Applique quilt projects


Did you come by our booth at

Quilt Festival in Houston

while we were sold out of Apliquick Rods?

Well, they’re back in stock, fresh from Spain!

You can order yours today on my website.

If you don’t already know how wonderful they are,

you can watch a short video demonstrating them below.

I don’t know what I’d do without mine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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I’m working on Tiny Dresden circles this morning.

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A little bit of glue and the Apliquick rods that I mentioned yesterday.

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I designed this quilt before I knew of the William Morris Paradise collection by Barbara Brackman with Moda.

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Funny how I don’t necessarily have distinct plans for everything,

but everything kind of works out anyway.

In my opinion,

there’s only one fabric in this collection that would be right for the center circles that will pull this quilt together.

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And even though I have plans when I start, (red centers on a rainbow of plates)

since nothing is set in stone, I have a tendency to stew over the next step…

(Robin my tech editor and friend can attest to this, right???)

This morning I finally decided that the Dr. Pepper reds

ARE the perfect fabric for these center circles!

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WEIRD coincidence, huh?

I’ve been debating exactly what color this is… not red, not pink…

With the help of the Dr. I made the 52 Tiny circles this morning.

I made the 12 Mini circles earlier this week.

Notice my rod case?

It’s actually a knitting needle case.

I found it at the Wabash Antique Mall in Decatur, IL last winter.

What a day that was!

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David had meetings in Champaign so I went along like I’ve done lots of times to get out of my boring four walls broaden my horizons.

Well it was super cold and it was going to snow A LOT!

So we left early trying to at least get ahead of some of the bad weather and not be on the road at night.

Well, soon after getting on the road it started snowing and blowing.

The wind out there in the very flat land was horrible

which makes the roads very slick.

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which makes driving no fun.

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And even treacherous!

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So after about the 6th incident

and when the snow really picked up…

David decided at Decatur we’d get off the interstate and wait it out.

Good thing because just down the road the interstate was closed because of another truck wreck! We would have been stuck on the road instead of having something fun to do like find the Wabash and then Olive Garden…

Anyway, I found this case there at the beautifully renovated train station.

I’m thankful the owners came in that day.

Many of the Decatur businesses didn’t even open because of the weather.

Since David isn’t into antiques he chatted with the owners and learned a lot about the train station and how it became renovated and then turned into an antique mall instead of being torn down. That would have been a shame.

I found this cool case to house my very special Apliquick rods!

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It’s maple and I believe it’s German but I don’t know what it says.

Anyone else know?

It came with knitting needles inside so I know what it was made for.

MUST GET BACK TO WORK!!!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Everywhere you look is seems like Christmas is already here,

but there are several more weeks of fall here, people!

Don’t get gypped out of your fall.

There is still time to make a fall quilt &

Quiltmania has quite a few in their Special Autumn 2014 issue!

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My Pumpkins in the Patch table runner for instance would look great on your Thanksgiving table or sideboard.

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You still have time.

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There are many other projects included too.

I want to make one of each…

Even if you don’t have time this fall,

you’ll want to find this issue for future fall projects!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I’ve been wanting and therefore looking for a particular helper for my studio for years.

As we all know, good help is hard to come by.

Finally last weekend I found her!

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So far she appears to be perfect, just what I was looking for!

She’s been around the block a few times.

Not at all pristine & immature.

Because of her maturity, I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to do everything I expect of her.

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No flimsy, immaturity that you sometimes find in the her younger counterparts.

Today she’s helping me with a new pattern sample.

She’s holding chain-pieced petals, keeping them wrinkle-free for the next step.

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I’m making tiny Dresden plates with my new template

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and I’m using the new “Hearts Content” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts

so generously given to my by Moda.

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I intend to make a tutorial for all of you who don’t already know how easy & fun Dresden plate blocks can be.

For now, my helper & I need to get back to work.

I just know we’re going to be friends!

Until next time,

Susan

It’s that time of year again & yeah is all I can say!!!

It’s the time when my north facing sewing room with all its windows is taking in the early morning sunshine.

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I need my sunglasses…

Again, yeah!!!

And if I’m sewing at the other end of the day,

I’ll need the sunglasses then too.

The evening sun will come in on my left!

I am not going to complain.

This is the time of year I long for all year!

When it’s cold out, hate it!

Short days of winter, hate them!

Long dark evenings, hate them!

Long, long, dark evenings…

Give me sunshine & heat, ahhhh!

I try not to dwell on the fact that when June 21 rolls around

the days are getting shorter from here on out.

Instead I remind myself the sun is shining & it’s hot outside!

December 21 is a day of celebrating in my mind.

Why?

It’s the shortest day of the year and from there on out,

the days are getting longer!

Today it’s sunshine!

Give me my sunglasses,

I have sewing to do.

I’m working on my second set of my new

Tiny Dresden seasons.

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The patterns are getting closer to being printed.

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I can’t wait to show you these pretties!

Until next time,

Susan

I’m excited to next show you a new addition to my Quilt-as-you-go patterns.

You probably remember my best-selling pattern,

A Pretty Package?

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Well, when taking it to market & other venues the last couple of years,

I’ve had many inquiries asking to have a table runner adaptation.

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Not only did I do this, but I also designed place mats to coordinate.

Meet A Pretty Table!

What do you think?

I’ve made the lap quilt in non-Christmas colors for birthdays,

and I’ve also received lots of emails from quilters that made it for other occasions too.

Mother’s Day, retirement, etc.

It’s now available on my website.

Think outside the box!

Until next time,

Susan

 

I’m excited to show you the tiny Dresden plates that I’ve been working on for months & months…

Remember, I’ve been giving you little snippets of them here & there?

They are part of my new Christmas sampler.

It’s written in a way that will make it a perfect Block-of-the-month or mystery club quilt.

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The quilt measures 45″ x 48″ and includes:

-Hand embroidery

-Tiny Dresden plates

-Freezer paper applique

-Traditional pieced blocks

-Saw tooth border

It’s also possible to make the same components & instead have one or four individual quilts:

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You can make four gifts, or display the smaller quilts around your home.

The pattern is available for $28.00 & includes the Plexiglas template!

The Tiny Dresden Plate blocks measure 4-1/2″ finished.

The template is also available separately for $8.00.

It’s available on my website.

Stay tuned for more new patterns!

Until next time,

Susan

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