Monday, February 8, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along - Week Four - Block Four!!

Welcome to week four of the 
BLOOM Sew Along:)

We are making progress on our quilt!

I'm having so much fun playing with my 
Sew Simple Shapes...
are you?

For those of you who are
 still needing a set...

For those of you who are
 already sewing along with us...
let's get started on block four.

Choose your fabrics...
(I'm using Calico Days:)

And prepare by cutting
 BOTH from fabric and Pellon:
5" square for the flower
3" square for the circle
Two - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

From fabric only-
 Cut a 5/8" x 5" strip for the stem
9" square from the background

Trace your shapes onto the Pellon.

Sew and trim:)

I like to trim a little off of
 my points by about this much 
just to reduce a little bit of bulk.

This is the first shape that we have worked with so far that needs clipping.
If you don't clip the "cleavage" areas your flower will not lie flat when turned right side out.
Use a sharp pair of small embroidery scissors and make one clip.

Most people only want to clip this far...
but take note that you want to clip 
to the thread but not into it...
don't be afraid!
As long as keep the
 thread intact it will be fine:)

Cut an X in the Pellon for turning.

See how flat my flower is
 after turning and pressing because
 I clipped those cleavage areas right to the thread:)

Turn and press all of your pieces...
and prepare the stem how I showed you in

Press your background fabric in half one way
 and center your stem with
 the bottom edges even.
Pin or glue baste.

Center the top of the flower...
 lining up the tip with the pressed fold...
and measure 1 1/4" down from the top.

The leaves are also placed 1 1/4" from the side edge ...

And 1 1/4" up from the bottom...easy peasy!

Place the circle in the center by measuring just
 a smidge under 1" from the points of your flower.

Now that all of your pieces are basted...

You are ready for appliqué:)

When completed...
press from the back and trim up to 8 1/2" square.

Cut your border pieces...

and sew your block together!

I'm really happy with how these blocks are turning out...
I love appliqué!

Thank you so much for all of your 
kind comments here and on 

I love hearing from you...
especially things like
 "I've always been afraid to appliqué
 and now I love it!"


When you post this block...
use the hashstag

See you next week and...
Where You're Planted!

P.S. Don't forget to visit the 
Riley Blake Blog too!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along Week Three - Block Three!!

Today we are already into week three of the 
BLOOM Sew Along:)

After next week we will be able sew the first row of
 the BLOOM quilt together:)

to download my free pattern

I hope you are having fun playing with my
 BLOOM Sew Simple Shapes
I know I am!

to get a set of your own

Let's get started!!!

Here are my prints from
that I used for the appliqués in block 3.

The Sew Simple Shapes that we are using:
A-5  A-7  A-15
You will need to cut from BOTH fabric and Pellon:
Cut 1 red and 1 pink 3" x 4" for flowers 
Cut 2 yellow 2" squares for the flower centers
Cut 5 green 2" squares for the leaves
(3 of one and 2 of the other)
Cut 1 - 5/8" x 13" strip for the stems 
Cut your background square 9"...
it's important to use your ruler lines and make sure
that your lines on the fabric are straight when cutting. and trim your seam allowances.
Carefully cut the X for turning into the Pellon only.

Turn your pieces right side out.
Shape your piece as close to your original shape 
as possible with the help of the Clover turning tool.

When pushing out the points...
make sure to put the tip under the fabric seam allowance and not on the Pellon.
The Pellon needs to be thin for good reason...
but that means it is delicate.
Remember to push out on the 
fabric only and you will be fine:)

After you have them from the fabric side only.
Do your best to get a point on these small pieces...
some of them will turn out better than others but thats okay!

Now for the basting.
I did not press my background block at all for block three.
What I did was measure across the bottom and put a pin 3" from each end.
This is the placement for the stems:)

After preparing your stems...
cut them into two pieces... 7" and 5" and baste.
Use the straight lines on your background fabric
to make sure that they are straight.
I placed these stems 
even with the bottom edge of the background fabric.

Place the red flower 1 1/4" from the top and also the side.
(top two photos)
The pink flower is placed 
1 1/4" from the side and 2 3/4" from the top.
(bottom left photo)
The centers are 7/8" from the sides and it's pretty easy
 to eyeball them centered 1/2" from the top and bottom:)

Now let's start with the leaves on the left...

Measure 2" up from the bottom of the stem
and place your first leaf.
Notice that my ruler line is straight on the stem...
and the bottom edge of the leaf.

For the next leaf placement...
simply measure up 2" again from the leaf below it 
and place the bottom straight with the ruler as well:)
(top right photo)

Place the remaining leaf on the other side 
exactly centered between the first two  
by measuring 3" up from the bottom edge.

For the other set of two leaves on the pink flower...
Measure 1 1/2" up from the bottom on the left side 
and 2 1/2" up from the bottom for the right side.

All basted and ready for appliqué!!!

Use your favorite method...
I'm going to hand appliqué 
just like my first two blocks:)

When your appliqué is complete...
Press from the back of your block only
 to protect you appliqué shapes.

Trim up your block to 8 1/2" square 
and cut your scrappy block borders:)

Sew it together...take a photo...
and post it on your blog, facebook and/or

Use the hashtag
to show off your cute block!!!

I love appliqué made easy ...don't you?

Until next week...
Where you're Planted!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

BLOOM Sew Along - Week Two - Block Two!!

Good morning cute people!
Welcome to the second week of the 
BLOOM Sew Along:)

I'm so excited to be sewing the 
BLOOM quilt with you:)

to download my free pattern

Grab your 
BLOOM set of my Sew Simple Shapes
and let's get started...

On block number two!

For this block we will be using
A-1   A-16   A-18
from the Bloom Sew Simple Shapes

You will need to cut BOTH from fabric and Pellon;
 1 - 2" square for circle
4 - 2" x 3" for red petals
4 - 2 1/2" x 3" for blue tulips
1 - 5/8" x 15" strip for stems
(you will need 2- 6 1/2" long stems prepared)
Cut your background 9" square
(trim down to 8 1/2" later)

Trace around the shapes onto your Pellon.
Just a reminder...
I use SEW-IN light to medium weight.
You can find it online
or at your local fabric and craft store

Pin your Pellen with tracing side up to your fabric that is also right side up.

***TIP*** For smooth lines...
go slowly and lift your foot often 
to pivet when you are sewing on curves:)

Trim about 1/4" past stitching lines...

Clip the X's in the Pellon...

Turn and press.

Press your background fabric in half both ways like this.

Prepare your your stems 
just like I showed you in the 

Now you are ready to layout for basting.
Start with one of your 6 1/2" long prepared stem strips
 and center it on the diagonal line of your background block.
That means it will go 3 1/4" above and below your pressed line...

Like this. 
Use your favorite basting method...
I like to use basting glue on mine...but take note that I use it sparingly.
Just one tiny dot in the place of where I would normally place a pin.

Repeat for the other stem.

Now to place the red petals.
Place them so that the points just touch the stems.
Use your pressed lines to make sure that the petals are centered.

Now for the circle.
I found it helpful to measure 2" from the 
outside edge of each red petal to center the circle.

Now place the blue tulips by measuring 1 1/2" from the circle like this.

Use the diagonal lines to make sure your tulips are centered.

Now for the appliqué...
it's your choice to do it by hand or by machine:)

When appliqué is complete...
press on the back only.
I sprayed a little light starch on the back
before pressing to help get the pressed lines out of the background.

After pressing...
trim up your block to 8 1/2" square 
just like I showed you in my

Lay out your 
block border strips and squares...

And sew it together:)

Block Two is complete:)
Be sure to use 
when you post it so we can all see!

I hope you are enjoying making my BLOOM blocks...
Be sure to visit 
and see what they are doing 
for the sew along!

Join me next week for block three:)
Where you're Planted!

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