I really love making these fruit blocks from my Fruit Basket Series.
The lemon is so cute and today I will be making a 12" square plate mat with it.
You can buy the Lemon block and the rest of the patterns from the Fruit Basket Series on Craftys:
Buy the pattern here :)
So lets get started. First you need to print out the pattern and make sure it is the right size by checking the 1" square on the pattern. If you want it in another size than 6" you can copy it and use the percentages given on the pattern sheet.
Lets begin. Since I have made so many Sew Along posts for the Fruit Series and you can find them all if you click the Sew Along Category to the right I am going to make this one short.
Follow the pictures and read the caption:
If you have any questions you can comment on this post or leave a comment on my Facebook page.
You can also watch this tutorial video where I make the Banana block from my Fruit Basket Series.
It is also a Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern (FPP) and could be useful.
Now we are on to the Apple block. I think the Apple and Pear blocks are my fave. I don't know why, just really like them :)
You can buy the Apple pattern and rest of the Fruit Basket Series over at crafty just click the link
Buy the Apple pattern
So now that my wall hanging with 6" square fruit patterns is finished I am on to making plate mats that go with it.
This is how I made the Apple block, follow the pictures and read the caption :)
This is one of my fave blocks ever to make and look at, I love it. I might make a wall hanging some day with just apples :)
If you want a little tutorial video on paper piecing you could watch my Banana video below.
Hope you like it and if you make it please share your pictures with me on Facebook
Today I finished the Fruit Basket quilt I was making. I will post a blog about that tomorrow with pictures and two more sew along posts :)
But since I finished the wall hanging and I have been making fruits for weeks now, I decided to do something else for the rest of the day. So I made this quilt top
How do you like it?
I am not sure who will get it but I am sure I will find a new owner soon enough :)
Here is a video of me sewing my Banana block.
It is my first Youtube video and it is far from perfect. English is my second language so it is a bit difficult to make this kind of video. I am a bit stiff and boring in this video but I still decided to upload it since I have to start somewhere. The next one will be even better :)
Now is it the turn of the Pineaple :)
Start by watching this video explaining Foundation Paper Piecing.
Now lets start sewing.
Here you see the final result, I quilted a check pattern on the pineapple itself to give it more texture.
So how do you like it?
It will end as a plate mat for my sister's family and I can't wait to finish the whole series and send to Iceland to them :)
It is so hard to look at oneself in a video. Yesterday in class they showed a DVD of my speech from the speech contest. I had to go outside of the class room when they were playing it, it just don't like to hear and see myself in a video.
But today making my first sewing video and having to have to watch myself over and over and all the mistakes, it is so difficult, but at the same time so funny :)
I plan to catch up on my sew along by my Friday post so I better get to it ;)
So hopefully by tonight or tomorrow morning I will be able to post my first sewing video on youtube. Wish me luck !!!!!
Here you can see the pattern and the final outcome, minus the seeds,
I will put them on in the end of the series.
Note that the finished block is a mirror image of the pattern.
The reason for that comes clear below :)
So here we go ...
First of all you need to have all the right tools for the job. You can get away without some of these tools but we will get to that.
Then of course you need a sewing machine. Mine is a Singer I bought here in Japan.
I use a Singer 1/4" foot. It has a indicator for the fabric where the 1/4" seam allowance is.
The first thing you need to do is to print the pattern and make sure the size is correct.
I had problem with printing it because the Japanese printers I used re scaled the pattern so it was not 6,5" x 6,5" but more like 5,5" x 6" but I am just going to go a long with it. When I square up the finished block I will use my ruler and square it up to be 6,5" x 6,5" so my fruits will be just a tad smaller than our, but I doubt that you would notice.
Then you take the tracing wheel and a ruler and trace all the lines in the pattern with the wheel.
I usually trace them in order so I don't forget any.
This makes it easier to tare away from the block when you finish sewing it together.
Now we have the pattern ready so next I precut my fabric so it will be easier to piece together. Sometimes I skip this step and just eye-ball it but now I have measured it out and here is what you need to cut out for this pattern:
1 x 3" x 6"
8 x 1,5" x 3"
5 x 1,5" x 4"
3 x 1,5" x 2"
Foundation color (for me it is light grey)
1 x 5" x 7" (for pc no. 25)
2 x 5,5" x 1,5" (for pc no. 21 and 22)
2 x 2" x 4" (for pc no. 20 and 24)
2 x 1,5" x 3,5" (for pc no. 19 and 23)
1 x 1,5" x 2,5" (for pc no. 18)
Now we are ready to sew!!
So you take the pattern and turn it around. Put a little glue on the back of section 1 and place the pink fabric on it, with the face of the fabric turning to you.
Take one of the white pcs and have it face up on the mat. Place the pattern with the pink fabric glued to it so that the white pc of fabric is under where section 2 is on the pattern. When you place the fabrics together like this you are placing them face side together, so double check that the fabrics are face sides together :)
Breath a little, you have made you first seam :)
Now it is just a lot of repeat until the block is ready.
But lets take it a step at a time.
Now you should be able to follow these instructions for the remaining white pcs.
Now we are adding the green pcs.
It is basically the same as what we have been doing so I will start you of with the first pcs and then go on to the foundation.
OMG we are down to the foundation color ! It is almost finished.
When I got to the end of adding the foundation I made a little mistake. I was going to start over but I loved these colors and I didn't have enough to make another block.
SO I decided to take the opportunity and show you how you can easily fix small mistakes. It is not easy to use the seam ripper when you make mistakes because the paper can tear and the block can get separated from the pattern and that makes continuing difficult.
Mistakes are not always the end of the world, you can improvise and fix it :)
I really loved making this first block in my Fruit Basket Series. I hope you love it too.
On Monday I will make the Banana block and I look forward to it.
Fruit Basket Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern.
Twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays I will post a new Sew Along post, here on my blog, where I will show exactly how I make each piece. Then I will also make posts about the piecing of the quilt and the finishing steps.
You can buy the pattern on Craftsy and if you buy the whole series you get one free!!
Here is the schedule for the Fruit Basket Sew Along:
So on to the sewing, this is my favorite part.
I have decided that the first quilt I make will be a wall hanging with the designs arranged in a square of 3 x 3 and it will be for my sister's kitchen :) Her kitchen is mainly grey and white so I chose foundation colors in light grey. I also chose a grey scaled stripped fabric for sashing and borders. The light grey solids are part of a Kona cotton fat quarter collection I bought from Fat Quarter Shop and I also bought the stripped grey fabric from there.
Here you can see the colors I have chosen for the first block, the melon.
I will start with a little preparation on my first post, explaining Foundation Paper Piecing among other things. It will be easier if you have some experience with FPP but I think a beginner who is used to sewing and specially sewing quilts will get a hang of it soon. If at anytime during the Sew Along you get stuck and need to ask me a question you are welcome to comment on my posts, send me messages on Facebook or send an email, and I will try to answer you if I possible can :)