Monday, February 20, 2017

Sweetie Pie Sew Along - Week Six - Apple Pie Block!!

Hello and welcome to week six of the

if you are just getting started and

to download the free pattern

Today we are baking 
Apple Pies!

Grab your fabric...
 interfacing and 
trace your 

Use the cutting chart included
 in the pattern to cut your pieces:)

Sew directly onto your traced lines.

When trimming the seam allowance..
make sure to make a few clips 
at the top of each apple's inner curve.

Cut the interfacing...

Turn... shape and press!

Place the apple
 1 1/2" up from the bottom 
of your background square.
Make sure its centered by 
pressing your square in half:)

Glue or pin baste the apples...
 trace the stems and 
the lines on the leaves.

Now you're ready for appliqué!

And the embroidery!

Use the C-15 to trace
 onto the interfacing squares...

and make your apples into circles:)

Appliqué them to the
center of your pie blocks:)

This week I trimmed up 
all of my pie blocks 
because we only have
 two more to sew:)


This is the final step in 
making sure that 
your pies are centered:) 

Just a little bit 
about my new 
Cute Cuts 
Trim-It Rulers

There are 11 in the collection 
and I designed them all 
 with centered lines going both
horizontal and vertical
 as well as diagonal.

This makes it super duper easy 
to trim up any quilt block perfectly!

They also have built in non-slip 
on the back and are easy to use.

There are 1/4"seam allowance 
all the way around the edges
 so that you can see 
what your block will look like
after its sewn into the quilt 
and also to make sure that you 
don't cut anything off 
that you aren't supposed to.
(like points when you are 
trimming up a pieced quilt block)

Place the 16 1/2" 
Trim -It Ruler 
onto your block.

 Line up the dresden seams 
with the lines on the ruler ...

on all four sides...

like this.

Now you're ready to trim...
 so grab your rotary cutter:)

I'm right handed ...
so I always trim on the 
right and the top first.
If you are left handed ...
simply do the left side first.

After those first two sides are trimmed...
 place your block upside down like this.

Because you have already 
trimmed those two edges...
you can line them up with
 the edges of he ruler 
(they are now left side and bottom)

And go ahead and 
trim on the right 
and the top:)

Now your pie block 
is exactly centered 
and is a perfect
 16 1/2" square:)

P.S. Did you happen to catch my tutorial
 that I did a few days ago on my
 Cherry Hearts Placemat?

if you want to make one!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Scrappy Project Planner Sew Along - Week Three - Patchwork Tulips!!


It's week three of our 
Sew Along

It's just amazing 
what you can make 
with just a 
cute little pile
 of happy scraps...
and that is what my 
is all about:)

In last weeks post 
we talked about my 
Shortcut Stars Quilt 
which is the second pattern 
featured in the planner.

Today we are focusing in
 on my Patchwork Tulip Quilt 
that you see hanging 
on this quilt ladder
 in my family room:)

Here is the full quilt...
it really is scrappy happy right?

P.S. Can you see Kassidy's cute toes
 peeking out from under the quilt? LOL

Some of the photos 
were taken on a 
beautiful sunny day at
 Gardner Village 
here in Utah:)

It's one of my 
favorite go to places 
for good shopping...
good company  
and good food:)

This quilt is a great way
 to use up some of your 
scrappy squares.

You can make each tulip
 with all different colors...

Or all one color with 6 different prints:)

I chose a gray fabric 
for the border 
to frame all of the
 bright tulips 
and a scrappy binding 
to frame the gray border!

I used several scrappy backgrounds 
with gray and black prints:)

This block is 
super duper easy 
and works up quickly.

Every happy garden 
needs a few patchwork tulips:)

I hope you're enjoying
 the sew along so far...
to see this weeks
 guest bloggers:)

Stay tuned for next friday 
when we will talk about
 the fourth quilt pattern in the 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweetie Pie Sew Along - Cherry Hearts Placemat Tutorial!!

Hello cute people!
Are you ready for a
 cute little tutorial?

We are right in the middle of the 
and today I'm going to 
show you a fun little project...
how to make my 
Cherry Hearts Placemat:)


I told you in my last post...
 that I would be making something 
with the C-8 heart from the 

So just a little side note before we get started; 
I also put a heart in my 

And I made this one a little smaller 
 so that they can stack on top of each other.

Isn't that fun!?!?

We are only using the
 C-8 heart today 
but I just thought 
you might like to know!

with that being said 
let's get started with the cutting.

This is a perfect project
 for leftovers.
I've only made 
one placemat so far ...
but I plan on making another 
so that I can 
put them on the 
countertop in my kitchen
 with the two barstools:)

From your 
scraps cut:
10 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Cut 6 - 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Cut 2 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"

From any of the 3 backgrounds:
Cut 8 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

And for the hearts: 
Cut 8 - 2" x 3"
Not pictured is the 
but you will need to cut 
8 of those 
the same size as well:)

Trace your hearts 
onto the interfacing...

Sew directly onto your marked line 
and overstitch about 1/2" 
on top of where you started.

Trim an approximate 1/4" seam allowance 
and clip ONE time on the 
cleavage of each heart like this:)

Cut the back of the interfacing...

And turn right side out.
Use your handy dandy
to shape your hearts.

I love these cute little hearts!!!
I just had to set them up for a few photos:)


Now let's make the placemat:)

Sew each row together like this.

And then sew your rows together:)

At this point you can 
baste your hearts on
 and appliqué them...
but I decided to 
make the entire placemat...
binding and all...
 then appliqué the hearts...
 because I didn't know
 if I wanted to
 quilt over the top of them
 and squish them down
 because they're
 sew cute!

(I apologize to all 
of my english teachers 
for the super long
 run on sentence lol)

so I chose this fat quarter
 for the backing.

I cut it and the 
batting about
 an 1" bigger all the way
 around the placemat.

Which by the way 
measures 12 1/2" x 18 1/2"...
the perfect placemat size!

I set my hearts aside
 until after the quilting
 and grabbed one of my new
and my turning tool
 for marking the quilting lines.

I marked lines 1" apart on the diagonal 
using the curved edge of the turning tool
 right next to the rulers edge
 just like you would a rotary cutter ...
except you are not cutting...
you are marking quilting lines!

Another handy dandy use 
for this awesome tool:)

 I used a walking foot 
attached to my machine
 and simply quilted directly
 onto the creased lines...easy peasy!

Then I trimmed my backing and batting 
even with the edges of the table runner:)

For the binding I cut
 2 - 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips
 and sewed them together. 

to see my tutorial 
on binding a quilt:)

Then I hand appliquéd my hearts 
and hid the knots in the back
 of the placemat like you do
 when you are hand quilting:)

I used the red gingham
 binding because I 
had some leftover...

 from when I did the

I love these 
cute little hearts...

And this cute little placemat!!!

I hope you do too:)

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