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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 3

Welcome to Day 3!

Today we will make a Santa block.

You may have noticed this block is part Tiny Tree block & Tiny Dresden plate.

We’ll be referring to the previous 2 days’ instructions to make Santa!

Sorry for the delay, a storm this morning has had our internet off & on so I’ve had issues trying to complete this post.

Since I’ve rushed a bit I hope the instructions are complete & accurate!

I need to post now before it’s off again! lol

Just click the download button below to get the complete instructions to make this 5″ x 6 1/2″ (unfinished) block.

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 4 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2!

Today we will make just 1 Tiny Dresden plate block.

If you have my Tiny Dresden Plate Template you already have the instructions,

just make 1 block!

If you don’t have the plastic template & would like to purchase one

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions with a paper template.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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

Another perk to joining my Sewing With Susan FB group is that I have videos of the applique process for the Dresden plates.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 3 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along!

T’was the day after Christmas & everyone is gone. Not a creature is stirring but the man making ham & beans since before dawn

The kids have all gone home, and taken the babe. She was the light of the party, unanimously the best part of the day!

But now it’s again quiet. We’ve been to Mass & back home. What to do now besides play on the phone?

Get out your fabrics, let’s make our own fun & play. It’s going to be another fun-filled 12 days!

I’ve a design in mind now, it’s small & it’s cute. I hope that you’ll join me, to give the Christmas blues the boot!

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Quilt-Along!

There will be

steps, 1 each day for the 12 Days Of Christmas,

right here on my blog.

Finished quilt is 21.5″ x 23″.

If you have to ask if there will be Dresdens involved, you don’t know me at all… it’s called “a few of my favorite things,” duh!

Go find some of your favorite fabrics & meet me back here later today.

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 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. 😊

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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.

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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 Step 10, Mini Dresden Plate & Filler Blocks

Welcome to Step 10 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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

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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Just Keep Sewing…

Emma & Susan

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

Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 9, Tree Blocks

Welcome to Step 9 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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

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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Find the group by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Emma & Susan

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

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

Welcome to Step 8 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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

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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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 Step 7, Mummy Block

Welcome to Step 7 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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

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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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 Step 6, Dresden Pumpkin Blocks

Welcome to Step 6 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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

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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Find the group by clicking here to join.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan