January 2019


Final Week, # 26

Well, this is it;

the final week of assembling the Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler.

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics

of your completed tops!

Our Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

is seeing the lovely quilt tops being finished &

I’m honored that so many quilters wanted to make this quilt with me!

 

I’ve been enjoying seeing your completed tops,

so thank you for sending the pics to our group!

This last step is to add a border to your quilt.

If you remember, at the beginning of this project (August 6, 2018)

I suggested to those using the Circulus & Lollies Sweet

to cut 3″ strips of each of the 6 stripe print fabrics (plus 1 more)

so you could see all of the prints at once.

Now is the time to use those 3″ strips.

I first pieced them together & then sewed them to the sides of the quilt,

then I sewed them to the top & bottom.

If you’re not using the Circulus & Lollies Sweet collection,

you have lots of options.

By the way the top should measure 57 1/2″ x 57 1/2″.

Although 57 is not a prime number,

it’s factors are 3 & 19,

not great dimensions for border pieces.

As some of you are already figuring out,

if you want to cut rectangles and

not have cut off rectangles the math is weird!

  1. You can cut 7 strips 3″ x width of fabric of the same fabric & piece them together to make your border.
  2. You can replicate the stripes of the Lollies Sweet and cut 3″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles & make your own stripe fabric.
  3. If you want to avoid the rectangles not being symmetrical around your quilt you can add an inner border. If you bring the size of the quilt up to 60″ you have lots of options for factors of 60: 1,2,3,4,5,6,10,12,15,20,30,60. Not hard math!!!

For the inner border, cut & piece strips to make

-2 strips 2″ x 57 1/2″ (sides) &

-2 strips 2″ x 60 1/2″ (top & bottom).

Sew these to the quilt.

Next, cut 50 rectangles 3″ x 5 1/2″.

Sew them into 2 rows of 12 rectangles (sides) &

2 rows of 13 rectangles (top & bottom).

Sew these to the quilt.

& voila~~~

Now to get it quilted!

Tamara did a great job on mine.

I’m sure she would love to quilt yours too.

Contact her at their shop, Itch’n to be Stitch’n.

Thanks for quilting along with me!

When you finish yours, send pics to the group

so we can enjoy them too.

Are you going to join in the fun to make another quilt with us?

Next week we’ll be starting “A Merry Christmas To You”.

See details here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are still 2 1/2 weeks until Valentine’s Day.

That’s plenty of time to make a special little quilt!

I have several patterns that would do the trick!

Just a single Tiny Dresden plate…

such as Love You To The Moon

or Blessings of Friends

or a few more Tiny Dresden plates,

Love & Dresden Kisses

or With All My Heart.

Gotta love hearts & Tiny Dresdens!

Perhaps a quick & easy quilt-as-you-sew?

A bit of fusible applique on top of the quickly pieced/quilted runner & placemat.

Sharing Some Sweetness is fusible applique with a bit of piecing.

Mocha Hearts has fusible applique and a bit of piecing as well.

But my favorite is Dresden Love.

1 Tiny Dresden plate & a bit of fun.

If you can’t find these at your local quilt shop,

they’re available on my website.

It’s the perfect reason to sew

 & the perfect season to sew too!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Week # 25

 

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics

of your completed tops!

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

lovely quilt tops being finished & shown.

Just one more week…

We will be sewing the 4 sections of the quilt together this week.

Here are the numbered steps.

Notice the numbers are once again carried over from the previous steps.

I was so excited when I was finally able to piece my completed sections together!

I hope you feel the same way.

I think a lot of you do, since you’re not waiting for my instructions!!!

I’m sure enjoying seeing your tops being completed,

so thanks for sending the pics to our group!

I pressed each seam to the path of least resistance here too.

Just one more week.

Week #26 we’ll add the border.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Since the majority of my quilt-along friends have their

Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler

already finished, I decided to jump right into

A Merry Christmas To You!

We’ll be starting February 6, 2019,

and it will last for 22 weeks,

finishing up with the last step posted on July 3rd.

This will give you plenty of time each week to complete the step laid out for you

& also give you plenty of time to get it quilted to hang for Christmas 2019!

Won’t that be nice to have this hanging in time for Christmas?

So hurry to get this copy of Quiltmania

or buy the pattern here on my website.

And if you don’t already have my Tiny Dresden template, #216, you’ll want that too!

I’ve also created a Facebook group to help us all stay connected

with the sewing & sharing process.

“Sewing With Susan” can be found here.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Week # 24

 

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics of your completed sections & completed tops!

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

lovely quilt tops being finished & shown.

This week (again for those of you not already finished….)

will be another section of the quilt to assemble.

This is section 4.

Here are the steps to sew it together.

Notice the numbers are once again carried over from the previous steps.

This time there are a few small vertical seams to sew together.

Then the horizontal seams will complete this section.

I hope you’re enjoying the final steps to soon complete the entire quilt top!

As mentioned earlier in the assembly instructions,

I pressed each seam to the path of least resistance.

Some seams were pressed open to alleviate bulk.

Please send pics of your progress.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Thanks for playing my birthday game!

It’s been fun seeing which of my new patterns is your favorite.

Did you win 1 of these?

#8, 

Theresa Kennedy Says:

Congratulations on your Anniversary and also Happy Birthday. Love the new patterns and my favorite is God’s Peace and then Star Spangled Dresden. Hope to make both this year. God’s Peace has my favorite Bible verse and one i often quote during stressful times. Thanks for the design.

#34,

Marie Sellers Says:

I love your Lollipop Tree! I’ve also just purchased your mini dresden Christmas “A Merry Christmas To You, A Quilt-Along For 2019” and will be doing this at my local quilt shop with friends. I would love to win!

#23,

Linda Mee Says:

2 hearts as one. All are lovely.

#33,

LIZ HILE Says:

My favorite is Lollipop Tree! So adorable!

#10,

cynthia holman Says:

January 14, 2019 at 11:23 am e
i keep entering your contests and i haven’t won yet. who won the last time. i’ll looking to find the answer. my favorite new pattern is 2 hearts as one. happy happy birthday.

#20,

brcogan Says:

I love Lollipop tree.

 

If you’re one of my 6 winners,

please send me (SuznQuilts@aol.com) your mailing address

so I can send your free pattern to you.

If you didn’t win your favorite pattern,

you can find them on my website now

& hopefully at your local quilt shop soon.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I’m getting old,

& I’m giving away my new patterns!

Did you catch my post of my new patterns last week?

I have 4 new Quilt-as-you-sew patterns.

3 are table runner/placemat patterns:

& 1 is a lap quilt that I’m sure EVERYONE is going to love not only because it’s QUICK & EASY but also because it uses an ENTIRE jell roll of 40 strips!

This is a quilt that you can feature your entire jelly roll with.

That is why you bought it, right?

This is God’s Peace.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate,

a bit of perle cotton embroidery

& 2 letters of fusible web applique.

Lastly, is Lollipop Tree.

A few Tiny Dresden plates,

some pieced little pinwheel blocks

& a bit of freezer paper (or your go-to favorite) applique.

So, which of my new patterns is your favorite?

If you leave me a comment with the title of your favorite new pattern of mine,

you just might win it!

Since I have 6 new patterns we will have 6 winners.

Just leave the title of your favorite in your comment to me.

I will draw on my birthday, tomorrow, January 15th, at 10:00 p.m.

Today we sew!

And tonight, celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!

Busy time of year here.

Just keep Sewing…

Susan

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