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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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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!

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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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Susan

A Giveaway!, Blog hop, free pattern

#SewPINK Blog Hop 2021

It’s my day to once again help spread awareness for breast cancer screening.

I hope every woman is aware of how important monthly self exams and especially annual mammograms are each year once you reach 40, or before if like me, you have a family history of breast cancer.

I can attest that mammograms are no fun!

I’ve been getting them regularly for nearly half my life.

Diagnostic MRIs & ultrasounds that some years for me are every 6 months instead of 12, aren’t fun either, but it beats the alternative. I also know that if they find something in their testing they’re probably catching it early & it will hopefully be easily treatable.

Early detection is so important.

There are so many reasons to try to stay healthy &

our precious new grand baby, Emma, is a good reason for me!

I’d like to offer this new little quilt pattern to make for yourself or a friend.

It measures approx. 6″ x 6″ & fits nicely on the 6 x 6 Scroll Stand by Ackfeld.

Use it as a reminder to get your annual screening.

Download the pattern for free by clicking the download button below & if you feel it in your heart to donate, see the details below.

The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection, and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.ByAnnie.com/SewPINK

To find screenings available near you:

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000.

To find the Fat Quarter Shop fundraiser visit: https://fundraise.nbcf.org/FatQuarterShop

To learn more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit: https://www.bcrf.org/

BLOG HOP 2021 SCHEDULE

Oct. 1 (Fri):Fat Quarter Shop – The Jolly Jabber

Oct. 2 (Sat):Sallie Tomato

Oct. 4 (Mon): Hugs ‘N Kisses

Oct. 6 (Wed): Sewfinity

Oct. 11 (Mon):Beyond the Reef

Oct. 13 (Wed): Great Heron Thread Co.

Oct. 15 (Fri): Love You Sew

Oct. 15 (Fri): Emmaline Bags

Oct. 16 (Sat): Meadow Mist Designs

Oct. 18 (Mon): OklaRoots

Oct. 20 (Wed): Suzn Quilts Today, my day!

Oct. 20 (Wed): Teresa Coates

Oct. 22 (Fri): Knot and Thread Design

Oct. 23 (Sat): Shannon’s Studio

Oct. 25 (Mon): The Littlest Thistle

Oct. 27 (Thur): Mister Domestic

Oct. 27 (Wed): Sookie Sews

And now for a give-away!

To enter for a chance to win a $30 coupon to ByAnnie.com

leave a comment here by October 31, 2021.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan & little helper, Emma

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 10, Mini Dresden Plate & Filler Blocks

Welcome to Step 10 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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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Emma & Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 9, Tree Blocks

Welcome to Step 9 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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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Emma & Susan

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

Welcome to Step 8 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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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Susan

My Life

Tiny Halloween Quilts

Is Candy Corn Sampler too daunting a project for you?

Perhaps you’d like a Tiny (Dresden plate) Halloween quilt???

All of these patterns are small & use my Tiny Dresden Plate Template.

Both these quilts display perfectly on the 6 x 6 Scroll Frame,

which can be found on my website by clicking here.

BOO is one of my favorite Halloween patterns!

BOO makes a great workshop!

I love this pillow that I made from my BOO pattern!

These two are new.

Tiny With Chats doesn’t use Tiny Dresden Plate Template, but instead uses Mini Dresden Plate & Tiny Tree Template Set.

All of these Halloween patterns & more

can be found on my website by clicking here.

I hope you find one that you would like to sew up!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 7, Mummy Block

Welcome to Step 7 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 6, Dresden Pumpkin Blocks

Welcome to Step 6 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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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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Susan

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Candy Corn Sampler Quilt-Along Step 3, HOOT Block

Welcome to Step 3 of making your Candy Corn Sampler!

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Let’s start Step 3!

Tiny Dresden plates are the main topic for today.

Tip for today is to spray & iron all of your fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. Your plates will lie flatter when they’re complete.

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.

Refer to page 7, “HOOT Block” to get started.

Good news, Step 4 will be a lighter load, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, sorry, but maybe you can use Thursday & Friday to get caught up.

I again chose to use freezer paper machine appliqué method for this block.

If, like I mentioned in Step 2, you cut multiple appliqué templates at once for the birds, you’re saving time! If not, you can still do so since there are more birds on this quilt.

Just stack up to 6 layers of freezer paper a bit larger than the shape to cut out & staple a template on top.

(Be sure the freezer paper is stacked up correctly. Notice some birds on the quilt face right & some face left, but you can cut them all at once. See notes on each block’s instructions)

Using serrated scissors helps to cut through lots of layers. I use a staple remover to remove the staple without tearing the paper layers.

You know I love this part of the quilt!

Having the right tools makes all the difference!

Use your favorite appliqué method!

Below I show how to manipulate a point with my favorite tools; Apliquick Bars. Use this short video to help with the birds.

Here I show how simple it is to manipulate a circle. Yes, simple! Just practice.

You’ll need them for the Tiny Dresden plates.

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.

Be sure you have enough contrast between the background fabric and appliqué pieces then position all the appliqué on the background fabric then glue (or fuse) it in place.

“HOOT” is going to be a tight fit, just be sure you position the letters inside the 1/4″ seam allowance.

I do A LOT of fabric auditioning while designing a quilt. I originally designed this quilt with white birds so that’s where I went with them.

Choosing the right center circles is yet another decision…

My double guessing of myself just wastes time!

For some reason I thought the white birds were too stark so I made black birds.

Obviously they were too dark for me!

As you can see, my original idea of white birds was perfect! I think what makes it work is the pretty black designs in the light cream fabrics.

What I’ve learned over the years is that I like low contrast in fabrics across my quilts. You may think my quilts are too busy, if so, you probably like high or at least more contrast. Make your birds stark white, or maybe orange! lol

Good grief, grandma!!! Lol

I love of the tiny blind hem stitch* for plates & freezer paper appliqué. Done small enough it resembles hand stitching. If you don’t know what I mean, use the blind hem setting, but make the stitch length & width very small. *IF your machine won’t let you adjust the blind hem stitch, use a different one!

#1 rule, have fun oh, & ask questions!

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I can’t wait to see your HOOT blocks & your bird fabric choices!

If you have any appliqué questions you can ask them there too.

If you’re still undecided on your fabrics

you can order your Candy Corn Sampler kit today from Need’l Love by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan