June 2018


New pattern #6

Star Bright.

I used the new Grunge Seeing Stars collection by Basic Grey for Moda on this quilt.

I showed you many of the steps of its creation back in March.

Tiny Dresden petals, yada, yada, yada…

The pretty petal pile…

Changing out a plate because of the lack of contrast with the center fabric…

Drying the plates…

Choosing just the right Sulky thread colors…

& the magical tiny blind hem stitch.

Then the stars…

& the leftovers of making the stars for the awesome “bonus” border!

The hardest part for me a lot of times is deciding a name for each quilt.

Meet Star Bright!

It’s like a rainbow in itself.

Yup, it’s on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #5 is

“Dresden Daisies”.

This is the only new pattern that uses both my Tiny Dresden and Mini Dresden templates.

I designed this quilt a while back.

I guess was waiting for just the right fabrics to put it together with.

The darker green fabric is from Jo Morton’s “New Hope” collection by Moda.

I’ve used plenty of half Dresden plates in my quilts, but for this one, since it’s going to be appliqued on top of the border and not sewn into it, I had to first press and glue the seam allowances under before adding the center.

To do this, I drew intersecting straight lines on my ironing board cover with an ultra fine Sharpie marker.

This allowed me to place the seam allowance on the vertical line, then press the seam allowances up to the horizontal line.

I’ve done this before with another quilt I was working on that had a lot of 6 1/2″ blocks. It’s a good way to quickly check accuracy before moving on.
Ironing board covers are not permanent.

For instance the one pictured is long gone!

Next I made the centers.

I only appliqued the full plates’ centers.

Since the edge of the half plates’ centers overhang the petals,

they would need to be appliqued down after they were on the border.

Before long, my daisy garden was complete!

Aren’t they sweet???

This is why I quilt.

I love the process!

Next step was to double check my green fabrics.

Then see if my piano key borders were working…

I noticed shadowing of the darker green fabric coming though my daisy petals, so I had to fix that by making a lining for each one.

That was easily done with my Olfa circle cutter and some plain white fabric.

(Instructions in the pattern)

Shadowing all gone!

Now to assemble the quilt.

Positioning, gluing & stitching the half Dresden plate daisies.

Adding the last border.

Putting it on the “to be quilted” pile I noticed how it lined up with the edge of “With All My Heart” and wondered if it needed another border…

“No!” I’m going small & less complicated!!!

But I liked that idea…

Meet Dresden Daisies.

Just 31 1/2″ x 31 1/2″!

Uncomplicated & cute…

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #4 is Loads of Lollies.

This quilt makes me smile every time I see it.

Perhaps it’s the brighter than usual fabrics.

I typically photograph the different stages of the design process to get a feel of how the fabrics will look for the cover photo.

Wheelbarrow too dark…

Black fabric too colorful…

It reminds me of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty fighting over the color of the gown. Blue! No, Pink! No, blue…

Liking this…

Ooh & I like those for a border…

Black rick rack was the obvious choice for the lines of the wheelbarrow.

Unfortunately this is too big.

I had to go find the baby black rick rack!

This is much better suited to the scale of the quilt.

It’s just so cheery, don’t you think?

Meet Loads of Lollies.

Just 4 cute Tiny Dresden plates.

Yup! It’s available on my website!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My next new pattern is “With All My Heart”.

I may have forgotten to tell you that all of my new patterns use my Tiny Dresden Template and one of them also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

With All My Heart uses some of those Tiny Dresden plates that I made in January with the New Hope jelly roll.

Remember that story?

I love the collection.

Just my colors and so many ideas came to mind as I was sewing with it.

This sewing was happening shortly before Valentine’s Day, so of course I was seeing hearts everywhere.

No surprise that I would design a heart block just the right size to accommodate a Tiny Dresden plate, right?

Too big & the Tiny Dresden would cover the whole heart & too small the heart would overpower the Tiny Dresden.

This one would do!

This is one quilt that I didn’t have totally designed in my computer before I started to sew.

Early I decided the center block would need to be different than those surrounding it.

So embroidery with no. 8 perle cotton is my “different” of choice.

And quickly made.

Then to decide what else the quilt needed…

It needed more, but smaller hearts to surround the bigger heart center.

This was my design wall.

Since my sewing room has very little wall (lots of windows & doorways) I typically use the floor to lay things out on, but I chose my hanging quilt this day.

Once decided, I set to cutting more squares & hst’s. for the little heart blocks.

Soon it was time to lay out the blocks & start sewing them together.

It was cold that day! Notice my winter boots?

I love these pics & remembering the progress of the quilt!

I hope you do too.

Meet With All My Heart.

If you hadn’t guessed,

it’s available on my website today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #2 is “Blessings of Friends”.

It’s the prefect little quilt to make for each of your friends!

It’s a small one, just 8″ x 10 1/2″

& it has just one Tiny Dresden plate.

The original design was made last summer with these lovely fabrics.

I displayed it on an Ackfeld 6×9 stand.

For the cover photo quilt I chose brighter fabrics.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate.

Notice how FLAT my plate is?

Want to know my secrets?

