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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 11, OO Block

Welcome to Step 11 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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.

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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 10, Mini Dresden Plate & Filler Blocks

Welcome to Step 10 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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After making today’s blocks, you’ll be 2/3 done with your Candy Corn Sampler!

Step 10 is 1 Mini Dresden plate block…

Refer to page 15, to make the Mini Dresden plate.

The hardest part of this block was deciding what color of thread to appliqué the block to the background with because I used a cheddar & a black fabric for the petals.

In the end I decided on my best friend in threads.

I use Sulky’s Medium Taupe 733-1180 thread almost every time I make a Dresden plate with multiple fabrics.

I pieced & appliquéd this entire Dresden Heaven quilt with Medium Taupe.

It blends well with light, medium & dark fabrics.

It also blends well with many colors, not just neutrals.

This is a good time to make the filler blocks if you’ve not already made them.

Find the flying geese blocks on page 16.

Half-square triangles can be found there too if you didn’t make them yet.

We’re back to needing these today.

Also more time for fabric play…

Fun, fun, fun!

Tamara added some pizzazz to the petals of this block!

I love the rick rack prints in this collection. Who am I kidding? I love this whole collection by Need’l Love!

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Emma & Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 9, Tree Blocks

Welcome to Step 9 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Step 9 is 3 tree Blocks.

We’re back to needing these today.

Refer to page 14, for the complete instructions.

The tiny trees are a snap with my Tiny Tree Template Set.

Tools, tools, tools!

I used the 3/4”, 1″ & for 1 1/2” circle punches for the topiary tree.

Having the right tools makes all the difference.

You don’t have to,

but I like the precision & speed they give.

Just 1, 2, 3 little tree blocks today.

More time for catching up if you’re a bit behind.

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Emma & Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 8, Midnight Moon Block

Welcome to Step 8 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Step 8 is the Midnight Moon Block.

We’re back to needing these today.

Refer to page 13, for the complete instructions.

Tools, tools, tools!

Having the right tools makes all the difference.

I used the 1″ circle punch for the bats & the Tiny Dresden plate center

& Thangles for the half square triangles.

You don’t have to,

but I like the precision & speed they give.

Not so spooky blocks, in a super cute Halloween quilt.

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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 7, Mummy Block

Welcome to Step 7 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Step 7 is the Mummy Block.

No need for these today!

Refer to page 12, for the complete instructions.

By now you should be pretty skilled at making nice & round circles, but if not, here’s more practice!

It’s fun tearing the fabric strips for this block. I used some strips right side up and some right side down to add more variety to the block.

Do your best to stitch down the strips. I only worried about the top layers that were visible.

After stitching all the strips & finishing the appliqué don’t forget to trim the block.

After Tamara quilted this for me I removed more threads for more fraying. I wanted mummy to look real! Lol

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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 6, Dresden Pumpkin Blocks

Welcome to Step 6 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Step 6 is Dresden Pumpkin Blocks.

No need to make the flying geese blocks today,

but you’re going to need to make them sooner or later, lol.

I borrowed these blocks from my new-ish Dresden Pumpkins table runner pattern.

2 Tiny Dresden plates for today & tomorrow.

You’ll need these…

Refer to page 11, for the complete instructions.

A couple more leaves for this block.

If you remember the leaf making video I showed you, use the small bar w beveled end for the straight parts of the leaf then use the pointed end for the round parts.

If you don’t already have Apliquick Bars & Bohin glue you can find them & all the tools that I use for my appliqué on my website by clicking here.

More tiny blind hem stitch for the circle & leaf appliqué.

Can’t wait to see your pumpkins!

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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 3, HOOT Block

Welcome to Step 3 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Let’s start Step 3!

Tiny Dresden plates are the main topic for today.

Tip for today is to spray & iron all of your fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. Your plates will lie flatter when they’re complete.

I use the hand pump bottle when spraying yardage & the finger pump bottle when I’m spraying my finished plates or blocks. Its spray is really fine & won’t super saturate the small pieces & make them go wonky.

Refer to page 7, “HOOT Block” to get started.

Good news, Step 4 will be a lighter load, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, sorry, but maybe you can use Thursday & Friday to get caught up.

I again chose to use freezer paper machine appliqué method for this block.

If, like I mentioned in Step 2, you cut multiple appliqué templates at once for the birds, you’re saving time! If not, you can still do so since there are more birds on this quilt.

Just stack up to 6 layers of freezer paper a bit larger than the shape to cut out & staple a template on top.

(Be sure the freezer paper is stacked up correctly. Notice some birds on the quilt face right & some face left, but you can cut them all at once. See notes on each block’s instructions)

Using serrated scissors helps to cut through lots of layers. I use a staple remover to remove the staple without tearing the paper layers.

You know I love this part of the quilt!

Having the right tools makes all the difference!

Use your favorite appliqué method!

Below I show how to manipulate a point with my favorite tools; Apliquick Bars. Use this short video to help with the birds.

Here I show how simple it is to manipulate a circle. Yes, simple! Just practice.

You’ll need them for the Tiny Dresden plates.

If you don’t already have Apliquick Bars & Bohin glue you can find them & all the tools that I use for my appliqué on my website by clicking here.

Be sure you have enough contrast between the background fabric and appliqué pieces then position all the appliqué on the background fabric then glue (or fuse) it in place.

“HOOT” is going to be a tight fit, just be sure you position the letters inside the 1/4″ seam allowance.

I do A LOT of fabric auditioning while designing a quilt. I originally designed this quilt with white birds so that’s where I went with them.

Choosing the right center circles is yet another decision…

My double guessing of myself just wastes time!

For some reason I thought the white birds were too stark so I made black birds.

Obviously they were too dark for me!

As you can see, my original idea of white birds was perfect! I think what makes it work is the pretty black designs in the light cream fabrics.

What I’ve learned over the years is that I like low contrast in fabrics across my quilts. You may think my quilts are too busy, if so, you probably like high or at least more contrast. Make your birds stark white, or maybe orange! lol

Good grief, grandma!!! Lol

I love of the tiny blind hem stitch* for plates & freezer paper appliqué. Done small enough it resembles hand stitching. If you don’t know what I mean, use the blind hem setting, but make the stitch length & width very small. *IF your machine won’t let you adjust the blind hem stitch, use a different one!

#1 rule, have fun oh, & ask questions!

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I can’t wait to see your HOOT blocks & your bird fabric choices!

If you have any appliqué questions you can ask them there too.

If you’re still undecided on your fabrics

you can order your Candy Corn Sampler kit today from Need’l Love by clicking here.

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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 1, Candy Corn Blocks

Hello from Emma, my little pumpkin spice baby, & me!

Welcome long-time followers & all of my new followers

to Step 1 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

I’m glad you’re taking this sewing journey with us to make my newest favorite quilt.

Hopefully you’ve made at least a few fabric decisions…

This Hootenanny fat 1/4 pack was a large part of my inspiration for this Candy Corn Sampler Quilt. It looks nice with this Grunge piece, don’t you think? I didn’t end up using it but Grunge goes with almost everything!

If you’re still undecided on your fabrics you can order your Candy Corn Sampler kit today from Need’l Love by clicking here.

Let’s start with Step 1!

My first step with any quilting these days is to spray & iron all of my fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. It doesn’t make the fabric stiff like starch does. It gives it more body & helps it press flatter which is really helpful especially when working with little pieces of fabric. I’ve also noticed that if I need to reposition something & press it again the first creases will press out unlike the results of using regular starch.

I use the hand pump bottle when spraying yardage & the finger pump bottle when I’m spraying my finished plates or blocks. Its spray is really fine & won’t super saturate the small pieces & make them go wonky.

The next task is to start cutting & making candy corns!

Refer to page 4, “Candy Corn Blocks” & “Cutting” to cut the strips then sew the strip sets together. Next, refer to the cutting diagram to cut the “trees”.

NOTE: Do not rotate the template to cut the candy corns or half of your candy corns will be upside down!

The in-between triangles will be discarded or if you’re like me, put away for another day…

Follow assembly instructions, page 4, to make the blocks. I sewed these blocks on my featherweight machine. That was fun!

In case you noticed, “real” candy corn has orange in the middle, but I prefer my fabric candy corn to have the orange on the outside.

Sew the left background onto the candy corn then press.

Sew the right background onto the candy corn then press again. Don’t forget to do the little bit of trimming. These blocks should measure 3 1/2” x 4 1/4”.

Make 48. Don’t worry, they go quickly & you have 2 days to make them (just 1 per hour lol) before we move on to Step 2!

Emma says they’re a snap!

If you’re using super cute fabric who cares how long they take?

I played with one of the super cute Hootenanny rick rack stripes to make a few trees too. I’m not sure where they’ll end up.

I love the ease & accuracy of this block’s construction. ❤️ I hope you do too!

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I can’t wait to see your candy corn blocks.

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Susan

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Do You Love Red & Green Antique Quilts?

You’re in for a treat if you’ve always wanted to

make your own red & green antique quilt.

My good friend, Robin, of Nestlings by Robin

has created an absolute masterpiece!!!

Just today she introduced her PDF pattern for sale

& for a limited time it’s at an introductory rate.

 

She’s also hosting a Quilt-Along starting soon to keep you motivated.

Check out her blog for details &

join her Facebook group to be a part of the buzz!

 

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Susan

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Quarantiny Quilt Assembly Progress

Yesterday I finally sat to assemble my

Quarantiny Sew-Along Quilt

that has been hanging out on my design wall for a while.

I’m glad that I was able to let it percolate

while I spent a lot of time preparing for virtual Spring Quilt Market

which also involved having a brand new website built.

While it was hanging out on my design wall

I realized the best way to sew the tiny 3″ blocks together

was not by sewing them into rows,

but instead by sewing them into blocks.

So, yesterday that’s what I did.

16 tiny blocks at a time I assembled the quilt.

This June Tailor Cut ‘n Press worked great transporting the blocks

to my sewing machine so I didn’t get them out of order.

Something else I discovered while watching this hang out

on my design wall for so long is that since there was such variety in the blocks,

some 4-patch, some 9-patch yet others not equidistant blocks at all,

many of the seams didn’t line up with the neighboring blocks

which made it SO MUCH EASIER to sew them together!

When I discovered this back in May,

I contemplated rearranging the blocks so no 2 blocks’

seams would line up (can you spell O.C.D.???)

but I decided against that crazy idea!

As it turned out,

very few of the blocks’ seams lined up anyway.

 

I so enjoyed sewing the blocks together!

I put in my new DVD of

 

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If you know me at all, you know that I love this version too

Little Women (1994 film) - Wikipedia

& have watched it at least 100 times!

OK watched may not be the correct word, more like listened to.

Anyway, soon the 128 tiny 3″ blocks were assembled

into 8 blocks ready to be sewn around my cute sewing machine!

I’m excited & a bit sad that the top is finished & ready to be quilted!

 

This is the first time that I clipped seam allowances to help the seams lie flatter.

Have you ever done this?

You clip on either side of bulky seams

so the seam kind of flip flops directions

in the middle of a seam instead of being pressed all one way or open.

Clip almost, but not quite to the stitches of the seam.

I figured this would not be washed so it should be OK.

It sure makes the bulky seams lie flat!

Look how nice the back looks!

This was so much fun.

Thanks to all of you who sewed along with me!

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I’m excited to have it quilted & then to bind it.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan