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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

 

 

Are you like me and as soon as a new quilt has been quilted

you can’t wait to get the binding on it?

Or… are you one of those that loses steam and it sits for months

or sometimes longer until you get the courage to do the last tedious step???

If you’re the latter, well sorry, but I just don’t understand how your brain works!

When it gets to this stage it’s like Christmas morning for me

& I can’t wait to see the finished product in all its glory!!!

That’s why when I got a call at 5:30 last night,

I hopped into my minivan and headed over to Tamara’s to get my newest family member!

Within 5 minutes of returning home it was trimmed.

By 7:00 I had the binding strips cut, sewn together and sew onto the quilt.

By 7:02 p.m. I was in front of the TV watching my favorite Tuesday night shows.

By 8:50 p.m. it was finished!

Now I just need to get the hanging sleeve on it so I can hang it for photography

(sorry to put you through my poor snap shots!)

& for the upcoming shows; Chicago Festival April 6-8

(which by the way I still have comp. tickets for see my last post)

& International Spring Quilt Market May 19-21.

At least I hope I have the covers ready to go to Chicago.

Those dates are not that far away and I have a lot to accomplish for that to happen,

but my photographer is scheduled and Teresa is working on testing the pattern instructions.

You can pre-order “Dresden Rose of Sharon” on my website today!

So what are you binding this Wednesday?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

On one of the last days of summer

the sun is streaming in on me and my Dresdens…

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I’m back to sewing on Morris fabrics.

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I had to add the background fabrics.

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These are not Morris, but random Moda & an orphan that I love!

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I think they look nice with Morris.

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Now I have a whole pile to trim, press and turn

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and on comes my favorite song to help me snip, snip, snip, press & turn!

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I hope you get to enjoy this day with a song in your heart too.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I finally cut the new Gratitude & Preservation fabrics yesterday.

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I cut lots of Mini Dresden petals for my next quilt.

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 Betsy is a lot of help.

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She keeps the string of petals wrinkle free until I can get to them.

Today I’m trimming and pressing

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but I could use some elves to help me out!

Do you know of any?

What have you been doing this Labor Day weekend?

The carnival is in town so we’ve been eating well!

And of course as always, David shot the star out so we have a new addition to our family.

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And as always, the prizes are huge!

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This guy takes up my entire 4′ drafting table!

Everyone needs a 4′ sea turtle, right?

It won’t be here long.

I mentioned Clare giving maybe giving it to one of her little babysitting friends that’s turning 3 this week and although she already bought her a very cool gift, she’s excited that she’ll be the hit of the party when she shows up with the huge turtle!

She and her big sister will be able to sit on this guy at the same time and still have turtle left over!

[and I’m excited too ;)]

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I’ve been making Morris Earthly Paradise Tiny Dresden petals…

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Trimming…

I feel like I’m gardening.

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I have 21 different floral prints…

nicely tended in rows…

because I don’t want to accidentally sew a petal into the wrong plate!

With a bit of help from Betsy

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I’m able to keep the string of sewn petals wrinkle-free and untangled.

Thanks, Betsy!

What are you doing in this heat?

I saw this morning that over 118 million of us are experiencing triple digit heat!

Thankfully it’s raining here right now.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I know I’m a bit late to the party…

International Fall Quilt Market was over two weeks ago…

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(Image from Moda’s Cutting Table Blog)

I wasn’t able to attend, but I do have new quilt patterns that would have been there. I was with my family instead since my wonderful Mother-in-law passed away the day before Chloe & I were to fly to Houston.

How appropriate that this is the first of my three new patterns.

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I’m sad, I’m tired & I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family & such dear friends. Getting older is not an easy thing for anyone involved. I will miss my mother-in-law dearly. She was one of my best friends. I’m so thankful that she was able to live independently in her own home & will not be going into assisted living or to a nursing facility.

So, if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been lacking in presence here, she is one of the reasons. Also, my dad had heart surgery the day Chloe & I were to fly to Minneapolis for spring quilt market back in May. We did fly out the next day though so we didn’t miss that. I then spent the majority of the next six weeks at the hospital & then rehab with him helping him to recover from the surgery. I’m happy to report that he was able to resume baling hay this summer, his passion!  Once a farmer, always a farmer…

One of the reasons I do what I do is because of the ability to work around my family & its many schedules. I can work at any hour & stop at the drop of a hat to help whoever needs me at that moment. It started with raising our children but more recently it’s been helping with our parents.

I’m very fortunate & I’m so thankful they at least take turns!

How appropriate that this is my next new pattern.

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I’m definitely in “My Happy Place” with my family & in my sewing room!!!

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All three use my Tiny Dresden Template,

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& “My Happy Place” also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

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Like my previous Dresden plate patterns,

the paper template is included in the pattern, but you’ll want to also purchase the plastic template because it will make your cutting so much quicker & more accurate.

Look for them on my website & hopefully soon at your local quilt shop!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

So, new pattern #4…

Remember me showing you bits of these in a tutorial a couple months back?

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Surprise, no Dresdens!!!

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Instead, more of my Quilt-as-you-go technique!

Much cuter with faces, buttons & scarves don’t you think?

The pattern includes instructions for 4 quilts;

2 for your wall or door,

plus two for your tables.

These are quick & easy enough you’ll certainly make more than one!

Warm & Natural Cotton Batting & walking foot a must.

The pattern is now on my website if it’s not in your favorite quilt shop.

Pull together some cute fabrics, a bit of fusible web & start sewing.

Just keep sewing,

Susan

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