Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, My Life, New quilt pattern

Does Freezer Paper Appliqué Scare Or Excite You?

If freezer paper appliqué scares you,

you should know that you’re not alone!

I used to be one of those people,

but the experience of making the centers of little Dresden plates

has changed all of that for me.

I now – LOVE – freezer paper appliqué.

& I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

Practice is the only real solution to this obstacle.

Practice easy techniques using the best tools available.

I now find it to be very easy & I love the challenge &

the self satisfaction that comes with each completed project.

That’s the best advice that I can offer you,

that & show you those easy techniques.

Sit back & view these images & short videos & also

go to my Instagram for more short videos that I made just for you!

First use the Apliquick bars to cover the freezer paper shapes. It’s a little different for the round shapes vs. a straight edge & point. You can see the differences in these 2 vidoes.

After the appliqué shapes are made

glue them onto the background fabric.

Stitch them with the tiny blind hem stitch that I use,

or use your favorite appliqué stitch by machine or by hand.

The threads should match the appliqué shape being stitched down,

not the background fabric.

Next you’ll need to CAREFULLY cut slits behind each shape

so the freezer paper templates can be removed.

Use sharp serrated scissors for best results.

With a white cloth, generously wet the shapes.

It’s only necessary to wet the applique shapes.

No need to get the whole block wet.

Let the piece sit for a few minutes

until the glue has a chance to release the paper.

A gentle pull on opposite sides of each shape

will release the paper from the stitches.

If the paper doesn’t easily release,

it’s probably not wet enough.

I’m loving Jen Kingwell’s newest line,

Winkipop by Moda.

I hope that I’m changing your mind about trying freezer paper applique.

It truly is worth the effort!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Dresden Plate Quilt, New Pattern Sample

New Pattern Give-Away Winner

 

Thanks for your comments!

Since I posted this give-away on multiple platforms

I decided I needed to go old school with the drawing.

Names in a bowl, lol!

I couldn’t draw just 1!

Rhonda Colton & Cynthia Holman,

please email me (SuznQuilts@aol.com)

with your preference of either

Dresden Pumpkins or

Tiny Witch Hats

& I also need your mailing address.

If you didn’t win & want to sew these cute little quilts

you can find them along with the templates on my website here.

Just Keep sewing…

Susan

 

Dresden Plate Quilt, New Pattern Sample

New Pattern, Tiny Witch Hats

Get ready for Halloween with this fun little quilt that not only uses

my Mini Dresden Plate Template,

but also my Tiny Tree Template Set!

Do you see how the hats are my tiny trees,

but instead of a tree trunk I added a brim?

I know, pretty clever…

I used a Halloween charm pack,

but you can use your favorite Halloween fabrics.

There are paper templates in the pattern,

& if you already have the templates you’re set,

but if not they’re available on my website here.

The pattern is available here on my website in both paper & PDF versions.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Dresden Plate Quilt, New Pattern Sample

New Pattern, Dresden Pumpkins & A Give-Away

Make just 3 Tiny Dresden plates

& you too will have this adorable

pumpkin runner to grace your home for fall.

They’re available now on my website in both PDF & paper form.

Dresden Pumpkins is my 200th published pattern

&

I think we need to celebrate this milestone with a give-away!

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite season

for a chance to win either

this new Dresden Pumpkins pattern

or

my new Tiny Witch Hats pattern.

Winner to decide.

Drawing will take place Wednesday.

Happy fall!

Just Keep sewing…

Susan

Dresden Plate Quilt, fat 1/4 quilt, New lap quilt pattern, New Pattern Sample, Tiny Dresden quilts

Earlene, Just in Time for #nationalsewajellyrollday

Did you know that today is #nationalsewajellyrollday?

I have several patterns that are Jelly roll friendly,

but Earlene is brand new & the PDF is now on my website!

You can purchase & download Earlene on my website today

then choose your 3 jelly rolls,

fat 1/4 collection

or your fabrics from your stash

& start sewing tonight!

When I started making the Tiny Dresdens

I was just having fun using some of my most favorite fabrics from my stash.

 

You may notice some old Jo Morton,

some new Jo Morton.

Some old Brannock & Patek,

some newer Jan Patek.

Some old Barbara Brackman,

some newer Barbara Brackman.

All-time quilt favorites of mine!

Next thing I know, a design popped into my head

that would make the perfect jelly roll or fat 1/4 quilt.

A perfect way to make yourself a generous lap size quilt

with your favorite quilt fabric stars.

Who are your favorite quilting stars?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, New Quilt pattern sample

Laborious Labor Day 2020

Carnivals canceled, large groups not allowed,

what are you doing this Labor Day Weekend?

Today I’m sewing,

making circles for my ongoing new pattern sample.

Have you seen bits of the construction already,

perhaps on FB or IG?

I’m mostly using Cider by Basic Grey for Moda.

 

So far I’ve made all the baskets.

The stripe fabric is the only non Cider fabric.

Next I made the pile of petals into plates!

So this afternoon it’s on to center circles.

The Apliquick Bars are my best friends for making

perfect applique shapes with freezer paper!!!

You can find all my favorite notions on my website here,

including the Apliquick Bars.

The leaves were snap to make too.

I’m ready to finish the blocks!

Can’t wait to see the finished quilt, can you?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, Dresden Plate Quilt, new quilt patterns

Another New Christmas Pattern; Dresden Town Square

Today’s new pattern is Dresden Town Square.

It has a lot of the same blocks as my Dresden Village quilt;

new last fall.

I sometimes forget that not everyone is as excited

to be challenged by a quilt like I am.

So, if you like my cute little house blocks & my little Dresden plates,

perhaps you’d like to start with this little cutie.

The hardest part of this quilt is the fabric choices…

It uses my Tiny & Mini Dresden templates

for the Dresden plates.

After that just few little houses & it’s done!

It’s a cute little quilt that you can experiment

with making just a few little Dresden plates & not be overwhelmed.

You can find Dresden Town Square on my new website by clicking here.

The templates can be found by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, My Life, New Pattern Sample, New quilt pattern

Sunny Labor Day Sewing

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

A Giveaway!, Dresden Plate Quilt, New quilt pattern

New Patterns Spring 2019 Susanna & New Pattern Give-Away!

My next & last new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Susanna.

I know what you’re thinking,

“Why didn’t she put MORE little Dresden plates on this quilt?”, right? Lol

Susanna started with the “Susanna” collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.

I decided to start with 2 of the blues to make Tiny Dresden plates.

Chain piecing is the best!

It’s a great time to let your mind wander

or listen to a good movie that you’ve watched over & over again.

The time passes quickly as I watch the Tiny Dresden plates emerge.

Soon I was auditioning more fabrics to join my TD plates.

If I’m not absolutely sure of all of the fabrics

I will make just one center (not even applique it down)

then make fabric decisions.

Once I narrowed that down,

I went to “work” making the center circles for all of the TD plates.

Not work at all, really.

I love to make the TD centers!

I know, how weird am I???

As a matter of fact,

I offered to make Loraine, one of my pattern testers’,

centers for the TD’s she was making to test my Jellyroll Gemstones pattern.

It took less than an hour

since I had the circles already cut in my little canister.

Pressing then cutting them into strips for easy trimming is key.

With a movie on, the time flies by!

Now before the rest of my pattern testers get in an uproar,

I’m happy to make your centers for you too!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Once my design was ironed out I needed to make a few more TD’s.

Have I told you lately that I actually use my rotary cutter

to cut the string apart & to trim the seam allowance?

Yup!

It’s so much quicker that using my scissors, but you better be careful!

Concentration is key…

And it doesn’t hurt to have some nourishment nearby at times.

The mindless making of the center circles also lets

my mind think of the next upcoming fabric decisions.

Oh but wait, there are more!

I actually took this project to our retreat at Rosemary’s the beginning of February.

No TV watching here,

just good conversation & good food too!

Aren’t they lovely???

In the midst of this project, Clare, our youngest daughter, bought me this cute cart.

She thought it would look nice in our booth.

It’ll be going with us to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival next week,

but for now it’s looking cute in my sewing room with what’s left of “Susanna”.

