I’ve been making Morris Earthly Paradise Tiny Dresden petals…

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Trimming…

I feel like I’m gardening.

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I have 21 different floral prints…

nicely tended in rows…

because I don’t want to accidentally sew a petal into the wrong plate!

With a bit of help from Betsy

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I’m able to keep the string of sewn petals wrinkle-free and untangled.

Thanks, Betsy!

What are you doing in this heat?

I saw this morning that over 118 million of us are experiencing triple digit heat!

Thankfully it’s raining here right now.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I couldn’t resist showing you the beautiful garden that came to life

as I opened the Morris Earthly Paradise fat quarter bundle!

Moda & Barbara have done it again.

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Wow, the color!

Now before you freak out that I have cupcakes in my yummy Morris garden…

anyone that knows me knows there’s NO EATING in my sewing atelier!

Have no fear, they’re resin &

a gift from my sister along with an antique muffin tin.

Perhaps that will find its way into a photo someday too.

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I separated out the prints that will read as solids.

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My favorite is in the front of the drawer.

I think every color in the collection is in that piece (big surprise it’s my favorite right?).

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A nice variety of scale and color.

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Yummy, don’t you think?

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 The variety will all look nice in Tiny Dresden petals which is why I chose this collection.

I can’t wait to start sewing so I can show you the finished quilt.

Please do not hold your breath though.

Some quilts are marathons, not sprints!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Several months ago I received the new Moda line by Barbara Brackman,

Morris Earthly Paradise.

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 It is truly lovely!

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I ordered one print along with the fat quarters.

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A charming black.

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Beautifully reproduced William Morris floral prints

in gorgeous colors and black!

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While William Morris is probably better know for his textiles & literary works,

I first learned of the famous William Morris while in college through

his involvement in the Arts & Crafts movement

and the extremely popular Morris chair.

More than a century later, it’s still sought after and being reproduced today!

A Morris Chair

It would be fun to draft this!

My grandparents had an antique version of the reclining chair & I actually have an Arts & Crafts style rocking chair in my living room that I acquired from a friend of the family’s estate.

Why am I attracted to old things?

Notice my new-to-me old mini chest of drawers?

Don’t be jealous.

Get out and go to some estate sales & flea markets!

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I’ve added some background fabrics from my stash for my quilt.

I need to get cutting!

Will it surprise you to learn that I’m going to be cutting little Dresden petals???

This collection is available in quilt shops now and Barbara has a quilt-along

Morris Hexathon

 

going on with her fabrics.

You can learn more about the collection by joining her on her blog, Material Culture.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Bagging patterns and templates can be a rather monotonous job,

so I always take it to the TV.

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When my body is tired but my brain has just enough power to almost function…

that’s bagging time.

Since my bags, templates and inserts are stored in the basement I need things to carry them upstairs so I’m always on the lookout for handy bags, baskets, boxes, etc. at least that’s my excuse.

I’ve ALWAYS been attracted to anything that holds other things.

…said the true junk collector!

I admit it!

Last winter I found an almost like-new fold up Woolworth basket at the Belleville Fairgrounds antique & flea market.

Remember these???

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No, I didn’t buy a whole stack.

That would be silly, but so COOL!!!

(There wasn’t one. The image is from the internet.)

Just think, I could let my whole family help me if they each had a basket of their very own.

Today my vintage Woolworth basket is full of Tiny Dresden templates all bagged and ready to go!

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It makes this tedious yet necessary task a bit more fun!

It’s super sturdy, so I can carry it fully loaded  back downstairs to my “fulfillment room”  a.k.a. the basement, Lol…

And it folds up to store so it takes up very little space.

Need a Tiny Dresden Template?

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If so, they’re available on my website here.

If you need a vintage Woolworth basket try your local flea market.

Just keep sewing…

TD+cream+trio+overlapSusan

Happy birthday America!

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(image used with permission: VintageHolidayCrafts.com)

I’ve no memory of a wetter or cooler 4th of July weekend, you?

It may be too wet for a bar bq, but it’s not too wet to sew.

If you’re wanting some patriotic inspiration I worked up a table runner using my block from 100 Blocks’ vol. 11 magazine, available on my website.

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The instructions to make the block are in the magazine.

FYI, the corners are made with my Tiny Dresden template

(also available on my website).

For a 50” table runner make 4 blocks,

then set them together with a narrow 1/4” sashing (cut 1/2”).

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Or for a 37” table runner,

make just 3 blocks with the same narrow sashing.

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Quilt, then add binding.

You’ll have a cute table runner to use at every patriotic holiday for years to come!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Since I’ve never had a problem making precise little Dresden plates

and by now I’ve made thousands of of them,

I forget that some folks may not share my painless path.

I was reminded of that this week by Cheryl via email.

She & some friends are working on my Dresden Heaven pattern that I was just discussing with you a few days ago.

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They were curious why their plates were not lying flat.

I told her that their seam allowances were not a true scant 1/4”.

If your seams are not exact & you sew 12 of them around the entire plate it adds up!

I noticed this phenomenon while teaching a workshop a while back.

Luckily I had with me a story board that I use to show how a plate goes together so my students were able to lay their sewn petals on my board to see if they were sewing accurately.

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As I’ve mentioned before, the mindless chain piecing of Dresden petals

allows my mind to wander…

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(OK, I admit it, my mind wanders during a lot of things that I do!)

Anyway, that gave me the idea to make a diagram so my Dresden-sewing-friends could easily measure their sewn petals.

Several hours & a ream of paper later…

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Voila!

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 Not so easy going from the shape of the template to the shape the petal takes on after the first seam, then trying to put a seam allowance on just one side of each petal all with bias sides, ugh!

But I did it and each pair I made today (92 so far) all fit perfectly.

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It’s not magic and I’m NOT Wiley Coyote Super Sewing Genius either!

It’s this:

1. Start with starched fabric (before you cut any strips).

2. Cut accurately.

3. Sew with a scant 1/4” seam allowance.

4. Trim each petal as indicated in my patterns.

5. Starch again when the plate is complete.

I plan to make these diagrams a part of each of my Dresden patterns from today forward.

I want everyone to enjoy making little Dresden plates as much as I do!

I will put this page on my website if I can but for now if you’re working on one of my patterns just send me an email and I will email you a copy of this sheet to print out.

A note about printing too:

When you go to print you need to be sure your printer is set to print “as in document” not “fit to page” or it will make everything a bit smaller. (this note is on the sheet as well.)

These diagrams will only work for you if you’re sewing one of my patterns because I made them based on the exact sizes of the templates that I designed which just so happen to be for sale on my website: SuznQuilts.com.

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Now back to sewing for me.

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I’m making wings (pairs of petals).

It’s the perfect exercise for today’s lesson on accurately sewing 2 petals together!

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I’ve started with my new Pumpkin Pie fabric.

Recognize it?

Just keep sewing…

Susan

The 4th and final collection that I have to show you is Moda’s new “Quilt for a Cause” collection,

Preservation.Suzn+Quilts+PerservationPreservation is 19th in their “Quilt for a Cause” series.

The collection was inspired by a quilt from England dating to 1830.

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It will benefit the

International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska

which is a learning center.

They have a collection of quilts,

related textiles and documents

for the purpose of study, insight and inspiration.

Perhaps you’ve been there?

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Glad to know such a good cause will benefit from the sale of these lovely fabrics!

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The colors are lovely!

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I love it when collections mix the all the colors of the collection in all or most all the fabrics.

It makes for a low contrast quilt which I find very appealing.

The colors blend from one fabric to the next.

I used a similar collection for Dresden Heaven.

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This pattern is available here on my website.

Low contrast, making it very calming to look at.

Suzn+Quilts+Perservation+fat+quarters+3Notice the aqua fabrics have red and cream,

the red fabrics have the cream, aqua and brown,

the cream fabrics have the aqua, red, brown…

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You can see the complete collection at Moda by going here.

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Preservation is due in quilt shops in September.

You have plenty of time to sew up some of your stash to make room for it.

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So, GO QUILT!

I will too!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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