Dresden Plate Quilt


Do you need a little something for a gift?

Do you have any fabric scraps???

I may have the idea you’re looking for!

One of the quilt clubs that I attend

decided to have a mug rug exchange this year

& I decided to join in the fun.

I’m so glad that I did!

Look at my adorable mug rug that was made by Suzanne H. :

It’s perfect for me!

Even the hot cocoa mix inside is my favorite!

Pretty cool considering our names all went into a drawing

then we had to wait until our name was pulled

to choose a mug rug that was wrapped inconspicuously.

Probably 3/4 the ladies (& 1 gentleman) got to choose before I did.

I came right home,

gave it a hanger

& hung it in a place of honor in my sewing atelier.

It now has a home amidst other treasures in and around my new cabinet.

(- the hot cocoa of course.)

It won’t take me very long to think of something to store in that pocket.

Since I spent the entire weekend working on the bazaar for our church’s annual smorgasbord,

which turned out very well thanks to many parishioners,

& our faithful supporters (including some of you, thanks!),

it was Sunday night before I finally had the great idea for my mug rug.

Well, not that I wait until the last minute, but…

1. I’ve been very busy working on 6 new patterns,

who’s covers finally got sent to the printer last week, yay!

&

2. No great ideas would come to me…

…until Sunday night.

I spied 2 small orphan blocks in the “rag bag” that both seemed the perfect size!

I didn’t photograph any of this because first of all I was exhausted,

& second of all, it was getting down to the wire!!!

Then,

I noticed one of the blocks coordinated with my two leftover teeny Tiny Dresden plates

that I’d left on my cutting table after making this beauty.

Alas, 2 centers, 1/2″ in diameter,

a smidgen of batting and backing

(also from the rag bag)

and viola:

Oh what fun it is to make a little quilt!

Yes, it was extremely hard for me to part with those 2 teeny plates,

but I wanted to give something that I’d like to receive!

I’m pretty certain the recipient, my new friend, Cathy, will love them as much as I do.

The hard work was done weeks & months ago.

As soon as I get the pattern covers from the printer

I’ll be able to show you how the orphan block came about.

Until then,

Happy holiday prep &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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When I got up this morning I put some finishing touches on a design that’s been in my head

& in my computer for several years…

then, I chose some lovely fabrics from my stash & started cutting.

This is where I showered & had a couple of errands to run,

which lead me to an estate sale…

I found this cutie!

I’m always attracted to things I’ve never seen before

& I like enamelware so I had to take it home with me.

As it turned out the estate sale was for my organ teacher from my childhood.

After offering my condolences, it was nice to talk with her 3 daughters.

We don’t know each other, but we reminisced about their mom teaching in their home.

How funny that we crossed paths so long ago.

I’m glad that I have the “1/2 Qt. Liq’d.” pitcher that will remind me of her.

After returning home & eating brunch,

I started sewing & soon had a pile of petals.

Then I had a pile of “bones” from trimming.

Then came some chain pressing with my new best friend,

Mighty Steam Iron (- the steam for me!).

I don’t steam while in the assembly process of making my little Dresden plates.

Too much tendency for stretching and wonkiness!

(yes, that’s a word! Look it up!)

Then I turned all of the petals right-side-out.

Then I pressed them again…

Then I sewed pairs of them together.

And pressed again, etc, etc, etc…

Before I knew it I had 12 pretty little plates!

As I notice the beautiful colors in our yard I’m reminded

that I’ve totally missed summer…

even though I have 3 huge windows in my sewing room.

Too much quilting to do!

Someone at my workshop Thursday asked me how long it takes me to make a single Dresden plate.

Well, since I assembly line sew them together it’s hard to know, really.

I cut at 8 a.m. & now it’s 1 p.m. plus that bit of a detour…

If you want to know, you’ll have to do the math because I refuse to punch a time clock!

(Literally or figuratively.)

Instead, I’ll Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

At market I fell in love with Lisa Bongean’s

Flower Garden Gatherings by Moda.

It’s a rainbow of color!

I got samples a while back & finally set to cutting up the whole jelly roll into…

Yup!

~~~Tiny Dresden petals~~~

I must have cut close to a million of them.

OK, maybe 1,650 like the jelly roll of Jo Morton’s New Hope that I cut up & sewed back in January.

Aren’t they lovely???

Betsy agreed to hold them tangle-free as I work on 100 or so at a time.

There are so many that you can’t even see poor Betsy.

So far I have about 28 plates made.

My cutlery trays sure come in handy as I trim & press & move from ironing board to sewing machine to cutting table.

Can’t wait to show you more designs that you can make with little Dresden plates.

Are you sewing my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler with me?

You can see lots of color options on our Dresden Quilt Workshop Facebook group.

Please join & follow along to sew this awesome quilt.

It’s free.

You just need to buy the book, Dresden Quilt Workshop, & follow my blog.

It’s on my website if you still need a copy or if you want a kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

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 #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 #10

is Love you to the Moon.

I love this phrase.

Since creating this pattern, I’m hearing over & over again how lots of moms & grandmas like to tell it to their loved ones.

I made this quilt more than a year & a half ago & it’s been “hanging out” in my sewing room ever since.

Remember seeing it a few new patterns ago?

After I made the quilt I convinced myself that no one would want to waste their time making such a small quilt.

So it hung…

I’ve enjoyed looking at it all this time as well as friends and family members who came visiting my sewing room.

Finally this past winter when I decided to do some smaller little Dresden quilts, I decided to include this orphan quilt.

Like my “Joy to the World” quilt, not many “in progress” photos of this quilt either.

I did ponder the background fabric.

If it’s not going to photograph well there’s no point in proceeding.

Both show the perle cotton thread well, but the lighter fabric won out.

After stitching the words, I next pondered the color of the Tiny Dresden plate.

I wanted to use this one because it was left over from another quilt,

but this version won out.

After all, it’s just 1 measly Tiny Dresden plate for goodness sake!

Add a few Thangles produced half-square triangles, & whalah!

Love you to the Moon.

You betcha, it’s on my website.

Just Keep Sewing… little bitty quilts!

Susan

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