October 2018


Week #

My favorite #!!!

Don’t ask me why.

It just is!

How appropriate that it landed on Halloween?

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.

As of today, there are just as many numbers inside the bottle as outside!

We’re halfway done, time-wise that is.

Block-wise, we’re much farther than that.

Yay!

This week we will refer to

 Spring Fair, page 70.

I like a lot of things about this quilt;

the colors, the movement & the little Dresdens of course.

For some reason I really like using 2 fabrics for the little petals.

Just 2 Mini Dresden plates this week.

By now, you too should be able to make little Dresden plates with your eyes closed practically.

Don’t you feel that your skill at making the little Dresdens has increased with practice?

Can you also tell why I LOVE making them so much?

Is it just me???

I made these 2 Mini Dresden blocks at the same time I was making the Mini Dresden block from Week #12.

Remember this pile o’ petals?

Pretty!!!

Not a lot of decisions to make this week.

Straightforward fun!

Yes, I said fun.

Don’t you agree?

Since we’re at the half-way mark,

we need a bit of encouraging fun.

Since we have new quilters joining us every week,

we’ll do something different.

Once you finish these 2 Mini Dresden blocks for Week #13,

post your pics over at the Facebook group,

Dresden Quilt Workshop,

for you chance to win

the second fat 1/8 bundle of Jen Kingwell’s newest line

Looking Forward:

Perhaps I’ll see her at Quilt Market this week.

I can’t wait to see what new “stuff” she has been working on for us next.

How can you not be enticed to get sewing???

Don’t worry, you have plenty of time.

Since we’re away at market this week,

I won’t have the drawing until we return home.

You have until Wednesday November 7th, 2018 at noon! 

Sorry but you’ll need to be a U.S. participant to win.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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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 refer to

Follow Me, page 65.

I can’t believe how quickly these weeks are passing.

Can you?

This week is just 1 Mini Dresden plate,

1 Tiny Dresden plate,

& 9 flying geese blocks.

Not too bad.

I actually made 3 Mini Dresden plates at once as I was making this one.

Remember me telling you that I made this entire quilt top in about 2 weeks?

It makes sense to assembly line piece blocks,

especially when you’re determined to get it done as quickly as possible,

which I ALWAYS am!

Pretty fun I think.

In case you’re having Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler envy & 

wish you had bought a kit with the Circulus & Lollies Sweet like my quilt,

You’re in luck!

I still have a few kits left on my website.

Just think, next week we’ll be at the half way mark!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

When I got up this morning I put some finishing touches on a design that’s been in my head

& in my computer for several years…

then, I chose some lovely fabrics from my stash & started cutting.

This is where I showered & had a couple of errands to run,

which lead me to an estate sale…

I found this cutie!

I’m always attracted to things I’ve never seen before

& I like enamelware so I had to take it home with me.

As it turned out the estate sale was for my organ teacher from my childhood.

After offering my condolences, it was nice to talk with her 3 daughters.

We don’t know each other, but we reminisced about their mom teaching in their home.

How funny that we crossed paths so long ago.

I’m glad that I have the “1/2 Qt. Liq’d.” pitcher that will remind me of her.

After returning home & eating brunch,

I started sewing & soon had a pile of petals.

Then I had a pile of “bones” from trimming.

Then came some chain pressing with my new best friend,

Mighty Steam Iron (- the steam for me!).

I don’t steam while in the assembly process of making my little Dresden plates.

Too much tendency for stretching and wonkiness!

(yes, that’s a word! Look it up!)

Then I turned all of the petals right-side-out.

Then I pressed them again…

Then I sewed pairs of them together.

And pressed again, etc, etc, etc…

Before I knew it I had 12 pretty little plates!

As I notice the beautiful colors in our yard I’m reminded

that I’ve totally missed summer…

even though I have 3 huge windows in my sewing room.

Too much quilting to do!

Someone at my workshop Thursday asked me how long it takes me to make a single Dresden plate.

Well, since I assembly line sew them together it’s hard to know, really.

I cut at 8 a.m. & now it’s 1 p.m. plus that bit of a detour…

If you want to know, you’ll have to do the math because I refuse to punch a time clock!

(Literally or figuratively.)

Instead, I’ll Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

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 refer to

Dresden Ohio page 61.

Look how far we’re getting!

Just 1 block this week,

& just 1 Tiny Dresden plate!

I had a pretty good grasp of what fabrics I wanted to use in this block.

That always makes the assembly go so much quicker.

& just 1 measly Tiny Dresden plate.

Not too hard, huh?

I hope you enjoy this block!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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

Shimmering Dresdens page 57.

Just 2 Dresden puzzle blocks this week.

I didn’t have much trouble making fabric choices for these blocks.

These were fun!

Our outdoor critters were having fun too as I look back at this time last year…

Mabel was showing Nemo her latest victim…

& why she has to brag about them to me I do not know!

The benefits of living in the country.

Anyway…

These blocks were fun and fast!

Hopefully yours will be too!

Do you have as much fun as I do putting Tiny Dresdens into blocks?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Did you make it to the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show to see us?

 What a nice show, nice guild & nice weather!

Here is our pattern corner,

our Christmas alley,

more Christmas,

little Dresden & quilt-as-you-go, BABY,

BOO, books & notions,

new “stuff”,

awesome cashier & DQW Sampler,

& some of my favs!

Wish I had this purple “Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892” fabric.

We could have sold lots of kits…

Sometimes, the collections makes the quilt!

I hope you enjoyed our booth.

If you see something you need,

visit the website for the pattern or notion!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Next week I’ll be teaching a workshop to make a quilt from my book.

Quilt-as-you-go, Button Box

at The Quilt Corner in Morton, IL.

I love their shop!

I’ve been going there about once a year for about 20 years.

My DH usually has meetings in the area this time of year

and I usually go along and visit quilt shops in the area for those couple of days.

I also love this quilt for many reasons.

I love the fabric collection; Ladies Album by Barbara Brackman,

it’s a reproduction line…

It’s made with 2 charm packs so a lot of the cutting is done for you!

I love the movement the busy collection creates in the quilt.

No 2 blocks are alike.

I love the addition of the word “Quilts”.

I designed this into a quilt probably 10 years ago but never made it into a pattern!

I love that it’s Quilt-as-you-go project that uses my super easy technique.

I’ll be teaching that as well as the Tiny Dresden assembly.

Last but certainly not least,

I love to make Tiny Dresden plates!!!

While there I’m also going to have a trunk show of a lot of my quilts.

As of today there are still a few openings for both the trunk show & the workshop.

Contact The Quilt Corner for more info.

(309) 263-7114

They’re also on Facebook.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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