Dresden Plate Quilt, new fabric collection, Tiny Dresden quilts

Meet Flower Garden Gatherings

At market I fell in love with Lisa Bongean’s

Flower Garden Gatherings by Moda.

It’s a rainbow of color!

I got samples a while back & finally set to cutting up the whole jelly roll into…

Yup!

~~~Tiny Dresden petals~~~

I must have cut close to a million of them.

OK, maybe 1,650 like the jelly roll of Jo Morton’s New Hope that I cut up & sewed back in January.

Aren’t they lovely???

Betsy agreed to hold them tangle-free as I work on 100 or so at a time.

There are so many that you can’t even see poor Betsy.

So far I have about 28 plates made.

My cutlery trays sure come in handy as I trim & press & move from ironing board to sewing machine to cutting table.

Can’t wait to show you more designs that you can make with little Dresden plates.

Are you sewing my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler with me?

You can see lots of color options on our Dresden Quilt Workshop Facebook group.

Please join & follow along to sew this awesome quilt.

It’s free.

You just need to buy the book, Dresden Quilt Workshop, & follow my blog.

It’s on my website if you still need a copy or if you want a kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

A Quilt Along, Dresden Plate Quilt, new fabric collection, New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

Coming Soon… Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler…Quilt-Along!

For months I’ve been harboring these.

Patiently they’ve been waiting since early December of last year.

Life even gets in the way of bolts & bolts of beautiful fabric sometimes.

But now they’ve been opened

& united with their intended.

Hanging out in good company.

They’ve been cut, readying to find new homes

in hope to also one day be sewn into pretty little Dresden plate quilts.

Meet Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler:

My very first Quilt-Along!

I designed this quilt using a bit of

each of the 13 quilts featured in my new book,

Dresden Quilt Workshop.

Do you have yours yet?

If not, it’s time to head to your favorite quilt shop & get your copy today

(or tomorrow).

Stay posted for all the details right here.

If your local shop isn’t selling the books you can find them

along with my Tiny & Mini Dresden Templates

& now the exclusive Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler fabric kits too

all right here on my website!

Get ready to

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

My Life, new fabric collection, New Pattern Sample

Today I’m Cutting A Rainbow

Here’s just a bit of the rainbow that I’ve been cutting this morning.

Meet the new Grunge Seeing Stars by BASICGREY for Moda Fabrics.

In case you’ve not noticed,

it’s a another Tiny Dresden Pattern, duh!

I was smart and put a new blade in my rotary cutter BEFORE I started cutting!

I forget how much use these things get and how they dull over time because,

  1. I get busy
  2. It happens so slowly
  3. I don’t pay attention to my blade unless it starts skipping threads & ticks me off!!!

I’m glad I thought ahead this time,

because my cutting went so much faster because of the new blade.

A new sharp blade also keeps the blade from kind of scooting the fabric.

It slices right through it instead.

So, I cut a whole quilt this morning in about an hour!

Now I’m set to chain piece.

Gotta go get a movie picked out to listen to while I work.

I also just remembered that I need to heat up my new Mighty Steam Iron.

Remember me telling you about it here?

I love that cute little thing!

What are you doing on this (rainy) spring day?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, new fabric collection

Starting This New Year, 2018, With New Hope!

I hope this new year, 2018, will be a year of new hope for you.

Finally just today, I broke into my New Hope fabric collection

by Jo Morton for Moda.

I love every single fabric in this collection.

I’m pretty sure Jo designed if just for me.

It looks so cute with my new-to-me antique children’s sewing machines that I received for Christmas from David!

He did a great job of finding just what I wanted.

Now if I could just twinkle my nose & have my new quilts appear!

Not really, that’s the part that I love!

I can’t decide which design to start on first…

I know I’ll be cutting Tiny Dresden petals from the jelly roll.

I’ve been thinking about just taking the whole jelly roll, 4 strips at a time, (8 layers) & cutting petals…and not stop sewing until I have a bazillion Tiny Dresden petals made and see where that takes me.

Sound like fun?

It does to me!

This will also give me a taste of the whole collection, which then usually starts my creative juices flowing.

It will be hard to stop me then. New Hope will be in my veins.

I thought I’d start with my favorite fabric, but that’s impossible!

I’m just going to have to jump in & start cutting!

New Hope is shipping to quilt shops this month.

Thanks, Jo Morton!

Thanks, Moda Fabrics!

Wish me luck.

I wish you all new hope in fabric & life this new year, 2018.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

My Life, new fabric collection, New Pattern Sample

New Fabric, Circulus & Lollies Sweet

I found a magical fabric collection!

It’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet by Jen Kingwell for Moda fabrics.

There are lots of dots,

but the cool part is all the stripes from just a handful of prints!

Each stripe will accommodate my Tiny & Mini Dresden petals and my Tiny Dresden background squares too.

It’s not my usual color pallet you might say, but I sure am loving the bright variety of these fabrics!

New ideas are in store for you here on my cutting table!

These are some Mini Dresden petals.

A nice bold, fun contrast don’t you think?

I’m working on the new pattern samples but it’ll be a bit before they’re ready for you.

Look at this sweet mess!!!

I can’t wait to show you all of it!

In the meantime, what are you up to?

I hope it’s something fun.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, New Christmas Quilt Fabric, new fabric collection

Beautiful (fabric) Snowfall

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I think you’ll agree, Snowfall is beautiful!

Of course I’m talking about a new fabric line

not the stuff that comes with cold weather

like what we had a taste of last week,

along with two nearly 70 degree days.

Much to Nemo’s dismay it was so nice I gave him a bath one of those days!

But nope, I’m talking about the new Snowfall fabric line.

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This is Minick & Simpson’s new Christmas line by Moda.

It is scheduled to be delivered to quilt shops near you in April.

It will be here before we know it.

Goodness, it’s Valentine’s Day already tomorrow.

Where does the time go?

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I love these ladies and their beautiful fabrics!

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This line has cute little prints in my favorite Christmas colors.

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I’m pretty sure they designed it just for me ;)

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They’ll make perfect little Dresden plates don’t you think?

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It has some gorgeous woven plaids too.

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I’ve been harboring these beauties since December!

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The iron however, I just bought over the weekend.

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Isn’t it adorable???

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& it looks so cute with Snowfall don’t you think?

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I need to stop procrastinating

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but I hardly know where to start.

The first cut it always the hardest!

I don’t want to waste a single snippet.

I hope your day looks just as bright!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

new fabric collection, New ideas

Yet Another Moda Lovin’ Post – Garden House

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I think maybe Jan Patek designed this collection just for me.

I absolutely LOVE these fabrics!

I know.

Don’t say it.

There’s BLUE in there!!!

It is in the gray/green family, but it’s definitely blue.

Also included though is charcoal, gold, olive, ecru & red.

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The reds…

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perfect!

I can’t wait bear to cut into them…

I think I’ll just look at them a while longer.

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Garden House

by Jan Patek

for Moda.

Taco soup is simmering in the crock pot,

so I’m ready for dinner when the time arrives.

No excuses.

I’ve got to get cutting…

Just keep sewing!

Susan

Dresden Plates, new fabric collection, New Moda Fabric Collection, New tiny Dresden plate quilts

Moda love…

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It’s that time of year again.

Time to be thinking and planning for Spring Quilt Market.

It will be in Minneapolis in May.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it since we left Houston!

I’ve already sent in payment to reserve our booth,

bought our air flights

 & worked up proposals for two Schoolhouse sessions.

Actually I did all that last year,

not only that, but I ordered sample fabric from the very generous folks at Moda.

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Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892!

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Pink, Green, Cream & Red, all my favorites plus my new love, purple!

The tones are so warm & lovely that I can’t wait to start cutting.

I replaced my rotary cutter’s blade today…

As usual, I don’t know exactly all I’ll be creating with the collection,

but I know where I’m starting.

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Yep, can’t get enough!

Any other suggestions?

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OK, some of these too.

Gotta get cutting!

Until next time,

Susan

Applique quilt projects, My Life, new fabric collection, New ideas, New Pattern Sample, New Quilt pattern sample

A Little Help in my Sewing Studio

I’ve been wanting and therefore looking for a particular helper for my studio for years.

As we all know, good help is hard to come by.

Finally last weekend I found her!

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So far she appears to be perfect, just what I was looking for!

She’s been around the block a few times.

Not at all pristine & immature.

Because of her maturity, I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to do everything I expect of her.

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No flimsy, immaturity that you sometimes find in the her younger counterparts.

Today she’s helping me with a new pattern sample.

She’s holding chain-pieced petals, keeping them wrinkle-free for the next step.

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I’m making tiny Dresden plates with my new template

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and I’m using the new “Hearts Content” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts

so generously given to my by Moda.

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I intend to make a tutorial for all of you who don’t already know how easy & fun Dresden plate blocks can be.

For now, my helper & I need to get back to work.

I just know we’re going to be friends!

Until next time,

Susan

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How Does My Garden Grow?

With Winterlude by 3 Sisters for Moda of course!

More & more flowers…

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These have become addicting!

Each one is cuter than the last.

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With my new template being just 2″, one might think tedious,

but I’m loving this!

So precise!!!

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The complete little plate is just about 4″.

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Now, I’m on to the next step,

gluing the plates to their background squares.

Then it will be back to stitching…

Can’t wait to show you the finished quilts!

What are you working on?

Until next time,

Susan