Friday, September 11, 2015

Dresdens, Pillowcases and Other Sewing

It's been awhile since my last post, so I thought I'd let you know what I've been working on.  I have somehow gotten myself into a lot of things that require a deadline, and they all seem to be coming due at once.  I sometimes get that "I can save the world" mentality, and get myself into way too many things.  

Here are some Dresden Plates I've been working on.  Some of these are for my own projects, but the fan blades were all over the sewing room.  I decided it was best to sew them together so they would be all in one piece.  

This Dresden plate table topper is for a silent auction donation.  

I love to hand applique', but sometimes it isn't always possible.  I did machine applique' on the Dresden plate following Harriet Hargrave's directions.

Mastering Machine Applique' is a great book.  This book tells what settings to use for different sewing machines and has lots of valuable information and illustrations.  

You can find my tutorial for this quilt as you go table topper here.  

I also made 20 pillowcases using my Hot Dog Pillowcase tutorial here.   At some point I need to update my tutorial because it doesn't show how to do the french seam finish.  I made 10 Frozen and 8 Avengers pillowcases for donation to a DAR school.  

Another Frozen pillowcase went to my niece's daughter who is 5, and a Mickey Mouse pillowcase went to my Grandson (I forgot to take a photo).

I'm also in a signature swap with a group of quilters.  I've sewed, signed, stamped and colored 70 plus blocks for the swap in November.   I made a few extra blocks to have signed by friends that didn't sign up for the swap.

There's still more things I've committed to do, and I'll show you those as I finish.  I am really missing my EPP projects.  Sometimes when I get a bit overwhelmed by the quilting things that I've promised, I grab some yarn and crochet a bit.

 You can see my crochet projects on my Easy Crochet blog here.  

My Dresden plate table topper tutorial is here.  

My Hot Dog Pillowcase tutorial is here.

I'm linking to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at What A Hoot!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 


  1. Hand appliqué is just a little too fiddle for me, but I'm too intimidated to try to machine appliqué on my own. When we get back, I do believe I need to order that book. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Your siggie blocks are beautiful, they certainly put mine to shame. I've never made a dresden plate, but it's on the list.

  3. Very pretty signature blocks, LuAnn. You have a lot of great finishes here! I have yet to make a Dresden block of any kind, which is funny because I really enjoy them.

  4. Busy I guess! I too, think I can do so much and get myself into a bit of a panic. I think it may be fairly common for us creative people. I usually think "oh it won't take me much to do that" LOL, it takes more time than I think...OFTEN. Lovely exchange siggy blocks and your Dresden plate toppers are charming. Those pillow cases would be hits for several of my grandchildren too....never enough to sew all I want too but I will keep trying:)Your inspiring LuAnn<3

  5. The Dresden table toppers are really clever. And I love the pile of Dresdens.
    That's a LOT of pillowcases. They will make some youngsters very happy! : )

  6. Busy times! Those Dresden Blades make a great collection. The machine applique will surely help them turn into finished blocks in a hurry. So many pillowcases! Lots of fun kid friendly fabrics in those. I am sure they will be much loved.

  7. I am drawn to the Halloween table topper. What a good idea.

  8. Wonderful dresdens and table toppers!
    Always such fun to watch your tutorials - they're terrific!
    Beautiful siggie squares too!
    I'm constantly amazed at how much you accomplish.

  9. Love your Dresden projects--especially the Halloween one! It's so cute!

  10. Love your siggie blocks, LuAnn! The table toppers and pillowcases are all great finishes! You did very nice work with the machine applique.

  11. So many beautiful projects. It was worth waiting for your post.Love your Dresden blocks. Good luck with your dead lines.

  12. You have been working on a lot! The Dresdens do make a wonderful table topper using one block. But that's quite a pile you have ready to go! Your signature blocks are super cute. What a wonderful treasure when you get the exchanged ones back.

  13. Love your projects. Do not feel alone. In the past I have done the same thing. I really have missed not having a deadline, or doing a charity project this last year, but things are a changing. You will catch up. I love the Dresden plate and the hexagon. Continue on and before you know it you will be back to EPP.

  14. You certainly have been a very busy lady! Love all the projects, especially the Dresden Plate table topper. I might just have to make one of those. Lovely, LuAnn!

  15. Thanks so much for the tutorial. These are adorable - I think I might need to make one or two for our Holly Bazaar :).

  16. Hi LuAnn!

    I absolutely love your dresden table toppers! I think I'm going to make some, They will be lovely presents for Christmas and Halloween.

    A big hug


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