A heartfelt welcome to our Sweetest Things Sampler Block of the Month, both myself (Dawn) and Michelle from CreativeBlonde are truly delighted to have you along. We’ve been taking turns designing the blocks, and this months’ beautiful block and tutorial is by Michelle, inspired by a special birthday tea, to which you’re invited too, we are in for a real treat 🙂
Block 9 – Birthday Treats by Michelle, is the prettiest block, a birthday cake filled with the loveliest little details – truly comfort sewing. So make yourself a cuppa, and enjoy a slice of Michelle’s beautiful birthday cake. (Also,” a very happy birthday to Michelle, from all of us busy little sewing bees xx!”)
Enjoy x X
Block 9 – Birthday treat by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Tutorial and templates by Michelle Roberts from CreativeBlonde
Designed for the Sweetest Things Sampler
10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks
Please read through all the instructions, before starting on your block x
Materials (available from Honeybee Cloths – http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk)
11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric (Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)
11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)
Scraps of Caroline pink, green, floral, and brown
11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)
10” square of Vlieseline Bondaweb
Gutermann threads colours: 1001,336,650 and 624
Cutting – from the templates
1 Brown cupcake wrapper – Caroline 18652-16
3 pink hearts – Caroline 18654-14
1 small florals on cream for icing Caroline 18653-11
1 large floral – fussy cut for cup Caroline 18650-11
1 green for plate and saucer Caroline 18655 73
16” pretty ribbon
Erasable marker pen
Basic sewing supplies
505 basting spray or pins
Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat
Apart from the bunting triangle, trace all the templates, from both sheets onto Bondaweb (templates have been reversed already for you) using a pencil. Cut them out roughly, and fuse to the chosen fabrics, and cut out accurately.
Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and begin by fusing all the applique pieces in place. When you add the icing to the cupcake wrapper, overlap it slightly when fusing to the main block.
Using the erasable marker pen, draw on the cupcake wrapper details.
Use the brown thread to sew over the cupcake wrapper markings.
Add detail to the icing using the same method, use a metallic pink thread to sew over the icing marks and pink hearts.
Using a cream thread, sew around the outline of the icing (1/8” from raw edge), continue with cream thread to sew around the cup.
Cut a 5” piece from the ribbon, and pin in place in the cupcake wrapper, sew 1/8” all the way around, you could add a little bit of anti-fray glue to the ends of the ribbon at this point.
Create a small bow, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold in place. Add to the centre of the piece of ribbon on the cupcake wrapper, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold, this can be done by hand if you find it easier.
Sew a few small stitches on each of the four pieces of the bow to hold in place on your block.
Your block is now complete.
If you want to go ahead with the QAYG method….
Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding, and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method 2.
• For the 3 layer sandwich, also leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.
* (For information on QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.)
Cut out the triangle and draw around it, using your fabric marker to give the appearance of bunting, in the top right-hand corner, and underneath the cup and saucer – see photo below for placement. With the metallic pink thread, quilt the bunting. Remove all markings.
In preparation for joining Sampler block to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square, to match the other blocks.
Congratulations you’ve finished Block 9 – Birthday Treat
Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) are so excited to see your blocks.
Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk
Thanks for joining in with exciting quilt-a-long.
x creativeblonde x