Monday, April 24, 2023

Calico Garden Sew Along - Week Thirteen!!


Welcome to Week Thirteen 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 
  this weeks 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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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

to go to my tutorial on the 

to go to my tutorial for the 

to go to my tutorial for the 

to go to my tutorial for the  

Last week we made the

Click on the name of the blocks
 to go to these tutorials!

to go to my tutorial for the 

This week we are making three blocks!

Let's start with the Garden Tools:)
Here are my fabrics and Shapes 
for the block 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-74
1 - 0-76

You will need 3 pieces of 2 1/4" long 
prepared 1/4" straight bias.
Press one under of each. 

You will also need 2 pieces of 2" long
 prepared 1/4" straight bias 
strips for under the big red handles 

For the red handles you will need 
2 - 3/4" prepared
 straight bias from the red print
each measuring 2" long after 
each end is pressed under.

Cut your background  
6" x 8"

My two shapes are sewn and pressed...
and no clipping was needed.
Now let's go lay out the block!

I did the hand shovel first.
I glued it to measure 5 1/2" long.
The hand rake will measure 
the same length as well 
but will be easier to put it 
together on the design board.

After pinning the shovel down 
onto my background I pinned the 
rake tines 1/2" away from the 
shovel handle and even with the top.  

The tines on the hand rake are 
1 1/2" long and then tucked underneath.

Remember that both are 5 1/2" long
 and they are about 3 1/4" wide together.

Pinned and ready for Sue Glue!
When dry it's time for applique:)

After your Block is appliquéd...
press it from the back and use the 
6 1/2" Trim-It for the height...
the 4 1/2" Trim-It for width 
and trim it down to 
4 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Here are my fabrics and Shapes for the
 Climbing Vine Block all cut...
all traced and ready to go!

Here is a list of the
  Calico Garden 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
2 - 0-1
1 - O-3
2 - 0-4
1 - 0-5
12 - 0-66

You will also need a 17" long strip
 of prepared 1/4" straight bias 

Cut your background  
5" x 22"
and press it in half both ways
to make the centering and 
placement of your shapes easier.

My shapes are all sewn 
and turned and pressed:)
No clipping before turning was needed
 on any of these shapes either.

I have everything that 
I need to pin and glue baste...
except I will need to 
grab a larger design board.

Start by finding the center of your 
17" long stem and pin it to the center
 of your background that has been 
pressed in half both ways.

Then glue it down:)

Also glue the centers of the flowers on.

Center and pin the large flower.
Measure 6 1/4" away from the center
 flower and pin the outside flowers...

Like this.
From end to end of small flowers
 should be about 19" long.

I pinned and glued the 
6 leaves on the right side...
now I'm doing the left side 
and showing you how I did it!
First measure 1/4" away 
from the center flower and pin
 one corner of the first leaf. 

Now measure 2" apart and 
pin the other two leaf corners.

Now place your ruler on the edge
 of the fabric on the 1 1/4" line.
This is your guide for how far the 
leaves should pivot out from the vine.
 Pin the other corner of 
the leaves to the rulers edge.
Now glue into place.

You will do the same thing for
 the three leaves on the other side
 with the exception of
 the FIRST measurement.  
Measure 3/4" from the 
center flower for this side 
and then measure 2" from that 
and pin the next leaf etc.

Remember to use your ruler as your guide
 (1 1/4" in from edge) 
for the outside edge of leaf placement.

All pinned and ready to glue!
When dry...remove the pins 
and you are ready for applique.

After your Climbing Vine Block is appliquéd
press it from the back and use the 
3 1/2" Trim-It for the height...
the 20 1/2" Trim-It for width 
and trim it down to 
3 1/2" x 20 1/2"

Let's make some bees for our garden:)

Here are my fabrics and Shapes for the
 Bee Block all cut...
all traced and ready to go!

Here is a list of the
  Calico Garden 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
3 - 0-67
6 - O-68 
(trace 3 wings reversed)
1 - 0-69

Cut your background
8" x 18"

***Make sure to trace 
3 of your wings reversed!

Let's go over to the machine...
you will need to sew your strips
together for the bees BEFORE
you sew the shapes...
just like we did for the bee skep.

Sew them together using an 
accurate 1/4" seam allowance.
Press seams open for less bulk.

Now pin traced Sew-In Interfacing 
onto the sewn stripes lining up 
the head and top of body inner curves
 with the sewn seams like this.

*TIP* from Miss Bee:)...
When sewing the crown for the queen bee,
 sew around it twice with a smaller stitch.
This will help when turning and shaping
 because it's small.

All of my shapes are sewn and trimmed. 
Each shape has cleavage areas that
 will need to be clipped before turning.

All shaped and pressed:)
I'm so excited to layout this block!

I pressed my background 
 in the middle so that 
I could center the first bee.

Notice that the center bee is upside down:)
Center him on the pressed fold and 
measure in 1 1/2" from your 
background edge and pin the bee bum:)
Only put one pin in his bum 
to keep him in place but you want to 
be able to pivot him...
you'll see why in a minute!

Next place the wings touching in the 
center of the top yellow section 
of the bee body and pin 
only on the outside of wings.

Now pivot the bee away 
while you glue down the wings!

Now pivot the bee back into place...

and pin and glue!
That's how you will do the 
other two bees but you need to know 
where to place them first.

Measure 1 1/2" in from the edges 
of background for the bee bums again
 and measure 4 1/2" away from the 
side of the center bees head.
You can see this measurement on the ruler:)
Place one pin in again for pivoting:)

Repeat for the other bee on the left side.

Pin the wings just like the first bee.
Another good measurement to know 
is from wing tip to wing tip 
of all three bees measures 15 inches.

All pinned and glued!

Now it's time for the queen bee crown!
Measure in 1 1/2" from the background 
as before and place her crown:)

Measure in 1 1/2" from the edge to
 place the buttons on the other bees. 
I just drew the antenna just now on mine 
but of course there is a pattern
 for tracing in the guide:)

Same on the other bee 
for the buttons and antenna.

Okay now I'm ready to embroider the 
antenna and sew on the buttons 
but I need to let the glue dry 
for about 5 more minutes 
and then take the pins out.

I'm using my Nifty Needles...
they are all color coded and 
the aqua ones are for embroidery.

Embroidery done and buttons on!
Remember that it's up to you and/or
 your quilter when the buttons 
go onto your quilt.

My Bee Block is ready for applique!!

After your Bee Block is appliquéd...
press it from the back and use the 
6 1/2" Trim-It for the height...
the 16 1/2" Trim-It for width 
and trim it down to 
6 1/2" x 16 1/2"

Sweet as Honey!!

All of this weeks blocks together...
how cute!

Thanks again for sewing with
 me this week for the 
Calico Garden Sew Along

I'll meet you right back here
on my blog next week for 
two block tutorials!
Garden Block...
Butterflies and Snail Block:)   

Until then...
Happy Calico Garden sewing!!

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