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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!

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

Find it by clicking here to join.

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

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

1 More Day ‘Til The Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along…

Just 1 more day until we start the Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along.

Are your tools ready?

Sunflower Block

My best friends when making Tiny & Mini Dresden plates,

or in this case flowers, are my Apliquick tools.

Many tools are available for lovely applique,

but none that I’ve found fit my needs better than these.

They make perfect points on stars.

They make perfect circles for eyes too!

Making 6 circles makes me smile!


Mummy block

Can you say that about your current applique method???

I can!

If you need help with those, you’ve come to the right spot.

You can click here to watch me make a circle with the Apliquick Bars.

All of the tools that I use for making prefect little Dresden plates & mummies & candy corns.. are found on my notions page by clicking here.

Don’t forget, you can still purchase a kit from Needl’ Love by

clicking here.

They have backing kits available as well.

The pattern is ready for purchase in both PDF & paper form by clicking here.

Get ready to sew with us starting tomorrow, October 1st!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, you should join so you can see & share pics of this & my previous quilt-alongs too. You can find it by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

Let’s Get Ready For The Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along…

Just 2 more days until we start the Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along.

Are you ready?

There are a few things that I like to do before starting a quilt with many different fabrics and one is organizing the fabrics that I plan to use.

In case you don’t know this about me,

the more fabrics I can add to a quilt, the happier I am!

Candy Corn Sampler has 26 different fabrics!

All are designed by the talented Reneé Nanneman of Needl’ Love for Andover fabrics.

Many are Hootenanny prints, several are Acorn Harvest prints & 2 more background fabrics are also Needl’ Love prints.

You can purchase a kit with these same fabrics from Needl’ Love by

clicking here.

They have backing kits available as well.

Because I like to use lots of fabrics in my quilts, organization is key.

One way to be sure that I get a lot of variety across the quilt is to make the fabrics visible so I don’t forget to use some of them & use others too many times.

I’ve come up with an easy system that’s so cute in my sewing room.

Tiny hangers!

I hang them in my sewing room on my curtain rods.

Organization is fun!
Little fabric closet!
Tiny 4″ hanger

As you may have guessed, you can find these on my website by clicking here.

The pattern is ready for purchase in both PDF & paper form by clicking here.

Like all of my patterns, paper templates are included,

but my plastic templates make the cutting so much faster & more accurate!

Candy Corn Sampler takes advantage of 3 of my plastic templates:

Mini Dresden Plate#186
Tiny Dresden Plate #216
Tiny Tree Template Set #286.

Where are the trees in Candy corn Sampler you might ask?

Nope, there are no trees in this quilt, but you will want the Tiny Tree Template Set because there are lots of candy corns and that’s what I used to make them!

In case you don’t have experience with using plastic templates, they make your cutting so much more accurate & you can stack 8 layers of fabric to cut 8 pieces at once!

That’s why they’re great to have.

Order your pattern by clicking here.

Order 1, 2 or all 3 templates by clicking here.

Get ready to sew with us starting October 1st!

Every year you’ll have a cute quilt to hang for Halloween.
Sorry, cute baby not included! You will however probably see lots of pics of Emma along the way!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, you should join so you can see & share pics of this & my previous quilt-alongs too. You can find it by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

Just One Week Until The Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Begins!

The pattern is ready for purchase in both PDF & paper form by clicking here.

As always, the pattern has paper templates,

but my plastic templates make the cutting so much faster & accurate!

If you don’t already have them you can find them by clicking here.

Need’l Love has these beautiful kits

& backing kits ready for order as well by clicking here.

Every other day I’ll be introducing a step in the pattern &

I’ll have pics of tips & tricks to show you how easy each block is.

Order your pattern & kit today to be ready to sew October 1st!

Every year you’ll have a cute quilt to hang for Halloween.
Sorry, cute baby not included!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, you should join so you can see & share pics of this & my previous quilt-alongs too. You can find it by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Coming October 1, 2021!

Emma*, my adorable, new, first grand baby & I would like to say, Hello!

(*Sorry baby not included with pattern purchase… lol

but you’ll probably be seeing a few pics of her too)

I’m excited to finally announce that it’s time to order your

pattern & fabric kit today for my month-long

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt

quilt-long starting October 1st!

This brand new sampler quilt will be the star right here the entire month of October.

I’ve broken down the pattern to help you concentrate on 1 small area of the quilt

every other day,

so when Halloween arrives you’ll have this adorable quilt to celebrate the season for years to come.

The pattern is ready for purchase in both PDF & paper form by clicking here.

As always, paper templates are included in the pattern,

but my plastic templates make the cutting so much faster & accurate!

If you don’t already have them you can find them by clicking here.

Reneé Nanneman of Need’l Love has these beautiful kits

& backing kits ready for order as well by clicking here.

Every other day, the entire month of October,

I’ll be introducing a step in the pattern.

I’ll have pics of tips & tricks to show you how easy each block is.

But hey, if you’re like me,

you can buy the pattern today &

just start sewing & have it done by October 1st!

Your call!

See how I’ve used my Tiny Tree Template set #286 to make fast & easy candy corn blocks?
I’ve used freezer paper for machine appliqué, but you can choose your favorite method.
Apliquick Bars are my best friend for making perfect appliqué shapes.
Make them yours too!
Appliqué is a snap with the right tools, tips & practice!
Learn a fun way to make a frayed mummy.
Ever sew on buttons with your sewing mahcine?

Order your pattern & kit today to be ready to sew October 1st!

If you’re not already a member of my Sewing With Susan Facebook group, you should join so you can see & share pics of this & my previous quilt-alongs too. You can find it by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

It’s going to be sew fun!!!

Susan (& my new associate, Emma)

New quilt pattern, New tiny Dresden plate quilts

Gnomes At Home Will Love Your Home!

My brand new Gnomes At Home seasonal series

is now on my website & the gnomes are

waiting for you to call them to your home!

Make a cute little 6″ x 9″ gnome quilt each month

with a beard made of Tiny Dresden petals.

These are perfect displayed on an Ackfeld 6 x 6 stand,

also available on my website.

I’m a one-stop-shop!

Make just your favorite or all 12.

Only one stand necessary to swap the quilts onto.

Patterns include the adorable Just Another Button Company

button or buttons each month,

full-sized, reversed applique templates &

complete, illustrated Tiny Dresden plate assembly instructions.

I loved making these & you will too!

Be the first on your block, lol.

Just Keep Sewing… gnomes!

Susan

New quilt pattern

Another Fresh New Pattern, Baskets & Posies

This new pattern is made with Cider by Basic Grey

for Moda Fabrics plus I added the stripe fabric.

Some of the prints are new Grunge colors,

as part of the Cider collection.

This quilt just sings spring, don’t you think?

I showed you some of the basket work last fall while I was making this quilt.

I love the check print.

My pattern tester, Heather used the check print for her baskets and varied the flower fabric colors.

It looks fantastic! I’m a bit jealous…

There were circles to make…

Of course…

A nice pile of petals were also made.

This is such a fun quilt to make!

Baskets & Posies is now available in both paper & PDF forms

on my website by clicking here.

The pattern instructions include;

my Tiny Dresden plate tricks & techniques, of course,

freezer paper appliqué

& the piecing of the basket blocks.

This would make a great workshop for you quilting group!

Do you know that I travel to teach?

You can see my offering on my website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern

Another Fresh New Pattern, Bazinga

Bazinga was such a fun quilt to make!

The color prints are from Winkipop by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics.

In retrospect I probably should have named it something like “I Spy,”

or maybe “Ghost Trees.”

Can you see the (trunkless) trees from my Tiny Tree Template Set #286?

The block is similar to the 54-40 fight block,

but as you can see, there are no points to be fussy about!

Originally I designed this with Christmas fabrics.

My pattern tester, Chris,

thinks this would make a good Quilts of Valor quilt.

I agree!

I’m excited to be able to design more quilts using my

Tiny Tree Template Set like I’ve been doing with my

Tiny Dresden #216 & my Mini Dresden #186 templates.

I have a lot more designs in mind,

so if you already have my Tiny Tree Template Set you’re set,

if not, you can find it on my website by clicking here.

Bazinga can now be found in both

paper & PDF versions on my website by clicking here.

More fresh new designs to come!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan