Anybody want to win some quilting loot?

(Sorry but you must be a U.S. resident to participate.)

To participate, you’ll need to:

be sewing the weekly steps of my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler


be a member of my Dresden Quilt Workshop” Facebook Group.

Just show us your Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler pieces Week #1-Week #6 completed.

That’s it!

If you’ve not already become a member of Dresden Quilt Workshop click & go now.

For those of you who are already caught up,

you’ll just need to comment on the post I’ll be drafting over there.

What’s the loot, you ask?

One of my BOO patterns,

A single-finger pump bottle of Mary Ellen’s Best Press

& A Dip & Dab Roxanne Glue-Baste-It.

If you already have one of my Boo patterns, another pattern will be substituted.

In case you have a bit of catching up to do…

The drawing will not be until Sunday at 6 p.m. (CST).

Yes, it’s going to interrupt my Sunday football, Lol!

Just Keep Sewing…



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

Widgets page 35.

We will be making 2 Widgets blocks.

The cutting instructions will be for 4 blocks, but you only need to make 2.

That’ll be enough decisions for 1 week, huh???


Decisions, decisions…

Too light…

Too dark…

Just right!!!

Once you find “the one”

Apliquick Bars & Roxanne Glue Baste It  can help you immensely!

Just look at those seemingly perfect 2″ circles!!!

These actually come together really quickly!

Widgets #1

& Widgets #2.

I guess this one didn’t give me any static trying to work out the fabrics,

or maybe it just beat me down, because I didn’t take any pics of those decisions.

I hope you’re enjoying the process as much as I did.

Don’t forget to post your pics.

We all want to see your progress!

Just Keep Sewing…



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 & be inspired.

This week we will refer to

Argyle Retreat quilt, page 31.

I absolutely love the feathers that Tamara quilted into the alternate blocks!

This week we will be making 1 Argyle Retreat block.

Just make 5 Tiny Dresden blocks,

and sew them into 1 Argyle Retreat block as directed.

I have to warn you,

some of these blocks took me longer to decide which fabrics to use & where


let’s see…



OK, finally made that decision!

But what colors for the centers???


It’s fun looking back at what else was going on while I was designing & making this quilt last fall.

The last of our newly married son’s stuff got moved to his & his wife’s home.

I now have an entire closet to store my pattern sample quilts, yay!

I use the room to stage the packing of the quilts when I do shows & travel to teach.

Yes, I miss our son, but I’m fortunate that he & his wife live close so we get to see them frequently.

And the anniversary of losing a loved one.

Sad, but part of life.

I thank God for my faith & family!

Did I tell you that I’m now part of our church’s funeral choir?

What a blessing to be part of something so special.

You might think it would be all sad,

but oddly enough the bond our music group shares is very nice.

Many family members that we’ve served are so thankful for our presence.

Funny how doing something kind for others always

gives so much back in return.

FYI… if you’re not already,

you better get caught up this week.

I hear there may be a


in store for one or more DQWS quilter soon….

but you’ll also need to be part of our Dresden Quilt Workshop, Facebook group.

Just Keep Sewing…


I love bright sunny days, especially when they come into my sewing room!

This morning I’m making a Tiny Dresden plate with the sun literally on my shoulder!

I love it when the sun comes into my sewing atelier.

It makes me smile.

Much better thoughts than when I’m thinking about summer being almost over and winter on the horizon…ugh.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!!!

I have a new fave tool too.

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop mentioned these scissors on one of her IG live sessions a while back so I thought I’d try them.

Very nice!

I know why they’re her favorite now.

They’re perfect for trimming my little Dresdens.

The very small, sharp point gets right up there next to the seam.

No thread tails here!

This morning in the sunshine I also finished sewing the binding onto the two preemie quilts that I demonstrated straight & bias binding on for our guild last night.

I made them quickly yesterday morning with a couple of orphan blocks from my Baby Love book.

Since Sue H. didn’t know I had a “baby” book I’ve added pics of the covers & a link.

It’s on my website’s “Book” page.

Lots of baby quilts including; pieced, appliqued & one of my signature quilt-as-you-go quilts plus a bag perfect for a diaper bag & bonus pillow that the applique is “free” when you make the “Baby” quilt. The letters are the negative shape that results from cutting out “Baby” for the quilt.

The preemie quilts are ready for some TV time.

Do you make charity quilts?

Our guild is very good about making all sizes of charity quilts.

I don’t do as much as I should, but I did make this one and donate it last month.

They can be quick & easy (or not so much)

& fun too when you have nice tools!

I’m so glad I also found this Dritz Might Steam Iron.

It’s so light-weight & HOT!

Perfect for the hours of repetitive ironing on my Tiny Dresden petals.

I just added the scissors ($18.50+ shipping) to my notions page on my website

& the iron ($32.00 + shipping) is there as well.

Back to the sunshine!

Just Keep Sewing…


Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

I love seeing the fabric choices that everyone is making.

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & be insprired.

This week we will again refer to

A Blooming Day quilt, page 27.

This time we will be making 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Start by making 2 Tiny Dresden blocks,

then make and sew them into 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Note, the cutting instructions are for 3 blocks and you only need to cut for 2 blocks.

That’s the hardest part this week.

But it’s not hard, right?

Just a fun challenge!

Get to cutting!

FYI, as I was looking at the above diagram I thought it looked like it was about 1/4 colored in so… my brain had to do the math.

Who knew I loved math so much?

Anyway, the entire pieced top (minus the border) is 3,249 square inches.

After you make 2 these blocks, you will have made 800.55 square inches.

So, yes, approximately 1/4 of the top will be pieced when you make this week’s blocks!

It’s going quickly, don’t you think?

Just Keep Sewing…

& posting your progress!



Absolutely, cannot get enough!

I took the weekend off.

OK, at least from sewing & designing.

I still filled orders & chatted about upcoming workshops… & possible workshops.

Would your group like me to come teach for you?

I do that you know?

Check my website for ideas & pricing then send me an email or call to schedule.

Today, it’s back to business!

Betsy’s load became a lot lighter toward the end of last week.

Remember how she looked?

I have enough plates to work on at least one design.

My Flower Garden Gatherings bouquet is growing prettier each day.

So much fun!

What are you working on?

Are you sewing along with me on my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler quilt?

It’s not too late to join in the fun.

If you are sewing along, you’ve got one more day until I show you Week #5, so chop, chop!

Back to work for me.

Just Keep Sewing…




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’s blocks are not really in Dresden Quilt Workshop per se.

We will a refer to

Tiny and Mini Dresden Plate

Assembly Techniques, starting page 16.

We’ll be making the other half of the 4 Dresden Filler blocks from Week #3.

As per cutting instructions, page 17,

cut 4 matching sets of

6 Mini Dresden petals each.

You’ll need to cut 4 strips approx. 3 1/2″ x 12″

& use the Mini Dresden Plate Template to cut the 6 petals (24 total).

Sew the 4 sets of 6 petals each together to make the 4 half plates.

For a bit more visual to do this, refer to

Construction, page 47, following steps 2-5,

EXCEPT note that you’ll need to applique a 2″ center circle to the half plates.

(The instructions there are for Tiny Dresden half plates.)

Remember I called this a “challenge” from the start… no whining!!!

It’s fun though, right?

After you’ve removed the paper centers as directed,

cut 2 squares for the block backgrounds 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

that have been sprayed & pressed with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

These will get trimmed later.

Cut them both in half diagonally.

This will yield 2 background triangles each of 2 fabrics.

CAREFULLY press each triangle in half to find the center.

You don’t want to stretch the bias edges.

Next, align then glue each half Mini Dresden plate to the center of each triangle.

Stitch in place with a tiny blind hem stitch,

or whatever stitch you’ve decided to use for applique,

with thread matching the Mini Dresden petals.

Align the center of the triangle with the center of a Dresden Filler block.

Stitch together with a scant 1/4″ seam.

Trim blocks to 9 1/2″.

Here are my 4 blocks.

That’s all for this week.

I hope you’re enjoying making your quilt as much as I enjoyed making mine!

Email me if you have any questions.

Just Keep Sewing…