Tuesday, June 8, 2021

I Heart Quilting Block Tutorial

Hi Friends!

Long time no see! 2021 is proving to be just as challenging as 2020. I've been MIA due to a pinched nerve situation that may or may not be more serious. I'm hoping and praying not. Without going into too much agonizing detail, I go for an MRI tomorrow a.m. If you're a praying friend, please pray it's nothing serious. 🙏🙏🤞🤞 

With that out of the way, I'm honored this year to be part of the Riley Blake Designs RBD Designers' Block Challenge, a free collection of blocks that make up a really cute sampler quilt! It started in February, and ends this month. You can find all of the  blocks *HERE*.

Because of my current health challenge, I haven't been able to sew in the last several weeks, but here is my block. It is called I Heart Quilting



If you head over to the Riley Blake website *HERE*, you can download the instruction sheet for it. Along with instruction sheets for past and future blocks.

Here is a link to the details of the sew along that you can download and print if you'd like. There are only a few blocks left and then there will be finishing instructions/layout posted for this fun sampler quilt at the end of this month!

Thanks for popping by today!  I hope to be back soon with some fun National Day block tutorials. Oh! We are also in the middle of prepping for a move in about four weeks. Halfway across the country. Yay timing, right? *deep breaths*

Have a great week! And thanks for the prayers, if you're so inclined. I'll keep you posted.

xoxoxo




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





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