It’s less than 3 weeks until the start of my

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

…..Challenge…..

Are you getting ready?

I have some friends that are anxious to start.

Are you?

If you already have your fabrics you could start now by spraying

& ironing all of them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

If you look in Dresden Quilt Workshop, pages 9 & 12,

you’ll see why I love it & how I use it.

Next, if you’re using the same fabrics as I did, Jen Kingwell’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet,

(I still have a limited number of fabric kits available on my website)

I suggest you cut a 3″ strip of each of the stripe fabrics.

I did this when I started my quilt and then hung each of them by a tiny hanger so that I could see each of the stripe prints.

I didn’t want to keep using the same print over & over and neglect others.

There are 48 different stripes!

I just happen to have these tiny hangers on the notions page of my website.

I’m all about having fun while I quilt… and a little bit of organization goes a long way!

That should keep you busy for a while

& you’ll become more familiar with all of your fabrics too.

And, you’ll be able to use the 3″ strips in your final border,

so don’t think it’s a waste of fabric.

It’s a win-win!!! Trust me!

And now, would you like to participate in a give-away?

A fabric give-away?

A Moda Fabric give-away?

These are fat 1/8’s (9″ x  22″).

The very talented Lissa Alexander of Moda sent these for me to share with you!

It’s Jen Kingwell’s newest line, Looking Forward, by Moda Fabrics.

Perhaps you’d like to add to this bundle & make a Dresden Quilt Workshop sampler with us?

To be eligible for a chance to win the fat 1/8 bundle,

go to the top of this page

& leave a comment answering one of the reasons or ways that I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

(Remember I mentioned above that the info is on pages 9 & 12 in Dresden Quilt Workshop.)

If you don’t have a copy of the book, go get one!

They’re on my website if you local shop doesn’t have them.

I will give you time to comment

at the top of this page!

The drawing will be next week, Wednesday morning.

Go gather!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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My very first quilt-along! 

I had an idea…

The idea was to create a sampler quilt using a piece of each of the 13 quilts included in

“Dresden Quilt Workshop”,

my little Dresden plate book with C&T Publishing.

This collection is absolutely perfect with it’s 5 1/4″ stripes in a plethora of colors!

It’s Jen Kingwell’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet by Moda Fabrics.

I was able to show my sampler to Jen Kingwell at fall market.

I loved how excited she was when she saw it!

Circulus & Lollies Sweet is a quilter’s rainbow!

It’s the perfect fabric collection because:

  • The stripes will accommodate the Tiny Dresden background squares (5″ x 5″)
  • …and the Tiny & Mini Dresden petals, etc.
  • There are 8 different stripe prints in each fabric.
  • There are 6 different stripe fabrics in the collection.

So, it’s like getting 40 different fabrics in the stripe fabrics alone!!!

Then there are the dots:

  • 10 beautiful colors!
  • I used fat 1/4’s which are perfect for the bigger blocks’ backgrounds.

The perfect collection for a sampler.

Then there is the “Authentic” fabric that I used for the “Quilts” applique

& Kona solid black for the binding to hold it all together.

I love this quilt and I think you will too, that’s why I decided to host a quilt-along.

So, “how will it work” you ask???

Every week for 26 weeks I’ll present a block(s) or section of the sampler quilt.

It’s a very do-able schedule considering I made the whole top in less than a month.

And you have to realize half of that time was probably deciding which fabrics to put where!!!

If you want to follow mine exactly, that will save you a lot of time for sure, Lol!

After selecting your fabrics, each week you’ll go to your “Dresden Quilt Workshop” book pages,

as instructed by my blog post, to cut & sew the block(s).

It’ll be fun & relaxed.

Here goes!

When it starts:

First week, August 8, 2018.

Last week, January 30, 2019.

What it’s all about:

You’ll need Dresden Quilt Workshop to participate in this free quilt-along.

Paper templates are included in the book, but the plastic templates will make the cutting much quicker & more accurate.

Next, gather the supplies as outlined on page 9, then quilt along with me each week.

Dresden Quilt Workshop and I will help you make this beautiful quilt.

I’ve created a Facebook Group, Dresden Quilt Workshop, where we can share progress together.

Steps included in the process:

  • Making Tiny (4 1/2″ finished) & Mini (9″ finished) Dresden plates
  • Fusible web applique, just 1 block
  • General piecing such as flying geese & half-square triangles

Where to get the book, Dresden Quilt Workshop:

If your local shop isn’t selling the book & templates you can have them contact me for information.

You can also find them (& the notions) on my website here:

SuznQuilts.com

I also have a limited number of fabric kits:

The kit includes the same fabrics that I used for my quilt.

  • Fabric for the top & binding, over 9 yds.
  • A free spool of Sulky 30 wt. Medium Taupe thread. This is the same thread that I used to sew my quilt.

The kits are $122 + shipping.

See my website for availability.

Fabrics & Supplies necessary:

If you want to use different fabrics you’ll need the equivalent of:

  • 10 fat 1/4’s & 40 fat 1/8’s for the quilt top (approx. 8 1/2 yds.)
  • 1/4 yd. for “Quilts” letters
  • 1/2 yd. for binding
  • 1/2 yd. fusible web
  • And the supplies as described in the Perfect Tools for Perfect Little Petals chapter starting page 9.

Prizes:

A prize will be available to everyone who joins in and sews as instructed every week.

The prize???

The joy of creating…

playing…

& a beautiful quilt created by you.

Isn’t that enough?

I may have some incentive prizes along the way,

but you’ll have to quilt along with me to find out 😉

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Won’t you come quilt with me?

Gather your supplies so we can get started!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

For months I’ve been harboring these.

Patiently they’ve been waiting since early December of last year.

Life even gets in the way of bolts & bolts of beautiful fabric sometimes.

But now they’ve been opened

& united with their intended.

Hanging out in good company.

They’ve been cut, readying to find new homes

in hope to also one day be sewn into pretty little Dresden plate quilts.

Meet Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler:

My very first Quilt-Along!

I designed this quilt using a bit of

each of the 13 quilts featured in my new book,

Dresden Quilt Workshop.

Do you have yours yet?

If not, it’s time to head to your favorite quilt shop & get your copy today

(or tomorrow).

Stay posted for all the details right here.

If your local shop isn’t selling the books you can find them

along with my Tiny & Mini Dresden Templates

& now the exclusive Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler fabric kits too

all right here on my website!

Get ready to

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

New Pattern #14

is Dresden LOVE.

I L-O-V-E this quilt!

I’ve been enjoying this quilt hanging in my atelier for quite some time…

3 years according to my camera roll

& now I’m sharing it in pattern form so that you can make & enjoy your own!

I had absolutely no indecision on this one.

I saw it in my head,

knew just the right fabrics for it

& got to sewing.

This is my original Tiny Dresden “O” quilt.

The black fabric is from my very own “Vintage Play” fabric line

that I designed with Red Rooster Fabrics a few years ago.

I added the alternating red little half-square triangles & that was it.

Now you can make & enjoy your own!

Meet Dresden LOVE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of the process that I use to create my pattern quilts.

All 14 new patterns, the little Dresden templates,

& the notions that I use & love are available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

New Pattern #13

is God Bless This HOME.

I started with some green fabric, some perle cotton thread & a Tiny Dresden plate.

With so many options though

come so many opportunities to second guess myself!

& third guess…

When photographing a finished quilt for a pattern cover it makes all the difference in the world sometimes.

As I started stitching I knew the thread color wasn’t right.

What looks good in person, doesn’t always show well in a photograph,

that’s why I’m constantly taking pics to discern my progress.

But maybe the addition of the fused letters would help?

I finished the embroidery even though I was pretty sure this wasn’t “it”.

Maybe changing the Tiny Dresden plate fabric would help.

Or not.

The letters needed to be darker, so I started with my pigma pen.

It helped the letters, but not enough to suit me.

Perhaps another Tiny Dresden plate color would help?

Nope!

I started over using black perle cotton thread.

Much better!

At this point I wasn’t sure if the orphaned Tiny Dresden plate was “it”

or if I just thought it was so I wouldn’t have to make another…

It was “it”.

This one is just too dark.

I don’t remember why, but I made a new plate.

I think I toyed with the idea of making the center dark instead of cream.

And then there were half-square triangles.

Just right!

Meet God Bless This HOME.

Such a long story for not so big a quilt

which by the way is available on my website.

Just 1 more new quilt pattern to show you.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Pattern #12

is BOO.

It’s another (even smaller) little quilt that I made 2 years ago

& has been hanging out in my sewing room among other stuff I was working on or pondering…

It’s so small that I don’t have a lot of “in progress” photos of it either.

Make a “B”, make 2 Tiny Dresden plates & you’re almost done!

Fetch your Thangles & make a handful of little half-square triangles & that’s pretty much it.

Next, pin it onto your dress form & let it collect dust for a couple of years while you work on lots of other stuff.

It was pretty content there, but once I decided it was being made into a pattern this spring

it got moved to a more prominent place.

Just not terribly well photographed…

Meet BOO!

1 B, 2 TD’s & a handful of hst’s & you’re done!

& guess what?

It’s on my website too!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

New Pattern #11

is My Little Dresden Garden.

It’s another product of the Tiny Dresden/Jelly Roll experiment of January 2018.

Scientific, no. Fun, yes!

After I finished the original intent of the Tiny Dresden plates, Dresden Sundaes,

I had many more half Dresden plates left over.

For the first quilt (there are 3 quilts in this pattern)

I chose some of the red half plates with at least 2 pairs left and used them for the flowers.

These were drying on my kitchen table under the ceiling fan

after I wet them to remove the center paper templates.

Now what background fabric?

Cream withe dots? Black?

Then which green?

Too blue, too dark…

I had to go shopping for “greens”.

Better!

And now which cream background???

I think I got it.

Now to add leaves.

Looking good…

Do I need some grass too?

Nope!

They’re cute just as they are (which is exactly how I designed them).

Why do I waste so much time second guessing myself???

Quilt #2…

Need something in the middle?

Nope! But a cute thought…

With the help of my little pony (LOL.. not sure why Jody had a horse in her quilt shop),

but she ordered the whole New Hope collection,

so, lucky me I was able to go there & choose between all of the reds for my bindings.

BTW, she still had quite a bit of New Hope left when I was there last week, 40%off!

Finally I decided to make the last quilt that was in my head

& in my computer that I designed for the pattern.

It’s soooo little, just 6″ wide,

but soooo cute!

Meet My Little Dresden Garden.

3 quilts, 1 pattern.

All with Tiny Dresden plates.

All on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan