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Get Your Christmas Sewing On

Are you like me & have a hard time thinking of Christmas in July, even October???

With Thanksgiving over, the house decorated & the Christmas season underway, I want to sew with all the beautiful red, green & Christmas fabrics around me!

There are still plenty of days to sew before Christmas. And if you don’t finish it before this Christmas, there are plenty more days before Christmas 2022, 2023…

If you need some inspiration, I dare you to click this link to reveal some awesome Suzn Quilts Christmas patterns!

I did a “Christmas” search on my website to see what would happen.

There are 3 pages, 53 items!!!

I knew I loved to sew for Christmas, but I had no idea I had that many Christmas patterns. Some are quick & easy like my quilt-as-you-go Christmas Pines table runner & placemats

& Gnomes At Home December.

Many are now available in PDF so you can purchase them today & start sewing today too!

Some may take a bit more time (lol) like my Christmas Greetings sampler.

I hope you’ll go & be inspired to sew.

Know that when you place an order I ship same day, or the next if it’s late.

What will I sew next???

Sew many options!

Just keep sewing… for Christmas!

Susan

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Fall Colors

Are you ready for fall & Thanksgiving Day?

It’s not too late to add some fall color to your home with my new Fall Colors quilt.

It’s small but you can make it any size you want just by making more trees!

If you already have my Tiny Tree Template Set,

you can use that to quickly make the tall trees in this quilt.

You can find the pattern in both paper & PDF on my website by clicking here

then grab some fabrics & sew!

Sorry, cute baby not included!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan, with some help from Emma

A Giveaway!, Blog hop, free pattern

#SewPINK Gift Winner

Our winner of the $30 coupon to ByAnnie.com is Cathy Cavagnaro.

Cathy, please email me at Suznquilts@aol.com so I can send you the coupon code to shop!

Thanks to all of you who commented either here on my blog or Suzn Quilts Patterns FB page.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan & little helper, Emma

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#SewPINK Blog Hop 2021, Just 1 More Day

Jut 1 day left in the blog hop drawing.

It’s not too late to download my free Baby Hearts pattern.

Use it as a reminder to get your annual screening.

Download the pattern for free by clicking the download button below & if you feel it in your heart to donate, see the details below.

The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection, and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.ByAnnie.com/SewPINK

To find screenings available near you:

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000.

To find the Fat Quarter Shop fundraiser visit: https://fundraise.nbcf.org/FatQuarterShop

To learn more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit: https://www.bcrf.org/

You can still enter for a chance to win a $30 coupon to ByAnnie.com by leaving a comment on my original post by clicking here by October 31, 2021.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan & little helper, Emma

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 15, Assembly

Welcome to Step 15, the last step of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

Wow, it’s time for quilt assembly!

I hope you’ve kept up & have all of your blocks complete, but if not, “Just Keep Sewing!”

If they are compete, refer to the diagram on page 21 to lay out all of your blocks & the border strips to be sure you have everything in its correct place.

Below is a pic of my top in progress minus the bat corner blocks.

Once everything is in place, sew the blocks into columns then sew the columns together.

I’d show you those pics, but I was so excited to sew my top together that I didn’t think to photograph these steps!!!

Sorry, lol!

Position then glue or fuse the “B” on the lower portion of the applique strip

& the little bird on the “OO” block.

Appliqué them in place.

Lastly, sew the candy corn border strips to the sides & then to the top & bottom.

Now to layer with backing & batting & quilt it.

You still have a couple of days ‘til Halloween you can probably get it quilted by then.

Or if you’re like me, hang the top for Halloween, then take it to your favorite quilter on November 1st!

I’m sure Tamara would love to quilt your Candy Corn Sampler.

She did a great job quilting mine!

You can find her by clicking here.

After it’s quilted, don’t forget to sew the little white buttons on the bats for their eyes.

Have you sewn on buttons with your sewing machine before?

I sew all of my buttons on with my sewing machine.

First, tape them down in place.

I tape multiple buttons on at the same time.

Next set your machine’s stitch length to “0” & set the stitch width to align with the holes in the buttons. On my machine it’s “3” for the width.

Did you know that no matter the size of the button, “most” button holes are the same width apart? Super large or super tiny buttons are the only exceptions I’ve noticed.

I sew multiple buttons on & then go back & trim threads.

Notice I use the open toe foot for this task.

Did you know that I use this foot for pretty much everything?

The only time I take it off is to put on either the walking foot or free-motion foot.

To remove the tape painlessly, pull the tape off parallel with eye stitch width.

Usually it pulls off in just 1 piece.

Repeat with remaining bats.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this quilt-along.

I loved designing and making my Candy Corn Sampler Quilt.

If you’re just reading along to see if you’d like to make this or another pattern of mine I hope I’ve enticed you to do so.

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Happy Halloween from Emma & Me!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 14, Bat Corner Blocks

Welcome to Step 14 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

Today is Bat Corner Blocks day.

You should have these down pat since you’ve already made quite a few bats for other blocks in this quilt.

Today is also the day to sew your candy corn blocks into border strips if you’ve not already skipped ahead to do that.

Love, love, love these fabrics…

Don’t you think they make perfect candy corn blocks?

Just 1 more step after today & that is quilt assembly!

Below is the appliqué video for the blind hem stitch if you need another refresher.

After stitching the bats, be sure to remove the paper templates.

Just 1 more step!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along, More for Step 13, Awesome Appliqué Journey Continued

I have more images to hopefully help you along on your Awesome Appliqué Strip journey…

I thought I’d taken this pic of all the appliqué shapes I’d made but didn’t find it for yesterday’s post. Sorry!

As I was designing & making this quilt (like all of my quilts) I design/sew/assess as I go. Sometimes the quilt is finished just as I originally designed it & sometimes it morphs a bit or a lot!

This quilt just had minor fabric color changes, but mostly for photographing purposes.

I love this part!

Many times as I’m working I change things only to revert back to my original design… like the “B”!

The “B” was originally black but at some point I imagined it would read better if light like the “OO”.

It just didn’t pop on the grey appliqué background.

Even though I had to make another “B” I decided it needed to be black (just like my original design).

That helped me to move forward on the appliqué strip once I’d fixed that problem.

You have no idea just how many hours I spend getting a design “just right” do you? I’m sure you don’t because I can’t even calculate them now that the quilt is complete!

Finally it was ready to fuse, glue

& stitch!

And stitch some more…

Now it’s perfect!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Don’t let this task be overwhelming.

Take your time & enjoy the process!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan & Emma

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 13, Awesome Appliqué Continued

Welcome to Step 13 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

Today is Awesome Appliqué Strip Continued.

On page 19, you’ll find the instructions & diagram to complete the center appliqué strip.

Like any task, practice makes perfect!

Below is the appliqué video for the blind hem stitch if you need a refresher.

It’s the same stitch for appliquéing the template shapes & the vine.

After all the stitching is complete, be sure to remove the paper templates.

Refer to page 3, Appliqué finishing to cut background fabric, wet shapes w a wet cloth, wait a couple minutes then remove templates. If it’s wet enough the papers should just pull right out.

It really is simple.

Using patience for this is my best advice.

If the paper doesn’t remove easily, get the piece a bit wetter.

Don’t forget, the “B” and the bird on the “OO” block will be added after assembling the top.

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Don’t get discouraged!

I know this part seems overwhelming to many, but if you use patience it’s really not hard.

If you need to, take a few days to get the appliqué strip made.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan & Emma

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 12, Awesome Appliqué

Thanks Karen for showing us your completed Candy Corn Sampler yesterday!

Thanks also to Chris & Susie for showing us your progress. I can’t wait to see your completed quilts soon too.

Welcome to Step 12 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

I loved the task of Step 12, Awesome Appliqué!

On page 18, you’ll find the templates to make each shape.

Having the right tools not only helps your quilting look great, it also helps you enjoy the process like I do!

All the tools that I use for appliqué can be found on the notions page on my website by clicking here.

Remember, you can use your favorite appliqué method if it’s not the freezer paper version that I love.

Also, remember when you need more than 1 of the same shape,

trace 1,

staple layers of freezer paper together & cut up to 6 at once.

Use a staple remover to remove the staple without tearing the templates.

Since these pieces are small, remember to keep the seam allowance small & clip curves & corners.

In case you need a refresher, below is a leaf tutorial using the Apliquick bars for points & the round edges.

After circles, I think stars may be my favorite shape to make,

but really any of them that challenge me are fun.

Like any task, practice makes perfect!

You only need to make the shapes today & tomorrow.

Step 13 will be to glue & fuse the pieces to the background rectangle & stitch the appliqué.

I wish I’d taken a pic of all of the appliqué shapes ready to glue

but I guess I was so excited to start gluing that I forgot!

Instead I’ll show you cute little Emma enjoying being gma’s model. 😊

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan w a bit of help from Emma!

A Quilt Along, Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, Halloween quilts, Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 11, OO Block

Welcome to Step 11 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

Thanks for sharing pics on our FB group, Sewing With Susan!

Step 11 is just 2 Tiny Dresden plates.

Refer to page 17, to make the Tiny Dresden plates.

We’re back to needing these today.

You’ve already made Tiny Dresden plates for this quilt so you should be a pro by now!

Just two more for today.

The “B” & the bird will be made & appliquéd after the top is assembled.

You can now either rest up or peek ahead at step 12.

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, please join & share pics.

Find the group by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan