My Life

Please Follow Me To My New Blog…

I hope you will move with me to my new website integrated blog.

https://sewingwithsusan.com/blogs/news

It seems I’ve used up the parameters of my original 10 year old blog!

Don’t worry, I plan to leave all the wonderful information that we’ve created here for you to refer back.

So, if you’re in the middle of one of our quilt-alongs

or if you’re like me and refer back to tips & techniques they’re still there!

Thanks for sewing with me so far and hope you click here to

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Applique quilt projects, My Life, New quilt pattern

National Quilting Day 2021

Today is National Quilting Day!

What does this mean?

In my sewing room,

any day that ends in “y” is a quilting day, you?

On this “National Quilting Day”

I thought I’d give you a peak

at my very favorite of the new patterns

I’ve been working on

the past several months.

I showed you a few sneak peeks last fall when I was creating it, remember?

It’s the perfect spring quilt with these Winkipop fabrics

by Jen Kingwell for Moda.

I used freezer paper applique steps,

but you can use your favorite.

Having the right tools is key to

“Having Fun In Your Sewing Room”

which I can teach you & your friends

when you have me over for a workshop & lecture!

Dresdens In The Park is full of my favorite little Dresden plates.

Both my Tiny & Mini Dresden plate templates

are used in this pattern

& you probably already own them by now,

but no worries if you don’t

because the paper templates are included the pattern.

Easy & fun!

I put Dresdens In The Park on my website this morning.

You can purchase the PDF & start working on it today,

this National Quilting Day,

or you can pre-order the paper version

& I’ll ship it to you as soon as it’s available!

I hope you have fun in your sewing room today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

My Life, Quilt Show

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2021

I’m a sponsor &

I’ll have a pretty booth at the

2021 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival!

You should plan to attend!

Registration is now open with lots of classes & lectures.

My lecture, Having Fun In Your Sewing Room,

is scheduled for Thursday evening at 5:00.

So, when your legs are tired,

you can sit & enjoy my tips for getting lots done in your sewing room.

Registration is now open.

There will be many beautiful quilts in the judged show

& lots of vendors.

This is Clare & me in our booth at their last show in 2019.

Our booth will be full of brand new quilts!

My photographer just finished shooting 25 new ones today!

Can’t wait to show you all my new patterns.

It’s such a nice show.

Very close, free parking & reasonably priced hotels right there.

If you live in the St. Louis area,

it’s less than a 4 hour drive straight down Hwy. 70 to KC.

Then it’s right off the interstate.

Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas 66211

Come see us!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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

My Life

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

finding a box of Thin Mints that I hid away!

I received several boxes for Mother’s Day

& knew I’d appreciate them even more at a later date.

It’s a later date

& we have plenty of milk!!!

FYI I only brought out 1 roll, shhhhhhhh…..

Someone else around here likes them even more than I do

& they were my gift!

Hope you’re having a great day!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, New Pattern Sample

Fall, Shmall….

Am I the only one on this planet that doesn’t like fall???

I hate winter,

so fall just seems like a precursor each year

that I cannot joyfully wrap my head around.

Fortunately with this pandemic

I’ve not been bombarded with it since July 5th.

I’ve been harbored here for what seems like forever in one instance,

then not so much the next.

It’s been EXACTLY 6 months TODAY

I’ve been quarantining in my abode.

How can that be?

I calculate I’ve walked approximately 450 miles!

(really it’s the same 2.5 miles every day, lol.)

The exception is a handful of really humid or rainy days

that I wimped out

and decided to walk inside on our treadmill.

I did put away my summer door decoration last week

& put up my pretty fall door wreath.

Writing the instructions for the new basket quilt pattern

I decided to make a basket block to double check my dimensions.

I used this awesome buffalo gingham check

to make the basket.

Since I already had 1 gold Tiny Dresden plate

hanging out with nowhere to go

it seemed like the perfect opportunity

to use it and make just 1 more.

Well, or course it added a fall feel right away don’t you think?

Now I want to make more!

Instructions are about finished.

Hopefully Tamara will have my top quilted soon.

I cannot wait!

Are you a fall person or are you like me?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

A Quilt Along, My Life

Do You Love Red & Green Antique Quilts?

You’re in for a treat if you’ve always wanted to

make your own red & green antique quilt.

My good friend, Robin, of Nestlings by Robin

has created an absolute masterpiece!!!

Just today she introduced her PDF pattern for sale

& for a limited time it’s at an introductory rate.

 

She’s also hosting a Quilt-Along starting soon to keep you motivated.

Check out her blog for details &

join her Facebook group to be a part of the buzz!

 

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan