My helper & I were back at it this morning.

Me, sorting & sewing,

(notice the St. Louis Arch there in my thread catcher? Go Cardinals!!!)

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and she politely keeping all the chain-pieced petals organized & wrinkle-free.

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Next task is to cut the chains apart, press then sew two pairs together.

I love this fabric collection!

Must keep sewing…

Until next time,

Susan

I’ve been wanting and therefore looking for a particular helper for my studio for years.

As we all know, good help is hard to come by.

Finally last weekend I found her!

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So far she appears to be perfect, just what I was looking for!

She’s been around the block a few times.

Not at all pristine & immature.

Because of her maturity, I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to do everything I expect of her.

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No flimsy, immaturity that you sometimes find in the her younger counterparts.

Today she’s helping me with a new pattern sample.

She’s holding chain-pieced petals, keeping them wrinkle-free for the next step.

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I’m making tiny Dresden plates with my new template

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and I’m using the new “Hearts Content” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts

so generously given to my by Moda.

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I intend to make a tutorial for all of you who don’t already know how easy & fun Dresden plate blocks can be.

For now, my helper & I need to get back to work.

I just know we’re going to be friends!

Until next time,

Susan

 

Back in May, just in time for spring market in Pittsburgh, I got the brainy idea to design a series of

REALLY TINY seasonal quilts to fit a tiny,

Ackfeld Wire 6 x 6 frame.

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I wanted to use my new Tiny Dresden Template,

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& I wanted the quilts to be seasonal, one for each month.

Within a week, I had the samples ready to go to market (in hind sight, that was the easy part)

but then once market was over came the task of creating the twelve patterns!

  • writing
  • testing
  • editing
  • photographing
  • pricing
  • more testing
  • sending files
  • ordering buttons & charms
  • waiting…

Finally:

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Suzn+Quilts+Tiny+Dresden+February+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+March+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+April+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+May+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+June+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+July+Cover

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Suzn+Quilts+Tiny+Dresden+September+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+October+Cover

Web+Tiny+Dresden+November+Cover

 Web+Tiny+Dresden+December+Cover

Each quilt:

  • measures 6″ x 8″
  • incorporates hand embroidery with perle cotton thread
  • uses Tiny Dresden petals that make a seasonal design
  • button(s) or charm included in pattern
  • $7.50 ea. retail per pattern
  • fabric kits available $8.00 (limited supply)
  • extra button kits available $2.00 per month

With the exception of the hand embroidery & the binding,

every step was done on my sewing machine

even sewing on the buttons & making the label,

which I’ve included instructions for!

–Patterns–

–Extra button kits

– Fabric kits (limited supply)

–Wire stands

are available on my website now &

hopefully at your local quilt shop soon!

If you’re a shop & would like to carry my patterns,

send me an email or visit

Checker  or United Notions.

Now you know how I spent my summer!

Presently I’m working on more ways to use my fun

Tiny Dresden Template…

Until next time,

Susan

The winner of the Name That Quilt book is

#4, Sheila!

Sheila, please email your shipping address to

SuznQuilts@aol.com

& I’ll ship out your new book.

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I hope you enjoy the quick & easy quilts as much as I do!

Lucy loves hers!

Until next time,

Susan

I’m a great aunt again,

so of course I had to make a quilt!

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I already knew what quilt I was going to make for Lucy.

In case you don’t remember,

two summers ago I designed this book for just these occasions.

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It contains the whole (full-size & reversed) alphabet

& instructions for a 42″ square baby quilt,

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(This is Lucy’s big brother. He’ll be 2 in a couple of weeks!)

& it also has instructions for a lap quilt for kids, toddler up to 100 yrs. old!

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Lucy’s mom (my niece, Amanda) decorated her nursery with a Paris theme.

She gave me the Timeless Treasures Paris fabric she’d bought then I added the softer pink for the alternating stripes & a matching brown for her name & the binding.

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I love the way it turned out & I hope Amanda does too!

We’re going to see (& spoil) Lucy in a bit.

Now for the fun part…

I’m going to give away a “Name That Quilt” book!

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Just leave me a comment

telling me about your favorite baby quilt,

either one you made or one you received.

I’ll post the winner here on Monday.

Until next time,

Susan

Although you hear of it more & more,

it’s not every day that you can tell someone,

Happy 100th Birthday!

A friend of ours, Margie, is celebrating today.

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She’s a lovely lady & has been the host to countless

4th of July parades & potlucks for our family.

Her shady lawn has brought our family so many fond memories

that I couldn’t help but make her a quilt!

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Next week you will see the inspiration for this Tiny Dresden Quilt…

We had the pleasure of seeing her just three weeks ago,

& while there she showed me what she was sewing.

Yes, at 100 years old she’s still quilting!!!

Sharp as a tack she is!

How could I not make her a quilt?

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Here’s a photo of us girls with the birthday girl.

During the party she told me it was a shame we live so far away.

She’d like me to come over & quilt the day away with her sometime…

We should all be so fortunate as to want to quilt at 100.

Until next time,

Susan

It’s that time of year again & yeah is all I can say!!!

It’s the time when my north facing sewing room with all its windows is taking in the early morning sunshine.

Suzn+Quilts+Sewing+in+the+SunshineWhen I sit to sew in the 6 a.m. hour,

I need my sunglasses…

Again, yeah!!!

And if I’m sewing at the other end of the day,

I’ll need the sunglasses then too.

The evening sun will come in on my left!

I am not going to complain.

This is the time of year I long for all year!

When it’s cold out, hate it!

Short days of winter, hate them!

Long dark evenings, hate them!

Long, long, dark evenings…

Give me sunshine & heat, ahhhh!

I try not to dwell on the fact that when June 21 rolls around

the days are getting shorter from here on out.

Instead I remind myself the sun is shining & it’s hot outside!

December 21 is a day of celebrating in my mind.

Why?

It’s the shortest day of the year and from there on out,

the days are getting longer!

Today it’s sunshine!

Give me my sunglasses,

I have sewing to do.

I’m working on my second set of my new

Tiny Dresden seasons.

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The patterns are getting closer to being printed.

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I can’t wait to show you these pretties!

Until next time,

Susan

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