September 2014


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

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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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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