Monday, June 5, 2017

6" and 12" Vintage T.V. Block - New Tutorial!!!

Good morning cute people...
and welcome to another 
Bee in my Bonnet episode:)

I have been waiting a long time
 to show you my Vintage T.V. Block!

I'm so excited to announce that 
all three of my new fabric collections
 are soon arriving at the warehouse and
 will be shipping to quilt shops!
Now I can start doing tutorials
 and showing you what
I have been doing with them over the last three months:)

Last year when I designed these 3 collections of fabric...
I knew the first tutorial that I would do was my Vintage T.V. Block.
These are the two Bee Basics T.V. prints:)

I can't tell you how much fun I've had 
using all 3 collections together
 to make my Bee Happy Quilt.

The Bee Happy Sew Along 
will start in August ...
but in the meantime 
I have several projects
 and tutorials
 using my new fabrics 
to keep us busy until then!

So lets start with the Tutorial:)
This 12" block is the one that I call my 
"Netflix and Quilt" 
which is something that
 I love to do...don't you?

There's nothing like a good 
Netflix binge to
keep us going on fun project! 

To celebrate that...
I thought it would be really fun to
 put a 6" block on the 
screen of the 12" 
Vintage T.V. Block:)

 I chose these 5 prints from my
 Bee Basics 
and one of my 
Bee Backgrounds for this block.

I decided to use the 
Riley Blake Designs 
Hashtag print in Rose Gold 
for the TV screen...
it goes perfectly with my collections!

You can stitch up any 
6" block that you'd like...

For my TV I made my Spring Star block 
on page 62 of my book Farm Girl Vintage.
I know it's summer now ...
but back when I made these blocks  
it was just the beginning of Spring!

After sewing the block...
cut two strips from the TV screen fabric 
1" x 6 1/2" and add to each side.

Cutting for the Block Background:
A - Cut 2 - 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
B - Cut 1 - 2 1/2" square
C - Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 8 1/2"
D - Cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" 
E - Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
F - Cut 2 - 1 1/2" squares
G - Cut 4 - 1" squares

From the #1 Fabric:
H - Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 10 1/2"
I - Cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
J - Cut 2 - 1" x 6 1/2"
K- Cut 4 - 1" squares

From the #2 Fabric:
L - Cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
M - Cut 3 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Of course you don't have to put a block in the middle of the screen...
You could use just one fabric...for that:
N - Cut 1 - 6 1/2" x 7 1/2"

This block is basically constructed in 3 easy peasy sections.
This is the layout for the middle section.
First add the easy corner triangles (K) onto each corner of the TV screen...
before you can add the other pieces on the sides. 

Then add the (H) pieces
 on the top and bottom.

Center of TV is completed...
now for the top and bottom!

The top section consists of two easy corner triangles
 onto the two top corners the antenna base.
Then adding the (B) square on top
 and then the (A) pieces onto each side.

The bottom section consists of first
sewing 2 different size easy corner triangles
 onto the feet...(G) and (F)
Keep in mind that these go in opposite directions:)

Top and bottom complete!

Add the (C) pieces to the sides of the TV 
before you add the top and bottom.

YaY!!! cute:) 
Just need to add the
 embroidery and buttons.

But I set this one aside
 and made a six inch block first....
just for all of you 6" block addicts...
and I KNOW you are out there!!!

For this block I chose 3 Bee Basics prints and 1 Bee Backgrounds.

I chose Riley Blake Designs Bleached Denim for the TV screen....

And made the heart from the 6" Baby Chick Block
 on page 10 from Farm Girl Vintage.

Cut 2 - 1" x 2 1/2 
Cut 2 - 1 1/4" x 3 1/2" 
and add around the heart.
N - Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 4"
if you want to use one fabric.

Of course the construction of the block is exactly the same as the 12"...
as well as all of the labeled pieces have the same letter....
but here are the cutting measurements for the 6" size:

A - Cut 2 - 2" x 3"
B - Cut 1-  1 1/2" square
C - Cut 2 - 1" x 4 1/2"
D - Cut 1 - 1" x 2 1/2"
E - Cut 2 - 1" x 1 1/2"
F - Cut 2 - 1" squares
G - Cut 4 - 3/4" squares
Fabric #1:
H - Cut 2 - 1" x 5 1/2"
I - Cut 1 - 1" x 3 1/2"
J - Cut 2 - 3/4" x 3 1/2"
K - Cut 4 - 3/4" squares
Fabric #2:
L - Cut 1 - 1" x 3 1/2"
M - Cut 3 - 1" x 1 1/2"

Now both sizes are completed and 
ready for embroidery and button knobs:)
PS. I cut 1 1/2" borders of 
background fabric for the 6" block.
I cut 2 1/2" borders for the 12" block:)

I just grabbed a ruler and a mechanical pencil and drew 2 straight lines...
they are not the same length and go opposite directions just like real antennas...
so don't stress about it:)

Single line on the 6" block....

