Monday, April 24, 2017

Cutie Pie Flower Quilt Tutorial!



Good Morning! 
I hope y'all had a 
great weekend:)

Today I'm going to 
show you how to make my
 Cutie Pie Flower Quilt

I had so much fun
 making this quilt 
using the leftover 
cute little pies 
from our sew along...
I hope you love it 
as much as I do!


This was a fun tutorial to do 
and I think its the first time
 I've showed you how 
to set blocks on point:)

If you have never made a quilt
 with the blocks on 
the diagonal like this...
No worries!
I promise that I will walk you 
through it every step of the way:)

Let's get started!


So...
Last week I showed you how 
to make these 
Cutie Pie Flowers 
using Sew Cherry 2 fabric:)
to go to that tutorial.


Now that your flower blocks
 are finished...
let's make the quilt top!


***NOTE***
After appliqué...
I trimmed the stems even with the 
corners at the bottom of each block.


First up is the sashing and squares:)

Cut 36 - 2" x  8 1/2" strips
I used 1/2 yards Yellow 

Cut 24 - 2" squares
I used 3/4 yards of the red daisy
 because I'm also using
 this print for the binding:)



Lay out your blocks, sashing, squares and 
sew together like this.

Then sew the sashing between
 the blocks as well...
Press towards the sashing strips.

Make sure that when you
lay your blocks out ...
you lay them on their
 side going the same direction:)


Now to cut the side triangles!

From the background fabric: 
(I used about 1/2 yards for the triangles)

Cut 2 - 15" squares
Cut them twice from corner to corner
 like this for a total of 8 side triangles.

***Cutting this way is super important 
so that the sides of the quilt 
will not end up on the bias.


Now cut 2 - 9" squares
 and cut in half from corner to corner
 like this for a total of 
4 triangles for each corner.


I sewed the sashing 
and squares strips
 on the top and the bottom
 of the 
center row first. 

 I did the top section first.
 I took a photo of the 
bottom section layout
 before I sewed it together
 to show you how I did it.

Keep in mind
 that you add the side triangles
 last just like you see in the photo:)

Press seams towards the sashing and triangles.
The triangles are cut 
just a little larger
 than needed so that we can
 trim them down:)



Now that the side triangles 
are on the bottom two rows...
you can sew that section together
 just like the top section:)


Now sew the top and bottom 
sections to the center row...


And turn it so that the 
flowers are right side up.
YaY!
That wasn't as hard as you
 thought it was going to be 
...right?

I'm so proud of you:)


I love the way that these
 look on the diagonal:)


Before we add the corner triangles...
trim the excess even 
with the sashing like this.

Repeat on the remaining 3 corners.


Now pin the corner
 triangles on like this...


Start by lining up the centers first.

Keep in mind that all
 seam allowances are
 1/4" just like always:)


Press towards the triangles.
Now to trim a bit off to square it up!


Use the 16 1/2" Trim-It Ruler 
that we used for the Pie Blocks 
during the 

We will trim the corners first.
Simply lay the ruler 
so that the aqua 1/4" 
is almost touching the 
corners of the red squares
 on both the right side...


like this...


and along the top like this.


First...just trim the
 corner of the quilt
 just past the 
red squares like this.

Repeat this step for the 
remaining 3 corners.


Now you can trim the sides 
of the quilt by laying the ruler 


So that again...
the aqua 1/4"on the side 
almost touches the 
corners of the red squares.

Continue all the way 
around the quilt.


All trimmed up and ready for borders!

Sometimes knowing how long to
 cut borders
 for a quilt set on the diagonal
 can be a little tricky. 

You can easily measure 
the length of your quilt
 from the center both ways to see
 how long to cut your borders.

Add 1/2" to your measurement. 
(keep in mind it will be square)

If you followed all of my step exactly
 and used an accurate 1/4" seam allowance...
you will be just fine to cut
 your borders the same as mine:)


For the borders...
I auditioned different bolts
 of Sew Cherry 2 fabrics.

 I realized that literally any of the 
prints will be great...
 but I ended up going with my
 very first choice 
that I already
 had in mind 
when I drew up the quilt:)

The red gingham!


I cut my borders lengthwise
 because I didn't want to piece them.
I cut 2 - 6 1/2" x 42 1/2"...


and sewed to the sides like this.


The other 2 borders are
 6 1/2" x 54 1/2" 
for the top and the bottom.


#CutiePieFlowerQuilt 
 54" x 54"

As you probably know by now...
I love square quilts:) 
This is a great size
 to hang on the wall...
use as a table topper...
over the back of a sofa or chair...
or a super cute crib quilt!

I'll be sending my top
 to the quilters this week 
and I'll show you
 when its finished:)
xx
Lori







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Friday, April 21, 2017

Spelling Bee Book Video!!


Good morning cute people!
I'm super happy that it's the weekend...
how about you?

Today I want to share with you
 the preview video for my new book 

I don't know about you...
 but I'm a totally visual person.
  I always appreciate a lot of photos 
and videos to bring things to life!

to see the video preview:)


My goal for creating this book 
was to inspire quilters everywhere 
to express themselves through quilting:) 


We quilters have always 
expressed ourselves
 through design, pattern 
and fabric...
and now we can 
actually spell it out:)


Spelling Bee is filled with enough ideas 
to keep us going for a long time...
I can't wait until July!


If you would like to be
 the first to receive your book...
pre-order now by clicking 


In the meantime...
I'll be in my studio sewing 
for my tutorial on Monday:)

See you then!
xx
Lori




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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cutie Pie Flowers Tutorial!!



Today I'm excited to share with you a tutorial for my 
Cutie Pie Flowers:)
The flower part is made using the 
leftover circles that we trimmed
 from our pie blocks!


If you are 
just tuning in...the
just ended a few weeks ago.


We used 


along with the


To make these 
Pie Blocks for the quilt.


We trimmed out a circle 
from the center like this...


So that our 
Pie Blocks would be 
ready to fill with
 the different fruits made with the


We ended up with these
 cute mini pie leftovers
 and I promised that 
I would make 
something with them.

We all love leftover pie...

Today is part one
of that tutorial:)

YaY!



Grab your stack of
 Mini Pie's and 
let's get started!


***NOTE*** 
This project takes 13 blocks. 
I have 13 mini pies 
because I made an extra 
Sweetie Pie Block 
and made it into a
 pillow for my kitchen:)

I know a lot of you
 have done the same thing too...
because I saw them on 
Instagram:)

If you just made the 
required 12 pies for the 
Sweetie Pie Quilt 
and want to have 13 too...
you can whip up 
an extra using your 
leftover pie slices 
just like we did!



We will be using the
 C-14 Sew Simple Shape
from the 
to make the flower tops:)



Cut your 
 6 1/2" square.
Cut one for each flower:)
Trace around your Sew Simple Shape...



And then take it one step further
 by drawing lines out from
 all four center marks like this.



Those marked lines will
 come in handy when 
placed onto the seams of your 
Mini Pie block 
so that your circle
 is exactly centered like this.

Pin into place...



And stitch directly 
onto your marked lines.



Stitch all the way around and
 overstitch about an inch past where you started.



Trim an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.



And turn your flower top 
right side out
 through the opening 
that is already there!

Be gentle so that you
 don't pull out your seams.



Shape until it's a 
nice smooth circle...
 then press:)



Like this.



Repeat until you have all 13:)



Now for the centers.
The C-3 template will work 
but it's a little tight ...



So I used the A-2 Circle from my 
 set because it's just a little larger.



Cut your 
Sew-In Interfacing 
3" x 3" square for these...



And your solid fabric
 squares the same size.



Trace and sew!



Press...



and trim:)



Cut an X in the interfacing...



Turn...shape and press.



I used my ruler to make sure 
that the circle was 
centered before appliquéing.

The edge of the circle 
should be 1 1/4" from
 the edge of the flower...



All the way around.



I used the
to appliqué the centers 
onto my flowers.

Pin or glue baste...



To prepare for applique!



You can appliqué by
 hand or by machine...
either way it's easy peasy!



When your flower centers
 are appliqued...
take a cute picture and post it on
 so that we can all see it!
Use the hashtag
#CutiePieFlowerBlock


I decided to use this
 pink pin dots
 background print 
from my 
Sew Cherry 2 collection:)
I used about a yard.



Cutting for all 13 blocks:
13 - 5 1/2" squares
13 - 3 1/2" squares
26 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
26 - 2 1/2" squares
26 - 1 1/2" squares



Now for the leaves!
Each leaf is cut 3 1/2" square 
but you will need to cut them
 in matching sets of two.

Cut 13 sets:)



For the stems I used a 
1/4" bias tape maker 
and prepared the stems just like
 I showed you a while back.
to see that tutorial.

Cut the fabric strips 5/8" wide
 before running them 
through the bias tape maker:)



You will need 13 stems 
that measure 6" long:)





YaY!
Now let's 
get started on the blocks:)



First up is the leaves.
You will also need the 
2 1/2" and 1 1/2" 
background squares.



Sew an easy corner triangle
 onto one corner of each leaf.
If you use the 
you won't have to 
mark the squares!



Now sew a 1 1/2" 
easy corner triangle
 onto the opposite corners.



Press to set the seams...
 and then
 trim an approximate
 1/4" seam allowance.



Press the seams toward the triangles.



YaY!
You're leaves are completed:)
Now let's sew a block!



Step one...



Step two...


Step three...


Step four...easy peasy!

Your block should measure
 8 1/2" square at this point:)


Draw a line diagonally 
from corner to corner 
on the 3 1/2" square.
You will use this as a 
placement guide for your stem.


Pin or glue baste 
the stems for appliqué.
I like to use this
 glue made by the amazing 
Sue Daley!

if you need some:)


When you pin or baste the flower...
place it just above the
 top of the leaves like this.


Make sure that one 
of the pie slices are
 centered over the stem like this:)


Glue or pin the 
remaining 12 blocks...


And applique!

Again...
you can appliqué 
by hand or by machine.

"You're the boss 
of you're own quilt!"


Five finished...
8 more to go!


#CutiePieFlowerBlock

I hope you love how these
 turned out as much as I do:)

This week I'll be
putting them together
 in a fun quilt...
and that tutorial 
will be coming up 
next Monday so stay tuned!
xx
Lori







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