A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 7

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022 & Day 7!

We’re half way through these 12 Days of Christmas.

6 down, 6 to go…

Today we will make another quick little tree block.

Using my Tiny Tree Template set makes this task quick, easy & fun!

The instructions for previous tree block, Day 1 are the same.

In case you need them again, you can click the download button below.

When you get your blocks made (I know there are lots of you following along) please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 8 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 6

Welcome to Day 6!

Today we will make a sewing machine block!

You may ask why I made my sewing machine white…

My original quilt design had a black sewing machine, but for Christmas a few days ago I received the most beautiful Featherweight machine that I’ve seen to date from my DH. When choosing fabric I decided to make this quilt block to commemorate my newest Featherweight machine.

This machine, although it was born the same year I was, looks brand new & so does its box!

I’m so excited to sew on it!

Hopefully one of these days life will slow a bit & I’ll have a chance to do so.

I used my go-to freezer paper (no raw edges) appliqué

but you can feel free to use your favorite technique.

If you’d like to master a new technique in the new year, I have a lot of very short videos of the very easy task or turning the seam allowance under & machine stitching it so there are no raw edges on the appliqué.

This is a bigger version of my sewing machine that I originally designed last year during our Quarantiny quilt.

You can see how I made it here. It’s not hard but you will need to practice. Having the right tools is key, in particular Apliquick Bars & small glue sticks for this sewing machine but also paper circle cutters & other tools for the little Dresden plates.

I have everything you need for making little Dresden plates & turned edge appliqué on the notions page of my website. You can find them by clicking here.

The pattern you need to make your white (or black or whatever color you choose) sewing machine can be found my clicking the download button below.

The template is reversed for you.

When you get your blocks made (I know there are lots of you following along) please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 7 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 5

Welcome to Day 5!

Today we will make an angel block.

I still love this little angel that I designed several years & have incorporated into several patterns.

A Joyful Christmas was the original design.

It seems perfect on a tree of Tiny Dresden Plates.

You can find them in both paper & PDF versions by clicking here.

My Happy Place has several of the tiny angels.

You can find it in both paper & PDF versions as well by clicking here.

Tiny Dresden Friends also has the precious angel.

I’ve made several of these as gifts.

They’re a perfect little something for a special friend.

It can be found in paper version complete with the button kit by clicking here.

She has Tiny Dresden wings!

I made a PDF for you to download to make your angel block.

Just click the download button below.

I stitched her face & halo on my machine, but you can stitch them by hand.

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 6 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 4

Welcome to Day 4!

Thanks to all of you who are sewing along with us,

especially those of you who are sharing your block pics with us!

I love seeing the blocks in your fabrics & also the spins you put on them.

Today we will make this cute but simple flower block.

I prefer to use a bias tape maker any time I’m making stems on a quilt.

For this block I recommend the Clover 3/8″ Fusible Bias Tape Maker.

Note: The stem fabric doesn’t need to be cut on the bias for this block.

If you have a similar but different size bias tape maker it may work. You can also fuse a piece of fabric if you’re not comfortable using a bias tape maker.

Remember, this should be fun!

Click the download button below for the PDF instructions for the Flower Block.

I used my 1″ & 2″ circle paper cutters to cut the freezer paper templates for the flower.

Well, in all honestly, I just pulled them from my cute antique tins already cut.

It’s no coincidence that the flower uses these 2 sizes of circles. I’m basically lazy!!!

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with the Day 5 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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