 
the rake and pull it out of place
 so that you can add glue 
at the top of each tine.

Now put the rake back into place
 on top of the tine ends and pin.

Let it dry and it's ready for the handle!

Glue handle underneath the 
rake and then measure 6 1/2" up...

And glue the red handle top.

You have a rake:)
Now let's pin it and glue it
 onto the background.

The end of the rake handle should be
 even with the point of the shovel. 
The space between the two handles 
should measure 2 1/4" apart.

Use your pressed center line to make sure
 and keep the handles straight.

Pin the rake and glue into place.

all ready for applique:)

Afterwards I will 
press from the back and then 
I will use my 
7 1/2" and 14 1/2" 
Trim-It Rulers
to trim down the block to
7 1/2" x 14 1/2" 
before I sew it into the quilt segment.

I hope my tutorial and measurements will
 help you when making this weeks blocks:)

Our garden is growing:)

Thanks so much for joining me for the 
Calico Garden Sew Along
I'll meet you right back here
on my blog next week to prep the
Garden Girl Block!   

Until then...happy sewing!!

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