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Welcome to #SewPINK 2019

Welcome to the

#SewPINK 2019 Blog Hop,

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THE INAUGURAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INITIATIVE FOR BYANNIE.COM

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), and for 2019, ByAnnie.com is proud to announce that we are raising the banner of awareness worldwide with the #SewPINK initiative with over 20 celebrity bloggers.

I got involved because I too have family & friends that have been diagnosed with breast cancer,

some more than once.

The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have pledged to raise funds to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through sales and to promote action through giveaways.

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Years ago I designed a quilt pattern, Quilt For Hope

for quilters to make a quick lap size quilt

to comfort friends and family that may be battling breast cancer.

It’s one of my signature Quilt-as-you-sew patterns so it’s quick & easy!

It could also be made in any color to associate it to another type of cancer.

Sewing it with a flannel or Snuggle fabric on the back makes it even more cuddly.

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This month ByAnnie.com will donate 30% on all PINK products in their online store to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

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  • Wonder Clips ™
  • Zippers (Lipstick-Raspberry-Crazy Plum-Wild Plum)
  • Mesh Fabric (Lipstick)
  • Quick Turn Fabric Tube Turner
  • Protect and Grip Thimble, medium size
  • Seam Fix Seam Ripper
  • Add-A-Quarter Ruler
  • Topstitch Needles #90/14
  • Tickled Pink Pattern

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To donate directly to the BCRF visit: https://give.bcrf.org/give/31404/#!/donation/checkout

Together, hopefully every dollar will eventually make

a significant difference in finding a cure.

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Please check us all out & join us to donate to the cause.

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You can also find the blog hop calendar on the #SewPINK info page

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As you follow along on this #SewPINK journey,

consider projects of your own and ways you can share support and awareness.

There are many ways to sew needful items for those going through treatments.

Look online for groups to help out.

ByAnnie is offering a daily and weekly social media prize!

Find the details for entry and the prizes on their #SewPINK information page.

I too will be donating 30% of the sales of my Quilt For Hope pattern.

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You can find it here on my Quilt-as-you-go page of my website.

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Most importantly,

everyone, please talk with your healthcare provider

about when & how often to have a mammogram.

Find a screening program near you:

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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For those of you that don’t know this about me…

I have a somewhat large family with lots of nieces & nephews.

When my niece was pregnant with the first great niece or nephew

I decided I would make baby quilts for that generation.

It can be a frequent occurrence in a larger family!

While deciding what type of quilt to make for the first baby,

knowing it would set a precedent for all the other babies to follow,

I decided it would be one of my quilt-as-you-go designs.

Quick & easy & washable = usable!

By the time we were planning the baby shower

the mom-to-be had the nursery colors & name picked out already.

So, I took the nursery photos,

the name “Benjamin” & made his quilt:

Soon to follow was this very appropriate book for me

(& anyone else who makes baby quilts!).

Benjamin is the baby in the photos.

He’s now 7 & I’ve made lots of quilts using this book!

Delaney is a family friend.

She is modeling the larger, lap quilt version of the quilt

that is also included in the book.

The entire alphabet is included (& reversed for you & me…)

Yay!

Well, last week while teaching out of town,

I became a great aunt again.

Regardless of how busy I am,

I’m taking the baby quilt to the new baby the first time I see them!

So, since I had a big quilt finish Sunday night, (reveal later…)

Monday I chose my 3 fabrics & at 6 pm started cutting…

I made the fused letters at the beginning of the project & got the

applique out of the way before I started sewing any of the strips onto the foundation.

Once the applique was complete,

I started sewing the strips.

Since there are only 2 types of strips,

& it’s a baby quilt, it goes together very quickly!

Soon all of the strips were sewn onto the foundation

& I was ready to quilt the border strip

since that’s too large of an area to leave unquilted.

I typically free-motion quilt around the letters.

Soon after, it was ready for the binding.

By 11:09 pm I put the very last stitch into the binding!

I never, ever, start a quilt and not stop until it’s complete

so it was fun to do that this time & know that it took me

exactly 5 hours & 9 minutes to make this quilt

& I took some photos along the way to show you.

I have to say having the fabric decisions out of the way was helpful!

I met baby Keaton last night & he’s a sweetie (of course!).

His big sister is in love with him too.

Here is her quilt when I finished it 3 years ago.

So nice to know exactly what I’m going to make when

another baby or baby shower comes along.

It takes a lot of anguish out of my day!

For those of you that sew for a baby that hasn’t had a reveal before the gift is needed,

just applique “BABY” in place of the name!

Pretty sure I’ve thought of everything with this one, Lol.

You can find the book on my website

& one happy great aunt right here!

Off to get more sewing done.

Fall Market will be here soon!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but…

I love the time of year when the early

morning sun shines in my sewing room

windows!

When I woke this morning & the sun was already up,

I knew the task I needed to accomplish would be made better

because I’d be greeted by the sun!

I appreciate the extra light,

but for some reason

the sun shining in my sewing room

just

makes

me

happy!

It doesn’t hurt that I’m also using some

brighter than usual for me fabrics too!

I know we’re pretty far from the longest day of the year already

& soon enough the days will be way too short,

but today I’m excited to have spent a couple of hours

sewing in the sunshine!

Here is a sneak peek

at a new design that I’m working on, shhhhhhhh.

What are you doing on this Labor Day 2019?

I hope you’re doing something fun!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are MANY days that what I am working on isn’t photographable.

Lots & lots & lots of time goes into the process of making a new quilt pattern,

so much so, you have no idea!

Today is a day that I actually thought (& remembered as I was doing…) to take photos.

I’m working on a new quilt idea that has lots of Mini & Tiny Dresden plates (shocker I know).

What I was working on today involved making a single tree.

Yes, a single tree, ALL DAY.

Pretty sure I could have bought & planted a tree much quicker!

Not only that, this is not the first day that I’ve lingered over said tree.

I knew the finished size,

& that it would be a tree,

but I couldn’t get this tree to materialize, LITERALLY!

Today I jumped in and decided it would have templates.

Yes, I hate having to cut templates!

I like to start out running and be able to cut everything with my rotary cutter.

Don’t you?

Not that you can’t cut this tree block out with a rotary cutter, because I did,

not only the paper version, but also the fabric version.

Unfortunately, it’s not a certain size I can relate to you to cut.

I started with a version of a tree that I incorporated into my

“Oh Christmas Tree” pattern several years ago.

These trees are rotary cut,

quickly pieced, then trimmed to size.

I decided to resize this block to make it fit into the parameters of my new design.

I made a paper block.

Then I made another…

I stapled the seam allowance, lol!

How crafty, right?

Then “trimmed” it to the finished size.

Unfortunately I wasn’t crazy about it…

So, literally back to the drawing board…

I sketched out the finished tree that I wanted,

then I added the seam allowance to each piece.

Next I made templates & printed them out to scale.

I decided to sew the paper templates!

Why not?

“Pressing” them was quite accurate!

Next I needed to assemble the sections.

Quite simple.

So far, so good.

The finished block was perfect.

So, I gathered some newly acquired “vintage” fabrics & cut the pieces.

How awesome, right???

I sewed them just like the paper prototype.

And, voilà!

Exactly what I imagined, finally!

Now, after weeks of designing,

I’m looking forward to making the actual quilt.

If only I could decide on the fabrics, lol.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

I love waking to the sun streaming into my sewing room once again.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

I hope you’ll be spending the day doing something fun

with people you love!

My trays of deviled eggs were made yesterday afternoon,

so this morning I am designing/sewing

a new pattern sample

& this afternoon I will be joining family & friends

to celebrate our country’s & my niece’s birthdays!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

The 4th of July always sneaks up on me

& before I know it,

I’ve forgotten to get out my awesome patriotic quilts!

Are you the same?

You’re so busy with work,

birthdays & graduations,

Father’s Day,

yard work,

kids,

housework, etc.,

that the precious time slips by?

Well, today is the day to get out those quilts & decorations!

I have so many quilts to choose from.

Two are brand new this year.

Both Star Spangled Dresdens

& Stars & Stripes Forever are quilt-as-you-go,

meaning if you start now they could be done by the 4th!

Dresden Flags has both wall & table top versions.

I especially love the table top version of Dresden Flags.

The 12″ stand makes the display of the quilt perfect!

The stands are on my website along with the pattern.

I think my all-time favorite patriotic quilt is Old Glory in Mini Applecore.

That’s probably because I used my all-time favorite fabrics,

Thimbleberries!

This quilt isn’t a pattern,

& I don’t own it, Blake does,

but I came across this pic & wanted to share it anyway.

This is the quilt that we designed together

with the star signature blocks from his college graduation party.

Look at those awesome feathers that Tamara quilted into the stripes!

Signs of Summer can be hung all summer long.

It’s an oldie but goodie &

so is this Four Little Flags pattern.

& I almost forgot a more recent pattern,

Dresden Buddies Uncle Sam!

He’s so cute & was lots of fun to make too.

We sold lots of these in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago.

We sold out of the hangers while there,

but they’re in stock now on my website.

If a little quilt is all you’re looking for

Tiny Dresden July may be the just the ticket!

I think my Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series is probably my favorite!

Again, the hangers make the quilt display perfect!

The 6 x 6 scroll hangers are available too.

I’m probably forgetting a patriotic quilt or two,

but I’ve given you lots to see & think about, right?

If you’ve already made them,

I hope you have them on display.

If not, here’s your reminder.

If you’re looking for some quilt projects

to help your home look more patriotic,

check them out on my website today!

We’re open Sundays, Lol.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

To me,

the most wonderful time of the year…

is when the sun is streaming into my sewing room,

BEFORE 6 a.m.!!!

Unfortunately, I won’t be sewing today…

I’m finishing up kits, getting ready to meet new

& not so new quilting friends

at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival tomorrow.

I believe there are still a few spots left in my

Dresden Love quilting class at KCRQF.

Now back to packing things up.

I hope you can join us!

Just Keep Sunning,

I mean Sewing…

Susan

 

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