Friday, July 31, 2015

Boonie Blooms final tutorial

The pattern for the Boonie Blooms quilt can be downloaded or printed from here
Boonie Blooms Free Pattern.  I'm only doing  tutorials for the bloom block.  The rest of the pattern is in the free printable pattern.  You can find the other tutorials about this pattern here and here.

Today we'll be making the top unit of the Boonie Bloom Block.  It's your basic snowball block with a touch of applique.  I'll be making mine using fusible raw edge, but there's plenty of fabric in these charms to make them turned edge applique.

You will need 
(25) blue, pink and purple charms from the Moda Chloe's Closet 30's Playtime charm pack or 25 of your own assorted 5" prints. 
(8) of the yellow prints from the charm pack.  
(100) 1.5" background squares(yellow)
And fusible webbing(Heat n Bond lite)
And the templates found in the printable pattern

On each of the (100) 1.5" background(yellow) squares draw a diagonal line used for stitching. 

I chose to center a piece of tape with my needle on my sewing machine table as a guide instead of drawing a line.  Either way is fine and the results are the same.
Just stitch corner to corner.

Stitch on the line, clip 1/4" away from line and press seams open.  You girls know the dance!  It's the stitch, clip and flip!  This goes super fast, you won't believe how quickly this block comes together.
If your making the Boonie Blooms quilt you'll need to do this to all of (25) assorted prints.

Grab those yellow prints for the center of your Blooms.  You'll need to trace the circle template to your fusible webbing 25 times.  I've windowed my circles before fusing to the fabric by cutting out the centers of the circles.  This  makes the applique softer, but you can skip this step if you don't mind a little stiffer applique.  When cutting the outside of the circle make sure you cut about 1/8" to 1/4" away from your drawn line.  Then fuse to your fabric per the instructions for your fusible webbing.

Now just cut out your circles on the line.  For those of you that save every little piece of fabric there's going to be some leftovers! 

Here's the proper way to place your circles into the center of the block.  Remove  the paper backing from your circles and finger press as shown below.

Press your block in half both ways, now  line up the pressing marks and press per the instructions on your fusible.  Okay let me tell you, I'm not one to live by the rules so... I didn't do this or all 25, only this one for instruction sake.  I eyeballed mine without any pressing marks.  The choice is yours, are feeling wild and free!
TIP of the day!  After pressing from the front to fuse the applique, turn over the block and press from the back also, it helps adhere the fusible to the fabric and you are less likely to get fraying when stitching and washing.

My thread of choice for invisible machine applique is Mono Poly from Superior Threads.  I can't say enough about this thread.  It does exactly what it says it does and more.  It won't melt in the dryer and I've done a test with my hot vintage iron on cotton setting for 10-15 seconds and it didn't melt.  Of course all irons are different, you might want to test with your iron before going hog wild.  

 Using a very tiny blanket stitch around the center.

Okay grab those stem units(tutorial here) and finger press both units in half as shown below. 

Line up the pressing marks, pin it, stitch it

Press open that final seam...awe so cute!  

This entire quilt could be made in a day.  It's so simple.

So there you have it!  If you have a question or find and error in my instructions or pattern feel free to leave a comment or email me.  And as always if you make one of my patterns I love pictures!

~ Lea Anne ~
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  1. You are so kind to share all of you wonderful quilty inspiration and knowledge. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! It's a beautiful quilt.

  2. Great blocks! Thank you so much for all the tips here. I will certainly use the tape next time I sew the diagonal line.

  3. What a lovely garden of pretty poseys! Thanks for the tutorial... your work is beautiful!

  4. Great tutorial - very easy to follow! Thank you for the extra tips too. :)

  5. such a detailed tutorial and a lovely quilt

  6. I love everything you do. Your work is always charming, well made and inspirational to me. I love opening your emails to see what you're sharing. **sigh** I think you are my favorite quilting blogger! So happy I found your site.

  7. Love it I cannot wait till I have all my blooms done...Thank you for a great tutorial...As always you have done a wonderful job....

  8. I just think this is so fabulous, pretty and simple for a non-appliquer like me.


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