By Dawn, Feb 7 2018 08:45PM
I am so happy and utterly thrilled to welcome back to our blog, Michelle from Creative Blonde. When Michelle first sent the sketch of this gorgeous block, we knew it just had to be the very first block of the Sampler quilt.
The theme running throughout the Sampler blocks are the things which make us happy, and that make life a little sweeter. Whether it's cherishing each and every moment, the simple things in life, or each other, cherishing seems the perfect place to begin.
So pull up a chair, make yourself comfy and enjoy! x X
Block 1 - Cherish
Tutorial by Michelle Roberts of CreativeBlonde
Bespoke Blooms Fat Quarter Bundle – Honeybee Cloths
14” square of H200 Vilene interlining or fusible webbing (bondaweb)
Gutermann threads colours; 1120, 802, 7012
(If you plan to Quilt As You Go, you’ll also need an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric – please read through Quilt Construction notes for more info.)
10 ½” square* - Off white (*If you plan to Quilt As You Go, cut 11” square)
2 - 5” squares from the Pink flowers on Ivory
1 - 3” square from the Pink flowers on Pink
1 - 5” square from the Green
1 - 7”x3” rectangle for the Green checked
Hearts and banner templates (download PDF)
Friction erasable marker pen, Iron, Basic sewing supplies, Temporary basting glue, 505 basting spray or pins, Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat
Take the small pieces of cut fabrics, and fuse them to the interlining.
Using the friction erasable marker, draw around each template, on the corresponding fabric – please see photo below for placement
Carefully cut out these appliques, and press again, to ensure the interlining has fused, and to remove any pen markings.
With a small dab of glue, baste these in place onto the 11” Off white square, see photo below for placement
Blanket stitch each applique, using Gutermann Sulky thread, colour 1120, and thread colour 802 in the bobbin. Length of stitch 2.5, and width 3.0. Sew all loose ends through to the reverse, secure and trim.
For the smallest hearts, that fit inside the green hearts reduce your blanket stitch length to 2.0,
and the width to 2.5
To embellish the banner, with the wording ‘Cherish’ and to add the extra details use your friction erasable marker pen. You can either hand sew over the top of this, or use ‘free motion’ quilting.
To ‘free motion’ quilt, drop the feed dogs on your machine, and replace the walking foot, with a quilting foot. Thread up your machine with the Gutermann metallic thread, colour 7012. Sew all the loose ends through to the reverse.
– remember to use an extra piece of fabric, when pressing, to avoid your metallic thread getting too hot.
Your applique Sampler block is now complete.
If you plan to Quilt As You Go, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.
If free motion quilting, use an open toe foot, and ensure the feed dogs on your machine are down.
For straight line quilting as in the block below, a walking foot is used and feed dogs engaged.
Using an erasable marker, draw a 10” centralised square onto your Off-white fabric. Mark diagonal lines, starting from bottom left to top right corner, at 2” intervals.
Thread up your machine with Gutermann thread 802, stitch length 4.0.
Congratulations! You’ve finished Block 1 - Cherish!
A couple of things to bear in mind if you Quilt As You Go
• Quilting – the more quilting on a block, the more potential for it to shrink from it’s original size, so quilt evenly.
• If you use the 2nd method of joining blocks, you’ll need to leave a 1” margin un-quilted around the edge of your block.
• In preparation for joining Sampler to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square.
Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.
You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66 .
Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk
Thanks for joining in with our exciting quilt-a-long
x creativeblonde x