Applique quilt projects, My Life, New quilt pattern

National Quilting Day 2021

Today is National Quilting Day!

What does this mean?

In my sewing room,

any day that ends in “y” is a quilting day, you?

On this “National Quilting Day”

I thought I’d give you a peak

at my very favorite of the new patterns

I’ve been working on

the past several months.

I showed you a few sneak peeks last fall when I was creating it, remember?

It’s the perfect spring quilt with these Winkipop fabrics

by Jen Kingwell for Moda.

I used freezer paper applique steps,

but you can use your favorite.

Having the right tools is key to

“Having Fun In Your Sewing Room”

which I can teach you & your friends

when you have me over for a workshop & lecture!

Dresdens In The Park is full of my favorite little Dresden plates.

Both my Tiny & Mini Dresden plate templates

are used in this pattern

& you probably already own them by now,

but no worries if you don’t

because the paper templates are included the pattern.

Easy & fun!

I put Dresdens In The Park on my website this morning.

You can purchase the PDF & start working on it today,

this National Quilting Day,

or you can pre-order the paper version

& I’ll ship it to you as soon as it’s available!

I hope you have fun in your sewing room today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

My Life, Quilt Show

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2021

I’m a sponsor &

I’ll have a pretty booth at the

2021 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival!

You should plan to attend!

Registration is now open with lots of classes & lectures.

My lecture, Having Fun In Your Sewing Room,

is scheduled for Thursday evening at 5:00.

So, when your legs are tired,

you can sit & enjoy my tips for getting lots done in your sewing room.

Registration is now open.

There will be many beautiful quilts in the judged show

& lots of vendors.

This is Clare & me in our booth at their last show in 2019.

Our booth will be full of brand new quilts!

My photographer just finished shooting 25 new ones today!

Can’t wait to show you all my new patterns.

It’s such a nice show.

Very close, free parking & reasonably priced hotels right there.

If you live in the St. Louis area,

it’s less than a 4 hour drive straight down Hwy. 70 to KC.

Then it’s right off the interstate.

Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas 66211

Come see us!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

Do You Etsy?

Besides my website shop

I have an Etsy shop too.

Since it’s easier for some of our non-U.S. friends

to shop there I keep them both open.

I have less of my inventory on Etsy,

but I can add items there if you don’t see something

you’d like to purchase there.

When I get new designs ready I sometimes forget to add them there too!

If you like shopping Etsy (& I do too)

this morning I added a lot of my new patterns

& my Tiny Tree Template Set too.

I like shopping there for antique sewing paraphernalia

but I guess I should not have just told you that!

I found my somewhat new-to-me Junior Seamstress folding table there.

Do you remember seeing it in our

Another 12 Days Of Christmas quilt-along?

I thought it was adorable!

I like & have several versions of it’s larger version too…

This one fits perfectly behind our front door.

It’s ruler is actually carved into the top not printed on like most you see.

I’ve found these at flea markets after first being turned onto them by

Cathy at The Cottage at Cardiff Farms.

She had a couple

in her quilt market booth several years ago.

She has such cute stuff!

Well, if you’re inclined you might want to start checking out your local antique malls & flea markets when the weather gets nicer & the pandemic is finally over… Oh to dream!

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

My Life

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

finding a box of Thin Mints that I hid away!

I received several boxes for Mother’s Day

& knew I’d appreciate them even more at a later date.

It’s a later date

& we have plenty of milk!!!

FYI I only brought out 1 roll, shhhhhhhh…..

Someone else around here likes them even more than I do

& they were my gift!

Hope you’re having a great day!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, New Pattern Sample

Fall, Shmall….

Am I the only one on this planet that doesn’t like fall???

I hate winter,

so fall just seems like a precursor each year

that I cannot joyfully wrap my head around.

Fortunately with this pandemic

I’ve not been bombarded with it since July 5th.

I’ve been harbored here for what seems like forever in one instance,

then not so much the next.

It’s been EXACTLY 6 months TODAY

I’ve been quarantining in my abode.

How can that be?

I calculate I’ve walked approximately 450 miles!

(really it’s the same 2.5 miles every day, lol.)

The exception is a handful of really humid or rainy days

that I wimped out

and decided to walk inside on our treadmill.

I did put away my summer door decoration last week

& put up my pretty fall door wreath.

Writing the instructions for the new basket quilt pattern

I decided to make a basket block to double check my dimensions.

I used this awesome buffalo gingham check

to make the basket.

Since I already had 1 gold Tiny Dresden plate

hanging out with nowhere to go

it seemed like the perfect opportunity

to use it and make just 1 more.

Well, or course it added a fall feel right away don’t you think?

Now I want to make more!

Instructions are about finished.

Hopefully Tamara will have my top quilted soon.

I cannot wait!

Are you a fall person or are you like me?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

A Quilt Along, My Life

Do You Love Red & Green Antique Quilts?

You’re in for a treat if you’ve always wanted to

make your own red & green antique quilt.

My good friend, Robin, of Nestlings by Robin

has created an absolute masterpiece!!!

Just today she introduced her PDF pattern for sale

& for a limited time it’s at an introductory rate.

 

She’s also hosting a Quilt-Along starting soon to keep you motivated.

Check out her blog for details &

join her Facebook group to be a part of the buzz!

 

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

The Hummingbird Heroine, A Novel

The year 2020 will certainly go down in history as the one to remember.

I can’t quit witnessing firsts!

Yesterday we woke to Clare noticing a hummingbird stuck to the fly strip hanging in our garage. I knew there was a hummingbird in the garage the evening before. We’ve had that happen before & it was difficult to usher it out. The poor thing would not look down, just hovered at the ceiling until Clare & I made a makeshift funnel of cardboard to escort him out of the building… Well, Clare wasn’t around this time, neither was anyone else. I tried the cardboard trick but I couldn’t make it work. I decided at dark I would turn on the outside lights with the door open, it would “see the light” and fly out.

A couple of hours later I noticed it had worked! or so I thought… I can’t believe I didn’t notice the poor helpless thing trying to fly his way off the sticky strip… To my defense Clare didn’t notice him up there either when she got home that night.

Fast forward to the poor tiny creature stuck to the fly strip. I climbed a ladder and took down the strip, bird & all while wearing throw-away gloves. I could see his little heart beating so I carefully unstuck the poor thing leaving lots of tiny feathers behind. It made me so sad. Why had I not predicted that could happen?

After releasing him from the fly strip Clare locked ornery Mabel the cat in the garage & I set the very still hummingbird in the gazebo to see if he would regain strength after being rescued. He was very sticky from his tiny beak to his tiny hiny! Honestly I had no hope for him, but I had to try.

I looked online to see recommendations for removing sticky fly strip residue. Ever get that on your skin? It’s crazy, hence the reason it works great for trapping flies! It seemed that cooking oil was the most recommended remedy. I went back to the gazebo a few minutes later and the hummingbird was hopping around!

He looked dreadful; his tiny beak was stuck full of tiny feathers.

He was trying to free himself from the gook!

There was no way he could get rid of that on his own.

I decided to try the recommended fix. I poured some cooking oil into a bowl & got a small cloth. I wiped him down with the oil which immediately removed the gook & the loose feathers.

I then decided he needed to be washed warm water & Dawn dish soap. He looked downright pitiful.

Keep in mind his body would fit entirely into a tablespoon!

They’re so small & weigh next to nothing!

By this time he wasn’t moving at all again.

I was pretty sure he’d reached the point of no return.

Clare & a friend recommended some food,

so I made some sugar water for him.

He wasn’t moving so I had no clue how to feed him. I just set it close.

I figured he would smell the sugar and drink it if he could.

 In time he was on his feet again.

In the meantime Clare had made a Walmart pick-up for us so it was time to help her retrieve the groceries and sort them for our family.

Mr. Hummingbird was set on a tall perch in hope that Mabel the huntress would not get loose and have a mid-morning snack!

Several minutes later Clare joined me as I checked on him.

He flew to the floor of the gazebo & was trying to separate his tiny wet feathers.

I was so happy to see that!

He eventually started fluttering his wings (what was left of them).

His wings were drying and he was separating them with his little beak.

So cool to witness.

Before our eyes, he fluttered & fluttered

trying to gain height to get out of the gazebo,

then he took off and flew into a patch of pine trees in our yard!

Last night at dinner we witnessed a hummingbird at the hibiscus tree.

I couldn’t believe it was him, but I hope it was.

What 2020 firsts have you’ve witnessed?

In this crazy time I’m sure there are lots of them!

Nothing else to do, so

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

My Life, Third Thursday Thread Sisters

What Are You Binding Wednesday, Hard Crackers

A lot of quilters that I know hate to bind a quilt.

I don’t understand that mindset.

I LOVE to bind quilts!

I love the process & more than anything

I can’t wait to finally see the finished quilt!

Today I’m binding a small & scrappy quilt, Hard Crackers.

Several months ago, pre-COVID19,

Heather & I established a new sewing group.

We decided to meet once a month

& sew on the same agreed upon quilt.

We would meet on the third Thursday & so

the Third Thursday Thread Sisters (TTTS) was formed.

Well, the very first month we were

supposed to meet we were under quarantine.

We decided to form a group text instead

to share & to show progress of our little quilts from 10:00 or so until noon or so…

It seems fortuitous now looking back at the origin of our sewing group.

The idea came from a guild presentation.

It was a group of quilters doing the same thing.

They came and showed their little quilts, many from this book.

It just so happened that Martingale was having a super sale!

So, we acted quickly,

deciding on a couple of books to use for the basis of our quilts.

Again, fortuitous don’t you think?

I made the first choice.

Since we had 9 in our group,

I made a smaller version of this quilt

to accommodate our signatures.

Since the quarantine continued, to help us keep in touch,

we decided to sew each Thursday instead of just the third.

These are my blocks from the first quilt…

but whilst making them I decided they were too light.

I wanted them to hang near my new table runner.

Meanwhile, the next 3rd Thursday was approaching…

Bonnie chose Lizzie’s Tents.

I remade my blocks.

I love the quilt!

So far we’ve assigned 3 quilts, one per month.

Since the third Thursday is this week

I was determined to finish my June quilt.

I finished the top last week.

This morning I layered, quilted then sewed the binding to the quilt.

Tonight I will do the handwork to complete it!

Tomorrow we start our next quilt!

Perhaps you should start a sewing group

with some of the quilting friends you’re missing.

I’m so thankful for this connection with

some of my quilting friends

during this surreal time.

Please let us know what you’re binding

& share them with us on my Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan/

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan