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We had a great show in Kansas City!

We met so many nice quilters & sold lots of patterns & templates!

Our rental was a new mini van, so our travel was very comfortable.

I’ve taken to photographing our rentals in case I need to know the license # I have it on my phone.

Our drive started off a bit rocky just 30 miles from home when we had to sit over an hour on the interstate because of an accident where a semi was perched on top of the guardrail & blocking all lanes of West bound 70 shutting it down completely…

What a great venue though when we finally got there.

The convention center is in a very nice area, with free parking!

And there are two hotels on either side of the convention center that you can walk next door to.

Very nice!

Hauling all of our “stuff” was very convenient.

We went to work quickly setting most everything up so we could relax that evening.

Clare was great help.

She was our cashier, tech support,

inventory control & dinner coordinator!

Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ was our favorite dinner spot.

Photo of Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House - Kansas City, MO, United States. nice interior, fancy for BBQ

Their BBQ is delicious & the atmosphere is outstanding!

There is a location in Overland Park very near the convention center, but we’d been to this location before & wanted to eat there again because it’s so cool!

Now we’re back home & back to the grind.

Summer is in full swing here & I just noticed that today is the longest day of the year!

It makes me a bit sad knowing the days will start to get shorter, wahhhhh.

Our best seller was my new “Dresden Flags” pattern.

It contains 2 sizes of flags that just happen to have Tiny Dresden plates in the field.

Besides the notions that we have to help your quilt along,

we also have the 12″ stand by Ackfeld that you can display the smaller flag on.

See my website for all this goodness if you didn’t get one in Kansas City!

I’m needing to show you all of my new patterns.

Stay tuned!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here!

It makes it easy to get up & start to work when the sun is streaming through my sewing room windows.

Did I mention that I’ll be vending at the Kansas City Festival for Quilters next week?

If you’re in the vicinity you should come out & see us!

The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is scheduled to be held June 15-17, 2017, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Festival hours:

Thursday,  June 15        10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday,  June 16              10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday,  June 17         10:00am – 5:00pm


Admission Fees
1 day pass is $15 – online only ($17 at the door)
3 day pass is $25 – online only (not available for purchase at the Festival)
Children 12 and under will receive free admission to the festival.

Visit our Facebook page to get updates and announcements regarding the Festival.

I noticed that I was running low on some of the Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series kits so this morning I’m finishing those up.

Do you need a new little project???

These are some of my best-selling patterns right now!

They’re each 6″ x 8″ & there’s one for every month.

I also sell the adorable little wire hanger to display them on each month.

The patterns that include the button(s) each month, the kits and the hangers along with the notions that I love to use to make them are all on my website.

You can see them all here on my Tiny Dresden Series page.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I have no idea who stitched such a lovely piece then never finished it into something useful.

I was so excited when I found it as I straightened up a table full of linens after the first day of our church’s rummage sale exactly a year ago this week!

I could not believe the stitches that went into the house & trees.

The satin stitches in the letters are just lovely.

I did have to fix one thing though.

One of the French knots was missing!

That’s mine in the green circle, lol.

I starched the piece and squared it up then had to decide what fabric to use for a border.

The blue was exactly the same color as our exhibitor badges each spring and fall at quilt market, lol…

So I checked my pathetic stash of blues to no avail.

But I’m no blue kinda girl so I then quickly looked at reds… Now those I can do!

I quickly found the perfect one.

(Who am I kidding? It was always going to be framed in red!)

I had just used this one in a quilt for my new book so it was close to the top of the pile & perfect.

I cut the strips and sewed them onto the stitchery

and there the poor thing sat again.

I took it to several quilt meetings asking my quilting friends their advice for quilting.

This is where I fail miserably.

I don’t do vintage work, hand work, nor much of any quilting.

Then when my friend Robin (Nestlings by Robin)

came to help me with market in October she saw it & knew just what to do with it!

Duh! She is a hand quilter & quilts for hire!

You should check out her website for info if you have something you want hand quilted.

She does awesome work!

She took it home with her to do her magic on it.

Look at these stitches!

I was so excited!

I love how she did the crosshatch in a diamond pattern not a square as I had imagined it.

It looks even better than how I pictured it in my mind.

Unfortunately by the time I got it bound, it was almost time to decorate for Christmas.

I have a whole box full of trinkets that I display on that shelf where I intended to hang it so I knew it wouldn’t be hung until after Easter (because I also have Valentine & Easter decor…)

So finally a couple of weeks ago I was able to hang the quilt in its place of honor in my kitchen.

It goes perfectly with the little sign Clare bought me which has a line from the Julie & Julia movie that we both love.

More recently for Mother’s Day Clare also found the old sifter & Julia Child’s cookbook that coordinates and then last week I found the cookie cutters, eggs & the “In God we Trust” sign that found their way to the shelf quite by accident really.

I buy what I love and then try to do something “useful” with them.

It’s in a good place of honor now.

I like how things sometimes come together in a very round-about way.

If you need a project hand quilted by someone with excellent workmanship contact Robin.

She’ll do a wonderful job!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

It’s been a busy year here so far in the land of Suzn Quilts.

I have a dozen new patterns that we introduced at

Spring International Quilt Market.

It was practically in our backyard at the St. Louis convention center.

It was nice not having travel across the country to get to the show,

but oddly enough it didn’t really feel like I was at market since it was so close.

The best part (besides being with my daughter, Chloe, & my market friends)

was not having to worry about fitting everything into 4 suitcases

that weigh no more than 50 lbs. each+ 2 carry-ons.

The down side of that was more work for us since I decided we could have a bigger booth since we didn’t have to travel!

That also meant more “fluff” to bring to display with!

But, I loved the way that our booth turned out.

Between market shoppers we were able to visit with our market friends that are scattered around the country.

Diane & her sister, Linda of Puffin & Company.

They have lovely quilting and sewing tools to help those who enjoy hand work.

Celine & Molly of Perkins Dry Goods.

Celine has more beautiful patterns for those that love patchwork.

Susan of The Quilt Branch (Karen her helper had to leave early to attend a graduation).

Susan has lots of cute new designs to use that Creative Grids “House” ruler that you already have!

& we have lots of new patterns to show you!

So, stay tuned &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

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

Let me just show you how my Dresden garden is growing.

I worked on Tiny Dresden plates all day yesterday.

First, I selected fabrics with Clare’s help.

I then cut a bunch of petals and chain sewed them into strings.

Thanks to Betsy I was able to keep them wrinkle & tangle free until they were all sewn.

Then in front of the TV last night,

after pressing them all to set the seams,

I turned them all right side out.

This morning I awoke with a mission to start making plates!

First I sewed 2 of each matching petal together.

Then gave them a good press to set that seam.

In case you skip this step,

you should know that pressing any seam at this stage

helps to keep it nice & straight.

Also to help me stay organized, I use a wooden cutlery tray keep all of my petals together so I don’t have to go looking for any strays as I move from my machine to the ironing board & back again!

Nothing is worse than losing a petal then having to re-cut and re-sew it to move to the next step…

Here they are all nicely pressed & awaiting the next step.

Next, I sewed two of each pair together.

I love to see the progression, you?

And here is my pretty garden as I get ready to stitch the black centers to each plate.

What are you doing today?

I hope it’s something in your sewing room!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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