April 2014


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Today’s the day!

Head on over to Quiltmaker’s blog & see the list of designers.

Each day there will be more blogs to visit,

with more good stuff to win!

Leave me a comment

AT THE TOP OF THIS POST,

and you’ll be entered to win a free copy from me!

Good luck!

This is what I’m doing.

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Up to my elbows in Dresden petals.

Market is just two weeks away!

Until next time,

Susan

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks’ new issue will be on newsstands Tuesday, May 6.

but next week you’ll be able to WIN copies right here

or

order it from quiltandsewshop.com.

I don’t have a block in this issue

but the sweet folks at Quiltmaker sent me copies

and next week one could be yours!

Tune in here, Monday for details.

Until next time,

Susan

Finally it is acting like spring around here!

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Just in time for Spring & Easter, is the new Quilt Mania, Spring 2014 issue.

I received my copy this week.

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 Lots of spring projects to make!

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 Two of them are my Bunnies in the Grass table runner

& little quilt that would make a nice topper or place mat.

Great little projects to make &

enjoy year after year.

Happy Easter!

Until next time,

Susan

Well, I got busy and forgot to let you see my progress on the latest A Pretty Package, sorry!

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I finished sewing the strips on and then fused the bow pieces.

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Next I stitched the applique with my Sulky 12 wt. thread.

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This is a close-up of the buttonhole stitch.

I had a call last week from a quilter whom I met at Houston Festival last fall.

We discussed this stitch that I use almost exclusively for my applique.

She remembered we have the same older Bernina machine

but she could not find the buttonhole stitch anywhere.

Well, it’s actually called a toweling stitch on our machine.

So, if you look around you might find it on your machine too (if you’re lucky)

but perhaps with a different name!

I finished the hand-work on the binding at Rosemary’s tips club yesterday.

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Here is A Pretty Package in its completed state.

It looks pretty good on my favorite rocking chair, don’t you think?

I know where this quilt will land after market next month!

Winterlude fits perfectly in my living room.

Perhaps it will fit in yours too?

You’ll be seeing it in shops in June.

Until next time,

Susan

What am I up to?

Today I am making another sample of my best selling quilt pattern,

A Pretty Package!

Since my booth in Pittsburgh next month will be full of “Winterlude”

I decided to show my best selling pattern, A Pretty Package, decked out in to too!

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So far, I’ve prepared the “foundation” and started sewing strips.

Layered bath towels are the best pressing surface.

I can press the entire strip at once with no draping & distorting.

 

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It’s very important to press the seams flat as sewn first,

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then press them open.

This keeps them straight all across the quilt.

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The MOST IMPORTANT step is to measure, measure, measure.

If you sew a strip on crooked, then sew a bunch more strips to it, a little more crooked each time, well… you will have a very crooked quilt indeed!

Next, pin, sew, repeat…

Now I’m prepared to sew the top strips in the same fashion.

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This is where I am tonight.

I’ve had a few interruptions so I didn’t get as far as I would have liked today;

getting Nemo from the groomer,

dinner,

The Voice with fellow family members,

followed by August: Osage County from Redbox.

I love Merle & Julia, but that movie was a bit much…

I’m going to continue sewing,

but as soon as chickadee #2 gets home I’m done for the day.

Tune in tomorrow to see the rest of the story!

Until next time,

Susan