Welcome Quilters!

I’m a quilt designer with many books,

patterns & templates to make beautiful quilts!

I’m excited to join Benita Skinner & many other quilters

the month of September.

https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2019/09/2019-online-quilters-meet-greet.html

In case you’re not familiar with me or my quilts,

here is a look at a few that my daughter,

Clare, & I took with us to Kansas City, KS back in June.

I love making little Dresden plates….

I have 2 templates for making Dresden plates.

My Mini Dresden Plate Template makes 9″ finished blocks,

& my Tiny Dresden Plate Template makes 4 1/2″ finished blocks.

The 2 templates play nicely together,

so I’ve designed many quilts that use 1 or both of the templates.

Most of the quilts below can be found in my latest book,

Dresden Quilt Workshop.

It’s here on my website.

I love sewing & decorating for Christmas,

and these are a few of my Christmas quilts.

Along with the patterns, books & templates,

I also sell the notions that I use to make my Dresdens so precise!

Take a look around,

& check out previous blog posts to join one of my Quilt-Alongs.

Visit my website:

Suznquilts.com

On October 1st,

there will be a Great Grand Prize of quilting goodies by

Be sure to join the fun!


Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but…

I love the time of year when the early

morning sun shines in my sewing room

windows!

When I woke this morning & the sun was already up,

I knew the task I needed to accomplish would be made better

because I’d be greeted by the sun!

I appreciate the extra light,

but for some reason

the sun shining in my sewing room

just

makes

me

happy!

It doesn’t hurt that I’m also using some

brighter than usual for me fabrics too!

I know we’re pretty far from the longest day of the year already

& soon enough the days will be way too short,

but today I’m excited to have spent a couple of hours

sewing in the sunshine!

Here is a sneak peek

at a new design that I’m working on, shhhhhhhh.

What are you doing on this Labor Day 2019?

I hope you’re doing something fun!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are MANY days that what I am working on isn’t photographable.

Lots & lots & lots of time goes into the process of making a new quilt pattern,

so much so, you have no idea!

Today is a day that I actually thought (& remembered as I was doing…) to take photos.

I’m working on a new quilt idea that has lots of Mini & Tiny Dresden plates (shocker I know).

What I was working on today involved making a single tree.

Yes, a single tree, ALL DAY.

Pretty sure I could have bought & planted a tree much quicker!

Not only that, this is not the first day that I’ve lingered over said tree.

I knew the finished size,

& that it would be a tree,

but I couldn’t get this tree to materialize, LITERALLY!

Today I jumped in and decided it would have templates.

Yes, I hate having to cut templates!

I like to start out running and be able to cut everything with my rotary cutter.

Don’t you?

Not that you can’t cut this tree block out with a rotary cutter, because I did,

not only the paper version, but also the fabric version.

Unfortunately, it’s not a certain size I can relate to you to cut.

I started with a version of a tree that I incorporated into my

“Oh Christmas Tree” pattern several years ago.

These trees are rotary cut,

quickly pieced, then trimmed to size.

I decided to resize this block to make it fit into the parameters of my new design.

I made a paper block.

Then I made another…

I stapled the seam allowance, lol!

How crafty, right?

Then “trimmed” it to the finished size.

Unfortunately I wasn’t crazy about it…

So, literally back to the drawing board…

I sketched out the finished tree that I wanted,

then I added the seam allowance to each piece.

Next I made templates & printed them out to scale.

I decided to sew the paper templates!

Why not?

“Pressing” them was quite accurate!

Next I needed to assemble the sections.

Quite simple.

So far, so good.

The finished block was perfect.

So, I gathered some newly acquired “vintage” fabrics & cut the pieces.

How awesome, right???

I sewed them just like the paper prototype.

And, voilà!

Exactly what I imagined, finally!

Now, after weeks of designing,

I’m looking forward to making the actual quilt.

If only I could decide on the fabrics, lol.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

I love waking to the sun streaming into my sewing room once again.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

I hope you’ll be spending the day doing something fun

with people you love!

My trays of deviled eggs were made yesterday afternoon,

so this morning I am designing/sewing

a new pattern sample

& this afternoon I will be joining family & friends

to celebrate our country’s & my niece’s birthdays!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week # 22

It’s the final week &

your quilt is almost finished!

Refer to the instructions on page 8 to

“Assemble Large Quilt”

make the “Inner border”

using the half-square triangles that you made last week,

make the “Middle Sawtooth Border”

& finally make the “Outer Border”

then, sit back and admire your awesome success.

Thanks for sewing this quilt with me!!!

It means so much to me that your buy my patterns and want to sew along with me too!

Please post your progress on our “Sewing With Susan” Facebook group.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

The 4th of July always sneaks up on me

& before I know it,

I’ve forgotten to get out my awesome patriotic quilts!

Are you the same?

You’re so busy with work,

birthdays & graduations,

Father’s Day,

yard work,

kids,

housework, etc.,

that the precious time slips by?

Well, today is the day to get out those quilts & decorations!

I have so many quilts to choose from.

Two are brand new this year.

Both Star Spangled Dresdens

& Stars & Stripes Forever are quilt-as-you-go,

meaning if you start now they could be done by the 4th!

Dresden Flags has both wall & table top versions.

I especially love the table top version of Dresden Flags.

The 12″ stand makes the display of the quilt perfect!

The stands are on my website along with the pattern.

I think my all-time favorite patriotic quilt is Old Glory in Mini Applecore.

That’s probably because I used my all-time favorite fabrics,

Thimbleberries!

This quilt isn’t a pattern,

& I don’t own it, Blake does,

but I came across this pic & wanted to share it anyway.

This is the quilt that we designed together

with the star signature blocks from his college graduation party.

Look at those awesome feathers that Tamara quilted into the stripes!

Signs of Summer can be hung all summer long.

It’s an oldie but goodie &

so is this Four Little Flags pattern.

& I almost forgot a more recent pattern,

Dresden Buddies Uncle Sam!

He’s so cute & was lots of fun to make too.

We sold lots of these in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago.

We sold out of the hangers while there,

but they’re in stock now on my website.

If a little quilt is all you’re looking for

Tiny Dresden July may be the just the ticket!

I think my Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series is probably my favorite!

Again, the hangers make the quilt display perfect!

The 6 x 6 scroll hangers are available too.

I’m probably forgetting a patriotic quilt or two,

but I’ve given you lots to see & think about, right?

If you’ve already made them,

I hope you have them on display.

If not, here’s your reminder.

If you’re looking for some quilt projects

to help your home look more patriotic,

check them out on my website today!

We’re open Sundays, Lol.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

Week # 21

Now that the quilt sections are all assembled,

if you’re making the 4 small quilts,

layer them with backing & batting then quilt as desired.

Bind the quilts & apply labels; you’re done!

If you’re making the 1 large quilt,

refer to page 8 to make 154 half-square triangles.

I know that seems like a BIG number,

but that’s just 22 hst’s for each of the 7 days this week!

I’m pretty sure I made them all in 1 day, plus assembled the rest of the quilt too.

(insert cracking whip sound here)

Remember, you’re going to love this quilt when it’s

quilted and hanging on your wall every Christmas!!!

Looking back at the pics I can’t believe that

not only did I make this very detailed quilt,

but I made it again so I could have the

4 individual quilts photographed for the pattern cover too!!!

That must have been temporary insanity

that came over me while I mindlessly pieced the little Dresden plates.

“This ain’t so bad”, the crazy lady said!

Please keep posting your progress on our “Sewing With Susan” Facebook group.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan