While making new Quilt-as-you-go pattern samples this week

I was reminded of a conversation I had last fall when a fellow quilter didn’t fill her foundation precisely with strips.

I personally don’t sew with perfection, but precision!

I’m not perfect, but I know how to make quilts with perfection; two different things.

From the beginning she didn’t find her scant 1/4″ seam allowance nor did she measure back as described & illustrated in every QAYG pattern of mine.

How many of us overlook those pesky instructions until we run into trouble…LOL!

So, I decided to take some photos & give some measuring tips.

I have a Quilt-as-you-go tutorial here,

so take at look at it

& this post will bring even more clarity.

First of all,

find your machine’s scant 1/4″ seam allowance with your walking foot!

QAYG+tutorial+needle+positionFor my older Bernina 930

(Lucky me, I know! My mom found the magic of Bernina while I was still in college.)

I just move the needle position one click to the right

& lead the fabric along one of the openings in the walking foot.

QAYG+tutorial+walking+footThis gives me a perfect scant 1/4″ seam allowance & I can see the fabric under the foot at precisely where the needle is going into the fabric.

When I sew through the strips & foundation with a long stitch

(I’m quilting here, not just sewing two layers of cotton together)

QAYG+tutorial+stitch+lengthI get precisely the measurement of the two strips minus 1/2″ for the seam.

Now that your machine is ready,

follow any of my Quilt-as-you-go patterns to

cut the strips & make the foundation.

Start sewing your strips by lining them up with the foundation & pinning several times.

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I ALWAYS use the very handy finger pincushion.

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I pin the strips on at the table,

sew at my machine while removing pins, then press & pin the next strip back at the table.

The pins are always in my finger pincushion, not back at my machine.

It saves a LOT of time & AGGRAVATION!

Here is the next important step:

QAYG+tutorial+measure+backMeasure back!

& I don’t mean just after the first strip is added.

It’s in every one of my QAYG patterns.

QAYG+tutorial+measure+back+againAfter every strip is added,

measure across in three places & make sure the measurement is the same.

When you’ve sewn farther than 24″, get a longer ruler!

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If it’s not the same, you need to adjust it & make it the same

otherwise when you get to the last strip you may be out of foundation,

or you may be out of foundation before you’ve used all of your strips!

 QAYG+tutorial+last+stripMeasure, measure, measure…

This is all in the pattern instructions, but I thought a few photos would maybe make things even clearer.

See how the last strip meets the edge of the foundation precisely?

QAYG+tutorial+last+strip+fitsThat’s because I use a scant 1/4″ seam & check myself with every strip added.

Who wants a snowman without a chin?

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Especially when all his friends have one!!!

(No faces yet, but chins!)

They all have faces now, but I still need to finish the binding hand-work so I can get them photographed & ready for spring market.

Any questions???

Boy I can sure find lots of ways to avoid work!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

 

I promise I’ve been working,

but I do get sidetracked once in a while &

not in an entirely lazy way…

I sometimes stop to capture an image of the beauty of the process.

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These are the Tiny Dresden flowers for my new quilt with the Mill Book 1892 collection.

Once I popped the paper templates out of the centers,

I spread them out on my kitchen table to dry under the ceiling fan.

They’re so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

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 Suzn+Quilts+Drying+Tiny+Flowers+closeupI did have some help earlier.

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I was so intently working that I forgot to photograph my helper while she was fully decked out with all the Tiny petals, sorry.

I did get a shot of the second round of Mini petal sections drying one day last week though.

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When you make the Dresden blocks a bit at a time, when they’re finished, they seem as though they went together all by themselves!

Recess over.

Back to work.

Perfect timing too, UPS is here with my extra fabric!

Just keep sewing,

Susan

Last weekend was our annual retreat to Rosemary’s,

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our local quilt shop/friendly retreat center.

Rosemary is extremely generous to open her home/quilt shop to quilters who want to meet, sew, shop, sleep & dine at the local yet delicious restaurants of which we choose authentic; Mexican, Italian, & Chinese!

There are more restaurants within the same two block radius from her shop including a diner next door where Loraine & Chris ate breakfast plus many more restaurants & stores throughout the little town of Highland to make this a perfect destination to sew with friends.

I prefer left-over Chinese & DiMaggio’s pizza for my breakfast…

While there, I finally cut into my new Mill Book Circa 1892 collection that I showed you last week.

Suzn+Quilts+Cutting+Mill+BookI’m working on another new pattern using my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates.

I can’t get enough!

I know, right???

Fun was shared by all that were able to attend.

Suzn+Quilts+Rosemarys+2015+groupLots of sewing, chatting & eating…

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to ask someone to take a photo of our group & my phone doesn’t have a camera timer darn it (at least not that I can find!)

We all accomplished a lot & yesterday I set to removing freezer paper templates.

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These are all the petals on my kitchen table drying.

The sun was shining so the lighting isn’t even, but a pretty cool image anyway I think.

Today after helping with charity quilts at our guild meeting & a trip to the dentist for me & Clare, I’ve been making more petals & my sewing room helper (still nameless) is helping.

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She’s keeping them wrinkle-free until I can cut apart, press, trim & turn them.

Her services have been invaluable!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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It’s that time of year again.

Time to be thinking and planning for Spring Quilt Market.

It will be in Minneapolis in May.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it since we left Houston!

I’ve already sent in payment to reserve our booth,

bought our air flights

 & worked up proposals for two Schoolhouse sessions.

Actually I did all that last year,

not only that, but I ordered sample fabric from the very generous folks at Moda.

 Suzn+Quilts+Millbrook+1892+Moda-4Introducing

Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892!

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Pink, Green, Cream & Red, all my favorites plus my new love, purple!

The tones are so warm & lovely that I can’t wait to start cutting.

I replaced my rotary cutter’s blade today…

As usual, I don’t know exactly all I’ll be creating with the collection,

but I know where I’m starting.

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Yep, can’t get enough!

Any other suggestions?

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OK, some of these too.

Gotta get cutting!

Until next time,

Susan

I customarily wait until after Epiphany (January 6th) to undecorate our home.

So, now that Christmas is officially over, with the help of our three kids (# 1’s day off, #2’s Christmas break from college & #3 frigid temps, no school) Christmas got put away today.

Just on the heels of that unpopular task came a friendly Fedex delivery man.

Poor guy, I would not want his job today.

It’s 12 degrees without the wind chill right now!

He brought me this.

Suzn+Quilts+Food+Processor+boxI’m not a foodie but I do watch cooking shows now & then

& occasionally there is a good-looking recipe where a food processor is a must.

Although I have a mini food processor that I’ve used for small tasks over the years, it’s not the same as a heavy duty full-size food processor.

Suzn+Quilts+Food+Processor+assemSo, with the help of my Kohl’s cash, a gift certificate from last year’s birthday from a dear friend, my Kohl’s birthday month coupon (yeah it’s here again) & my Kohl’s reward points, (& some cash…) I decided to buy this on-line over the weekend.

(Now I have more Kohl’s cash to spend.  It’s a vicious cycle!!!)

Suzn+Quilts+Food+Processor+instUnfortunately, I can’t use this thing until I read the manual.

I guess it’ll be a while longer…

That’s OK, I need to find those recipes anyway.

Got any favorite recipes that require a heavy duty food processor?

I’m in the market for some delicious, tried & true recipes now.

Eventually I’m going to get to that new box of fabric!

I can’t wait to show you that.

Until next time,

Susan

Christmas break is officially over &

it’s a balmy 12 degrees here this morning if you don’t count the wind chill.

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 To that I say, “Let the snow fly, I’m cutting kits!”

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Great little projects to keep the flying snow at bay…

Suzn+Quilts+Tiny+Dresden+retail+brochureDo you remember me showing you these here?

They’re great little projects.

You can either make them all this winter while the snow flies or

make one each month.

If your local quilt shop doesn’t yet have them, get yours here at Suzn Quilts.

Keep warm!

Until next time,

Susan

May the true spirit of Christmas be yours today.

Vintage+Christmas+postcardI hope you’re able to share this special holiday with your loved ones, I am!

Until next time,

Susan

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