More decisions….

and auditions….

and decisions…

and cutting!

Then some organizing.

What a treat for me to relive the process!

My camera is my best friend while I make lots of decisions.

Once I finally liked all of the blocks,

and sewed them together,

I had to make the border fabric decision.

And that decision led to

more Tiny Dresdens!!!

They’re just what the corners of this quilt needed.

I love the addition of the corner blocks.

They really add a lot don’t you think?

It breaks up all of the blue

and gives your eye something else pretty to see.

After Tamara once again did a lovely job of quilting it for me

Nemo & I set it up to be photographed by Scott.

I love the process more than actually having the finished quilt.

How about you?

What’s your favorite part?

 

Wanna win one of my 3 new patterns?

 

Your choices are either Dresden Feathered Stars,

 

Jellyroll Gemstones,

or Susanna.

Just leave me a comment telling me

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

&

2. What’s your favorite of my new patterns?

I’ll give 3 lucky quilters their choice!

I’ll pick the winners Sunday at 6 p.m. CST.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresden Plate Quilt, New quilt pattern

New Patterns Spring 2019 Jellyroll Gemstones

My next new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Jellyroll Gemstones.

The rainbow of color across this quilt can be made entirely

with 1 jelly roll of 40, 2 1/2″ strips.

 

This is Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.

 

When I started this quilt I cut all the petals

& sewed them into a long string.

I encharged Betsy to keep them tangle-free.

She did a great job.

You can’t even see her beneath them all!

Next, I sewed & sewed, & sewed some more…

Eventually I had a nice array of plates.

I auditioned many background fabrics to complete my design,

but couldn’t find just the right one so they rested a while.

If you remember, I mentioned

that I picked up this cool Shedd’s Peanut Butter tin in Michigan

while traveling to teach at the Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

It was the perfect place for the completed plates to hang out

while I did more traveling last fall to teach

& to vend & then attend fall quilt market.

In February at our retreat at Rosemary’s I got them out again

& auditioned more background fabrics & decided on just the right one.

So, I went to work & cut all the pieces for the blocks.

Then I assembled them into little kits for each block

so the color combinations wouldn’t be duplicated.

My new-to-me wooden tray was the perfect holder for the little kits.

& my new-to-me m&m’s (or Dr. Pepper) holder

from my friend & fellow retreater, Chris, now holds my bottle near my machine!

Soon I had a nice stack of blocks ready to have a Tiny Dresden appliqued to the center.

Soon after that I ran out of thread!

I use a lot of Sulky’s Medium Taupe thread!

Fortunately I had more thread, so I was able to finish all of the blocks.

Of course Nemo, my supervisor, was always good at

keeping an eye on me to be sure I kept working!

Laying out the blocks was next

& I soon decided that I had just the right colors in just the right places,

then I added the Tiny Dresden plates at the intersections of the blocks.

 

I decided a small sashing was necessary

to space the Tiny Dresden plates a bit farther from the blocks.

So another fabric audition was necessary.

I decided on a low contrast between the two fabrics.

Next, I went to work sewing sashing strips between the blocks.

 

Thanks again to my friend, Chris,

I numbered the rows with the pins that she made for each of our guild members last year.

 

What a great trick to keep track of the rows.

Nothing is worse than laying everything out & getting it just right,

then getting the rows mixed up & sewing a green block next to another green block!

My numbered pins now hang out in this clip-on pincushion on Betsy’s shoulder.

I don’t have to wonder where I put them!!!

Next, I appliqued the Tiny Dresden plates to the sashing as I assembled the rows.

Notice how the Medium Taupe thread blends well with lots of colors?

This saves a lot of time not having to change thread color for each plate.

Finally the quilt top was complete & beautifully quilted by Tamara,

then photographed by Scott, all being overseen by our late friend, Nemo.

I still have a string of petals hanging out on Betsy

just as they’ve been doing since September 4th as you can see by the calendar!

Eventually I’ll find a use for them too.

For now I just love them hanging out with me in my sewing atelier :)

Jellyroll Gemstones is now available on my website.

One more new pattern to go.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan