New Pattern Sample


The third new pattern that I want to show you is

House + Love = Home

I love quilts with words

and whenever I can add little Dresdens…

This is the string of houses laid out on my sewing room rug of many colors…

Making the words was fun.

Next came auditioning fabrics for the doll blocks.

Once the decisions were made it was easy to make the “parts”.

Then deciding on the center fabric for just the right look there was next.

Love this calligraphy/postal stamp fabric!

Once all of the blocks were made I rearranged the little blocks for color.

All fun & soon all done!

House+Love=Home is now on my website if not at a quilt shop near you.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

The next new pattern that I want to introduce to you

set the tone for all of my new patterns this fall.

Don’t ask me where my ideas come from,

because I just don’t know!

For some reason I made this quilt some 12 years ago…

I made it entirely of civil war reproduction prints.

I love the dark muddy tones.

This is one of my signature Quilt-as-you-go quilts.

For some reason I never turned it into a pattern, go figure.

I even had a larger size house block designed & going…

But enough about my serendipitous brain!

For some reason I imagined that the little houses of these quilts

would look awesome with my popular & fun

little Dresden plates.

So, I reworked this quilt with pretty new fabrics

& also changed up the flowers to include petals of Tiny Dresden!

I started with the house blocks.

That’s where all the fabulous color is!

I made the roofs my “Lazy Susan” way.

Next I pieced the main structures.

Love, love, love sewing the rainbow whether it’s bright & cheery

or dark & muddy!

How can anyone resist?

The next step was to decide on a stripe print to build the quilt with.

Then decide on just the right border print.

Found it! Lol

The vines & leaves were quick & easy thanks to just the right tools!

Soon the appliqué was ready for the borders.

I used the tiny blind hem stitch for the vines & flowers like I always do.

For the fusible web appliqué I used Sulky 12 wt. thread as always.

It just helps my appliqué stand out.

Next was the easy part, the quilting.

Just sew the blocks into strips & add them to the foundation!

Quick, easy & fun!

This will be cute hanging in your house,

or that of a friend!

Available now at a quilt shop near you or on my website.

Stay tuned for more new patterns.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It’s that time of year again,

when I can finally relax a bit because all of the

deadlines for Quilt Market have been met & are now over,

YAY!

I can also smile because I have 5 pretty & new patterns,

thanks to the help of my quilter, Tamara,

my photographer, Scott,

& my editors, Robin, Chris & Janet.

THANK YOU!

I love the way our booth at Fall Quilt Market turned out.

 

My daughter, Chloe, is now a nurse practitioner with a new job,

& she’s also a newlywed, so she wasn’t able to come along.

Luckily my sister, Lori, was able to help me this time at market instead.

Although she didn’t “speak quilt” before,

she’s pretty good at it now & she was great help!

It was great seeing our quilt market friends

& we met many new ones too.

My first new pattern that I’d like to introduce is

Tiny Dresden Scrap Sensation.

You may remember seeing this earlier,

because I actually made this first version of the quilt a year ago!

It was made with the scraps of my new Jellyroll Joyride quilt.

Aren’t the colors lovely?

This is every scrap that was left of the jelly roll after making this quilt.

If you look closely you’ll see there are 2 of each fabric scrap.

That’s because to make the Jellyroll Joyride quilt

I needed to trim just a bit more than the selvage off each end of each strip.

Call me crazy, but…

I couldn’t resist doing something fun with them!!!

Fortunately, if I was very careful,

I could cut a Tiny Dresden petal from 12 of the scraps.

That worked out perfectly so I sewed them together.

I think I reserved just the right scrap for the center.

Next I made and appliqued that to the plate.

I never get tired of making these adorable little Dresden plates!

Wanting to use more than just 13 of the fabrics,

I decided to make the center block a snowball block

(The triangles were already cut when I pieced the binding strips together.)

and then the tiniest of border was made using more of the scraps.

What you see above is the scraps of the scraps!!! Lol

I’m such a piddler…

I think you can say that I used that entire jelly roll!

For our booth at Spring Quilt Market

I decided to make several of the Jellyroll Joyride

samples from my favorite Moda jelly rolls.

So, of course I had scraps…

I finished all 4 of the Jellyroll Joyride quilts.

Do you see then hanging behind us in the booth?

I also got 2 of the tiny quilts made just for added fun.

This is where I had lots of quilt shop owners looking for their pattern!

What? I know they’re cute, but…

So, I wrote the instructions & made the pattern.

I also finished the 2 other samples.

Notice I saved the fabric collection name from the selvages?

That has come in handy over the years

when someone asks me the name of the collection in a quilt.

My wonderful pattern tester, Chris,

made this awesome version with a mini charm

of Betsy Chutchian’s Sarah’s Story.

It’s a new pre-civil war collection.

Didn’t it turn out pretty too?

When I was looking for a hanger for the quilt

I found Ackfeld’s sewing machine hanger

but it was too big.

Luckily they’re always accommodating,

& they made a smaller version just for my quilt!

