This week has been crazy.   Too much to do and not enough time.  I’m working on a new fabric line and it’s taking longer than expected.  A deadline is looming and I’m crossing my fingers I get it off to Moda soon.  I’ll be so happy!

In the meantime everyone at Bunny Hill has been working on my Scrappy Plate quilt, helping to get it ready for the quilter.  I can just hear you saying…hey that’s not fair…she has help!  Let’s just say it’s a good thing.  Machine applique has become my best friend and almost all of the plates have been appliqued by machine!

If you follow my method I think you’ll love machine applique.  Go ahead, enlarge this photo so you can see.

…and this one showing you how to stop at a point right next to the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn.

Here’s something you may not know…there’s a machine applique tutorial on my blog!  That’s right, it’s just waiting for you to try it.

Click here or scroll to the top of the page, click on the Tutorial link and the applique picture.  You just might get your blocks done this weekend.  Oh, and I forgot to tell you, I’ve decided to add a scallop to the border.  Don’t worry, I’ll give you the scallop pattern so you can have one too.


Because of all the assorted colors in my blocks I used a neutral Kimono Silk thread to applique these Dresden.  Silk thread on the top and cotton in the bobbin made switching from blade color to blade color much easier.  Normally I recommend DMC Machine Embroidery thread for machine applique.

Now think about this…after the girls sew on my Dresden’s they go home and sew on their own!  Everyone at Bunny Hill has gone a little Dresden crazy.   Just look at a few of their blocks!

Nancy is making her’s out of pink 30’s fabrics.  She’s making a quilt for a baby girl!

And my assistant Kim is making her blocks out of assorted Riley Blake fabrics she picked up at market.  Just look at these!  She says she has more colors coming and I can’t wait to see the rest of the blocks!

It’s Dresden show and tell weekend over on Flickr.  Go ahead, show off your blocks!

I’ll be back soon!  Circles are up next so you can stitch away during the Super Bowl!  I’ll show you how!



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