Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sewing and EPP Projects

I had the house all to myself for about 10 days, and I spent most of the time sewing, watching movies, and having fun.  

Here are all of the Dresden Plate Table Toppers that you saw in my previous post. There are 12 of them in the pile; most are Christmas themed, but there are two autumn, one Patriotic, one Valentine's and a couple have fruit and can be used in summer.  All that's left to do on these is to hand sew down the bindings.  I've tried to sew the binding on the machine on one of them, and it looks awful.  I'm going to rip it out.  I really enjoy hand work, so I'll finish them by hand.  Some of these are for gifts, some for donations for silent auctions, and some of them I'm going to keep.  My Dresden Plate Table Topper tutorial can be found here.    The tutorial found at the link is for a Halloween Table Topper.

These pillowcases were all cut out, and every time I picked up the pile of pieces, one of the cuffs would fall out of the pillowcase it was matched up with.  So I sewed my way through the pile until all 31 pillowcases were finished.  I do a french seam on my pillowcases so that all of the raw edges are enclosed.  You can see how I enclose the seam cuff in my Hot Dog Pillowcase Tutorial here.  

Awhile back, I went to Back Door Quilts for a sewing day with the Quilts for Kids Group.  I finished 3 quilt tops that day from kits that the QFK coordinator provided (I added a few of my own strips to her the Kaffe fabrics).  I did some machine quilting on these 3 tops, and next I'll make binding and sew it on by machine.  Since these quilts are going to be used by kids, everything has to be done by machine.  

These blocks are for my Smitten quilt.  The pattern is by Jen Kingwell.  I started the blocks that you see a few months ago.  My friend, Michele, from English Paper Piecing Addiction Group is moving right along with her blocks.  Michele told me that the smaller pieces could be cut from a jelly roll.  Since we were at Back Door, I picked up a new jelly roll and last week I cut block kits enough to finish the quilt top.  I still have to glue baste the pieces and sew.  I'm kind of anxious to get back to this project again now that I have all of the block kits cut.

I also really love making these 2" six pointed stars.  In the bottom right hand corner of the photo, you can see some of the pieces that I fussy cut last week while I had a lot of my fabrics pulled out.  These stars are going to be one of those projects that I'll hate to see come to an end.  These are one of my favorite things to English paper piece.  

I also bought  this Bronco's fleece and crocheted around the edge of it and have sent it to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Colorado.  

We have a friendly football rivalry since our Colts traded Peyton Manning to the Broncos.  I even found variegated yarn in Bronco's colors to do the edging.

After all of that, I had to take time to clean up my sewing room.  I have part of the two Patriotic quilts you can see a bit of in the bottom corner of the photo already machine quilted.  I still have to finish a bit on each quilt.   One is for a donation quilt, and one is to keep.  I'll show you a better photo when I have the quilts finished.

This is a lot for one post, but it's been awhile since I've checked in.  Hope all is well with all of you, and

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


  1. Holy cow, woman! You got a lot done! My dh is going away for five days, and I a sooo looking forward to it! His niece invited me to come stay with her while he and nephew are away, but I cherish my home-alone time! Maybe I'll accomplish a fraction of what you finished!!!!

  2. Great post, I'm worn out 😊 You got a lot done.

  3. You were busy! I have to admit though that I'm partial to your EPP project ... I can't wait to see all those pieces come together.

  4. I am, as always, so inspired by your EPP. You really outdid yourself with all these wonderful projects.

  5. Wow that is some power sewing girlfriend. Cute idea to crochet around the fleece blankets. I am a Bronco fan myself having grown up in Denver. Totally understand the need for sewing room clean up after cutting fussy pieces for EPP-I destroy every bit of organization when I start that. Happy Stitching Luann!

  6. I would say you got a lot done! So nice top have a day to yourself to sew!
    Love the Jen Kingwell pattern. I am doing one of her quilts too! So fun. Hope you get another sewing day soon!.

  7. Lots going on with you! So nice to have that time to yourself. Love your EPP project.

  8. Your 10 day home retreat was so productive. It does feel good to get so much off your plate. Your stars are awesome.

  9. I just bought Jen's new book Quilt Lovely! I love your table runners in Dresden, thanks for the tutorial! I'll link back to this tutorial when I make these from my Halloween 2.5 inch strips Jelly Roll.

  10. Wonderful post with lots, and I mean lots of sewing accomplished! I agree that we can get a lot more done when our husbands are away:) Everything you made is wonderful and keep on inspiring away!

  11. You were very busy! Love the dresden plates table toppers as much as the EPP stars. You rock!

  12. I like your hexagon star blocks so much. I think I have said that before but worth saying again.

  13. You made great use of your time by the toppers!

  14. Your Smitten blocks are so pretty and I'm really looking forward to seeing the pieces in the little bags come together. I also love those six point stars. Fussy cutting is so much fun and you are getting stellar results!

  15. Wow, what a collection of Dresden Plates!
    You had your house to yourself for 10 days???!! I am full of envy!


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