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Block #2 Sugar Plum Stocking Treats!

Wish on a star, and you just might find one in your Christmas stocking!  And of course who wouldn’t love to find this sweet little owl standing next to that stocking?  She’s wishing on a star, and wearing her Santa hat at the same time!

Block Two

Here’s the quilt showing the addition of block number two!

…and here’s block two done in fabric…

Do you have a favorite method of applique that you love?  Regardless of the applique method you prefer, points can sometimes be a bit intimidating.  I draw my star points with slightly wider tips so it will be easier to turn under the extra fabric.   I’ve included a PDF below with a few tips on applique points.

Applique Points

I hope you’ve finished those alternate blocks, or at least you’re thinking about them.  If you haven’t printed a new page 2 from block one, make sure you do, because the directions have been updated.

Have a great week and let me know if you have any questions.

Bunny Hugs,

Anne

Welcome to Block #1 of Sugar Plum Stocking Treats!

Could you ever have dreamed Santa would leave you a kitty in your stocking?  Well, your dream has come true, there’s a cute kitty just waiting for you!  She’s decked out with antlers, pink ornament buttons, and a shiny red nose!  Merry Christmas everyone!

 

I know you’re anxious to get started, but STOP before you cut into that fabric.  Read through the directions even if you’re one of those who hates to read instructions!  You’ll have plenty of fabric with a layer cake, but you need to cut the squares for the alternate blocks first!  Go ahead, print out block number one, but before you do make sure you have that little box checked on your print page that says “do not scale.”   You’ll want to print this actual size.  Take a minute to read through this first block, so you’ll have an idea of where to start…

Block One Updated

The square-in-a-square alternate blocks are one of my favorites, and they are perfect for every level of quilter. Just follow the directions, and you’ll have success.  I’ve made them slightly oversize so you can trim to perfection!

Once you’ve cut the centers for the alternate block squares from your layer cake you can relax a bit.  The fabric left over is for the applique!  You’ll still need to be a little careful when you cut, but feel free to cut your applique on the bias. You can always place your fabric and pattern over a light box so you can check how it’s going to look before you cut.

When you’ve prepared your applique and are ready to place your stocking and kitty on the background, make sure you use the pattern as a guide.  The square around the pattern is a guide for you to follow.  It’s the finished size of the block.  Remember that 1/4″ seam allowance outside the edge of the square. Don’t let the antlers go into the seam allowance when you’re tracing them.  All of the stockings are placed at approximately the same angle on the backgrounds. Some may be more to the left or the right depending on the design, just let the square be your guide.

July 8 Update: If you have already printed out Block One, please reprint the instructions. There is a mistake on Page 2 in the first section of the square-in-a-square directions. They should measure 5″ finished, not 4″.

 

Bunny Hill Helpers

I want to mention all the helpers I’ve had with this block of the week.  It’s taken nine of us to get this out the door to you!  Sue helped me with the design layout and then tirelessly worked on the actual patterns for me.  Nancy does my piecing so when you see those perfect points on the alternate blocks it’s because of her. Kim does a lot of my applique and embroidery, and there’s no one better (she actually lives across the street from me so I can “run” a block over after I’ve prepped it”).  Becky does that beautiful quilting you see on many of my quilts. You’ll be seeing that as we get towards the end of the quilt. My photographer, Gregory Case does his magic with the photos.  And I can’t forget my friend Chickie who along with my granddaughters Alyssa and Michaela and Nancy, cut endless pieces of fabrics for kits.  I’m number Nine!

What started as a small project and grew into massive as we went along. I should have known this would happen!  Things like this sometimes take on a life of their own.   I drew a few extra blocks so we’d have some to choose from and before I knew it I had at least 15 blocks, more than enough for a quilt!  Some of the blocks were rejected, and they are still sitting on my computer because along came Shannon Cogswell, Lori Weigel and Julie Zaloudek who were the three design winners in our contest!  You’ll be seeing their blocks in number four, eight, and eleven!

Embroidery

If you’re looking at the embroidery and cringing, please don’t.  You can do it! Years ago I started Kim stitching, and now she’s far surpassed me.  I can help you too!

Here are a few tips:

The right work conditions are a must.  If you can’t see what you’re doing your embroidery will show it.  Put on those glasses, pull your chair next to a bright window, or use a magnifying light.  I have a magnifying light that sits on my desk that I can pull over when needed.  Kim has one she got at Joanne’s (with a coupon) that sits on the floor next to her comfortable chair.

As you pull the thread off the skein of floss, remember to thread the needle with the ends at the beginning of the thread and never cut your thread more than 18″ long.  Here’s how I do mine;  I pull the end of the floss that comes from the center of the skein, then I cut this strand at about 18″.  I lay the strand down on my work table with the cut end facing me.  That’s when I pick it up to separate the strands.  I pull out one strand at a time, so my floss doesn’t tangle.  Then I place them together and thread my needle.

Get yourself a good embroidery stitch guide, or find a YouTube video if you’re confused about the basic stitches.  The best tip I can give you is to use tiny, even stitches.  If you don’t like the way a stitch looks, take it out as you’re going along or it will determine how the rest of your embroidery looks.

Ok, let’s get started!  Let me know if you have questions as we go along.  You can leave a comment and I’ll try to answer.  If I don’t get back to you right away, it’s because I have a huge stack of new fabric that arrived on Friday, just waiting to be made into new quilts.

I hope you love this quilt and have a great time with it!  Next Friday will bring block number two!

Bunny Hugs,

Anne

I wish I could make everyone who entered the Moda/Bunny Hill contest a winner!  There were so many cute stockings it was really hard to choose! And because there were so many great entries I added four runner-ups for a total of seven winners!  I’ll be shipping prizes out all week!

So here we go, are you ready?  First place winner is Shannon Cogswell from Fullerton, California

Shannon entered way more blocks than this one, each as special as the one before.  I selected her mouse not only for its cuteness but also because it’s going to look so ADORABLE in our surprise mystery quilt!   We’re re-making her block using embroidery and applique.  If you’re joining me on the mystery journey coming up soon, Shannon will be featured in block number four!

Second place goes to Julie Zaloudek from Humble, Texas

Julie also submitted multiple blocks,  but when you see how her gingerbread man fits into my mystery quilt you’ll know why I picked it!   Julie will be featured in block number eight!  Thank you, Julie, for such a cute block!

Third Place goes to Lori Weigel of Newport Beach, California

Lori Weigel is our third place, winner.  Yes, she also submitted multiple blocks but she made it a little harder to choose.  This little snowman will be featured in block number eleven!  Lori used my ornament fabric and fussy cut that little angel.  What ornament will you use if you join me?

As the entries came in there were some blocks that I knew were works of art! Each one made me smile!  These ladies not only have the talent they also have creativity.   To duplicate these blocks so that all of you could make them in a weeks time would be difficult, but I knew they needed to be declared winners!  So Lynn, Kathleen, Martina and Nancy, congratulations on being a winner in my contest!  You’ll each get a quilt kit so you can join me on my sew along starting July 7th.  along with some designer rolls of Sugar Plum Christmas and Lily & Will Revisited.  

I hope each of the winners features their own special block when they make the upcoming mystery quilt.  Who knows, you may each want to design enough blocks to do your own quilt!  Thank you to each and every one of you who entered!

Today I hand the reins over the Kathy Schmitz who will host the month of June for the Moda design contest!   Head on over to The Cutting Table Blog from Moda for Kathy Schmitz!

Back soon,

Anne

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