Dresden Plate Quilt


I knew it would be fun with the pastel m&m’s!

There seems to be an over abundance of blue ones though…

This was 3 “fun size” packages.

My family decided a long time ago

there’s NOTHING FUN

about the shrinking size of their candy packages!!!

Anyway, I finished piecing the pieces of my quilt together last night

(plus the field of my tiny quilt).

Meaning, while I was mindlessly piecing the Tiny Dresdens,

& listening to DSS,

I figured out a way to make the quilt finish even quicker.

I’m going to quilt it as I assemble it.

Yay!

This is one of the strips that I assembled.

As soon as DD #2 gets up I’m going to have her help me spray baste the backing & batting and  have this quilt quilted in no time at all!

That means I need to make my binding decisions…

…what fabric to use and what DVD to watch!

Done by lunch?

We’ll see.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

When I woke early this morning I decided I had plenty of time to start a new quilt & quite possibly even finish it in time for my photographer to photograph it along with my other new quilts later this week…….um…sure!

So, I got to cutting and sewing and before long I had this pile of petals.

 Next I started trimming…

A while back I decided I could quickly cut my string apart with my rotary cutter

as long as I was careful!

And, if I could do that why not also trim the seam allowance???

Sure!

I quickly had a tray of sewn petals and a pile of pretty little corners.

Insert a pause here while we went to church

& ran a few errands then I was right back at it.

Life is changing now that the kids are growing up…

I have more & more time to myself

and it’s nice to be able to fill it with my favorite past time;

QUILTING!!!

Once I pressed the seams,

turned the petals right-side-out,

 & pressed them again I could start making the plates.

Too bad I was too engrossed in my sewing to take a photo of those steps…

Soon I had one third plates sewn & pressed.

Then I had the plates complete & ready to choose the center fabric.

Making just 13 little circles goes quickly.

In case you can’t tell, it’s going to a patriotic quilt & a bonus quilt.

Of course my sewing goes quicker when I pop in a silly movie.

The DVD du jour is Desperately Seeking Susan.

I found it used on Amazon a while back.

It’s funny to see it (or listen anyway) after all these years.

My all-time favorite tune, Into The Groove, is from this movie.

Aren’t you glad to know that tidbit of info about me??

It’s also funny to see Aiden Quinn that I watch now on Elementary so young in this movie.

I didn’t even realize he was in DSS.

Now I guess I’m also showing my age, egad!!!

Anyway…

Here are the plates ready for applique.

And now they’re drying after I wet them to remove the paper templates.

They kind of blend in with my crochet tablecloth, huh?

Don’t worry there’s a piece of glass covering the tablecloth.

Lining up these plates reminds me of how my boss would laugh at me for lining up my m&m’s on my drafting board!

Yup, I used to design office interiors on a drafting table with paper, pencils, parallel bar and lots of triangles & other tools.

That’s a funny memory that I’d forgotten about.

Frequently in the afternoon I’d run down to the the vending machine & get a package of m&m’s for a snack.

I’d empty the package and make a pyramid with rows of each color of m&m’s.

Then I’d eat them row by row.

My brain…

Holy cow, I need to get back to work!

I’ll keep you posted on the quilt progress.

I think there are some Easter m&m’s around here now that I think about it.

Maybe I have time for a pyramid of pastel?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Are you like me and as soon as a new quilt has been quilted

you can’t wait to get the binding on it?

Or… are you one of those that loses steam and it sits for months

or sometimes longer until you get the courage to do the last tedious step???

If you’re the latter, well sorry, but I just don’t understand how your brain works!

When it gets to this stage it’s like Christmas morning for me

& I can’t wait to see the finished product in all its glory!!!

That’s why when I got a call at 5:30 last night,

I hopped into my minivan and headed over to Tamara’s to get my newest family member!

Within 5 minutes of returning home it was trimmed.

By 7:00 I had the binding strips cut, sewn together and sew onto the quilt.

By 7:02 p.m. I was in front of the TV watching my favorite Tuesday night shows.

By 8:50 p.m. it was finished!

Now I just need to get the hanging sleeve on it so I can hang it for photography

(sorry to put you through my poor snap shots!)

& for the upcoming shows; Chicago Festival April 6-8

(which by the way I still have comp. tickets for see my last post)

& International Spring Quilt Market May 19-21.

At least I hope I have the covers ready to go to Chicago.

Those dates are not that far away and I have a lot to accomplish for that to happen,

but my photographer is scheduled and Teresa is working on testing the pattern instructions.

