Thursday, March 18, 2021

National Sewing Machine Day



Hello! I finally made it back to post this tutorial for the sewing machine block I designed for National Sewing Machine Day (which was/is in June) in written form. For my National Days quilt. In case you missed it, I shared it in video form in my last post. I'm still whistling that jingle. haha! Anyway, onward!








Fabric A (background):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 7"
(1) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 3 3/4"
(1) 1 1/4 x 5 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(1) 2 x 3"


Fabric B (thread)
(1) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"


Fabric C (table)
(1) 1 1/4 x 8 1/2"


Fabric D (heart)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)


Fabric E (needle)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)


Fabric F (sewing machine):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 3"
(1) 1 x 3 3/4"
(1) 1 1/4 x 3"
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 3/4 x 3"
(1) 2 1/2" sq.
(1) 2 1/2 x 7 1/4"
(1) 2 3/4 x 3 1/2"










Left Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or left upper corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower  corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.





--Using 1" sq. of Fabric A and 2 3/4 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric F-short edge at the top, make one unit.


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Left Lower/Right Upper Double

1. Place a square at the left end or lower left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or upper right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.






--Using 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric F-left lower corner, 1" sq. of Fabric F-right upper corner, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-SHORT edge at the top, make one unit.


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Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.







--Using 1" sq. of Fabric F-left upper corner, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric F-right lower corner, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-SHORT edge at the top, make one unit.


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--Assemble as shown below, using scant  quarter inch seams. Assemble sections in red boxes first, then assemble following the numbered arrows.






You should have an 8 1/2" sewing machine quilt block, 8" finished in quilt.

Because this block had sooo many pieces and not your typical sizes, I wanted to be sure it was all understandable and doable from a video, so Amy tested it for me using youtube. Then she made a few more. The cutest scrappy sewing machines! 



Oh! And I mocked up a quilt of them to see what they would look like as a one block quilt.




That's all for this block! Thanks for visiting to read. It's almost Friday again. Happy Weekend!

Be back soon!

xoxo

 



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you post on social media, come find me in any of these places and tag me so I can see! :)


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE* if you're looking for any of the other blocks.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Sewing Machine Quilt Block Tutorial (and youtube)


Hello!

I'm back with another National Day quilt block tutorial today. For National Sewing Day, which was back in June.. or coming up in June. :) 





This is a little different format, though. This one is in video form, b/c I finally bit the bullet and made a youtube channel! I've made a few video shorts so far. I think it's actually helping me get some sewing mojo back! It's kind of  fun to put them together. If you'd like, check it out! And if you enjoy the little short vids, I'd love if you subscribe. I probably won't ever post a video longer than five minutes. Just another fun creative outlet, and good place to drop the tutorials, in case anyone is ever looking there. I hope to maybe make a few about some of the stories behind the designs, too. And maybe some with particular pattern tips.

Anyway, I've gotten  questions over the years about whether I had a youtube channel, and some requests for one, but just hadn't done it until now. I was having some of the blog buttons updated, (bye bye craftsy and google+ buttons-ha! way overdue!) and thought now would be a good time to add a youtube button. After I had a button and a blank channel, I started playing with some apps, and now there a few videos! 

I'll still post the entire tutorial for this block, here, in a few days in written form, but for now, if you sew from a laptop, etc, and are on youtube, here it is!




Thanks for popping in!

Be back soon, happy stitching!

xoxo





Sunday, March 7, 2021

Oklahoma Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello! It's been a few days! I've been busy behind the scenes the past few days. More on that, soon.

But first, I'm back with another National Days block tutorial today, another state. This is the state of Oklahoma for National Oklahoma Day, which was/is June 7th. That's actually my brother's birthday, and in a funny twist, he went to college in OK. ha! (Boomer, Sooner!) We also have some super fun memories of visiting our relatives in OK when we were kids.💖




This block is fairly simple. Only TWO tiny clip & flip corners and a tiny square for the capitol!





Fabric A (background):
(1) 2 3/4 x 3 1/2
(1) 2 3/4 x 4 1/2"
(1) 3 x 8 1/2"
(1) 3 1/4 x 4 1/2"


Fabric B (Oklahoma):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/4"
(1) 1 3/4 x 2"
(1) 2" sq.
(1) 3 x 3 3/4"


Fabric C (capitol):
(1) 1" sq. (~)




Right Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or right upper  corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.





-Using above method, 1" sq. of Fabric B and 3 1/4 x 4 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, 1" sq. of Fabric B and 2 3/4 x 4 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Using scant quarter inch seams, assemble as shown below, and you will have an 8 1/2" block of the state of Oklahoma. (8" finished in quilt)





A few years ago, we went to visit my parents in MO, and road tripped over to the tiny town of Pawhuska, OK to visit Ree Drummond's (the Pioneer Woman) Mercantile. It was so much fun. She wasn't there that day, though. :( Neither was Ladd. :( But it was still a lot of fun!









We stayed overnight about a block away in these old oil workers' quarters, over one of the storefronts, that had been restored with antiques, even old quilts on the beds. Definitely an adventure. I think there's an adventure to be had in every single state. :)













There was also little quilt shop there, but it was closed when we were there. We did find another interesting shop called the Buckin' Flamingo that was full of brightly painted metal sculptures of all kinds. So fun! Also, be careful how you say Buckin' Flamingo, don't get it backwards. Yikes. ha! I'm sure I have some pics somewhere buried in the cloud. :/

I digress! haha I'll be back, hopefully soon with another block. Oh! I just checked my list, and the next block in line is for National Sewing Machine Day. I can't wait to share the tiny sewing machine block that I drew!

Meet you back here, soon! If you make any blocks, come find me and show me in any of these places:


xoxo


P.S. If you're just finding these blocks, I'm keeping them all organized on the National Days page. If you're interested in the Minecraft, Pokemon, or Harry Potter sew alongs, you can find them on the SewAlongs page, *HERE*




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