How was your Thanksgiving?

I had just enough turkey, pie & black Friday shopping to be content!

Today I’m putting away fall &

carrying down boxes Christmas decorations.

It’s so nice out today.

So nice in fact, that when I took a package to our mailbox

I decided to start there with the Christmas decorating.

So far I have the greenery on our mailbox & my parents’ mailbox

(they live down the street)

and a couple of wooden lollipops outside as well.

When Clare gets home from work we will start making the house festive!

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend has been enjoyable too.

It’s about to get even more enjoyable for two of you!

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It’s time for a drawing…

#20 Paula

&

#27 Christine Prager

You’re going to love these!

For those of you that didn’t win,

perhaps you could put one on your Christmas list???

It sounds like everyone has the perfect spot in mind for one already.

Order yours from Classic Metal Company here.

Thanks for all your comments &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

No matter how you’re spending your Thanksgiving Day,

I hope it is enjoyable!

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I wish many blessings for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

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I promised a give-away this week, remember?

A while ago I contacted Mark at Classic Metal Company to let him know how much I appreciate the nice brochure I received when we bought our barn quilt a while back.

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Remember me showing how it got hung up there?

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The brochure has a nice plastic surface

so I’ve used it every time I’ve glued the past 2+ years!

For those of you that know my quilting,

you know I’ve made a LOT of little Dresden plates

that each have a couple of glueing steps.

 I asked if he had more brochures that I could share with my quilting friends when I ship out my templates & patterns or teach a Dresden workshop.

It’s perfect because it protects my cutting mat each time I glue,

my applique pieces don’t stick to it as they dry

& the glue doesn’t build up on it.

Mark let me know that he has a new brochure for a new item he’s now selling along with his metal barn quilts.

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Aren’t these lights cool?

You have a choice of 10 designs to light up,

and he’s working on a Dresden plate!

Along with the brochures,

he also sent me 3 of the lights along with

2 panels for each light.

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They’re made in the USA!

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He gave me 1 light to keep,

which I put in my sewing room below my ironing board.

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It lights up each time I sit to sew.

He also gave me 2 more to give away to 2 lucky winners on my blog.

That could be you!

Just leave me a comment telling me where you would plug the little light in if you had one.

It would make a nice night-light for you

or a great gift for a quilting friend.

I’ll draw Saturday.

Good luck!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I just remembered that I hadn’t posted any photos of Houston Quilt Market 2016.

Where does the time go???

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My good friend Robin, Nestlings by Robin,

graciously offered to come along as my helper.

Chloe, my booth helper the past several years (& daughter)

took a new job that started October 31, so she wasn’t able to come along this time.

She is now working in the NICU.

I hope you never need her services, but if you do, you’re in good hands!

She is also working on her doctorate to be a Family Nurse Practitioner.

I’m so proud of her!

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My quilt-as-you-go table runners/wall quilts were very popular.

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My Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series was very popular as well.

My new favorite, Dresdens on the Square…

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I love the muted colors of my booth this market.

Several Moda designers are accounted for here:

Jo Morton, 3 Sisters, Barbara Brackman & Laundry Basket to name a few.

While there, we (quickly) took in the Dear Jane exhibit.

Robin & I are contemplating making the quilt

so it was fun to browse the color combinations…

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The reds are gorgeous, but I think I’d get tired of just using red.

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Robin’s favorite had the black heart secondary pattern.

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Leaving off the triangle border would eliminate a lot of work!

But don’t kid yourself, there are still 169 little blocks!

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I really like these muted colors.

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Interesting pattern in the gray triangle border fabric.

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Another secondary pattern with the color placement of blocks.

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It looks so different with brights!

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I like the rainbow of muted colors.

It’s pretty similar to the original quilt.

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Really like this one too.

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And this one.

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And this one…

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I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll start this quilt.

It’s quite a commitment!

What do you think?

Want to make one with us?

We’re still trying to figure out the time-frame.

169 blocks in the center and then another 56 on the border…

225 total blocks!

Just one per week would take 4 1/3 years.

What to do???

If I make the quilt I’ve decided it will be with civil war prints.

That’s in keeping with the original quilt.

For now though, I think I’ll

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

What a fun week of new blocks with lots of winners!

Did you visit Quiltmaker’s blog & win anything?

If not, perhaps today is your day.

Our first winner will win a copy of the new 100 Blocks volume 14.

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The lucky winner is:

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Nancy D Says:

Yes I have made Dresden plates before. Love the block! And the fabric is so cute!

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Our second winner (one of my blog followers)

will win my original block made with

Autumn Elegance

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and the remainder of the Layer Cake.

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The lucky winner is:

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Patricia Cash Says:

I follow you, thanks for the tutorial.

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Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all of the wonderful comments.

For those of you that have making a Dresden Plate block on your bucket list,

I hope I’ve inspired you to start soon!

Perhaps when the Thanksgiving dinner dishes are done would be a good time, huh???

Don’t forget to watch next week when I will have another give-away

with some fun Classic Metal Company items!

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I’m happy to finally show you my block that’s in the

newest volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

Dresden Framed #1348,  is on page 35.

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It’s fun to make.

With a little bit of piecing &

a little bit of applique,

you get a beautiful Mini Dresden plate with pizzazz.

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I used the new “Pumpkin Pie” fabric collection by Laundry Basket quilts for Moda.

(all but the olive green which is a Jan Patek also by Moda).

I love to make little Dresden plates!

This block uses my Mini Dresden Plate template.

The paper template is included in the magazine,

but if you want the ease and accuracy of cutting 8 petals at once with a rotary cutter,

use my plastic template.

You can purchase them on my website here.

How about a pretty table runner?

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Make 4 blocks.

Cut 13 sashing strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Cut 10 corner stones 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.

Make a 14 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ table runner.

Perhaps you’d prefer to make a lap or wall quilt.

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Make 16 blocks.

Cut 40 sashing strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Cut 25 corner stones 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.

Make a 53 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ quilt.

Here’s a little Dresden plate tutorial.

This block makes perfect use of 10″ layer cake squares!

This is the gorgeous “Autumn Elegance” layer cake by Sentimental Studios for Moda.

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Choose 4 squares and press them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

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With 1 square, cut 2 strips 3 1/2″, subcut 10 petals with the template.

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2 more petals will need to be cut the other direction from the remaining strip so be sure and use a non-directional print.

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After cutting 12 petals, there will be a corner left over to cut a center circle for another plate.

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Hardly any waste!

Fold each petal in half chain piecing all 12 petals using a scant 1/4″ seam.

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Trim away most of the seam allowance near the fold, then press the petals flat as sewn.

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Turn them right side out, carefully poking out the points, then press them again.

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A little tray helps me transport ALL of the petals to my ironing board and back again.

Chain piece the petals together in pairs, again using a scant 1/4″ seam.

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Press the seams open, then chain sew 2 of those pairs together.

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Press again…

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Sew these 3 units to complete the plate,

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Be sure to press all of the seams open.

No trimming necessary!

Give another press with more Best Press using the single finger pump bottle.

It sprays with a fine spray that doesn’t over saturate the little pieces.

I spray both sides of the plate, but only press the back side.

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If you’ve used scant 1/4″ seam allowances your plate will lie perfectly flat.

If it doesn’t lay flat, you need to adjust your seam allowance.

Using the pattern in the magazine, cut a 2″ circle of freezer paper.

Fuse it to the wrong side of another 10″ layer cake square.

Cut out with a 3/16″ seam allowance.

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Glue the edge of the seam allowance with Roxanne basting glue.

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Press glued seam allowance to paper side of template.

(Notice my gluing surface?

I’ve been using this same plastic coated brochure from  Classic Metal Company for over 2 years!

I know because I bought one of their big metal barn quilts and have been using this brochure ever since.

It protects my table and my glued pieces don’t stick to it.

After all this time, it’s still like new and all I do is brush off the loose glue once in a while.

Next week I will be giving away 2 cool new products that they now have in addition to their metal barn quilts.

I’ll give you a hint; they light up!

Come back next week for those!)

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Easily work out any imperfections with Apliquick bars like I show in detail here.

No clipping necessary.

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Voila! Perfectly round circle.

Center and glue the circle on the plate.

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Stitch the circle in place using thread that matches the circle.

I use a tiny blind hem stitch.

It resembles a hand stitch,

but it’s much quicker!

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You can hardly see it, right?

Wet the center circle and let it rest a minute.

Remove the freezer paper through the hole in the back of the plate.

Let the plate dry.

Don’t press the wet plate, that will distort it.

While it’s drying, make the 24 half square triangles

using 2 more layer cake squares.

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I like using Thangles. They’re quick and accurate.

Cut the 4 corner squares.

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Assemble the block following the instructions in the magazine.

I use the same tiny blind hem stitch to applique the plate to the center of the background square.

I got so caught up in finishing the block that I forgot to take photos of that part, sorry!

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That may have happened because I was also listening to Little Women

& started watching when Jo came home to spend time with poor sick Beth.

Movies often keep me company while I sew.

I have a library of movies that I listen to over and over because they’re not so distracting that I can’t sew, well, usually!

Anyway,

it only takes about an hour to make one of these blocks.

(less than 1 movie!)

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It looks lovely with my front yard’s fall colors don’t you think?

Sorry the drawing is over now.


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telling me if you’ve ever made a Dresden plate.

And…

I will be having a second drawing as well.

One of my lucky blog followers will win not only this block that I just made,

but also the remaining layer cake to make more blocks with!

If you’d like to win the block & remaining layer cake,

become one of my blog followers then leave me a second comment

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If you already follow my blog,

let me know that in your second comment.

If you love making Dresden plates like I do,

here are a few of my latest patterns that use either

my Tiny Dresden and/or

my Mini Dresden plates.

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You can see them all on my website here.

Be sure to visit the other designers on the blog tour

& Quiltmakers’ Quilty Pleasures blog for more fun and many free prizes.

I will choose the 2 lucky winners this Saturday.

Be sure & tell all of your friends.

Good luck &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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One more day!

See you tomorrow.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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I am once again excited to announce that I have a block in the upcoming issue of

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 14!

Next week there will be lots of giveaways and fun!

Join me here Monday, November 14th.

And click here to see all the info for the coming attraction.

But that’s a whole week away.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan