Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Week #8

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & see all the progress.

This week we will a refer to

Crossroads page 40.

We will be making just 1 measly Tiny Dresden block

& 2 very simple 9-Patch blocks.

Simple, simple, simple.

It was so simple that I didn’t even take any pics of fabric choices.

You’re seasoned little Dresden plate makers now,

so you’ll be able to do this week’s work with 1 hand tied behind your back. Lol!

Perhaps you can use some of your extra time this week getting caught up with some of your other quilting projects.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

My Life, Quilt Show Vendor

Ozark Piecemaker’s Quilt Show This Week

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Chloe and I will be vendors at this week’s show.

Admission is just $10 a day or $18 for all 3 days

& parking is free!

Come join the fun! See hundreds of fabulous quilts and special exhibits! Shop our vendor mall, guild boutique, and silent auction! Attend inspiring, free lectures and antique quilt bed turnings! Document your treasured quilt with a quilt appraisal! Need a short break? Visit our on-site concession areas! Hourly door prizes too!

Click here for more info if you need it.

Hope to see you there!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

And The Winner Is…

It’s fun to see all of the color combinations of your

Dresden Quilt Workshop Samplers

that are being sewn & shown!

Thanks for participating in my very first Quilt-Along!

I absolutely love my quilt!!!

Jen Kingwell’s fabric is perfect &

Tamara’s quilting is stunning as always!

I know there are more of you sewing but not showing and that’s OK,

but it sure is fun watching your quilts grow a block or 2 at a time.

I decided to draw the old fashioned way,

with slips of paper with everyone’s names

& I decided to draw from my Michigan souvenir!

According to the Shedd’s happy elf,

the winner is:

I know where you live & work Karen so I can deliver!

Just let me know if the BOO pattern is OK or if you’d rather have a different $10 pattern.

There are many to choose from on my website.

Thanks again to all of you Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler quilters!

I appreciate your support!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

24 Hours ‘Til Our Give-Away

It’s fun seeing all of the

Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler progress

in our Facebook group!

You still have 24 hours to finish up all the sewing and be included.

(Sorry but you must be a U.S. resident to participate.)

Just make each step up to & including last week’s (Week 6) steps

& post them over there of course

so we can all be impressed with your sewing abilities!

Don’t miss out on the chance to win

these supplies for your little Dresden sewing basket.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Dresden Plates, Quilt-As-You-Go Quilting, Workshops

Michigan & More Circles

I had the privilege of being invited to teach in Michigan last weekend.

One might think that Tim The Toolman (Tim Allen) had a part in that because I hear the “Pure Michigan” commercials ALL THE TIME these days, but no!

The Berrien Towne & Country Quilters invited me.

What a wonderful group of quilters!

They requested my Quilt-as-you-go, Little Frosties for Friday’s workshop.

By end of class most everyone had all of the piecing done.

Some even had the applique ready to stitch!

Peri mentioned that their town had spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan,

& she was right!

This was the view across the street from my hotel!

I’d say they’re just as beautiful if not more so than at Rick’s Cafe overlooking the ocean in Negril, Jamaica.

On Saturday we made Tiny & Mini Dresden plates for my Dresden Heaven pattern.

Everyone worked hard making their little Dresden plates precise.

This was a very dedicated group!

By end of class everyone had at least 2 perfect plates & they were still smiling!

By end of day there was another spectacular sunset!

I shared most of my pre-cut freezer paper templates with them so this morning I decided I had better get cutting…

I want to be able to share more with my next class in a couple of weeks.

It’s quick & easy to cut these with the 1″ & 2″ circle cutters (on my website).

I cut strips of freezer paper & layer 6 of them together,

then snap out 6 perfectly round templates.

I love the perfection of the process!

As luck would have it,

as I pulled off the interstate at my Michigan destination I was led to an estate sale…

where I found this souvenir,

A perfect place to store some Tiny Dresden plates!

Shedd’s peanut butter used to be made in Michigan until the 1980’s apparently.

I love exploring and learning about an area where I’ve never been before.

During a ride to an antique store in the country I also experienced the scent of grapes in the air.

A quilter had asked me if I smelled any & was happy that I had noticed, Lol!

Thanks, Peri, & the rest of The Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

A fun & memorable trip.

Now, are those quilts finished yet???

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

A Give-Away For Our Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilters!

Anybody want to win some quilting loot?

(Sorry but you must be a U.S. resident to participate.)

To participate, you’ll need to:

be sewing the weekly steps of my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler

 &

be a member of my Dresden Quilt Workshop” Facebook Group.

Just show us your Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler pieces Week #1-Week #6 completed.

That’s it!

If you’ve not already become a member of Dresden Quilt Workshop click & go now.

For those of you who are already caught up,

you’ll just need to comment on the post I’ll be drafting over there.

What’s the loot, you ask?

One of my BOO patterns,

A single-finger pump bottle of Mary Ellen’s Best Press

& A Dip & Dab Roxanne Glue-Baste-It.

If you already have one of my Boo patterns, another pattern will be substituted.

In case you have a bit of catching up to do…

The drawing will not be until Sunday at 6 p.m. (CST).

Yes, it’s going to interrupt my Sunday football, Lol!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Week #7

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & see all the progress.

This week we will a refer to

Widgets page 35.

We will be making 2 Widgets blocks.

The cutting instructions will be for 4 blocks, but you only need to make 2.

That’ll be enough decisions for 1 week, huh???

Lol!

Decisions, decisions…

Too light…

Too dark…

Just right!!!

Once you find “the one”

Apliquick Bars & Roxanne Glue Baste It  can help you immensely!

Just look at those seemingly perfect 2″ circles!!!

These actually come together really quickly!

Widgets #1

& Widgets #2.

I guess this one didn’t give me any static trying to work out the fabrics,

or maybe it just beat me down, because I didn’t take any pics of those decisions.

I hope you’re enjoying the process as much as I did.

Don’t forget to post your pics.

We all want to see your progress!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

My Life

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Week #6

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & be inspired.

This week we will refer to

Argyle Retreat quilt, page 31.

I absolutely love the feathers that Tamara quilted into the alternate blocks!

This week we will be making 1 Argyle Retreat block.

Just make 5 Tiny Dresden blocks,

and sew them into 1 Argyle Retreat block as directed.

I have to warn you,

some of these blocks took me longer to decide which fabrics to use & where

THAN TO ACTUALLY MAKE THE BLOCK!!!

let’s see…

hmmmm…

well…

OK, finally made that decision!

But what colors for the centers???

Ahhhhhhh!

It’s fun looking back at what else was going on while I was designing & making this quilt last fall.

The last of our newly married son’s stuff got moved to his & his wife’s home.

I now have an entire closet to store my pattern sample quilts, yay!

I use the room to stage the packing of the quilts when I do shows & travel to teach.

Yes, I miss our son, but I’m fortunate that he & his wife live close so we get to see them frequently.

And the anniversary of losing a loved one.

Sad, but part of life.

I thank God for my faith & family!

Did I tell you that I’m now part of our church’s funeral choir?

What a blessing to be part of something so special.

You might think it would be all sad,

but oddly enough the bond our music group shares is very nice.

Many family members that we’ve served are so thankful for our presence.

Funny how doing something kind for others always

gives so much back in return.

FYI… if you’re not already,

you better get caught up this week.

I hear there may be a

give-away

in store for one or more DQWS quilter soon….

but you’ll also need to be part of our Dresden Quilt Workshop, Facebook group.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Dresden Plates, My Sewing Room, New Notion

Sewing In The Sunshine

I love bright sunny days, especially when they come into my sewing room!

This morning I’m making a Tiny Dresden plate with the sun literally on my shoulder!

I love it when the sun comes into my sewing atelier.

It makes me smile.

Much better thoughts than when I’m thinking about summer being almost over and winter on the horizon…ugh.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!!!

I have a new fave tool too.

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop mentioned these scissors on one of her IG live sessions a while back so I thought I’d try them.

Very nice!

I know why they’re her favorite now.

They’re perfect for trimming my little Dresdens.

The very small, sharp point gets right up there next to the seam.

No thread tails here!

This morning in the sunshine I also finished sewing the binding onto the two preemie quilts that I demonstrated straight & bias binding on for our guild last night.

I made them quickly yesterday morning with a couple of orphan blocks from my Baby Love book.

Since Sue H. didn’t know I had a “baby” book I’ve added pics of the covers & a link.

It’s on my website’s “Book” page.

Lots of baby quilts including; pieced, appliqued & one of my signature quilt-as-you-go quilts plus a bag perfect for a diaper bag & bonus pillow that the applique is “free” when you make the “Baby” quilt. The letters are the negative shape that results from cutting out “Baby” for the quilt.

The preemie quilts are ready for some TV time.

Do you make charity quilts?

Our guild is very good about making all sizes of charity quilts.

I don’t do as much as I should, but I did make this one and donate it last month.

They can be quick & easy (or not so much)

& fun too when you have nice tools!

I’m so glad I also found this Dritz Might Steam Iron.

It’s so light-weight & HOT!

Perfect for the hours of repetitive ironing on my Tiny Dresden petals.

I just added the scissors ($18.50+ shipping) to my notions page on my website

& the iron ($32.00 + shipping) is there as well.

Back to the sunshine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Week #5

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

I love seeing the fabric choices that everyone is making.

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & be insprired.

This week we will again refer to

A Blooming Day quilt, page 27.

This time we will be making 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Start by making 2 Tiny Dresden blocks,

then make and sew them into 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Note, the cutting instructions are for 3 blocks and you only need to cut for 2 blocks.

That’s the hardest part this week.

But it’s not hard, right?

Just a fun challenge!

Get to cutting!

FYI, as I was looking at the above diagram I thought it looked like it was about 1/4 colored in so… my brain had to do the math.

Who knew I loved math so much?

Anyway, the entire pieced top (minus the border) is 3,249 square inches.

After you make 2 these blocks, you will have made 800.55 square inches.

So, yes, approximately 1/4 of the top will be pieced when you make this week’s blocks!

It’s going quickly, don’t you think?

Just Keep Sewing…

& posting your progress!

Susan