Dresden Plates


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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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you’re able to enjoy this day with your loved ones

& also have plenty to be thankful for!

Please enjoy this delightful, fall, TEENY Tiny Dresden plate at my expense…

It’s probably smaller than you first imagined.

I was right, wasn’t I?

And while I was painfully making this teeniest of Tiny Dresden plates,

I was also feeling bad for how I’d treated some of my fellow Tiny Dresden seamstresses these past few months.

REALLY BAD!

I realize now that being out of your comfort zone is hard!

I’ve made so many Tiny & Mini Dresden plates that I can practically make them in my sleep.

These petals are MUCH (MUCH) SMALLER than I’m used to sewing.

Incredibly cute,

but SO…MUCH…SMALLER…

Hard to grasp.

Hard to turn.

The first one turned out so poorly that I decided to try again.

And again.

The 3rd time I decided to elongate the petals so I would have more fabric to hold onto

while they were going through the machine,

then trim them as needed as I sewed them into the plate.

I also tried trimming the seam allowances,

something that I never do while making Tiny Dresden plates.

It’s just not necessary.

At this point it became necessary to trim the center of the plate (the part that I elongated)

and I wasn’t even sure if it was going to come together at all like it should.

The 3rd plate turned out so much better!

While experimenting, I was reminded of several of my TD students from more than one TD workshop.

We would together get that first plate made,

then they’d usually go back to their space & make the second plate by themselves.

It was fun seeing the excitement on their faces as they became more comfortable with the process,

and do a much better job on their second plate, yay!

I now know your frustration and disappointment at not having the success as anticipated.

But with a bit of perseverance,

& the right tools…

thanks to Rosa & her Apliquick Bars,

my 1/2″ diameter center is perfectly round with no trouble at all!

I was finally able to fill this adorable little acorn frame that’s been hanging empty

in my sewing room for more than a decade!

Now I have a new fall decoration, something to display for years to come.

This makes my heart sing.

I hope I’ve inspired you to maybe do something a bit out of your comfort zone too.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

I had the privilege of being invited to teach in Michigan last weekend.

One might think that Tim The Toolman (Tim Allen) had a part in that because I hear the “Pure Michigan” commercials ALL THE TIME these days, but no!

The Berrien Towne & Country Quilters invited me.

What a wonderful group of quilters!

They requested my Quilt-as-you-go, Little Frosties for Friday’s workshop.

By end of class most everyone had all of the piecing done.

Some even had the applique ready to stitch!

Peri mentioned that their town had spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan,

& she was right!

This was the view across the street from my hotel!

I’d say they’re just as beautiful if not more so than at Rick’s Cafe overlooking the ocean in Negril, Jamaica.

On Saturday we made Tiny & Mini Dresden plates for my Dresden Heaven pattern.

Everyone worked hard making their little Dresden plates precise.

This was a very dedicated group!

By end of class everyone had at least 2 perfect plates & they were still smiling!

By end of day there was another spectacular sunset!

I shared most of my pre-cut freezer paper templates with them so this morning I decided I had better get cutting…

I want to be able to share more with my next class in a couple of weeks.

It’s quick & easy to cut these with the 1″ & 2″ circle cutters (on my website).

I cut strips of freezer paper & layer 6 of them together,

then snap out 6 perfectly round templates.

I love the perfection of the process!

As luck would have it,

as I pulled off the interstate at my Michigan destination I was led to an estate sale…

where I found this souvenir,

A perfect place to store some Tiny Dresden plates!

Shedd’s peanut butter used to be made in Michigan until the 1980’s apparently.

I love exploring and learning about an area where I’ve never been before.

During a ride to an antique store in the country I also experienced the scent of grapes in the air.

A quilter had asked me if I smelled any & was happy that I had noticed, Lol!

Thanks, Peri, & the rest of The Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

A fun & memorable trip.

Now, are those quilts finished yet???

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I love bright sunny days, especially when they come into my sewing room!

This morning I’m making a Tiny Dresden plate with the sun literally on my shoulder!

I love it when the sun comes into my sewing atelier.

It makes me smile.

Much better thoughts than when I’m thinking about summer being almost over and winter on the horizon…ugh.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!!!

I have a new fave tool too.

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop mentioned these scissors on one of her IG live sessions a while back so I thought I’d try them.

Very nice!

I know why they’re her favorite now.

They’re perfect for trimming my little Dresdens.

The very small, sharp point gets right up there next to the seam.

No thread tails here!

This morning in the sunshine I also finished sewing the binding onto the two preemie quilts that I demonstrated straight & bias binding on for our guild last night.

I made them quickly yesterday morning with a couple of orphan blocks from my Baby Love book.

Since Sue H. didn’t know I had a “baby” book I’ve added pics of the covers & a link.

