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As the sun streams through my sewing room windows this morning I’m not sure which I’m enjoying more, this lovely new “Timeless” collection by the extremely creative and talented Jo Morton for Moda, or the extra light in my room so early in the morning.

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The colors and designs are very “Jo Morton” I think.

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Pretty, creative and new, yet they feel like the civil war prints that I also love.

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Coming to a quilt shop near you soon I hope!

You can see the whole collection here on Moda’s website.

I’ve got work to do.

I’m dreaming of Dresdens.

But today is my mom’s birthday, so I’m looking forward to spending this day with my parents and whatever that entails… hopefully ice cream!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

We traveled to Pigeon Forge, TN last week for a much anticipated summer vacation.

We love going there!

Dollywood, white water rafting, outlet mall shopping, lots of good restaurants & tourist shops & this year plenty of antique shopping & a trip to The Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC!

Early in the week I spotted an old quilt with lots of feedsack prints in an antique mall.

They closed at 5:00 and we showed up at 4:50, but the woman offered we could shop since there was another couple already shopping so we took a quick look around.

Whoever made the quilt had done a nice job & the quilt was most likely not used but had been washed (probably by whomever had it for sale).

I wasn’t crazy about the binding on the quilt so I didn’t buy it.

The rest of the week I couldn’t stop thinking about the quilt,

so Friday, Chloe & I ventured back to the shop to see if it was still there.

It was still there and so I bought it!

If you didn’t look closely, it was perfect.

But alas, I’m a quilter so some things are blatantly obvious even from a distance…

This binding was horrid & not original to the quilt!

So while sitting on our back porch with this wonderful view, I set to work removing the ugliness from my quilt.

Fortunately I had a small pair of scissors along with me in my hexagon go-bag.

I had made a couple of these in some down time on our trip.

In less than 2 hours all signs of ugliness were history!

On our drive home we stopped at one more antique mall and I found the perfect replacement binding fabric from the same era as the fabrics in the quilt.

It was even on sale!

No comparison…

With the removal of the binding, the smallish size of the quilt and the odd binding made a lot more sense.

You don’t see many quilts of this era that aren’t bed size

unless its’a baby or doll quilt & this is a bit smaller than twin.

I knew there had to be a story.

There ALWAYS is.

Look how the unbound edge of the quilt is so ragged.

Someone took scissors to it.

I don’t know if a dog got hold of it or something else tore into it.

In two places the edge of the quilt had bites out of it that would not be covered by typical binding.

Instead of putting a wide binding on it like the previous “quilt preservationist” did,

 I went to my feedsack stash & pulled out a piece that would work OK and appliqued little patches in those two areas.

It’s by far not a perfect (or even a really close) match but after I had them on,

I couldn’t tell where I had put the patches because all of the fabrics are so busy;

the reason I was drawn to the quilt in the first place.

I straightened the edges of the quilt & sewed on the new binding that I had made.

As I was photographing it I noticed this cutie patootie print.

How cute is that Jack-in-the-box?

Now I love it just the way it is.

I can’t wait to look at every patch of fabric in it

& when I do I’ll look at it I smile instead of wanting to rip the binding off!

What are you doing this summer?

I hope it’s a fun time.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

I can’t wait to share with all of you

my tips, tools  & techniques for perfect little Dresden plates.

Just look at the pretty cover models!

It will be here soon

(not soon enough for me),

but while you wait you can learn a bit more about

me from today’s blog post over at C&T.

Just click the link below:

http://www.ctpub.com/blog/interview-with-susan-r-marth/

Here are some snippets of some of the 13 projects that are included.

 

August 30, 2017 cannot get here soon enough!

 

You can pre-order your copy today on my website

SuznQuilts.com

& be the first on your block to own your very own copy!

Until then I guess we will have to

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

From our quilted home to yours,

Happy 4th of July!

(Old Glory in mini Applecore #129 large)

I love displaying my quilts in our home.

(Dresden Flags #256 small)

I hope you do too!

(Old Glory in mini Applecore #129 small)

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

We had a great show in Kansas City!

We met so many nice quilters & sold lots of patterns & templates!

Our rental was a new mini van, so our travel was very comfortable.

I’ve taken to photographing our rentals in case I need to know the license # I have it on my phone.

Our drive started off a bit rocky just 30 miles from home when we had to sit over an hour on the interstate because of an accident where a semi was perched on top of the guardrail & blocking all lanes of West bound 70 shutting it down completely…

What a great venue though when we finally got there.

The convention center is in a very nice area, with free parking!

And there are two hotels on either side of the convention center that you can walk next door to.

Very nice!

Hauling all of our “stuff” was very convenient.

We went to work quickly setting most everything up so we could relax that evening.

Clare was great help.

She was our cashier, tech support,

inventory control & dinner coordinator!

Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ was our favorite dinner spot.

Photo of Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House - Kansas City, MO, United States. nice interior, fancy for BBQ

Their BBQ is delicious & the atmosphere is outstanding!

There is a location in Overland Park very near the convention center, but we’d been to this location before & wanted to eat there again because it’s so cool!

Now we’re back home & back to the grind.

Summer is in full swing here & I just noticed that today is the longest day of the year!

It makes me a bit sad knowing the days will start to get shorter, wahhhhh.

Our best seller was my new “Dresden Flags” pattern.

It contains 2 sizes of flags that just happen to have Tiny Dresden plates in the field.

Besides the notions that we have to help your quilt along,

we also have the 12″ stand by Ackfeld that you can display the smaller flag on.

See my website for all this goodness if you didn’t get one in Kansas City!

I’m needing to show you all of my new patterns.

Stay tuned!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here!

It makes it easy to get up & start to work when the sun is streaming through my sewing room windows.

Did I mention that I’ll be vending at the Kansas City Festival for Quilters next week?

If you’re in the vicinity you should come out & see us!

The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is scheduled to be held June 15-17, 2017, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Festival hours:

Thursday,  June 15        10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday,  June 16              10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday,  June 17         10:00am – 5:00pm


Admission Fees
1 day pass is $15 – online only ($17 at the door)
3 day pass is $25 – online only (not available for purchase at the Festival)
Children 12 and under will receive free admission to the festival.

Visit our Facebook page to get updates and announcements regarding the Festival.

I noticed that I was running low on some of the Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series kits so this morning I’m finishing those up.

Do you need a new little project???

These are some of my best-selling patterns right now!

They’re each 6″ x 8″ & there’s one for every month.

I also sell the adorable little wire hanger to display them on each month.

The patterns that include the button(s) each month, the kits and the hangers along with the notions that I love to use to make them are all on my website.

You can see them all here on my Tiny Dresden Series page.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I have no idea who stitched such a lovely piece then never finished it into something useful.

I was so excited when I found it as I straightened up a table full of linens after the first day of our church’s rummage sale exactly a year ago this week!

I could not believe the stitches that went into the house & trees.

The satin stitches in the letters are just lovely.

I did have to fix one thing though.

One of the French knots was missing!

That’s mine in the green circle, lol.

I starched the piece and squared it up then had to decide what fabric to use for a border.

The blue was exactly the same color as our exhibitor badges each spring and fall at quilt market, lol…

So I checked my pathetic stash of blues to no avail.

But I’m no blue kinda girl so I then quickly looked at reds… Now those I can do!

I quickly found the perfect one.

(Who am I kidding? It was always going to be framed in red!)

I had just used this one in a quilt for my new book so it was close to the top of the pile & perfect.

I cut the strips and sewed them onto the stitchery

and there the poor thing sat again.

I took it to several quilt meetings asking my quilting friends their advice for quilting.

This is where I fail miserably.

I don’t do vintage work, hand work, nor much of any quilting.

Then when my friend Robin (Nestlings by Robin)

came to help me with market in October she saw it & knew just what to do with it!

Duh! She is a hand quilter & quilts for hire!

You should check out her website for info if you have something you want hand quilted.

She does awesome work!

She took it home with her to do her magic on it.

Look at these stitches!

I was so excited!

I love how she did the crosshatch in a diamond pattern not a square as I had imagined it.

It looks even better than how I pictured it in my mind.

Unfortunately by the time I got it bound, it was almost time to decorate for Christmas.

I have a whole box full of trinkets that I display on that shelf where I intended to hang it so I knew it wouldn’t be hung until after Easter (because I also have Valentine & Easter decor…)

So finally a couple of weeks ago I was able to hang the quilt in its place of honor in my kitchen.

It goes perfectly with the little sign Clare bought me which has a line from the Julie & Julia movie that we both love.

More recently for Mother’s Day Clare also found the old sifter & Julia Child’s cookbook that coordinates and then last week I found the cookie cutters, eggs & the “In God we Trust” sign that found their way to the shelf quite by accident really.

I buy what I love and then try to do something “useful” with them.

It’s in a good place of honor now.

I like how things sometimes come together in a very round-about way.

If you need a project hand quilted by someone with excellent workmanship contact Robin.

She’ll do a wonderful job!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan