Strawberry shortcakes are my favorite summertime sweet treat! Heaps of homemade whipped cream… mmmmm! This block has quite a few pieces, but the block key that is included on the print out will be really helpful along with a couple tips listed below. This block was a challenge for me when it came to choosing fabric, I didn’t really feel confident about a couple of my choices but am trying hard to stick to my plan of not buying anything new for as long as I can! It came out nicely though and I’m happy with it. 🙂
What You Need:
- Red for the Strawberries. Solids or tonal work best for these small pieces.
- White for the whipped cream (I used tonal)
- Pink for the jelly
- Yellow/orange for the shortcake (I used what I had rather than purchasing something that worked better and think it turned out okay but lacks that “pop”)
- 12″ background square
- Print out the templates HERE. Print at 100% scale, not “Fit to Page”.
- Embroidery thread specified HERE.
Notes Before Getting Started:
- You’ll notice that the templates in the print out are lightly colored this week. This is just to help you organize and identify the very similar shapes.
- When cutting out the strawberries, label the middle ones with “M” and the bottom ones with “B”.
- Press with a straight up and down motion when fusing the block together with Heat-N-Bond. Hit the strawberry layers first to make sure they don’t scoot around.
Step One: Choose Your Fabric, Fuse, Cut and Bond Pieces
At the top left are the fabrics I chose for the block and at the right are the rejects for various reasons!
Use your block key to make sure the layers make sense. Add strawberries last! Don’t worry if things don’t stand out at this point because the block stitching is what always pulls these blocks together. 🙂 Don’t forget to trace the embroidery face on! I purposely waited until my block was completely fused to make sure it was placed right.
Step Two: Stitch Everything Down
Just keep stitching from one strawberry to the next; it’s a pain to tie off and start again each time. It’s better to stitch over a section three times to reach the next strawberry than to only leave one layer of stitches.
I’ll share a little tip for when things get too wonky to ignore and need to be pulled. See pics below.
Start by removing your block from your sewing machine, leaving about 6 inch threads.
Rather than pulling out all your stitches and starting that section over, use the back side of your seam ripper to pull the thread carefully out from the stitching. My poor seam ripper has seen better days!
Once you’ve made it past the mistake, pull both threads to the back side, tie off, trim and begin again a few stitches behind where you left off. When you’re done stitching, add the hand embroidery and you’re finished!
And a little peek at next week’s block…
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