December 2018


Week # 21

Thank you for posting & sending the pics of your blocks & now completed quilt tops too!

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.

I can’t believe how many of you have already posted pics of your completed top!

You are quilters after my own heart!!!!

Thanks for sewing & thanks for sharing too.

I don’t ever open my Christmas gifts early,

but I’ve never understood how a quilter could make just 1 block of a quilt a week

& not want to keep sewing on it!

For those of you who have not finished this step…

This week starts assembly of the quilt.

This is section 1.

This is the order number that I sewed the blocks together to complete the section.

I assessed each seam individually to determine which way to press it.

I went with the path of least resistance for each seam.

Some were pressed open to reduce bulk.

Sew these blocks into horizontal rows,

then sew these rows together to complete Section 1.

I can’t wait to see the pics of your progress taking shape now.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Merry Christmas To You & Yours!

I hope you’re able to spend the day with loved ones!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I have thoughtful customers!

Whether I sell to them directly, via quilt shops, catalogs or the internet,

they seek me out & send me photos of quilts they’ve made from my patterns.

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that!

It’s very exciting & thoughtful.

It’s almost as much fun as Christmas morning, really!

This week I received an image of the large snowman quilt

made with my “Little Frosties” pattern from Jeanne B.

Isn’t it striking on the green background?

& the clover “buttons” are adorable.

I had to share him with you.

And since I’m doing show & tell…

Here’s another one that I received a while back from Moira B.

Look at the awesome quilting Moira B. added.

I don’t remember now if she quilted over it after she quilted it quilt-as-you-go,

or if she just sewed the strips together then layered & quilted it.

Moira, If you’re reading this let us know.

If you remember, also taught this pattern for a guild last summer.

(& I remembered to take photos…)

I hope you’ve all finished your snowmen and have them ready to hang!

Some had them ready to bind when they left class.

You can find this pattern here on my website on the Quilt-As-You-Go page.

Yes, he’s quilt-as-you-go,

which means quick & easy!

Is your guild or quilt group looking for teachers for 2019 & 2020?

I travel to teach & lecture too.

Here is a link to my workshop page.

Do you have images of quilts that you made from my patterns or books?

Want to share with us?

Send me the images.

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week # 20


Thank you for posting & sending the 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 is the last week that we will be making blocks!

We will again refer to

All Roads Lead to Dresden page 80.

This week there will be 2 final Tiny Dresden plates to make

& then you’ll sew them into Dresden Puzzle blocks.

#1

#2

After that there are 5 more flying geese

that will hold them together.

And that’s it!

Hopefully between the Christmas shopping, parties & other prep work

you’ll be able to fit a bit of little Dresden sewing in.

No stress however, you’ll have plenty of time after the family has gone

to get back on track after Christmas & the new year.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Are you getting into the holiday spirit yet?

At my house we’re in full Christmas mode.

My new favorite Christmas music:

Warmer In The Winter

A new Christmas corner with some favorite finds of the year:

A new sign that Clare painted for us, a primitive tree,

an antique “T” quilt & some tin toys…

AND a new magazine featuring one of my quilts!

Lots of beautiful quilts inside this issue!

Wish I had more time…

Quiltmania’s Christmas volume #128

(Nov. Dec. 2018) is on newsstands now.

The featured quilter is Merri Garton, a friend of Di Ford,

& the contributing quilters beside yours truly are;

Edyta Sitar, Selma Bennett, Annemarie Yohnk,

Martha Walker, Bonnie Sullivan & Karen Styles.

You don’t have time to make the quilts before this Christmas,

but you’ll want to make them all eventually once you see them!

My quilt features Tiny Dresden plates,

some hand embroidery, some spools & other pieced blocks

& bit more applique.

I used freezer paper templates,

but you can use the applique of your choice

including fusible web if that’s your preference.

I’ve been thinking of hosting another Quilt-Along with this pattern…

If you don’t already have my “A Merry Christmas To You” pattern,

this is your opportunity to get it along with many other beautiful quilt patterns

for less than the retail price of my pattern!

It uses my Tiny Dresden Template #216 (4 1/2″ finished block)

& you probably already have that template, am I right?

I hope your Christmas shopping, prep & parties are festive!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week # 19

Thank you for posting & sending the 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 again refer to

All Roads Lead to Dresden page 80.

So, the Tiny Dresden plates that you made last week?

You’ll be making a home for them!

Quilt love!

I know, I already told you last week how much I love this block.

It makes me smile every time I see it.

Less than 2 weeks until Christmas, so if you’re running short on time, we understand.

I hope this awesome block makes you work a bit harder to get to your sewing machine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Just another dreary, snowy day here…

You’d think it was January, not early December with the amount of snowy days here.

I think today was #7 already, with the first snowfall about month ago.

C-R-A-Z-Y

So, what better to do than sew?

I found 8 of these adorable frames at an antique mall in Arkansas,

on our way home from Houston.

I knew they’d make perfect gifts for friends.

They are what prompted me to make use of the acorn frame that I showed you here.

Well, after making that Teeny Tiny Dresden plate

I knew there was NO WAY that I was going to make an even smaller Dresden plate!

X 8!!!

This opening is just 1 1/2″ compared to the 2″ opening that was already too small.

So, I decided on a different strategy for these.

A bit of deciphering & cutting…

sewing…

trimming… turning…

more sewing…

& then what? lol…

While fetching the holly buttons I noticed the teeny button packs.

Perfect opportunity to use them too.

These buttons are really just paper crafted to look like buttons.

They remind me of the buttons that Mrs. Claus sewed onto

my Barbie clothes from Christmas (way) past.

I think Mrs. Claus must have been nuts!

Those were actually buttons that had to be sewn on.

The love of a mother…

Now I have 8 unique little ornaments using teeny Tiny Dresden petals.

Some with blue carded button pack,

some with red buttons,

and some with teeny gold buttons.

I don’t need them all for gifts so I thought I’d offer the extras for sale.

You can find them for sale in my Etsy shop.

Happy Christmas prep!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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