My Life, Quarantine Quilting

Second Quarantine Quilting UFO Finish

The second UFO that’s been on my list for almost a year…

Robin’s Wreaths,

a 5-part quilt designed by my good friend,

Robin Koehler of Nestlings By Robin.

It was featured in

AQ Magazine 2018-2019.

I had the 6 blocks complete pretty much on schedule

with the release of each of the magazines.

The tiny leaf templates were all cut out

& fused to the leaf fabric.

That’s where I stalled out when I got too busy with market prep this time last spring…

So this is where I began.

Trimming seam allowances & gluing.

Starting with the smallest of leaves,

then the little bit larger, small leaves.

It’s my own fault!

I thought it would be so cute made miniature.

I actually made the templates from the printed

size templates in the magazine instead of enlarging them 200%.

Next, to glue the tiny leaves to the 6 finished blocks.

An issue which came with making a smaller version of this quilt is the fact that I had to improvise parts of the design that were just too small to incorporate into this scale.

Some I turned bias strips into stitched vines & some I left off completely.

The blocks are still very full of applique!

Next, borders!

This was a great opportunity to use my new Cricut BrightPad.

Love this!

I’ve been using a very old & crude (but much loved)

version of a light box that my then college boyfriend

(now husband of 31 years)

made for me to use in my design classes.

Lots of little hearts were next.

Thanks goodness for my Apliquick tools!

These things are a life saver!

It took me all day,

but the borders were soon made

& ready for stitching;

applique by machine then embroidery by hand.

It was nice having some hand work to do while watching TV.

With top complete, it was time to contemplate how to quilt it.

I decided on a grid to complement the block background

so as not to overpower the tiny applique.

These blocks are only 5″ finished.

It doesn’t take much to fill them.

Then binding!

And voila!

It now resides in a place of honor in our kitchen.

LOVE it!

Love that I could finish it in this crazy quarantine period.

What are you working on?

Please share your projects & progress on my Sewing With Susan FB group:

Please stay home & stay safe!

Just Keep Sewing…


My Life

Happy New Sewing Year 2019!

Happy New To You!

I hope the new year brings you good health, prosperity

& lots of sewing time too!

Not yet this year,

but the past two days

I’ve been catching up on some very delinquent sewing of Robin’s Wreaths:

I have the applique of the 2 blocks from the November issue done.

I have the applique of the 2 blocks from the January issue done too.

My Apliquick Bars are a true blessing!

There are lots of videos online if you need to learn how to use them the way they’re intended.

Since I use them often on the circles of my Dresden plates,

I sometimes have to look at a video to remind myself

how easy it is to do a corner the proper way!

I know, it sounds dumb that I remember it’s easy,

but don’t remember how to do it the easy way!

I no longer hate, despise or abhor freezer paper applique

& I think I do a pretty nice job too!

Wondering a bit why I’m punishing myself by making a tiny version…

(I chose to not enlarge the design,

but instead using it at the scale printed in the AG magazine)

& LOVING the results.

I’d also like to thank Diet Dr. Pepper…

I hope you’re able to squeeze in some happy sewing time!

Best Wishes for 2019!

Thanks for sewing with me & supporting Suzn Quilts!

Just Keep Sewing…