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Susan @ Raisin Toast
Charlotte, North Carolina
I am a wife, mother, artist, teacher, writer, and I love to sew and quilt too!
Interests: reading, writing, photography, painting, teaching, sleeping. ha!
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With the Christmas season fast approaching, it was time to get busy making gifts for friends and family! This year I am making quilted table runners, quilted Christmas stockings, and a Double Dutch Quilt for my mother. So, I'm definitely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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Table runners. They are easy and fast to whip out on your sewing machine, and make great gifts for family and friends! Fast and Easy - my kind of project with a big impact when the recipient opens their gift! What could be better! And I'm going to show you how to make this holiday table runner in this single post! Stopping by my favorite quilt shop "The Quilt Patch" in Stallings, North Carolina, I grabbed me up a slew of interesting holiday fabrics, including a black and white striped fabric I thought would make a cool binder around the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at In the Studio
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Hand quilting has begun. It isn't as difficult or as intimidating as I had anticipated, and as for design of the stitching ... I'm being very random, and enjoying the process Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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Hand quilting really isn't all that difficult. It just takes patience and callouses on your finger tips. Two things I did not have until today. Now that I'm in the swing of the quilting, it's enjoyable. It feels good to complete an entire section. I can look on with pride for the results and then roll the quilt down onto the front bar to expose more of the quilt to be quilted. I am not using templates or patterns. I am just drawing freehand a design onto the quilt and then stitching over top of the marks I consider myself... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at In the Studio
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Boy was this a process! Yesterday was all about getting all three layers of the quilt onto the hand quilting frame! I've gotta tell you, it was not easy, and finding instructions on how to do it was impossible with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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I had high hopes of completing this quilt swiftly, by handing it over to a professional long arm quilter to do all the quilting for me. And, I could have, but then the design would cover the entire quilt as one large design, rather than a single design around the sashing and in the large blocks. That is what I envisioned anyway, was having a quilting design that complimented the quilt top. Oh well, so much for that idea! So, reluctantly, my Big Bear and my grandson, Glen, pulled out my 96" Grace EZ3 hand quilting frame from the attic.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at In the Studio
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The quilt top is complete! Now the actual quilting begins. But first, let me show you the finished quilt top and how I got there! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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Progress is a beautiful thing, especially when that progress settles into a finished quilt top!! And here is how I finished the quilt top for the Double Dutch Quilt! This is the largest quilt I have ever made. I've made many a lap quilt, but never a queen size quilt like this one. Intimidating? Yes. Possible? Well, so far so good. Today was all about the remaining sashing around the perimeter of the quilt. Following the instructions, I matched squares with rectangles, clipped the seams, and pressed. These pieces, once sewn together, will be the final quilt block pieces for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at In the Studio
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I made it this far today without having to rip out any seams. That's a good thing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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It always feels so good to know that I had a productive day, especially when I'm on a tight schedule to get this quilt made and other projects completed for the holidays. I feel today was one of those days. By last night, I had completed 1 or 4 columns of the center of the quilt. I pinned it to Bertha, my dress form. I completed the remaining 3 columns of 3 quilt blocks and 4 strips of rectangular panels. Following the instructions, I was now moving on to the next stage of the quilt, creating the sashing that will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at In the Studio
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I like to check my stats. If you have a blog, that's the fun part, especially if you haven't been blogging in a while - my bad. But since I'm back in the swing of the saddle at my desktop again, and blogging like a pro again, I can honestly say I was surprised to see my post from 2010 of a plush stackable toy I made for my granddaughter, Reagan, shared twice in the last two days. Yesterday it was shared on "All Women's Talk" Blog "37 Fabric Crafts that You'll Love Sew Much!" and ... Today, it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at In the Studio
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Today was much more than just a day of sewing. My 93y/o mother made it up the stairs with help from my Big Bear, and worked with me on her quilt. We shared stories and laughter and she enjoyed being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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A productive day sewing - with my 93y/o mom! She helped me rip out seams on a block that I had screwed up. Why am I not surprised? It all worked out great though. Mom and I had a few laughs and she told me stories too. Stories of her mother and how she made quilts entirely by hand when my mother was a little girl. She also told me a story about this one "Flower Garden" quilt her mother, Margaret, had made out of every scrap piece of fabric she had. Mom told me it was beautiful and she... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at In the Studio
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This post will have you piecing like a pro, trimming for perfect squares, and creating beautiful full quilt blocks! It always feels so good to complete the first quilt block. It's a confidence builder that I didn't mess up on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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I've been a busy bee today working on Mom's quilt as her gift this Christmas. This is the Double Dutch Quilt in beautiful blues and whites from ConnectingThreads.com. Love that site! Moving right along, you will have pieces that are rectangular and pieces that are small squares. Place them per the instructions on one side of the rectangular piece. Sew along the marked line you place diagonally on the back of the small square, and then clip off to a 1/4" seam allowance. When you are done, press the seam open towards the dark piece so that you have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at In the Studio
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What can I say, education is key to success in life ... but so is letting our kids follow the passion of their heart and what brings them joy in their life ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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War on Boys? (St. Timothy's Middle School, Raleigh, NC) The video at the bottom of this post is interesting. I’m almost laughing about this though. Not too long ago, the complaints were clearly about our education system being entirely geared towards boys, not girls, and that girls were not being given the same opportunities as boys, especially in science and math. Boys were thriving and girls were languishing behind. We changed the structure of our education system to include and nurture female students, and as a result, girls have thrived and grown in their academic reach while boys lag behind.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at My Opus
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Part 2! Cutting, piecing, precision, pinning, sewing, and pressing ... it's all in this post Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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Working on my mother's holiday quilt and am sharing here some of what I do to make the process go faster, yet being careful to make proper cuts and seams. If you ever wanted to make a quilt, hopefully some of my tips here will be helpful. These little 2" squares are part of the next step, but first, I need to place a diagonal mark on the wrong side of the squares. This will be my guide for sewing. Accuracy is so important while making a quilt! As mentioned in my first post, I like to get all my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at In the Studio
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It's been several years since I enjoyed busy hands in my sewing studio and I've missed it. I am making a beautiful blue and white "Double Dutch" quilt for my 93y/o mother for the holidays. I've got to start early... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Raisin Toast
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My mother, Mary, just celebrated her 93rd birthday with us here in Weddington, North Carolina. She is doing so well. She has lived with us for nearly 20 years now. Several months ago, though, we thought she would be happier in an assisted living home, and she moved. Unfortunately, she was very unhappy and lost 20 lbs. We were not happy about that and moved her back home. She is happy as a peach, sleeping and eating well too. Home is where she needs to be. Several years ago, I purchased a quilt pattern and fabric kit from Connectingthreads.com. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at In the Studio
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It's been a while since I posted here on my blog and thought I would update all my friends out there who stop by on occasion. ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Raisin Toast
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It's been a while since I posted here on my blog and thought I would update all my friends out there who stop by on occasion. We've had a busy year so far! Our home took a hit with the strong wind and rain storm we had the end of February. As a result, the front door and paladian window are having to be replaced. What a job! And before that, we ended up with 2 sinkholes in our front yard!! After some digging, we discovered that the drainage pipe under the front yard was old and rusted and decaying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at My Opus
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"Santorini" 20x30 Pastel on Paper I have been busy in my studio working with pastels. Recently, my brother commissioned me to do a painting of Santorini, Greece, based on a photo he had taken while there with his wife, several... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Raisin Toast
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"Santorini" 20x30 Pastel on Paper - Sold I have been busy in my studio working with pastels. Recently, my brother commissioned me to do a painting of Santorini, Greece, based on a photo he had taken while there with his wife, several years ago. It was a challenge, but the end result was beautiful. Prints of "Santorini" are available HERE. "Annapolis Harbor" 16x20 Pastel on Paper - Available. Having grown up in Maryland, I wanted to create a series of paintings of my favorite place to visit - Annapolis. This was the first in that series. If you are interested... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at In the Studio