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Dear Quilter,
          This newsletter is packed full of goodies for you so I'll keep this intro short.

New England Trip Update - Let's begin with an update of our 2018 New England Trip

New England Schedule

8/22/18 - Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild, Wolfeboro, NH
Week of 8/27/18: Still open
9/6/18 - Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI - trunk show
    9/8/18 - Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI - workshop
09/11/18 - Ninigret Quilters, Westerly, RI  - trunk show
    9/12/18 - Ninigret /Quilters, Westerly, RI - workshop
Week of 9/17/18: Still open
9/25/18 - Bayberry Quilters, Cape Cod, MA - trunk show
    9/26/18 - Bayberry Quilters, Cape Cod, MA - workshop
10/5/18 - Friends & Needles, Houlton, ME - trunk show
     10/6/18 - Friends & Needles, Houlton, ME - workshop
10/11/18 - Burlington Quilters' Guild, Burlington, MA trunk show
     10/13/18 - Burlington Quilters' Guild, Burlington, MA Workshop

   We still have openings for two weeks.  I realize the last week of August is a very bad time.  Folks are returning from vacations, kids are returning to school and it is just before Labor Day.  While I really don't expect to fill this slot I sure would like to.
  However, I would really like to have a trunk show and workshop the week of 9/17/18.  If you are interested, please contact me.  Follow the instructions below to contact me.

   By the way, you can check the status of our New England Trip at anytime by clicking HERE.  I will keep this page updated.

     I am really interested in booking a trunk show and workshop the week 9/17/18.   I have prepared a PDF file that describes the workshops that I offer.
     If your guild would be interested in having a trunk show and a workshop please let me know.  My e-mail address is:
  Please include in the e-mail the following:

        1. Guild name
        2. City, State of meeting
        3. Date of meeting (ex: second Monday of month)
        4. Number of members in club
        5. Contact person for club (if not you)

     I'll then send you the PDF file of information by return e-mail.  I hope to hear from you,

How to make a Perfect Berry (circle).

                                                      Top Tip

      I have a great tip for you today.  I have struggled with making perfect circles for many years.  The traditional method using starch just doesn't cut it for me.  I always ended up with a stiff, shiny berry.

     So I developed my own method.  Those of you who have taken my class or purchased my video know I have quite a complex method of making those berries.  No More!
     This past month I needed a berry in a hurry.  Out of desperation I grabbed my "Best Press"™.  Wow!  It worked perfectly.  I produced a beautiful berry that held it's shape while I stitched it, was soft and pliable and wasn't shine.
     I did it the same way you do a berry using the starch method only I substituted "Best Press"™ for starch.  Cut a circle 1/2" bigger than the mylar template you are using to make the berry.  Gather that circle as you would for a yo-yo.  Place the template in the middle of the wrong side and draw up the threads.  Spray with "Best Press"™.  Allow to dry. Iron briefly with a hot iron.  (Be careful to not leave the iron on the berry too long.  The mylar is only heat resistant.)
     That's it.  A perfect berry.  I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover this.  I'll beat someone out there in internet land has already made this discovery.  Let's spread the word.

Ruth's Radiantly Rad Roses

     Row quilts are the rage at the moment.  A strippy is just a row quilt turned on it's side.  This 48 1/2" x 62 1/2" throw features columns of warm, sculpted roses.
     "Ruth's Radiantly Rad Roses" is named for a good quilting friend of mine, Ruth Shoars. 
      For this quilt I sculpted the roses.  This is an optional technique.  The flowers will look just fine without sculpting them.  But let's face it.  By adding a couple of layers of batting to every flower it has taken the quilt to the next level. 
      The pattern includes detailed instructions for sculpting the flowers.
      Click here to purchase this pattern for just $12.00.

Reader's Photos
       I love seeing your work.  Each month I hope someone will send me photos of their project made from one of my patterns.  This month I have two to share with you.   Joan Gelder shared one of her holly rows of my current free BOM, "Ann's Lyrical Christmas".  She didn't want to stitch all the holly so she just did every other one.  It gives it a much lighter, airy feel.   She also chose to make the flowers in white.  They really pop.  Great job , Joan.  Thank you so much for sharing.  (By the way, Joan and I have been in a small quilt club for over 30 years together.)

      Patricia Gilchrist of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada sent me a photo of her first block.  Patricia is a first time appliquer.  She was in my workshop last September.
       This block is Patricia's first applique block.  Fantastic, Patricia.

       I would love to share your blocks, projects or quilts made from my patterns.  Send photos to
I will share them with my readers thru this newsletter.  

How to make a Treble Cleft

     In this newsletter you will find the link to the lyrical row of "Ann's Lyrical Christmas".  I thought you might like to see how I made the treble cleft on this row.  It's a little bit different but worked great.  The steps are depicted in photos from left to right below.

     1. Applique the bottom under section of the treble cleft. Use a very thin seam allowance. I used less than 1/8".

     2. Flip to the back and back baste approximately 1/2" above the crossover line at the top of the cleft.  In the photo that is the area between the two pins.

     3. Flip to the front and applique both sides of this 1/2".  Use a very thin seam allowance.

     4. Now here is the trick.  Gently pull the applique fabric to the left.  Be sure it is positioned so that there is a thin seam allowance over the base of the area that has been appliqued. 

     5. The fabric will pucker and bunch up.  We will relieve the area above the appliqued section.  Flip to the back and place a pin across the second line down in the top of the cleft.  Place a second long pin from the point of the tear drop shape up thru the tear drop shape dividing that shape into to equal portions.

     6. Flip to the front and cut on the right side next to the long pin all the way up to the top pin.  Flip to the front and smooth out the applique fabric being sure to have a small seam allowance over the bottom of the appliqued area.



  7. Having smoothed out the applique fabric, pin the fabric in place on the front.  Flip to the back and back baste all of the un-appliqued areas of the treble cleft.

8. Flip to the front and trim the basted area to your desired seam allowance.  I used about 1/8".  Applique the remaining areas of the cleft.

9. Our finished treble cleft.

This technique achieves 2 goals.  1) It eliminates any reverse applique.  2) It actually looks like the top right side of the cleft goes over the under top left of the cleft giving a much more realistic look than reverse applique would.

Click here to see a video of this technique.By the way, this video is on Facebook.  I would love to have you follow me.  Just click here and then click on "follow".

Ann's Lyrical Christmas  

Click on this link to download a PDF file of the lyrical row of "Ann's Lyrical Christmas".

The final row in the "Ann's Lyrical Christmas" free BOM will be published in October.

Happy Appliqueing
Connie Sue

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