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.       Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Block Tour Road Rally - "Fall Delight"

Welcome Roadsters!!!

     Welcome to the Roadsters of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Block Tour Road Rally.  I'm so glad you stopped by today for a visit.  I have so much to share with you. Come right in.

     OK!  I know you aren't cars but I thought the word "roadsters" fits the theme of this year's blog so perfectly.

      First let's talk about the block I designed for this issue.  Which came first?  The chicken or the egg?   The block name or the color scheme?  It really doesn't matter.  This block can be made in any color scheme.  Soft pastels and we can call it "Spring Delight"  Vivid colors of summer and we can call it "Summer Delight".  And, of course, reds and greens for "Christmas Delight".

      Let's head back to my sewing room.  I want to give you a sneak peak at my next free BOM.  It will be starting in January, 2018.  It's going to be a 100-block quilt.  Yes, I know there have been several such quilts recently.  My quilt will be unique because every 6" block will be an appliqued block.  The blocks in the row above and to the right are just a sampling of the blocks in this quilt.  You can learn more about this quilt in my October Newsletter  Just click here to read it. 

     I hope you enjoyed my newsletter.  You can receive this newsletter every month by signing up.  Just click here. Oh, and by the way, it is free.

"Froggie, Froggie" This is a great children's quilt.  Click here to learn more about it.

     Do you applique?  Would you like to learn?  January is the perfect time to kick back in your recliner and challenge yourself.  I will be starting  a series of lessons on how to do "Quick Prep Applique".  It's a form of back basting which is a faster, easier way to to hand applique.

     The "No Holes for Me" section in my October Newletter is an excerpt from these lessons.  Let me share another sample with you.  It is often difficult to place fabric in the proper position when doing back basting. Holding your work up to the light is one method to see if your applique fabric is in the proper place.  But it isn't too practical at night when we are listening to TV and the lights are low.  I've developed the "pin placement method" which works well in low light - or just anywhere for that matter. 
     After you have traced your pattern on the wrong side of the background fabric, follow these steps to position your applique fabric.

1. On the wrong side of your background fabric, place pins directly on the traced pencil lines. (Figure 1) 
2. On the front side place your appliqué fabric over the pins. You won't see much on the front side - just some pins. Place your applique fabric over the pins.
3. Gently pull back the edges of your appliqué fabric, checking to be sure there is a full 1/4” seam allowance beyond the pins.
4. When the appliqué fabric is properly placed, pin it on the front to the background fabric.
5. Return to the back side of your background fabric. Remove the placement pins. You are now ready to begin back basting the patch.

     Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to begin learning to applique the "Quick Prep Applique" way.  Lessons (starting at the beginning) will be in my newsletter beginning in January.


     I'm sure glad you stopped by today.  I have a few presents for some of you.  A copy of 100 Quiltmaker's Blocks Vol. 16 will be sent to one of you courtesy of the folks at Quiltmaker.    This sounds like such a good idea to me that I'm going to give away a few patterns as well.  Just send me an e-mail with the word "Gifts" in the subject line.  Be sure to include your snail mail address in the body of the e-mail.  Click here to send me an e-mail.  I'll use the date and time received to determine the winners.

100 Quiltmaker's Blocks Vol. 16 - 25th e-mail received

"Iris on Parade" - 10th e-mail received

"Sleepy Teddies" - 56th e-mail received

"Jennifer's Jiffy Floral Quilt" -  120th e-mail received

"Marlene's Mosaic" - 167th e-mail received

"Christmas in Baltimore" = 204th e-mail received

"Pushin' Up Spring" - 273rd e-mail received

"Christmas Memories - 333rd e-mail received
"Ruth's Radiantly Rad Roses".  This throw with it's vines of roses will keep you warm on the coldest evening.  Click here to learn more.

I sure have enjoyed having you stop by for a visit.  Thanks for coming

Connie Sue

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