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Friday, October 29, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Four

 Hi~  I trust your blocks are all made and looking pretty.  I do so love this part of quilt making, when you get to lay out the blocks, and setting, and get the first look at what the quilt will really look like!

I lay the blocks out on the design wall and place the setting triangles....then the moving of blocks begins.  This part I don't enjoy because you move, and move, trying not to place two of the same fabrics together....and then you move again.  Ugh!  Even with a totally scrappy quilt, you'll end up having two reds together or something that will drive you crazy.  Then, I think of all of the quilts I have made....when I snuggle under them, do I think about those two fabrics together?  Nope!  So, I try my best, and then resign not to sweat the small stuff.  How about you?

You are welcome to follow my block layout or arrange them as you desire.

Follow the instructions in the Dear Prudence pattern and add your borders.  Isn't she sweet?

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed making Dear Prudence.  I think she's adorable, and I thank you all for sewing along with me.  If you're just now finding out about this little quilt, you can get the pattern here.

In The Studio This Week......

We are knee deep in folding, packaging, boxing and shipping Walnut Hollow and Tokens-Halloween Spirit quilt kit orders.  That is our main focus!  Additionally, I am working on new fabric lines for next year, a new BOM, a few more Quilt Archaeology events and a new Teeny, Tiny Quilt Club project for right after the New Year.

Because of you and your support, I can keep creating fun things for us to do together.  And, after 19 months of staying home, my family and I are taking a much needed vacation to see family in CA.  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Three

 I hope your Birds in the Air blocks are coming right along.  Did you use the Seam Align glue?  How do you like it??  I hope you found it super helpful with the points of the triangles.  No doubt by now, you've got this block mastered!

This week's assignment is to complete the remaining blocks with the two gray fabrics....

 and the two black fabrics.  Next week, we will sew the quilt together.  Prudence is coming along nicely!

In The Studio this week......

I'm delighted to announce that my Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern is finished!  Oh, I am jazzed about how great these little quilts turned out.

Both the Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern......
...and the Walnut Hollow pattern are available now!!  

Friday, October 15, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Two

 I hope you had some "me" time to sew all of your Half Square Triangles and trim them all to 1 1/2" square.  You're ready to begin making your Birds in the Air blocks.

They can be a little tricky but have confidence!  Sew slowly if you'd feel better.  Sewing accurately is all about having control over your patchwork.  

Arrange (3) Half Square Triangles, all of one matching dark print, and (3) pink triangles (previously cut once diagonally) as shown.

Sew the pieces for the block into rows.  Use your Patchwork Pins (very thin and made for sewing patchwork.)  Gently press (you have exposed bias edges on those small pink triangles, so press gently so as not to stretch the raw edge) the rows in opposite directions to create opposing seams.  

Sew the rows together; press.

You triangle unit should look like this.

The next step is to sew the large dark triangle to the pieced triangle unit.  We're dealing with two pieces that are all bias edges.
Gently match the two triangles right sides together.  Pin the center using Fine Patchwork Pins (they are different from all other pins.  They're extraordinary in that they go thru fabric so easily, lay flat and don't distort the fabric when you sew over them!!)  Click here to read more.

Using your Seam Align glue... 

Lift the top fabric away from the bottom fabric (my sample doesn't have the top fabric so you can easily see where the glue goes.)  Squeeze a little drop of glue, within the seam allowance, at the very tip of the triangle.  Then, finger press the two fabric tips together.  If you need to nudge and move the two fabric tips into position so they are in perfect alignment, do so.  Then repeat with the fabric tips on other end.  Allow the glue to dry a minute before sewing.  

A note about the Seam Align glue....if you need to pull the fabrics apart for any reason, you can, just do so gently.  The glue won't clog your needle, and will wash out when you wash the quilt.  You can use as much of the glue along any seam line as you'd like.  I use it for all the triangle tips I sew, and there are many.  With the glue keeping those points glued together, it eliminates the nasty problem of the points separating just when you're sewing them!!  Love it!  Click here to order.
You can see the dark dot of glue at the points of the blue fabric.
Sew your block together.
Press to the dark print triangle.  Measure your block.
Repeat these steps to make (3) Birds in the Air of the same matching blue print.
Then, make the (3) blocks of the other blue print.  

I hope this tutorial will help you make perfect, pretty Birds in the Air blocks!  I also hope you find the Seam Align glue very helpful, as I do.  Your Dear Prudence quilt is off to a great start!

In The Studio This Week......I am anxiously awaiting delivery of my Cheddar & Coal fabrics.  They are shipping any day now.  Once delivered, I have a boat load of cutting to do, which is exciting!  I'm also working on many future projects I can't share right now....but soon! 

Good stuff in the works.  Keep your needle busy and your heart content!  Be well, my friends.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part One

 Welcome, dear quilting friends, to part one of the Dear Prudence sew-along.  I'm jazzed to get started!

The sew-along will be done in four parts.  Today's task is to make and trim all of the small Half Square Triangles (HST.)

Using your pink print #1 fabrics, gather the (30) pink squares and the (30) assorted dark print squares for HST.  Follow the directions in your Dear Prudence pattern and make (60) assorted HST's.  Be sure to trim them to size!  

That is a big task and plenty to do for the week.  Once the HST are made, we are all set to make those Birds in the Air blocks!

Next week, we will begin assembling blocks.  This is where the Seam Align glue will really be a huge help!  If you haven't ordered your Seam Align glue, you can buy it here.

In the Studio this week.......

I was able to shoot a stylized photo of Walnut Hollow in my yard over the weekend.

I am truly pleased with how Walnut Hollow turned out, and hope you love it, too!  The pattern is available now - click here.  

I'm anxiously waiting on for the Cheddar & Coal fabrics to arrive to begin cutting all your kits!

I know you're anxious to get your hands on the Cheddar & Coal fabrics, too!

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well.....