Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 11

 

Welcome to Day 11!

For the last time we will delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make the last 2 blocks which are Tiny Dresden plate blocks.

The instructions are the same as the last 2 times we made them,

but I’ve attached the Day 11 PDF if you need it.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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In case you’re not excited about your center circles,

I’ve included my circle making video again below for you to review.

If you have any questions about your Tiny Dresden results just let me know.

I’m sure I’ve seen every pitfall of making them not perfect

& can advise you about what’s wrong.

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 12, assembly!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 10

Welcome to Day 10!

Since I’ve been giving us so much work

& I don’t want us to start the year off creating another UFO,

today is ketchup day!

Whether you need to delve into the scrap bag,

or just run your sewing machine,

today is the day to hopefully get caught up.

If you’re not sure, let’s recap our lists together.

Need 3 car blocks… I need to make 2 more car blocks.

Need 9 Tiny House blocks… I need to make 6 more Tiny House blocks.

Need 4 Tiny Dresden Plates, check!

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Need 3 Big House blocks, check!

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Need 6 pinwheel blocks, check!

Need 6 Tiny Tree blocks, check!

No need to click today unless you’re behind on your clicking too!

Share your progress with us on my Facebook group here:

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

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 11 instructions.

Just 2 more blocks & then assembly!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 9 Addendum- Freezer Paper Removal

Day 9 Addendum!

To finish the car blocks that we started on Day 5,

I used the tiny blind hem stitch.

This is what it looked like after I completed the stitching.

Since the freezer paper needs to be removed,

I carefully cut slits behind each of the areas with a template inside.

Notice there are 2 layers of freezer paper in some areas. This is the only reason this is a bit tricky.

Please use patience.

It’s not hard, but you need to be gentle so you don’t tear out stitches & ruin all of your nice work!

Since there are multiple layers I got the block generously wet.

Typically a little bit of water will do,

but I want the water to go through both layers of fabric & freezer paper.

Pulling on two opposite sides of the applique will pop the freezer paper out of the stitching so you can reach in and pull out the paper.

I removed the top layer of paper from behind the windows then with tiny scissors, I cut away the background fabric inside the stitching leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance.

Next I cut slits in the car (black) fabric.

I could then see the paper and carefully pull it out.

Next I did the same thing behind the wheels.

I think the rest of the paper removal is self explanatory.

I used the point of these scissors to remove the paper in the tiny tree trunk.

I pressed wet block flat with my fingers just to be sure it dries as flat as possible, not distorted.

The block is now under the ceiling fan drying!

Don’t try to iron it to dry it, you’ll distort the block.

Once it’s dry I will trim up my wicked looking seam allowances,

spray it with Mary Ellen’s Best Press & press it, then it will look like new! (I hope lol)

I’m not sure why I find this so exciting, but I do.

I can’t wait to see it finished!

That’s #1 of 3…

Let me know if you have any questions about this process.

I want you to enjoy it as I do!

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 10 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 9

Welcome to Day 9!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will finish the car blocks that we started on Day 5.

We’ll make a tree to put on top then appliqué it to background square.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF with templates to complete the car blocks.

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I like to use freezer paper templates

& turn under the fabric edges

so there are no raw edges on my appliqué.

Try my method, or use your favorite!

Since we need 3 blocks,

cut 3 freezer paper pieces for the trees & trunks,

layer them with the templates on top,

then staple the layers together.

Cut out the tree templates with paper scissors.

Carefully remove the staples.

Fuse the wax side of the templates to the tree & trunk fabrics.

Use your magic Apliquick Bars to glue the seam allowances to the back of the templates.

It really is very easy with a bit of practice.

Below are videos showing me gluing both corner

& round shapes.

If you don’t have Apliquick Bars & would like to buy them,

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

Assemble the parts of the car by gluing the overlapping pieces together using the template that I’ve provided you.

NOTE, Don’t glue the car to the paper template sheet!

Position the bottom edge of the car 1″ above the bottom of the

6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ square of background fabric.

Glue only the seam allowance of the perimeter to the background square.

I like to use a 6 1/2″ ruler to press the entire piece onto the background to help the edges get glued tight.

This is important & will make the appliqué portion a snap!

Use your favorite appliqué stitch to stitch the car & tree to the background.

I will be using the tiny blind hem stitch that I love to use because it resembles hand stitching.

The thread colors should match the fabrics that are being stitched down not the background fabric.

You can also use decorative stitches.

If you’re going to use this freezer paper appliqué process I have another post that will show you how to remove all of the freezer paper templates after your block is stitched.

Click here to go to the Day 9 Addendum for those instructions.

Enjoy making cute cars!

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 10 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 8

Welcome to Day 8!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make 4 more Tiny House blocks.

Am I the only one that it takes 30 minutes to choose the fabrics for each block & then only 2 minutes to sew it together???

Today is the last of the Tiny House blocks!

They’re the same instructions as the Day 4 Tiny House blocks,

but today we only need to make 4.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 9 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 7, Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year 2021 & Welcome to Day 7!

6 steps down, 6 to go!

Are you keeping up?

I hope so, but if not, don’t be discouraged.

There will be some slower days ahead where you can catch up.

I still have some tiny & big houses to make &&& 2 cars.

Hopefully next week I’ll feel up to doing that.

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make 2 more Tiny Dresden plate blocks, yay!!!

I already gave you a PDF of those detailed instructions,

but I’m sharing it with you again today.

If you don’t have the plastic template & would like to purchase one

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 8 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 6

 

Welcome to Day 6!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Big House blocks!

Did you notice my door greeter?

Isn’t he cute???

I could have had this to you a lot sooner if I didn’t have so many fabric options…

Also notice my new blue rotary cutter matches the blue house?

I sure miss my pink Olfa cutter, but alas I wore it out!

Anybody know where to get a new one?

I’ve Googled it time & again but with no luck…

I hope Olfa offers them again, soon!

This block is from my Dresden Village pattern

& my Christmas Greetings pattern.

I decided to go a bit crazy & use 3 different fabrics for the roof, windows & door.

No wonder it took me so long to choose fabrics from my scrap tote, right?

You’ll need to make 3 Big House blocks today.

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 7 blocks.

I hope you have a happy & safe New Year!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mystery Quilt-Along

Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 5

 

Welcome to Day 5!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

I’m so excited about today’s task.

We’re making cute little cars!

Does it look familiar?

It’s the car I designed for my fabric line “Vintage Play.”

 I also used it in my “A Christmas Sampler” pattern.

I like using freezer paper templates,

then machine stitching the pieces onto the background fabric,

but you can use your favorite appliqué method.

Since we’re making 3 cars for our quilt,

you’ll need 3 of each car part (6 tires total).

I cut 3 rectangles of freezer paper,

stapled them together with the templates on top

then cut them out with paper scissors.

Notice I’m not showing cutting out the circles.

I realized the wheels were about 1″

so I’m using my pre-cut 1″ circles that I use for the Tiny Dresden centers.

The next thing I did was alter your templates so you could do the same!

Next, I removed the staples.

Then, after much deliberation, I selected the fabrics,

fused the templates & cut out the fabric adding 3/16″ seam allowance.

I used my magic Apliquick Bars to help me glue the seam allowance to each piece with narry a divot!

You only need to make the parts for 3 cars today.

Don’t worry about the gluing or appliqué part,

we’ll save that for another day!

I made a PDF of the reversed templates for you.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 6 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 4

 

Welcome to Day 4!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Tiny House blocks!

You’ll need to make 5 Tiny House blocks today.

WARNING: it takes longer to choose the fabrics than to actually make the block,

this is why I’ve only made 2 so far.

I wanted to get the instructions out to you today

so I stopped deliberating over fabrics! lol

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions.

It’s best if you spray & iron all your fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press before cutting.

Lots of seams & little pieces.

Be sure to press really well so your blocks end up 3 1/2″ x 5″.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 5 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Another 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 3

 

Welcome to Day 3!

Again we delve into the scrap bag.

Today we will make Tiny Dresden plate blocks!

You’ll need to make 2.

If you have my Tiny Dresden Plate Template you already have the instructions,

just make 2 blocks!

If you don’t have the plastic template & would like to purchase one

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions with a paper template.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

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When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

Another perk to joining my Sewing With Susan FB group is that I have videos of the applique process for the Dresden plates.

I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 4 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan