Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, New Quilt pattern sample

Laborious Labor Day 2020

Carnivals canceled, large groups not allowed,

what are you doing this Labor Day Weekend?

Today I’m sewing,

making circles for my ongoing new pattern sample.

Have you seen bits of the construction already,

perhaps on FB or IG?

I’m mostly using Cider by Basic Grey for Moda.

 

So far I’ve made all the baskets.

The stripe fabric is the only non Cider fabric.

Next I made the pile of petals into plates!

So this afternoon it’s on to center circles.

The Apliquick Bars are my best friends for making

perfect applique shapes with freezer paper!!!

You can find all my favorite notions on my website here,

including the Apliquick Bars.

The leaves were snap to make too.

I’m ready to finish the blocks!

Can’t wait to see the finished quilt, can you?

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

A Quilt Along, Sew-

Quarantiny Quilt Assembly Progress

Yesterday I finally sat to assemble my

Quarantiny Sew-Along Quilt

that has been hanging out on my design wall for a while.

I’m glad that I was able to let it percolate

while I spent a lot of time preparing for virtual Spring Quilt Market

which also involved having a brand new website built.

While it was hanging out on my design wall

I realized the best way to sew the tiny 3″ blocks together

was not by sewing them into rows,

but instead by sewing them into blocks.

So, yesterday that’s what I did.

16 tiny blocks at a time I assembled the quilt.

This June Tailor Cut ‘n Press worked great transporting the blocks

to my sewing machine so I didn’t get them out of order.

Something else I discovered while watching this hang out

on my design wall for so long is that since there was such variety in the blocks,

some 4-patch, some 9-patch yet others not equidistant blocks at all,

many of the seams didn’t line up with the neighboring blocks

which made it SO MUCH EASIER to sew them together!

When I discovered this back in May,

I contemplated rearranging the blocks so no 2 blocks’

seams would line up (can you spell O.C.D.???)

but I decided against that crazy idea!

As it turned out,

very few of the blocks’ seams lined up anyway.

 

I so enjoyed sewing the blocks together!

I put in my new DVD of

 

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If you know me at all, you know that I love this version too

Little Women (1994 film) - Wikipedia

& have watched it at least 100 times!

OK watched may not be the correct word, more like listened to.

Anyway, soon the 128 tiny 3″ blocks were assembled

into 8 blocks ready to be sewn around my cute sewing machine!

I’m excited & a bit sad that the top is finished & ready to be quilted!

 

This is the first time that I clipped seam allowances to help the seams lie flatter.

Have you ever done this?

You clip on either side of bulky seams

so the seam kind of flip flops directions

in the middle of a seam instead of being pressed all one way or open.

Clip almost, but not quite to the stitches of the seam.

I figured this would not be washed so it should be OK.

It sure makes the bulky seams lie flat!

Look how nice the back looks!

This was so much fun.

Thanks to all of you who sewed along with me!

You can see how others made their Quarantiny quilts on my Facebook group

Sewing With Susan by clicking here.

I’m excited to have it quilted & then to bind it.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns

Final New Christmas Pattern; Merry Christmas

Today’s new pattern is

Merry Christmas!

This will make a perfect size pillow as well as a quilt.

Just one Mini Dresden plate,

2 Tiny Dresden plates

& a bit of fusible web appliqué.

This is a great pattern to start with

if you’ve never made a Dresden plate before.

The pattern includes paper templates,

but my plastic templates make the cutting quicker & more accurate.

You can find the templates by clicking here.

You can find Merry Christmas on my new website by clicking here.

Also available as PDF for instant download here.

I hope you’ve been inspired to start your Christmas sewing now!

It’s never too early to start!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns, quilt-as-you-go table runner

Another New Christmas Pattern; Christmas Pines

Today’s new pattern is, Quilt-as-you-go,

Christmas Pines .

This is proving to be one of the most popular of my new patterns.

Everyone likes quick & easy.

This is both of those!

You can truly make all of these in just 1 day.

If you purchase the PDF you can do that today!

 

You can find Christmas Pines on my new website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, Dresden Plate Quilt, new quilt patterns

Another New Christmas Pattern; Dresden Town Square

Today’s new pattern is Dresden Town Square.

It has a lot of the same blocks as my Dresden Village quilt;

new last fall.

I sometimes forget that not everyone is as excited

to be challenged by a quilt like I am.

So, if you like my cute little house blocks & my little Dresden plates,

perhaps you’d like to start with this little cutie.

The hardest part of this quilt is the fabric choices…

It uses my Tiny & Mini Dresden templates

for the Dresden plates.

After that just few little houses & it’s done!

It’s a cute little quilt that you can experiment

with making just a few little Dresden plates & not be overwhelmed.

You can find Dresden Town Square on my new website by clicking here.

The templates can be found by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

patriotic quilts

Happy (Dresden) Flag Day 2020!

I hope your Flag Day is a beautiful as ours.

The weather here couldn’t be more perfect!

Perhaps you need a new flag for this day

& the other patriotic days to come.

I have an entire page dedicated to patriotic

quilt patterns on my new website here.


I have lots of “flag” & patriotic patterns.

Some have little Dresden plates,

some are quilt-as-you-go

Some are both!

All of them are fun to make!

Quilts of all shapes & sizes really.

Check them out on my brand new website.

Just Keep Sewing… flags!

Susan