My Life


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

 

 

 

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Did you make it to the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show to see us?

 What a nice show, nice guild & nice weather!

Here is our pattern corner,

our Christmas alley,

more Christmas,

little Dresden & quilt-as-you-go, BABY,

BOO, books & notions,

new “stuff”,

awesome cashier & DQW Sampler,

& some of my favs!

Wish I had this purple “Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892” fabric.

We could have sold lots of kits…

Sometimes, the collections makes the quilt!

I hope you enjoyed our booth.

If you see something you need,

visit the website for the pattern or notion!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Chloe and I will be vendors at this week’s show.

Admission is just $10 a day or $18 for all 3 days

& parking is free!

Come join the fun! See hundreds of fabulous quilts and special exhibits! Shop our vendor mall, guild boutique, and silent auction! Attend inspiring, free lectures and antique quilt bed turnings! Document your treasured quilt with a quilt appraisal! Need a short break? Visit our on-site concession areas! Hourly door prizes too!

Click here for more info if you need it.

Hope to see you there!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & be inspired.

This week we will refer to

Argyle Retreat quilt, page 31.

I absolutely love the feathers that Tamara quilted into the alternate blocks!

This week we will be making 1 Argyle Retreat block.

Just make 5 Tiny Dresden blocks,

and sew them into 1 Argyle Retreat block as directed.

I have to warn you,

some of these blocks took me longer to decide which fabrics to use & where

THAN TO ACTUALLY MAKE THE BLOCK!!!

let’s see…

hmmmm…

well…

OK, finally made that decision!

But what colors for the centers???

Ahhhhhhh!

It’s fun looking back at what else was going on while I was designing & making this quilt last fall.

The last of our newly married son’s stuff got moved to his & his wife’s home.

I now have an entire closet to store my pattern sample quilts, yay!

I use the room to stage the packing of the quilts when I do shows & travel to teach.

Yes, I miss our son, but I’m fortunate that he & his wife live close so we get to see them frequently.

And the anniversary of losing a loved one.

Sad, but part of life.

I thank God for my faith & family!

Did I tell you that I’m now part of our church’s funeral choir?

What a blessing to be part of something so special.

You might think it would be all sad,

but oddly enough the bond our music group shares is very nice.

Many family members that we’ve served are so thankful for our presence.

Funny how doing something kind for others always

gives so much back in return.

FYI… if you’re not already,

you better get caught up this week.

I hear there may be a

give-away

in store for one or more DQWS quilter soon….

but you’ll also need to be part of our Dresden Quilt Workshop, Facebook group.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I ALWAYS come back from market with a million & one things to get done.

Top that off with the stuff that was ignored because of market prep (perhaps months worth of stuff) and before you know it I can’t even remember going to market so I forget to post any market photos or tell you of my new patterns.

Good Grief! I miss my brain!

So, our booth…

The best part of market was getting to spend time with both of our daughters!

Chloe has helped me lots of times, but this time Clare was able to go with us.

I have 14, yes, 14 new patterns!

I have been busy.

So, let me show you the first one, Baker’s Dozen.

It all started almost 2 years ago when I bought this American Jane, Bread ‘n Butter charm pack & coordinating piece of fabric…

I made fabric decisions; background squares vs. Tiny Dresden petal squares.

Taking pics like this helps me remember what I had decided.

Thank goodness for artificial intelligence!

Then I set to cutting.

I can cut 6 petals from each 5″ charm square.

In my pattern I show you how to do that.

14 Tiny Dresden plate blocks in the making.

Again, thanks to my phone for capturing and helping me to remember all of this!

I did all this the summer of 2016. At least that’s what my pics say.

And now I regret to inform you… I just found a bunch more images that I forgot I’d even taken.

You may want to get a snack or take a nap…

They are pretty however…

I started sewing petals… It was so interesting that even Dori (RIP) had to stop what she was doing to watch me!

Before long I had this beautiful pile ‘o petals.

Blake & I had recently gone to an estate sale where I found this adorable little iron.

I cut the string apart.

Unfortunately the iron is just a toy, but cute! I pressed with my un cute iron.

Then turned them all right-side-out.

Now you’re starting to see why this quilt, a mere 17″ x 21″,

took me two years to make, Lol!

Petals were sorted.

Then sewn together into pairs.

Then strung up over my cute little cutlery box (OH, GOOD GRIEF!).

Pressed & then sewn to another pair.

Pressed again.

Finally the complete plates were completely sewn.

But they still needed to be pressed ;)

This is where they get more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Next to make and applique the center circles, wet them to remove center templates & let dry.

And press again with more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Then what to do with the blocks once they’re finished…

For a minute I thought they may look nice around this beautifully stitched picture, but no.

Set with this cute sashing, but no.

Maybe with black cornerstones, no.

This is where my brain took a hiatus from this madness.

No more pics until Augusts, 2017!

I found this adorable metal box at Litchfield’s Picker’s Market and it inspired me to get the blocks out & finish a quilt!

I decided that I liked them set next to each other best.

Then I dreamed up these incredibly cute cornerstones.

That required a few more petals & circles.

But then what?

I needed a border.

The original pink polka dot that was part of the collections wasn’t “it”.

The black really set off the blocks.

Next, I pin basted & quilted it myself.

Than chose a binding fabric.

Those poor pink dots… I wonder whatever happened to them.

The perfect binding fabric I think.

Meet Baker’s Dozen.

12 Tiny Dresden blocks, with one more (in 4 pieces) on the corners.

Thanks for taking that trip back in time with me.

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited I received my copy of AQS’s American Quilter magazine this week!

My very good friend, Robin Koehler has a stunning 5 part quilt series included!!!

Of course I have to make my own.

Today I made fabric selections 

then set to cutting & sewing.

Robin mentioned earlier in the week how the templates for the applique placement needs to be enlarged 200% because the size of the blocks is bigger than the magazine page and wouldn’t it be cool to make them the size of the printed page instead and then reduce the size of the whole quilt???

Robin mentioned it in her Facebook group today too… so….

That’s what I decided to do.

This afternoon I set to Best Pressing all of my fabrics and started cutting & sewing.

Soon I had all of the half-square triangle blocks made.

12 light/medium & 12 medium/light, Bazinga!

They’re all the same!

I just made 2 piles admiring beautiful fabrics & the precision of my blocks.

I know stupid quilter humor…

Then I made them into the pinwheel & square in square blocks.

Next, I made the tiny bias tubing.

I had a Clover 1/4″ bias tape maker,

but I literally had to wipe the dust off the package because I’d never used it!

It’s just as easy to use as the bigger sizes that I’ve made many times.

You just start with smaller size bias strips.

Don’t worry,

I’m only making mine this small to challenge myself &

to try something new,

the pattern actually uses the 1/2″ size bias tube maker.

Next, I copied the placement page & cut through it with my baby rotary cutter so I could draw through it with a pencil to mark the placement of the vines on each block.

I think it’s easier than using a light box to trace the design.

My Apliquick tool came in handy for turning & gluing the raw edge of the tube under before gluing it in place.

Before long I had all 6 blocks stitched!

Having precise instructions, nice fabrics & the right tools made this super easy & precise.

Perhaps you should make one too!

BTW, Robin has a FB group started for everyone interested in making the quilt along with her.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

It’s June 14th, Flag Day.

If you start now you could easily have a flag made by July 4th.

I just happen to have some suggestions for flag quilt patterns:

Or a quilt that is reminiscent of a flag…

Perhaps you prefer a quilt that has ready-made flags on it?

Patterns for a little bit of everything don’t you think?

These all just happen to be available on my website ;)

SuznQuilts.com

Look on the

“Quilts”,  “Seasonal Series”, “Tiny Dresden” & “Quilt-as-you-go” pages.

Oh, just check out the entire website.

You might find something else you need too!

Happy Flag Day, &

Just Keep Sewing…flags!

Susan

 

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