Sue Pelland Designs

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Blog - Category: Hearts and More

Block of the Month, A Quilt Along with Sue,,,Day 11 - Blog Post Challenge

Do you get bored with your projects midstream?  Do you have more UFOs than finished projects this year?  I have the worst case of bright, shiny object syndrome of any quilter I know!  But you would be so proud of me! 

Biking and Quilting on this beautiful Fall New England Day!

Bike quilt from Houston

It is a bright, clear, beautiful morning here in New England.  I am waiting for the temp to warm up so I can go for a bike ride with my hubby Jeffrey today.   This is something we try to do once a week, granted I am not traveling, there is no snow on the ground and the temperature is above 40 degrees.  If you are not from around here, you may think that 40 degrees is a little cold to get out on your bike!  But in New England if it is sunny and bearable, it is best to get outside and enjoy the beautiful state we live in!  If I don't get a little outdoor tim

Don't you just love a challenge?

Choose from four different Kaffe Fassett Cameos

I was at Genesee Valley Quilt Fest recently, and seeing many of my favorite customers who have all my tools.  Everyone enjoys watching the demonstration and a good percentage of customers go home with at least one template, if not all seven.  Yet at the shows I often hear "I have not yet removed the shrink wrap!" That makes me sad!  I invented these tools to help you be more productive and creative.  So how do I get my customers to use the tools they have purchased?

Everyone Loves a Challenge

I am happy to announce my first ever Appliqué Design Challenge.  You know how much I love Mistyfuse and FreeSpirit fabrics so I'm excited to have them as co-sponsors.  Your challenge is to create an original quilt design using any appliqué elements that you can cut with my Leaves Galore and/or Hearts and More templates.  All designers will start with one of four Cameo panels by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit.  Your final quilt will be 30" x 30" which gives you space to create your own design of applique elements around the Cameo panel.

Generation Q and Quilter's Stash Box

Two exciting things are happening with Hearts and More this week.  First, Generation Q magazine is blogging about and having a contest to win my book and a small set of Hearts and More tools and a copy of my new book!  They have asked readers to comment on what you would write on the hearts in this sweet little Conversation Hearts quilt!  In the comments below, I will put a link to the Generation Q contest so you can go, write a sweet saying, and win a copy of my book and tools!  

Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild Modern Challenge

Sue, Donna, and Linda Gosselin, a SPD Certified Instructor, belong to Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and we recently revealed our 2016 Challenges. The theme for challenge was "modern".  To participate, we purchased a bag that contained two fat quarters and two crayons.  We had to use both the fabrics in the bag but could add four additional fabrics as long as they matched the colors of the crayons.  The fat quarters were a Kona white and a gray fabric with some circles and helped unify the finished pieces.

Quilt Labels

Adding labels to your quilt is an important part of the quilt finishing process.  Whether you intend to keep your quilt on your bed or wall, or you plan to send your quilts to quilt shows all over the world, labels play an important role.  A good quilt label should identify the quilt maker(s), the date that the quilt was complete, the city and state where it was made and the title for the quilt.  In addition, you may want to include the story of why you made this quilt, particularly if it was made for another person or for a special occasion.  The label above is o

He Loves Me! A Hearts and More Class at Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing Center

He Loves Me! Class sample by Gina
 
Don't you just love the color combination that Gina Zeleznok chose to use for her "He Loves Me!" class sample? Gina opted to machine embroider the words, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" on her computerized sewing machine prior to quilting an all over pattern on the quilt background using her long arm machine.  After quilting, Gina cut and fused the applique' shapes using my Hearts and More templates.

Did you damage the edge of your Acrylic Template?

It is easy to gouge the edge of your Hearts and More or Leaves Galore templates when you are cutting around the inside curves.  The secret to cutting the inside curves is to use a sharp 28mm rotary cutter and blade.  There are times when I still nick the edge of my template with my blade, and cut a sliver from the edge of the acrylic.  This sliver will catch your blade every time you try to cut around that spot.