Double line on the 12" block:)

I used my Aurifloss (all 6 strands) and 
I added tiny Cute Little Buttons on the ends
 of the antenna and
 1/2" Cute Little Buttons on for the Knobs:)

I just did a french knot on the ends for the
 6" blocks and more Cute Little Buttons for the Knobs.
This is my 
"I Love Vintage TV" Block.
When I'm not binging on Netflix while I quilt...
I usually have all the old shows on.
I really love TVLand and MeTV.
Nothing compares to good old vintage classic shows ...right?

I hope you love this tutorial and these two new blocks as much as I do.
I designed this block in 18" size too and will show you that project tutorial
 in the next Bee in my Bonnet episode...
so stay tuned!!!

PS. I'd love to see
 your blocks on social media...
use the hashtag 
so I can see them!!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Fabrics and a Bee Happy Sew Along Update!

I'm so looking forward 
to my next sew along...
Bee Happy!
And I hope you will join us!

I'm excited to announce that 
we have been able to
 move up the date by 2 weeks!

We will be starting on 
Monday, August 28th 
and the sew along will 
go until we are finished 
with the quilt in October:)

This sew along will be 
celebrating the 
8 year anniversary 
that I have been designing 
fabric for 
Riley Blake Designs!

My very first collection was 
Sew Cherry that released in the very beginning. 
This summer there will be a total of
 3 Bee in my Bonnet collections...

I'd love to tell you
 all about them!

This is my Bee Happy Quilt 
we will be making
 during the sew along.

I designed it to use 
all 3 of my new collections
 that will be shipping to 
quilt shops everywhere this June!

First up...all about
Bee Basics

There are 31 prints total
 in this collection.
I have used all my
 happy colors!

I created this collection 
with a mix of 
vintage and modern ...
my favorite:)

In the photo above you sew
 30 of the prints...

And here is 31!
This fabric is made up of 
two color ginghams:)
I'm excited to sew up 
some fun projects with this print...
pillowcases...bags...curtains ...etc.

You know that I love gingham 
and I super love this print:)

Next up is about my 
Bee Backgrounds

I have always been obsessed 
with finding the perfect background 
for every quilt that I 
make and I especially love
 mixing a lot of backgrounds 
into one quilt.
That always adds the
 perfect vintage flair:) 

So I did an 
entire collection of
 24 backgrounds!

In this collection...
I also did a sweet mix of 
vintage and modern 
style together:)

I also added this 
gingham on white print
to my Bee Backgrounds collection:)
This one says aprons...bed ruffles...
pillowcases and or 
sewing room or kitchen curtains!

The third collection is my 
Bee Backings and Borders

There are 12 prints total
 in this collection 
and all are 108" wide.

I said 108" wide!


It will be so nice to
 have wide fabrics
 for quilt backings and 
borders without seams:)

I'll be using them 
for bindings too 
and best of all...
for piecing blocks!

Here you sew 
all three collections together...
ready for me to make the
 Bee Happy Quilt 
so that it can be displayed in the
 Riley Blake Designs booth at
 Spring Quilt Market next month.

If you are going to market...
stop by the booth to see it!!!

Sew Along Info
For those of you who are new and 
will be joining us for the
 Bee Happy Sew Along...
here is the information 
that you need to know at this point.

The sew along will 
work like all of my others...
it will take place 
here on my blog 
starting in August.

There is no "official" sign up list.
You simply follow my blog and
 tune in every Monday to see the block tutorials and instructions
  for that week.

Typically those who are
 doing the quilt
 post about it on 
or their blogs and 
show their blocks
 and progress along the way.

It's super fun and a 
great way to meet others 
as well as awesome 
quilty inspiration:) 

I always have a tutorial
 for each and every block 
and will have
complete and detailed 
cutting instruction  
for each and every
 piece of fabric in the kit 
so that you can 
"Bee Prepared" 
 when the time comes:)

You can pre-order/purchase 
a kit for the
 Bee Happy quilt 
from your favorite 
local or online quilt shop.
Just ask them if they 
will be participating.

If you can't find a kit...
no worries!
Simply get on 
Instagram and ask 
if anyone knows where you 
can find a source.
Chances are...that will help!

The Bee Happy Sew Along Guide
 will be a
 free download 
for those who are participating.
It will not be available
 until the first of August when
 we are closer to the sew along.

There will be a new set of 
Sew Simple Shapes called 
Bee Happy 
to make the quilt.
They will be available 
when the fabric is available:)

As the time gets closer...
as usual I will do 
a blog post with a 
complete list of supplies 
needed for the quilt.

You will always find 
all of the info needed 
right here on my blog:)

I really cannot even say
 how excited I am about 
finally doing this quilt!

When designing it..
I tried to fit in 
as many things as I could 
that represents me
and what makes me happy...
in hopes that you find things 
in my quilt that
 make you happy too!

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