It’s always such a relief to FINALLY get this far…

I sent my patterns to the printer this week, yeah!!!

That means soon & very soon I’ll have new patterns to show you!

Suzn+Quilts+Millbrook+1892+Moda-4Remember this from a few months ago?

Moda’s Mill Book 1892 collection.

(I can’t believe it’s been that long!)

It takes a lot of work to finally get to this step.

I never time myself,

but believe me it takes months from the conception of a quilt design

to patterns in a bag or book, ready for you to sew.

International Spring Quilt Market is May 15-17 in Minneapolis.

I will have no less than (& perhaps more than)

two new patterns that showcase my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates,

a new Quilt-as-you-go table runner pattern,

& & &

another pattern that incorporates

both my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates with a Quilt-as-you-go lap quilt!

How about that?

I can’t wait to show them to you :)

Until then

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Just keep sewing!

Susan

I’m excited to announce that the folks at Quiltmaker

have been working on another

sure-to-be-great issue of 100 Blocks.

And guess what?

I have another block included!

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Stay tuned for another fun blog tour with LOTS of give-aways!

Until then,

just keep sewing!

Susan

Back in January at our annual retreat to Rosemary’s,

I purchased some lovely fabrics to use for an upcoming challenge for our guild.

The focus fabric is

“Silvia’s Sonnet” by P&B.     http://www.pbtex.com/silviasonnet/

#SIL2 777MU

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The other fabrics are marbles & tone on tone prints that Rosemary had on her remnant shelf.

I bought enough for 10 people to have half a yard of the focus fabric,

& I bought all she had of each of the remnants.

Until I came across the bag of fabrics a week or two ago, I had totally forgotten about them!

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with new patterns;

designing,

sewing,

getting them to quilter,

writing instructions,

getting them tested & edited,

& finally getting the appointment to have them photographed yesterday, yeah!!!

Then last night I received an email from our newsletter editor

asking for info for upcoming newsletter…

So, at 6 a.m. this morning I commenced to cutting these.

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If only cutting a bag of fabrics was all it entailed, right?

No, I first had to answer the w’s…

you know,

who?

what?

when?

where?

why?

how?

Unfortunately, nothing is ever as easy as it seems!

I sat down last night & made up the parameters,

then this morning at 6 a.m. I commenced to cutting up the lovely fabric.

Everyone gets a half yard of the focus fabric,

then I cut each remnant into 10 equal pieces.

The yardage varies from piece to piece,

hence the challenge!

The challenge will be limited to 10 members.

We’re to make a finished object; quilt, tote, purse, table runner, or other item.

We will have three months to complete the item.

It will be shown at our July night meeting.

We will vote on our favorite.

There will be prizes!

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Look like fun?

I think so.

If you belong to HQG, call or email me to join in the fun.

If you don’t belong to HQG,

make up your own challenge to present to your guild

or group of quilting friends.

I love seeing all the unique projects!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

While making new Quilt-as-you-go pattern samples this week

I was reminded of a conversation I had last fall when a fellow quilter didn’t fill her foundation precisely with strips.

I personally don’t sew with perfection, but precision!

I’m not perfect, but I know how to make quilts with perfection; two different things.

From the beginning she didn’t find her scant 1/4″ seam allowance nor did she measure back as described & illustrated in every QAYG pattern of mine.

How many of us overlook those pesky instructions until we run into trouble…LOL!

So, I decided to take some photos & give some measuring tips.

I have a Quilt-as-you-go tutorial here,

so take at look at it

& this post will bring even more clarity.

First of all,

find your machine’s scant 1/4″ seam allowance with your walking foot!

QAYG+tutorial+needle+positionFor my older Bernina 930

(Lucky me, I know! My mom found the magic of Bernina while I was still in college.)

I just move the needle position one click to the right

& lead the fabric along one of the openings in the walking foot.

QAYG+tutorial+walking+footThis gives me a perfect scant 1/4″ seam allowance & I can see the fabric under the foot at precisely where the needle is going into the fabric.

When I sew through the strips & foundation with a long stitch

(I’m quilting here, not just sewing two layers of cotton together)

QAYG+tutorial+stitch+lengthI get precisely the measurement of the two strips minus 1/2″ for the seam.

Now that your machine is ready,

follow any of my Quilt-as-you-go patterns to

cut the strips & make the foundation.

Start sewing your strips by lining them up with the foundation & pinning several times.

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I ALWAYS use the very handy finger pincushion.

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I pin the strips on at the table,

sew at my machine while removing pins, then press & pin the next strip back at the table.

The pins are always in my finger pincushion, not back at my machine.

It saves a LOT of time & AGGRAVATION!

Here is the next important step:

QAYG+tutorial+measure+backMeasure back!

& I don’t mean just after the first strip is added.

It’s in every one of my QAYG patterns.

QAYG+tutorial+measure+back+againAfter every strip is added,

measure across in three places & make sure the measurement is the same.

When you’ve sewn farther than 24″, get a longer ruler!

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If it’s not the same, you need to adjust it & make it the same

otherwise when you get to the last strip you may be out of foundation,

or you may be out of foundation before you’ve used all of your strips!

 QAYG+tutorial+last+stripMeasure, measure, measure…

This is all in the pattern instructions, but I thought a few photos would maybe make things even clearer.

See how the last strip meets the edge of the foundation precisely?

QAYG+tutorial+last+strip+fitsThat’s because I use a scant 1/4″ seam & check myself with every strip added.

Who wants a snowman without a chin?

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Especially when all his friends have one!!!

(No faces yet, but chins!)

They all have faces now, but I still need to finish the binding hand-work so I can get them photographed & ready for spring market.

Any questions???

Boy I can sure find lots of ways to avoid work!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

 

I promise I’ve been working,

but I do get sidetracked once in a while &

not in an entirely lazy way…

I sometimes stop to capture an image of the beauty of the process.

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These are the Tiny Dresden flowers for my new quilt with the Mill Book 1892 collection.

Once I popped the paper templates out of the centers,

I spread them out on my kitchen table to dry under the ceiling fan.

They’re so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

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 Suzn+Quilts+Drying+Tiny+Flowers+closeupI did have some help earlier.

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I was so intently working that I forgot to photograph my helper while she was fully decked out with all the Tiny petals, sorry.

I did get a shot of the second round of Mini petal sections drying one day last week though.

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When you make the Dresden blocks a bit at a time, when they’re finished, they seem as though they went together all by themselves!

Recess over.

Back to work.

Perfect timing too, UPS is here with my extra fabric!

Just keep sewing,

Susan

Last weekend was our annual retreat to Rosemary’s,

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our local quilt shop/friendly retreat center.

Rosemary is extremely generous to open her home/quilt shop to quilters who want to meet, sew, shop, sleep & dine at the local yet delicious restaurants of which we choose authentic; Mexican, Italian, & Chinese!

There are more restaurants within the same two block radius from her shop including a diner next door where Loraine & Chris ate breakfast plus many more restaurants & stores throughout the little town of Highland to make this a perfect destination to sew with friends.

I prefer left-over Chinese & DiMaggio’s pizza for my breakfast…

While there, I finally cut into my new Mill Book Circa 1892 collection that I showed you last week.

Suzn+Quilts+Cutting+Mill+BookI’m working on another new pattern using my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates.

I can’t get enough!

I know, right???

Fun was shared by all that were able to attend.

Suzn+Quilts+Rosemarys+2015+groupLots of sewing, chatting & eating…

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to ask someone to take a photo of our group & my phone doesn’t have a camera timer darn it (at least not that I can find!)

We all accomplished a lot & yesterday I set to removing freezer paper templates.

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These are all the petals on my kitchen table drying.

The sun was shining so the lighting isn’t even, but a pretty cool image anyway I think.

Today after helping with charity quilts at our guild meeting & a trip to the dentist for me & Clare, I’ve been making more petals & my sewing room helper (still nameless) is helping.

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She’s keeping them wrinkle-free until I can cut apart, press, trim & turn them.

Her services have been invaluable!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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It’s that time of year again.

Time to be thinking and planning for Spring Quilt Market.

It will be in Minneapolis in May.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it since we left Houston!

I’ve already sent in payment to reserve our booth,

bought our air flights

 & worked up proposals for two Schoolhouse sessions.

Actually I did all that last year,

not only that, but I ordered sample fabric from the very generous folks at Moda.

 Suzn+Quilts+Millbrook+1892+Moda-4Introducing

Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892!

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Pink, Green, Cream & Red, all my favorites plus my new love, purple!

The tones are so warm & lovely that I can’t wait to start cutting.

I replaced my rotary cutter’s blade today…

As usual, I don’t know exactly all I’ll be creating with the collection,

but I know where I’m starting.

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Yep, can’t get enough!

Any other suggestions?

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OK, some of these too.

Gotta get cutting!

Until next time,

Susan

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