New Pattern Sample


Absolutely, cannot get enough!

I took the weekend off.

OK, at least from sewing & designing.

I still filled orders & chatted about upcoming workshops… & possible workshops.

Would your group like me to come teach for you?

I do that you know?

Check my website for ideas & pricing then send me an email or call to schedule.

Today, it’s back to business!

Betsy’s load became a lot lighter toward the end of last week.

Remember how she looked?

I have enough plates to work on at least one design.

My Flower Garden Gatherings bouquet is growing prettier each day.

So much fun!

What are you working on?

Are you sewing along with me on my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler quilt?

It’s not too late to join in the fun.

If you are sewing along, you’ve got one more day until I show you Week #5, so chop, chop!

Back to work for me.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

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Since I last posted,

I’ve spent more hours at my sewing machine

with my Grunge Seeing Stars fabric.

Remember the Tiny Dresden blocks?

They’re each now the center of a star block.

How appropriate that the fabric collection I chose for this design also has stars?

The sewing went quickly since I did all of the cutting at the beginning,

as shown to you earlier this week:

Here are all of the tiny Dresden blocks sewn into star blocks:

Do you like my colorful new rug (& cute booties)?

I couldn’t resist leaving them in the pic!

Next, I quickly added the pre-cut sashing.

Originally I designed a simple white border,

but while I sewed the star blocks,

the colorful stack of leftover corners

trimmed from the flying geese blocks

kept speaking to me!

I couldn’t resist using the leftover rainbow…

So, back to the computer I went

to see what kind of border I could make using the

8 half square triangles of each of the 16 star fabrics………….

This is what I decided on,

and quickly sewed BEFORE I CHANGED MY MIND!!!

The possibilities are practically endless, right?

This was a quick, painless & pretty clever addition to the quilt

(if I must say so myself, Lol)

and I feel good about using most all of those triangles!

I next cut the backing & batting,

then took it to my quilter, Tamara, yesterday so she can do her magic.

On to the next thing!

(which has been cooking for my family’s Easter breakfast & dinner)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my rainbow journey this week.

Hopefully the pattern (which remains nameless at this time) will be ready mid-May.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It has been fun sewing my Grunge, Seeing Stars rainbow these past two days.

I finished the plates, then made the centers at our guild meeting yesterday.

When I got home I appliqued the centers in place

(after I replaced Mr. Too Dark Blue… he’ll have to wait for a different project)

You can see for yourself that there was no contrast between him & the pretty black center fabric.

So, I replaced him with a grey plate,

then I stitched the centers in place & dampened the centers to remove the paper templates.

During dinner we got to watch them dry.

I put them on our kitchen table & turn on the ceiling fan.

It makes the drying time quick!

(An advantage of the kids growing up & moving on is that

we don’t need the whole kitchen table for dinner anymore.

I also spend less money on food… but at times the quiet is deafening!)

After our dinner was cleaned up I glued the plates to the background squares

then got out my box of Sulky threads & played the matching game.

That was fun!

Typically I use one spool of thread, Sulky Medium Taupe #1180.

It blends with all of my “muddy” colors so well,

but these bright fabrics read as solids & all 12 petals are the same

so I wanted to match them as closely as possible.

Did you know that if your thread color is a little darker than your fabric that it actually matches better?

Try it!

Next, I stitched the plates in place.

Theresa asked about my applique stitch,

so I’ve added a couple of close-up pics here:

It’s a tiny blind hem stitch.

It takes a few straight stitches, then a zag to the left.

I adjust the stitch length really short & the width really narrow.

I had a hard time getting a pic where you could actually see the stitches

because they’re so small & the thread matches so well.

That’s the reason I use this stitch.

In my opinion it resembles a hand stitch.

In fact I’ve had multiple quilters with their noses close to my quilt adamant that I’d done the stitching by hand!

(Obviously they don’t know me at all! They just see my work!)

The stitch shows up better on this aqua plate

where the color of the fabric changes to a lighter shade.

BTW, the Sulky thread is 30 wt. cotton.

Now this morning I’m ready to assemble the rest of the blocks.

I can’t wait to see them all come together.

Must get off computer & go sew lol!!!

I hope you’re doing some stitching today too.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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

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

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

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