Mary Ellen’s Best Press & an accurate scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

That’s it!

Meet Blessings of Friends.

I talked with my Ackfeld family about making the feet smaller on the stand so they didn’t come up in front of the quilt.

This is a new stand #35202.

Both the pattern & the stands are available on my website now.

More to come.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I ALWAYS come back from market with a million & one things to get done.

Top that off with the stuff that was ignored because of market prep (perhaps months worth of stuff) and before you know it I can’t even remember going to market so I forget to post any market photos or tell you of my new patterns.

Good Grief! I miss my brain!

So, our booth…

The best part of market was getting to spend time with both of our daughters!

Chloe has helped me lots of times, but this time Clare was able to go with us.

I have 14, yes, 14 new patterns!

I have been busy.

So, let me show you the first one, Baker’s Dozen.

It all started almost 2 years ago when I bought this American Jane, Bread ‘n Butter charm pack & coordinating piece of fabric…

I made fabric decisions; background squares vs. Tiny Dresden petal squares.

Taking pics like this helps me remember what I had decided.

Thank goodness for artificial intelligence!

Then I set to cutting.

I can cut 6 petals from each 5″ charm square.

In my pattern I show you how to do that.

14 Tiny Dresden plate blocks in the making.

Again, thanks to my phone for capturing and helping me to remember all of this!

I did all this the summer of 2016. At least that’s what my pics say.

And now I regret to inform you… I just found a bunch more images that I forgot I’d even taken.

You may want to get a snack or take a nap…

They are pretty however…

I started sewing petals… It was so interesting that even Dori (RIP) had to stop what she was doing to watch me!

Before long I had this beautiful pile ‘o petals.

Blake & I had recently gone to an estate sale where I found this adorable little iron.

I cut the string apart.

Unfortunately the iron is just a toy, but cute! I pressed with my un cute iron.

Then turned them all right-side-out.

Now you’re starting to see why this quilt, a mere 17″ x 21″,

took me two years to make, Lol!

Petals were sorted.

Then sewn together into pairs.

Then strung up over my cute little cutlery box (OH, GOOD GRIEF!).

Pressed & then sewn to another pair.

Pressed again.

Finally the complete plates were completely sewn.

But they still needed to be pressed ;)

This is where they get more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Next to make and applique the center circles, wet them to remove center templates & let dry.

And press again with more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Then what to do with the blocks once they’re finished…

For a minute I thought they may look nice around this beautifully stitched picture, but no.

Set with this cute sashing, but no.

Maybe with black cornerstones, no.

This is where my brain took a hiatus from this madness.

No more pics until Augusts, 2017!

I found this adorable metal box at Litchfield’s Picker’s Market and it inspired me to get the blocks out & finish a quilt!

I decided that I liked them set next to each other best.

Then I dreamed up these incredibly cute cornerstones.

That required a few more petals & circles.

But then what?

I needed a border.

The original pink polka dot that was part of the collections wasn’t “it”.

The black really set off the blocks.

Next, I pin basted & quilted it myself.

Than chose a binding fabric.

Those poor pink dots… I wonder whatever happened to them.

The perfect binding fabric I think.

Meet Baker’s Dozen.

12 Tiny Dresden blocks, with one more (in 4 pieces) on the corners.

Thanks for taking that trip back in time with me.

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited I received my copy of AQS’s American Quilter magazine this week!

My very good friend, Robin Koehler has a stunning 5 part quilt series included!!!

Of course I have to make my own.

Today I made fabric selections 

then set to cutting & sewing.

Robin mentioned earlier in the week how the templates for the applique placement needs to be enlarged 200% because the size of the blocks is bigger than the magazine page and wouldn’t it be cool to make them the size of the printed page instead and then reduce the size of the whole quilt???

Robin mentioned it in her Facebook group today too… so….

That’s what I decided to do.

This afternoon I set to Best Pressing all of my fabrics and started cutting & sewing.

Soon I had all of the half-square triangle blocks made.

12 light/medium & 12 medium/light, Bazinga!

They’re all the same!

I just made 2 piles admiring beautiful fabrics & the precision of my blocks.

I know stupid quilter humor…

Then I made them into the pinwheel & square in square blocks.

Next, I made the tiny bias tubing.

I had a Clover 1/4″ bias tape maker,

but I literally had to wipe the dust off the package because I’d never used it!

It’s just as easy to use as the bigger sizes that I’ve made many times.

You just start with smaller size bias strips.

Don’t worry,

I’m only making mine this small to challenge myself &

to try something new,

the pattern actually uses the 1/2″ size bias tube maker.

Next, I copied the placement page & cut through it with my baby rotary cutter so I could draw through it with a pencil to mark the placement of the vines on each block.

I think it’s easier than using a light box to trace the design.

My Apliquick tool came in handy for turning & gluing the raw edge of the tube under before gluing it in place.

Before long I had all 6 blocks stitched!

Having precise instructions, nice fabrics & the right tools made this super easy & precise.

Perhaps you should make one too!

BTW, Robin has a FB group started for everyone interested in making the quilt along with her.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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