Now you can buy one too & make the quilt for your sewing room.

Both the pattern and hanger are now on my website for order.

I know, they’re adorable aren’t they?

FYI, they’re fun to make too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stroll down

TD Scrap Sensation’s memory lane.

Stay tuned for the other 4 new quilt patterns.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but…

I love the time of year when the early

morning sun shines in my sewing room

windows!

When I woke this morning & the sun was already up,

I knew the task I needed to accomplish would be made better

because I’d be greeted by the sun!

I appreciate the extra light,

but for some reason

the sun shining in my sewing room

just

makes

me

happy!

It doesn’t hurt that I’m also using some

brighter than usual for me fabrics too!

I know we’re pretty far from the longest day of the year already

& soon enough the days will be way too short,

but today I’m excited to have spent a couple of hours

sewing in the sunshine!

Here is a sneak peek

at a new design that I’m working on, shhhhhhhh.

What are you doing on this Labor Day 2019?

I hope you’re doing something fun!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are MANY days that what I am working on isn’t photographable.

Lots & lots & lots of time goes into the process of making a new quilt pattern,

so much so, you have no idea!

Today is a day that I actually thought (& remembered as I was doing…) to take photos.

I’m working on a new quilt idea that has lots of Mini & Tiny Dresden plates (shocker I know).

What I was working on today involved making a single tree.

Yes, a single tree, ALL DAY.

Pretty sure I could have bought & planted a tree much quicker!

Not only that, this is not the first day that I’ve lingered over said tree.

I knew the finished size,

& that it would be a tree,

but I couldn’t get this tree to materialize, LITERALLY!

Today I jumped in and decided it would have templates.

Yes, I hate having to cut templates!

I like to start out running and be able to cut everything with my rotary cutter.

Don’t you?

Not that you can’t cut this tree block out with a rotary cutter, because I did,

not only the paper version, but also the fabric version.

Unfortunately, it’s not a certain size I can relate to you to cut.

I started with a version of a tree that I incorporated into my

“Oh Christmas Tree” pattern several years ago.

These trees are rotary cut,

quickly pieced, then trimmed to size.

I decided to resize this block to make it fit into the parameters of my new design.

I made a paper block.

Then I made another…

I stapled the seam allowance, lol!

How crafty, right?

Then “trimmed” it to the finished size.

Unfortunately I wasn’t crazy about it…

So, literally back to the drawing board…

I sketched out the finished tree that I wanted,

then I added the seam allowance to each piece.

Next I made templates & printed them out to scale.

I decided to sew the paper templates!

Why not?

“Pressing” them was quite accurate!

Next I needed to assemble the sections.

Quite simple.

So far, so good.

The finished block was perfect.

So, I gathered some newly acquired “vintage” fabrics & cut the pieces.

How awesome, right???

I sewed them just like the paper prototype.

And, voilà!

Exactly what I imagined, finally!

Now, after weeks of designing,

I’m looking forward to making the actual quilt.

If only I could decide on the fabrics, lol.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

I love waking to the sun streaming into my sewing room once again.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Jellyroll Joyride Quilt #3

is with the Origami fabric collection by Janet Clare

for Moda Fabrics.

This is #3 of 4 collections that my daughter

helped me to make the foundations for

to make my new pattern,

Jellyroll Joyride for my booth at Spring Quilt Market

next month in Kansas City.

This morning I trimmed the strips,

then arranged them to get ready to sew.

After each strip is sewn onto the foundation,

it’s important to measure across the quilt in 3 places

to be sure the strips are being sewn on straight.

So I measured on the left side,

in the center,

 

and on the right side.

As you can see the measurement is 16 1/2″ each time.

Although I’ve made many of my Quilt-as-you-go patterns,

I still feel that it is important to check

my sewing so my quilts are straight when they’re finished!

Another thing that I want to mention

is that when I get to the center of the quilt,

I roll the foundation from both ends

to help manage the bulk of the quilt as I sew.

 

With Warm & Natural cotton batting

there isn’t a lot of bulk,

but rolling the batting & backing foundation

makes the sewing very easy to manage!

Soon I was sewing the binding strips together,

and then onto this quilt!

Tonight while watching TV I got my binding box out & went to work.

And now #3 is complete!

You really can make this quilt in a day!

And I Love this pattern!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

I mentioned earlier today that I started on the 2nd of

4 beautiful jelly rolls,

this one being the new Grunge Metallics collection by Basic Grey

for Moda Fabrics.

Several distractions today,

including choosing just the right bobbin thread…

& did you know, when in doubt, go dark???

It’s true every time!

On the spool, the lighter grey looks to be a closer match,

but when laid upon the fabric,

the darker thread is a better match.

Next, I laid out all of the strips

in order of how I wanted them in the quilt.

Dinner was on time,

but the quilt was long from ready for binding,

so I continued to sew after dinner…

And now it’s complete!

Even the labels are sewn on, yay!!!

Love this collection!

Love this pattern!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

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