Mystery Quilt-Along

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

 

Welcome to Day 6!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Big House blocks!

Did you notice my door greeter?

Isn’t he cute???

I could have had this to you a lot sooner if I didn’t have so many fabric options…

Also notice my new blue rotary cutter matches the blue house?

I sure miss my pink Olfa cutter, but alas I wore it out!

Anybody know where to get a new one?

I’ve Googled it time & again but with no luck…

I hope Olfa offers them again, soon!

This block is from my Dresden Village pattern

& my Christmas Greetings pattern.

I decided to go a bit crazy & use 3 different fabrics for the roof, windows & door.

No wonder it took me so long to choose fabrics from my scrap tote, right?

You’ll need to make 3 Big House blocks today.

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 7 blocks.

I hope you have a happy & safe New Year!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

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

 

Welcome to Day 5!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

I’m so excited about today’s task.

We’re making cute little cars!

Does it look familiar?

It’s the car I designed for my fabric line “Vintage Play.”

 I also used it in my “A Christmas Sampler” pattern.

I like using freezer paper templates,

then machine stitching the pieces onto the background fabric,

but you can use your favorite appliqué method.

Since we’re making 3 cars for our quilt,

you’ll need 3 of each car part (6 tires total).

I cut 3 rectangles of freezer paper,

stapled them together with the templates on top

then cut them out with paper scissors.

Notice I’m not showing cutting out the circles.

I realized the wheels were about 1″

so I’m using my pre-cut 1″ circles that I use for the Tiny Dresden centers.

The next thing I did was alter your templates so you could do the same!

Next, I removed the staples.

Then, after much deliberation, I selected the fabrics,

fused the templates & cut out the fabric adding 3/16″ seam allowance.

I used my magic Apliquick Bars to help me glue the seam allowance to each piece with narry a divot!

You only need to make the parts for 3 cars today.

Don’t worry about the gluing or appliqué part,

we’ll save that for another day!

I made a PDF of the reversed templates for you.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 6 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

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

 

Welcome to Day 4!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Tiny House blocks!

You’ll need to make 5 Tiny House blocks today.

WARNING: it takes longer to choose the fabrics than to actually make the block,

this is why I’ve only made 2 so far.

I wanted to get the instructions out to you today

so I stopped deliberating over fabrics! lol

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions.

It’s best if you spray & iron all your fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press before cutting.

Lots of seams & little pieces.

Be sure to press really well so your blocks end up 3 1/2″ x 5″.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 5 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

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

 

Welcome to Day 3!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Tiny Dresden plate blocks!

You’ll need to make 2.

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

just make 2 blocks!

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.

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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 hope to be back tomorrow with Day 4 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

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

Welcome to Day 2!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make pinwheel blocks!

This is one block to get you going, but you’ll need to make 6.

I made a PDF of the instructions.

You can use Thangles or another foundation to make the half-square triangles,

but if you’re going scrappy like I am,

just use the square cutting instructions that I’ve included.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 3 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 1; addendum

I just finished Day 1’s tree blocks.

They should measure 3 1/2″ x 5″.

I’m enjoying playing in my scraps with lots of 50’s & 60’s novelty prints.

I hope you enjoy making tiny trees as much as I do!

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

I’m working on Day 2 instructions for you

& hope to post them soon.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 1

Welcome to Day 1!

Are you ready to sew your way to the Epiphany with me?

Delve into the scrap bag.

The first blocks we’re going to make are my Tiny Trees.

I sewed just one this afternoon,

but we’ll need to make 6 trees for Day 1 sewing.

They should measure 3 1/2″ x 5″.

You’ll need 3 fabrics for each tree.

You can use the same 3 fabrics for all the trees or make each one different.

I plan to make each of mine different.

I’m going scrappy.

I made a PDF of the instructions with templates

in case you don’t already own my Tiny Tree Template Set #286.

If you’d like to purchase the template set

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

Be sure the 1″ square prints out exactly 1″ for the templates to be the proper size.

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I hope you enjoy making tiny trees as much as I do!

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

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 2 blocks.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

It has been the most peculiar Christmas season ever around here.

I’ve been laying low for the past 24 days due to COVID19.

No shopping, no wrapping, no Christmas cards sent.

No big family hosted dinner & no sewing.

I feel like the Grinch!

Although I’m still not 100%,

it’s nice to finally care about something today.

I cooked real food!

I also feel like thinking about the 12 Days of Christmas quilt I designed last month that I had envisioned starting with you here today.

I’ve not started cutting & sewing, but I have decided on what fabrics I will use.

Scraps!

These are scraps I bought from our guild’s auction

well over a year ago

from the estate of one of our guild’s charter members.

Her family donated her quilt stash & supplies to us.

Aren’t these lovely?

I can’t wait to get started.

Want to join me for 12 daily bits of sewing fun?

The quilt measures 23” x 27 1/2”.

There will be houses, trees, cars & a few Tiny Dresden plates too.

You can use Christmas fabrics

or a collection

or scraps like I’m using.

It’s going to be a fun little project & you’ll love it!

Please bear with me while I get started.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, My Life, New quilt pattern

Does Freezer Paper Appliqué Scare Or Excite You?

If freezer paper appliqué scares you,

you should know that you’re not alone!

I used to be one of those people,

but the experience of making the centers of little Dresden plates

has changed all of that for me.

I now – LOVE – freezer paper appliqué.

& I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

Practice is the only real solution to this obstacle.

Practice easy techniques using the best tools available.

I now find it to be very easy & I love the challenge &

the self satisfaction that comes with each completed project.

That’s the best advice that I can offer you,

that & show you those easy techniques.

Sit back & view these images & short videos & also

go to my Instagram for more short videos that I made just for you!

First use the Apliquick bars to cover the freezer paper shapes. It’s a little different for the round shapes vs. a straight edge & point. You can see the differences in these 2 vidoes.

After the appliqué shapes are made

glue them onto the background fabric.

Stitch them with the tiny blind hem stitch that I use,

or use your favorite appliqué stitch by machine or by hand.

The threads should match the appliqué shape being stitched down,

not the background fabric.

Next you’ll need to CAREFULLY cut slits behind each shape

so the freezer paper templates can be removed.

Use sharp serrated scissors for best results.

With a white cloth, generously wet the shapes.

It’s only necessary to wet the applique shapes.

No need to get the whole block wet.

Let the piece sit for a few minutes

until the glue has a chance to release the paper.

A gentle pull on opposite sides of each shape

will release the paper from the stitches.

If the paper doesn’t easily release,

it’s probably not wet enough.

I’m loving Jen Kingwell’s newest line,

Winkipop by Moda.

I hope that I’m changing your mind about trying freezer paper applique.

It truly is worth the effort!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, My Life, New quilt pattern

These Just In, New Christmas Patterns

I’m excited to announce my brand new patterns

& a new template too.

You know how much I love to sew for Christmas.

Well, these are all Christmas, all the time!

My favorite is my brand new sampler Christmas Greetings.

Like my A Merry Christmas to You pattern,

this pattern can be made into either 5 small quilts for you

or as gifts for 5 of your friends

or

after making the 5 small quilts

you can sew them together into 1 larger quilt

then add a couple small borders

to make 1 awesome wall or table quilt for Christmas.

I enjoyed using my new Brightpad to trace

the letters for the perle cotton embroidery.

There are a handful of Tiny Dresden plates and partial plates involved.

I love using 2 different fabrics for each plate to add interest.

Just remember to always have the same fabric petal on top

when you sew the pairs together.

After the first seam the fabrics will automatically alternate.

I made 2 sets of everything

so I could photograph both versions for the cover

but you’ll only need to make 1.

Fusible web appliqué makes the letters quick.

I tried out my new Tiny Tree Template Set!!!

I LOVE how easy & accurate cutting around my brand new

plastic templates make these trees!

(I also love my “new” tiny cupboard that I found

on black Friday when my sister, Lori, & I were antique shopping!)

These 2 trees were just for fun.

Beware!

I’ll for sure be designing many more patterns with these!

In no time I had a perfect stack of trees.

The hardest part of most of the blocks was deciding the fabrics!

I used a lot of Sweetwater’s new Christmas line,

The Christmas Card.

I noticed today that The Fat Quarter Shop now has it available.

I also used some of Jo Morton’s new line, Glad Tidings

plus I used several more reds & background fabrics.

Displaying them on my antique laundry basket helps me see them all at once.

It all started so MUCH tidier that this!

Key to the scrappy effect of these quilts is spacing out the fabrics.

Be sure to use a variety of fabrics in each type of block

so they will flow across the quilt &

not be sitting right next to each other

& fade one block into the next.

See what I mean?

I tried to not put any of the same background fabric side by side with itself.

If this happens it can change the design of the blocks.

I wish I’d taken more pics of the assembly,

but I was so busy working that I forgot!

Aren’t these 3″ spool blocks cute?

Keeping track of scraps that can be used in other blocks can save fabric.

This is really important when I’m working with sample fabric

before it’s available in quilt shops.

I also kept close tabs on the quantity of blocks

that I needed to make for 2 sets of the quilts.

Anyone else find it annoying to find you’ve only made 17

blocks when you need 18?

Or when you KNOW you made enough blocks but you have no idea where they went?

I was obviously interrupted when I was

working on the spool blocks.

I almost started cutting more fabric but then decided to take a trip

to the kitchen for a drink or snack & spotted them!

Notice the tool on the counter right beside them???

I don’t remember now what I was asked to help with

but it certainly broke my train of thought!

Who needs any more excuses for mistakes

when working with so many moving parts x 2? lol

The Big Board was great help in pressing the

completed top before adding the borders

but the biggest help I promise you is Mary Ellen’s Best Press!

Next came the half-square triangles.

They’re a snap when you use Thangles.

So much fun!

My generous tester, Chris, made her quilts into the 1 large quilt.

She mentioned that when I do this as a quilt-along here

that she wouldn’t mind making the 5 smaller quilts version.

So, what do you think?

Are you in for another quilt-along?

You can find Christmas Greetings on my brand new website here!

Look for more new patterns there too

and also here in the coming days.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan