Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have You Dared?

There are still a couple more days of daring to be had!  So be sure to visit all of these ladies that will Dare to Dresden!

January 30th, 2013
Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”
January 31th, 2013

And if you missed a day...go here to check out the full schedule.

I am looking forward to getting back to the Quilt Room!  It feels like it has been ages since I sat at my machine.  I can't wait to put to use some of the inspiration that I have found as I dared to hop!  

Hope you found something that inspired you as you hopped.  I would love to hear what you found!  I really appreciate your go ahead and tell me about the inspiration you have found!

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcome to the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!!

Welcome Hoppers!!!

Today is the first day of the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!  Did you Dare?

Let's give a big shout out to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! for all she does...and to our blog hop cheerleader, Christine of Quilt Monster in My Closet for all the hard work of coordinating the hop.

There are over 100 ladies participating...there will be no shortage of inspiration!  So, be sure to visit them all.  Here is a list of today's Daring Dresden Creators. 
January 24th2013

Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much!  <--- You are here!

What could I do that was daring?  Something that I hadn't done before...after all this is a Daring Hop, right?  I dare you to try something new.  I did and I loved it!

Last year before Thanksgiving, I purchased from Embroidery Library an applique turkey.  It is an adorable little design...and a little intimidating.  Their project used ribbons for the turkey's feathers but when I first saw it, I thought it would be awesome with a Dresden.  

I haven't attempted applique with my embroidery machine before it an appropriate dare?!  

Well, I dared to do it.  It turned out awesome and on my first try! first ever attempt at applique using my embroidery machine!! 

Enough it Darling Daring Turkey Applique Dresden!

My very first attempt at a Dresden was only last fall with the Craftsy BOM.

From my first attempt, I recalled that I wasn't terribly pleased with how my points turned out...they weren't uniform.  So I dared to determine a way to make the points more consistent.  Here is what I discovered worked for me.  

After you fold and sew the end as instructed using the trusty Easy Dresden Tool...and turned tip using the wooden tool provided (first blade)...fold the blade in half and give it a little press (second blade).  Then, line up the stitched line with the iron one (third blade) and press to create a wonderful point (fourth blade).  This little method worked really well for me.

To make my Applique Turkey...

Stitched out the outline of the turkey's body twice...once on stablizer and then again on sheet of paper.  I used a fabric marker to outline on the stablizer (while it was still in the hoop) the inside of the hoop...trimmed to the line to use later as a template for determining the placement of the turkey.  I used the one stitched on paper as a pattern to cut the fabric for the body and the head.

Once I had my blades made into a fan and appliqued to my back ground fabric, I placed it into the hoop...

Then I used the stablizer template to be sure that I had the Dresden in the proper location to add the body and head of the turkey.  Look can see the outline of the turkey's body and head stitched on the stablizer.

The turkey's feet stitched out first...then the machine stitched the outline for the body.  Placed the fabric inside the outline--attached with some applique glue.  The machine did a zigzag around the fabric...then the satin stitch.  Repeated the process for the head and finished his eyes, beak, etc.  Ta'dah...a Darling Daring Applique Turkey Dresden!

I can't believe that I made this on the first try!!!  How Daring is that!!!

Here is another Dresden I wanted to share.  The daring part of this one is the Dresden corners.

Here is a closeup of the center.

I hope to finish this Daring Dresden into a full size quilt some day soon.  I have the plan sketched out...just need the time.

I think my applique turkey will become a mug rug for Thanksgiving!

Thank you for stopping in for the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!  Don't forget to check out all of the hopper's Daring Dresdens.

I would love it if you left a comment and would welcome you as a follower.  Hope you stop by again soon!!

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

S(n)o(w) this week....

Well, it finally happened!!!  I was beside myself with excitement all day Thursday!  And when it finally started...awesome!!!  It hasn't snowed here since Christmas, 2010...and then on Thursday night...Thundersnow!  There was lightening and thunder....and SNOW!  

Hubby and I took a stroll through our neighborhood in full cold weather gear.  The snow fell in huge flakes and, when it hit us, the flakes would snowballs.  

The only down side (only a minor thing) was that we lost power from Thursday night until mid-day on Friday.  It wasn't being without lights or electricity or even the water (we have a well) was being without heat!  It took a while to get back to feeling warm...but it was worth it seeing the snow.

In the Quilt Room today, I stitched out these designs with my embroidery machine.  These lovelies will become mug rugs eventually.  Hopefully, sooner rather than later.  I had intentions of making Dresdens with these but decided to go a different route....with the Dresden part.

And then I worked on my curved pieced block for my Craftsy BOM.  I was quite impressed that I could actually sew curves.  I pinned a lot and I think that helped...along with going really, really slow.

There is another curved pieced block for the Craftsy BOM which I hope to tackle during the coming week.  

This past week, I also attended our monthly meeting for the Studio Stitch BOM.  It would be great to get those blocks done this week too so that I can focus on my UFO list.

AND...beginning this week...

Here's the Schedule!!!!!

January 24th2013
Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much!  <--- Here I am!
January 25th, 2013
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
January 30th, 2013
Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”
January 31th, 2013

As always...a big thank you to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! for all she well as our blog hop cheerleader, Christine of Quilt Monster in My Closet for all the hard work of coordinating the hop.

There are over 100 ladies participating and I am certain that there will be no shortage of inspiration.  So, I will see you back here on Thursday as we kick off the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In Your Words Blog Hop

Welcome Blog Hoppers to Sew Mollie Sue!
Thanks for Visiting today!

Sew we quilt

Thank You's to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for inspiring us and to Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling for organizing us.  I hope you enjoy our wordy hop!  The full schedule is here just in case you missed a day.

My wordy blog mates today....

BQuiltin Studio  (Beverly K.)
Hill Valley Quilter (Britt-Inger)
Bumbleberry Stitches  (Theresa K.)
Buzzing and Bumbling  (Linda W.)
In Stitches and Seams  (Annette S.)
Englating  (Marica from Sweden)
Stitchin by the Lake  (Marlene B.)
Selina Quilts  (Selina)
Sheila's Quilt World (Sheila M.)
Words & Stitches (Beth S.)
Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much? (Pamela A.) <--  That's me!

Be sure to visit them all.  You will be so inspired!

My favorite time of the year is the Holiday season.  I love the decorating, the cooking and having family and friends fill our home with laughter.  Family and friends hold a special place in my heart especially at Christmas time.

So when the In Your Words came along, I knew that I wanted to do something on Christmas.  I asked my Hubby and Daughter to help me list words that represent the feeling of Christmas and family to them...added a quote from Charles Dickens...and created a quilt top that can become part of our family traditions.  It has a sweet reminder that Christmas should be part of the everyday.

I used the Blitzen by Basic Grey along with Kona off-white.  

I love the star effect of the string pieced blocks.  While there is a scrappy look to the piecing, I tried to maintain a certain color sequence which I think gives the blocks an almost kaleidoscope effect.

I machine embroidered the quote and our words along with snow flakes using colors from the line of fabric.

Thank you, again, for stopping by.  While you are here, I hope you will look around and leave a comment or two.  

And visit again soon.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blog Hop and Mountain Pics

The In Your Words Blog Hop continues this week.  I have finally completed my project and I am looking forward to seeing you back here on Tuesday.  

Sew we quilt

Big Thank You's to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling for organizing everyone.  I hope you will join us for our wordy hop!  The full schedule is here.  I am scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th and I hope you will stop by for a visit.

Yesterday...Hubby and I went for a quick visit to the mountains.  I took a bunch of photos and thought I would share some here since I can't show you what I have been working on this week.

We hiked through the woods so there isn't too much to see...other than trees.  I still think it is beautiful, peaceful and awesome.  The weather was better than spring-like but I tried to imagine this forest covered in snow.

In the distance you can see some mountains.  

Wouldn't this one be beautiful with the ground white with snow!?

So see you back here on Tuesday for the In Your Words Blog Hop and my big reveal.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!