You can pre-order “Dresden Rose of Sharon” on my website today!

So what are you binding this Wednesday?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It’s always fun to get away to sew (& eat)!

And sew I did, all weekend long…

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I got a lot done on my new pattern sample.

I sewed the Tiny Dresden petals that I showed you last week.

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Trimming and then pressing.

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Turning right side out and making pretty points.

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All 384 of them!

And, not 1 was lost since I was using my new cutlery tray

to transport them back & forth to the ironing board and my sewing machine.

I had made the Mini Dresden centers last week.

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Roxanne’s EZ-Squeeze glue, my Classic Metal Company brochure,

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and Appliquick Bar give me very precise results every single time.

I also had 4 half (+ seam allowance) circles to made for the 4 half Mini Dresden blocks.

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Same process, but you don’t have to cover the long straight edge

since it will go inside the seam allowance when it’s sewn into the quilt.

Fun, fun, fun!!!

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32 Tiny Dresden plates

5 Mini Dresden plates

4 half Mini Dresden plates

32 freezer paper leaves

&

8 stems

(but I needed 16… 4 x 4 =16, not 8!!!)

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Each 23″ block has 1 Mini Dresden plate,

8 Tiny Dresden plates,

8 leaves & 4 stems.

 I got 3 of the 4 big blocks appliqued before we left Sunday,

but you’ll have to wait to see those, sorry.

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This is all that’s left of the pieces.

Can’t wait to finish it.

It’s been a whole month since Christmas.

What are you creating?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

suznquiltsdq53fabricsSo, how is 2017 going for you so far?

The teacher & the student have both gone back to school.

I’ve adjusted to being another year older…

Christmas & all it’s trimmings are put away,

but I’m lucky that it still resembles Christmas in my sewing room

& I’m back at the sewing machine.

Meet Sweet Cherry Wine.

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This is Blackbird’s new fabric collection by Moda,

displayed on my extra cool Christmas gift from David!!!

It’s an antique thread display case/cash wrap

from a general store circa 1880-1890, that he found on Craigslist.

I feel a bit like the Olsen’s (from Little House on the Prairie).

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(and a Coral Bells by Jan Patek charcoal that I added)

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In case you couldn’t guess,

it’s going to be a new little Dresden plate quilt!

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These are some of the Mini Dresden petals.

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More Mini petals… (powered by Diet D.P.)

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and some tiny Dresden petals waiting for me to start stitching.

We’re going to Rosemary’s this weekend, yeah for us!

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I’m planning to get a lot of this quilt done.

I’ve already got a good start.

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I’m using my “new” cutlery tray that Chloe bought me for my birthday.

It makes assembling little Dresden petals all the more fun.

Fun meaning I’m not looking all over for stray petals!!!

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 She also bought me a table made from an antique treadle machine

to put my “new” spool cabinet/cash wrap on.

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For now it’s in the basement (my fulfillment center)

where I plan to use it to store my shipping supplies & brochures

 but who knows where it will end up?

Must get back to work!

#LuckyGirl

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I hope you’re enjoying seeing my new patterns.

#3 if you couldn’t guess has even more little Dresdens.

Reflections

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 I loved using the new Morris collection, Earthly Paradise, by Barbara Brackman.

Remember them?

They were so pretty to work with!

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I did the trimming in front of the TV…

Notice another cutlery tray?

I have several because I have several projects going at once.

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I’m putting matching petals together here.

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Making the reflecting Tiny petals…

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Organizing to keep me on track…

(In yet another little tray!)

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Just look at my pretty garden growing!

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And of course, Betsy helped me to keep on task and untangled…

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This is the quilt that I used all the Dr. Pepper circles on.

Heather tested this one for me.

I offered to help her glue the center circles at a guild meeting since I’m always in a bit of a time crunch to get everything ready for maket.

I usually give my testers the pre-cut freezer paper circles that I cut with the paper cutters.circlepapercutters

They’re so quick to cut and perfectly round each time!

It took us about an hour or so to glue all of the Tiny and Mini circles.

It goes quickly when you’re doing something else at the same time.

I think that’s one of the things that I love about these little Dresdens.

I can watch TV, talk on the phone or watch a quilt program while working and before I know it, I’m done!

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Don’t let the circles scare you.

Apliquick Bars are a big help!

I showed you step-by-step how easy they are here.

The Apliquick Bars and circle cutters are available on my notions page on my website.

Reflections is available on my website too for $10.00 plus shipping.

Back tomorrow with #4!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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

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