New quilt pattern


Thanks for all of the kind words for my new little Dresden patterns!

I’m happy to announce the 3 winners:

  1. brcogan Says: 

    My favorite part is seeing how the prints cut up and sometimes what you think will work doesn’t. My favorite pattern is the Dresden feathered stars. Envious of how you seem to mass produce Dresden plates.

  2. Vickie Says: 

    I love them fabric selection most. Picking and choosing just the right shade of color. I love all your patterns but I am partial to your Jellyroll gemstone. Thanx for the opportunity to win
    Vickie in Oklahoma

  3. Deb G. in VA Says:

    I love selecting the pattern and fabric and seeing it finished. Dresden Feathered Stars is my favorite new pattern.

Winners, please email your

snail mail address to me here:

SuznQuilts@aol.com 

so I can ship your free pattern.

Thanks for playing along!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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There are just a few hours left to comment

& tell me your favorite of my 3 new quilt patterns.

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3 lucky winners will receive their favorite!

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Go here & read all about it, then comment to win your favorite.

I’ll draw the winners tonight at 6 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My next & last new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Susanna.

I know what you’re thinking,

“Why didn’t she put MORE little Dresden plates on this quilt?”, right? Lol

Susanna started with the “Susanna” collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.

I decided to start with 2 of the blues to make Tiny Dresden plates.

Chain piecing is the best!

It’s a great time to let your mind wander

or listen to a good movie that you’ve watched over & over again.

The time passes quickly as I watch the Tiny Dresden plates emerge.

Soon I was auditioning more fabrics to join my TD plates.

If I’m not absolutely sure of all of the fabrics

I will make just one center (not even applique it down)

then make fabric decisions.

Once I narrowed that down,

I went to “work” making the center circles for all of the TD plates.

Not work at all, really.

I love to make the TD centers!

I know, how weird am I???

As a matter of fact,

I offered to make Loraine, one of my pattern testers’,

centers for the TD’s she was making to test my Jellyroll Gemstones pattern.

It took less than an hour

since I had the circles already cut in my little canister.

Pressing then cutting them into strips for easy trimming is key.

With a movie on, the time flies by!

Now before the rest of my pattern testers get in an uproar,

I’m happy to make your centers for you too!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Once my design was ironed out I needed to make a few more TD’s.

Have I told you lately that I actually use my rotary cutter

to cut the string apart & to trim the seam allowance?

Yup!

It’s so much quicker that using my scissors, but you better be careful!

Concentration is key…

And it doesn’t hurt to have some nourishment nearby at times.

The mindless making of the center circles also lets

my mind think of the next upcoming fabric decisions.

Oh but wait, there are more!

I actually took this project to our retreat at Rosemary’s the beginning of February.

No TV watching here,

just good conversation & good food too!

Aren’t they lovely???

In the midst of this project, Clare, our youngest daughter, bought me this cute cart.

She thought it would look nice in our booth.

It’ll be going with us to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival next week,

but for now it’s looking cute in my sewing room with what’s left of “Susanna”.

More decisions….

and auditions….

and decisions…

and cutting!

Then some organizing.

What a treat for me to relive the process!

My camera is my best friend while I make lots of decisions.

Once I finally liked all of the blocks,

and sewed them together,

I had to make the border fabric decision.

And that decision led to

more Tiny Dresdens!!!

They’re just what the corners of this quilt needed.

I love the addition of the corner blocks.

They really add a lot don’t you think?

It breaks up all of the blue

and gives your eye something else pretty to see.

After Tamara once again did a lovely job of quilting it for me

Nemo & I set it up to be photographed by Scott.

I love the process more than actually having the finished quilt.

How about you?

What’s your favorite part?

 

Wanna win one of my 3 new patterns?

 

Your choices are either Dresden Feathered Stars,

 

Jellyroll Gemstones,

or Susanna.

Just leave me a comment telling me

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

&

2. What’s your favorite of my new patterns?

I’ll give 3 lucky quilters their choice!

I’ll pick the winners Sunday at 6 p.m. CST.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Jellyroll Gemstones.

The rainbow of color across this quilt can be made entirely

with 1 jelly roll of 40, 2 1/2″ strips.

 

This is Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.

 

When I started this quilt I cut all the petals

& sewed them into a long string.

I encharged Betsy to keep them tangle-free.

She did a great job.

You can’t even see her beneath them all!

Next, I sewed & sewed, & sewed some more…

Eventually I had a nice array of plates.

I auditioned many background fabrics to complete my design,

but couldn’t find just the right one so they rested a while.

If you remember, I mentioned

that I picked up this cool Shedd’s Peanut Butter tin in Michigan

while traveling to teach at the Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

It was the perfect place for the completed plates to hang out

while I did more traveling last fall to teach

& to vend & then attend fall quilt market.

In February at our retreat at Rosemary’s I got them out again

& auditioned more background fabrics & decided on just the right one.

So, I went to work & cut all the pieces for the blocks.

Then I assembled them into little kits for each block

so the color combinations wouldn’t be duplicated.

My new-to-me wooden tray was the perfect holder for the little kits.

& my new-to-me m&m’s (or Dr. Pepper) holder

from my friend & fellow retreater, Chris, now holds my bottle near my machine!

Soon I had a nice stack of blocks ready to have a Tiny Dresden appliqued to the center.

Soon after that I ran out of thread!

I use a lot of Sulky’s Medium Taupe thread!

Fortunately I had more thread, so I was able to finish all of the blocks.

Of course Nemo, my supervisor, was always good at

keeping an eye on me to be sure I kept working!

Laying out the blocks was next

& I soon decided that I had just the right colors in just the right places,

then I added the Tiny Dresden plates at the intersections of the blocks.

 

I decided a small sashing was necessary

to space the Tiny Dresden plates a bit farther from the blocks.

So another fabric audition was necessary.

I decided on a low contrast between the two fabrics.

Next, I went to work sewing sashing strips between the blocks.

 

Thanks again to my friend, Chris,

I numbered the rows with the pins that she made for each of our guild members last year.

 

What a great trick to keep track of the rows.

Nothing is worse than laying everything out & getting it just right,

then getting the rows mixed up & sewing a green block next to another green block!

My numbered pins now hang out in this clip-on pincushion on Betsy’s shoulder.

I don’t have to wonder where I put them!!!

Next, I appliqued the Tiny Dresden plates to the sashing as I assembled the rows.

Notice how the Medium Taupe thread blends well with lots of colors?

This saves a lot of time not having to change thread color for each plate.

Finally the quilt top was complete & beautifully quilted by Tamara,

then photographed by Scott, all being overseen by our late friend, Nemo.

I still have a string of petals hanging out on Betsy

just as they’ve been doing since September 4th as you can see by the calendar!

Eventually I’ll find a use for them too.

For now I just love them hanging out with me in my sewing atelier :)

Jellyroll Gemstones is now available on my website.

One more new pattern to go.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for playing my birthday game!

It’s been fun seeing which of my new patterns is your favorite.

Did you win 1 of these?

#8, 

Theresa Kennedy Says:

Congratulations on your Anniversary and also Happy Birthday. Love the new patterns and my favorite is God’s Peace and then Star Spangled Dresden. Hope to make both this year. God’s Peace has my favorite Bible verse and one i often quote during stressful times. Thanks for the design.

#34,

Marie Sellers Says:

I love your Lollipop Tree! I’ve also just purchased your mini dresden Christmas “A Merry Christmas To You, A Quilt-Along For 2019” and will be doing this at my local quilt shop with friends. I would love to win!

#23,

Linda Mee Says:

2 hearts as one. All are lovely.

#33,

LIZ HILE Says:

My favorite is Lollipop Tree! So adorable!

#10,

cynthia holman Says:

January 14, 2019 at 11:23 am e
i keep entering your contests and i haven’t won yet. who won the last time. i’ll looking to find the answer. my favorite new pattern is 2 hearts as one. happy happy birthday.

#20,

brcogan Says:

I love Lollipop tree.

 

If you’re one of my 6 winners,

please send me (SuznQuilts@aol.com) your mailing address

so I can send your free pattern to you.

If you didn’t win your favorite pattern,

you can find them on my website now

& hopefully at your local quilt shop soon.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I have 6 new patterns for you!

3 of my new patterns are table runner/placemat patterns.

They’re quick & easy because they use my unique

Quilt-as-you-sew technique.

In case you’ve not tried one of my popular quilt-as-you-sew (go) patterns,

you should know…

  1. You cut your backing & batting to the finished size of the quilt.
  2. You baste the two together. I prefer basting spray, but pins will work too.
  3. Following my instructions, you use this as a “foundation” to sew all of the strips onto.
  4. Once all of the strips are sewn onto the foundation you might have a bit of fusible applique to add (depending on which pattern you choose).
  5. Bind the quilt & it’s finished!

 

2 Hearts As One

is just in time for Valentine’s Day sewing

or perhaps a wedding or anniversary gift.

Stars & Stripes Forever

will look great on your

or your friend’s table for all of the patriotic holidays.

Star Spangled Dresdens

is not only Quilt-as-you-sew,

but it also incorporates my Tiny Dresden plates!

You’ll make the Tiny Dresden plates,

applique them onto a strip then add the strip to the foundation.

It will also look great on your table for our patriotic holidays.

Next, because I love Jelly Rolls of 2 1/2″ strips & I like quick & easy quilts,

I designed

Jellyroll Joyride

just for me, but I hope you enjoy it too.

Use an ENTIRE jelly roll to quickly make this lap quilt.

Reserving 6 strips for the binding and sewing the rest of them onto

the foundation you can make this entire quilt in just a day!

You’re going to want to make lots of these for gifts.

They’re the perfect size for kids to cuddle up in while watching TV or lap quilts for friends.

Lollipop Tree

is a cutie that uses my Tiny Dresden plates.

This quilt will look cute in non-Christmas colors too.

And last, but not least,

God’s Peace

is a sweet quilt that speaks to my heart,

with a bible verse reminding me not to be so stressed out!

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate,

a bit of fusible web applique

& a bit of perle cotton embroidery make this cutie.

I’m putting them on my website today.

Snow is on its way here.

I plan to get some sewing time in.

How about you?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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

 

 

 

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