It’s on my website’s “Book” page.

Lots of baby quilts including; pieced, appliqued & one of my signature quilt-as-you-go quilts plus a bag perfect for a diaper bag & bonus pillow that the applique is “free” when you make the “Baby” quilt. The letters are the negative shape that results from cutting out “Baby” for the quilt.

The preemie quilts are ready for some TV time.

Do you make charity quilts?

Our guild is very good about making all sizes of charity quilts.

I don’t do as much as I should, but I did make this one and donate it last month.

They can be quick & easy (or not so much)

& fun too when you have nice tools!

I’m so glad I also found this Dritz Might Steam Iron.

It’s so light-weight & HOT!

Perfect for the hours of repetitive ironing on my Tiny Dresden petals.

I just added the scissors ($18.50+ shipping) to my notions page on my website

& the iron ($32.00 + shipping) is there as well.

Back to the sunshine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Absolutely, cannot get enough!

I took the weekend off.

OK, at least from sewing & designing.

I still filled orders & chatted about upcoming workshops… & possible workshops.

Would your group like me to come teach for you?

I do that you know?

Check my website for ideas & pricing then send me an email or call to schedule.

Today, it’s back to business!

Betsy’s load became a lot lighter toward the end of last week.

Remember how she looked?

I have enough plates to work on at least one design.

My Flower Garden Gatherings bouquet is growing prettier each day.

So much fun!

What are you working on?

Are you sewing along with me on my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler quilt?

It’s not too late to join in the fun.

If you are sewing along, you’ve got one more day until I show you Week #5, so chop, chop!

Back to work for me.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

New Pattern #14

is Dresden LOVE.

I L-O-V-E this quilt!

I’ve been enjoying this quilt hanging in my atelier for quite some time…

3 years according to my camera roll

& now I’m sharing it in pattern form so that you can make & enjoy your own!

I had absolutely no indecision on this one.

I saw it in my head,

knew just the right fabrics for it

& got to sewing.

This is my original Tiny Dresden “O” quilt.

The black fabric is from my very own “Vintage Play” fabric line

that I designed with Red Rooster Fabrics a few years ago.

I added the alternating red little half-square triangles & that was it.

Now you can make & enjoy your own!

Meet Dresden LOVE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of the process that I use to create my pattern quilts.

All 14 new patterns, the little Dresden templates,

& the notions that I use & love are available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

As I mentioned before… I see Dresden plates… where there are none!

Unfortunately you’ll have to take my word for it because I totally forgot to take a before pic.

This will have to do, sorry.

I picked up the lovely completed (or so Jody thought) quilt last week along with the gorgeous coordinating fabric. I had to buy the fabric to complete this project. Big ideas come with big pieces of fabric. You NEVER know just how much fabric a project may take, so you better get plenty so you don’t run out, REALLY!

I’ve been preoccupied with lots of things since purchasing this last Friday, one those things was having friends over for lunch today.

Well, you know how friends can sometimes be, well, opinionated? (What I have to say about opinions, “They’re like elbows, everyone has at least two!”) so the opinion today as they looked at my sewing table was that I shouldn’t put a Mini Dresden plate in the center of this seemingly complete quilt, but instead a Mini Dresden AND a Tiny Dresden!

They even demonstrated their idea.

I just happen to keep some orphan plates hanging in my sewing room.

They may be know-it-alls, but I agreed!

So after our lunch and a trek back to the same shop (criminals frequently return to the scene of the crime…) what can I say… I forgot these Friday!

And one might say, “Is that blue?” yes, temporary insanity? I don’t know why I bought a blue fabric. I never buy blue unless it’s for a patriotic quilt. But it caught my eye and it was on the $5 sale table. Actually it was all on sale.

Unfortunately, Mini Mall in Staunton is going out of business. Jody is retiring  :(

Anyway, I set to cutting.

I first made the Mini Dresden plate.

Then I cut and sewed the Tiny Dresden petals.

 It sure saves a lot of time to trim the seam allowance with a rotary cutter!

Before long I had the Tiny Dresden plate finished.

Then I made the center with a pretty green fabric.

I glued then stitched the center to the Tiny Dresden plate.

I got it wet to release the glue on the template so I could remove it.

Next I pressed it nice & flat again with Mary Ellen’s Best Press and glued it to the center of the Mini Dresden plate and stitched it down.

Then I glued that to the completed quilt & started to stitch it down.

This is where I remembered that I hadn’t taken a pic of the original quilt!

I sure miss my memory!

And isn’t it pretty?

Now you see what I kind of saw when I first laid eyes on the pretty quilt for sale.

Careful, you may just catch whatever I have!

Just Keep Sewing… Dresden plates!

Susan

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