New quilt pattern, New tiny Dresden plate quilts

Gnomes At Home Will Love Your Home!

My brand new Gnomes At Home seasonal series

is now on my website & the gnomes are

waiting for you to call them to your home!

Make a cute little 6″ x 9″ gnome quilt each month

with a beard made of Tiny Dresden petals.

These are perfect displayed on an Ackfeld 6 x 6 stand,

also available on my website.

I’m a one-stop-shop!

Make just your favorite or all 12.

Only one stand necessary to swap the quilts onto.

Patterns include the adorable Just Another Button Company

button or buttons each month,

full-sized, reversed applique templates &

complete, illustrated Tiny Dresden plate assembly instructions.

I loved making these & you will too!

Be the first on your block, lol.

Just Keep Sewing… gnomes!

Susan

New quilt pattern

Another Fresh New Pattern, Baskets & Posies

This new pattern is made with Cider by Basic Grey

for Moda Fabrics plus I added the stripe fabric.

Some of the prints are new Grunge colors,

as part of the Cider collection.

This quilt just sings spring, don’t you think?

I showed you some of the basket work last fall while I was making this quilt.

I love the check print.

My pattern tester, Heather used the check print for her baskets and varied the flower fabric colors.

It looks fantastic! I’m a bit jealous…

There were circles to make…

Of course…

A nice pile of petals were also made.

This is such a fun quilt to make!

Baskets & Posies is now available in both paper & PDF forms

on my website by clicking here.

The pattern instructions include;

my Tiny Dresden plate tricks & techniques, of course,

freezer paper appliqué

& the piecing of the basket blocks.

This would make a great workshop for you quilting group!

Do you know that I travel to teach?

You can see my offering on my website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern

Another Fresh New Pattern, Bazinga

Bazinga was such a fun quilt to make!

The color prints are from Winkipop by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics.

In retrospect I probably should have named it something like “I Spy,”

or maybe “Ghost Trees.”

Can you see the (trunkless) trees from my Tiny Tree Template Set #286?

The block is similar to the 54-40 fight block,

but as you can see, there are no points to be fussy about!

Originally I designed this with Christmas fabrics.

My pattern tester, Chris,

thinks this would make a good Quilts of Valor quilt.

I agree!

I’m excited to be able to design more quilts using my

Tiny Tree Template Set like I’ve been doing with my

Tiny Dresden #216 & my Mini Dresden #186 templates.

I have a lot more designs in mind,

so if you already have my Tiny Tree Template Set you’re set,

if not, you can find it on my website by clicking here.

Bazinga can now be found in both

paper & PDF versions on my website by clicking here.

More fresh new designs to come!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern

Fresh New Patterns For 2021!

I’m excited to show you the fresh new patterns

that I’ve been working so hard to bring to you.

I hope you enjoy seeing what I’ve been up to.

I also hope you’ll be excited to make 1 or 2 yourself.

Each one was so much fun to create!

If you remember, I showed you my favorite a couple of weeks ago,

Dredsens In The Park.

I love making little Dresden plates

more than any other quilting task these days.

Does it show???

They’re so relaxing & gratifying when

you have the right tools & know all of my tricks!

I discuss & illustrate these for you in every one of my patterns.

When you sew the rainbow it’s nice to have

a beautiful box of Sulky cotton threads to match!

I’ve included exact measurements to easily

lay them all out the same way so they match.

Yes, I like precision…

Most of the fabrics are Winkipop by Jen Kingwell.
I also added a couple other Moda fabrics

like this black dot by American Jane.


I intended to use one of these prints as an outer border, but when I laid it out,

the border was “too much” for the quilt.

Remember this pic?
It’s from back in October when I started cutting these fabrics!
This quilt has been done for quite a while.
Can you understand why it’s so exciting for me

to finally have this pattern ready to send to you???

Freezer paper along with glue &

my Apliquick Bars create perfect leaves so easily.
Practice definitely helps.

I shared with you several videos of me making & also

appliquéing these pieces back in November in my post

“Does Freezer Paper Appliqué Scare Or Excite You?”

You can watch them (again?) by clicking here.

There’s a little difference in the technique

between straight & rounded edges,

so be sure to watch each very short

video clip for the most tips.

Flying geese blocks add a bit of “zing”

around the quilt, don’t you agree?

Dresdens In The Park is now available

in both paper and PDF versions

on my website by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more fresh new patterns!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Applique quilt projects, My Life, New quilt pattern

National Quilting Day 2021

Today is National Quilting Day!

What does this mean?

In my sewing room,

any day that ends in “y” is a quilting day, you?

On this “National Quilting Day”

I thought I’d give you a peak

at my very favorite of the new patterns

I’ve been working on

the past several months.

I showed you a few sneak peeks last fall when I was creating it, remember?

It’s the perfect spring quilt with these Winkipop fabrics

by Jen Kingwell for Moda.

I used freezer paper applique steps,

but you can use your favorite.

Having the right tools is key to

“Having Fun In Your Sewing Room”

which I can teach you & your friends

when you have me over for a workshop & lecture!

Dresdens In The Park is full of my favorite little Dresden plates.

Both my Tiny & Mini Dresden plate templates

are used in this pattern

& you probably already own them by now,

but no worries if you don’t

because the paper templates are included the pattern.

Easy & fun!

I put Dresdens In The Park on my website this morning.

You can purchase the PDF & start working on it today,

this National Quilting Day,

or you can pre-order the paper version

& I’ll ship it to you as soon as it’s available!

I hope you have fun in your sewing room today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, My Life, New quilt pattern

Does Freezer Paper Appliqué Scare Or Excite You?

If freezer paper appliqué scares you,

you should know that you’re not alone!

I used to be one of those people,

but the experience of making the centers of little Dresden plates

has changed all of that for me.

I now – LOVE – freezer paper appliqué.

& I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

Practice is the only real solution to this obstacle.

Practice easy techniques using the best tools available.

I now find it to be very easy & I love the challenge &

the self satisfaction that comes with each completed project.

That’s the best advice that I can offer you,

that & show you those easy techniques.

Sit back & view these images & short videos & also

go to my Instagram for more short videos that I made just for you!

First use the Apliquick bars to cover the freezer paper shapes. It’s a little different for the round shapes vs. a straight edge & point. You can see the differences in these 2 vidoes.

After the appliqué shapes are made

glue them onto the background fabric.

Stitch them with the tiny blind hem stitch that I use,

or use your favorite appliqué stitch by machine or by hand.

The threads should match the appliqué shape being stitched down,

not the background fabric.

Next you’ll need to CAREFULLY cut slits behind each shape

so the freezer paper templates can be removed.

Use sharp serrated scissors for best results.

With a white cloth, generously wet the shapes.

It’s only necessary to wet the applique shapes.

No need to get the whole block wet.

Let the piece sit for a few minutes

until the glue has a chance to release the paper.

A gentle pull on opposite sides of each shape

will release the paper from the stitches.

If the paper doesn’t easily release,

it’s probably not wet enough.

I’m loving Jen Kingwell’s newest line,

Winkipop by Moda.

I hope that I’m changing your mind about trying freezer paper applique.

It truly is worth the effort!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, My Life, New quilt pattern

These Just In, New Christmas Patterns

I’m excited to announce my brand new patterns

& a new template too.

You know how much I love to sew for Christmas.

Well, these are all Christmas, all the time!

My favorite is my brand new sampler Christmas Greetings.

Like my A Merry Christmas to You pattern,

this pattern can be made into either 5 small quilts for you

or as gifts for 5 of your friends

or

after making the 5 small quilts

you can sew them together into 1 larger quilt

then add a couple small borders

to make 1 awesome wall or table quilt for Christmas.

I enjoyed using my new Brightpad to trace

the letters for the perle cotton embroidery.

There are a handful of Tiny Dresden plates and partial plates involved.

I love using 2 different fabrics for each plate to add interest.

Just remember to always have the same fabric petal on top

when you sew the pairs together.

After the first seam the fabrics will automatically alternate.

I made 2 sets of everything

so I could photograph both versions for the cover

but you’ll only need to make 1.

Fusible web appliqué makes the letters quick.

I tried out my new Tiny Tree Template Set!!!

I LOVE how easy & accurate cutting around my brand new

plastic templates make these trees!

(I also love my “new” tiny cupboard that I found

on black Friday when my sister, Lori, & I were antique shopping!)

These 2 trees were just for fun.

Beware!

I’ll for sure be designing many more patterns with these!

In no time I had a perfect stack of trees.

The hardest part of most of the blocks was deciding the fabrics!

I used a lot of Sweetwater’s new Christmas line,

The Christmas Card.

I noticed today that The Fat Quarter Shop now has it available.

I also used some of Jo Morton’s new line, Glad Tidings

plus I used several more reds & background fabrics.

Displaying them on my antique laundry basket helps me see them all at once.

It all started so MUCH tidier that this!

Key to the scrappy effect of these quilts is spacing out the fabrics.

Be sure to use a variety of fabrics in each type of block

so they will flow across the quilt &

not be sitting right next to each other

& fade one block into the next.

See what I mean?

I tried to not put any of the same background fabric side by side with itself.

If this happens it can change the design of the blocks.

I wish I’d taken more pics of the assembly,

but I was so busy working that I forgot!

Aren’t these 3″ spool blocks cute?

Keeping track of scraps that can be used in other blocks can save fabric.

This is really important when I’m working with sample fabric

before it’s available in quilt shops.

I also kept close tabs on the quantity of blocks

that I needed to make for 2 sets of the quilts.

Anyone else find it annoying to find you’ve only made 17

blocks when you need 18?

Or when you KNOW you made enough blocks but you have no idea where they went?

I was obviously interrupted when I was

working on the spool blocks.

I almost started cutting more fabric but then decided to take a trip

to the kitchen for a drink or snack & spotted them!

Notice the tool on the counter right beside them???

I don’t remember now what I was asked to help with

but it certainly broke my train of thought!

Who needs any more excuses for mistakes

when working with so many moving parts x 2? lol

The Big Board was great help in pressing the

completed top before adding the borders

but the biggest help I promise you is Mary Ellen’s Best Press!

Next came the half-square triangles.

They’re a snap when you use Thangles.

So much fun!

My generous tester, Chris, made her quilts into the 1 large quilt.

She mentioned that when I do this as a quilt-along here

that she wouldn’t mind making the 5 smaller quilts version.

So, what do you think?

Are you in for another quilt-along?

You can find Christmas Greetings on my brand new website here!

Look for more new patterns there too

and also here in the coming days.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern

Bitsy Pink & Red Hearts New Patterns

I’ve been having lots of fun playing with tiny heart blocks.

By tiny, I mean like 1″ tiny hearts!

Trust me when I say,

Mary Ellen’s Best Press is one of my best friends!

It doesn’t make the fabric stiff, it just gives it more body.

I just spray & press each fabric with Best Press before cutting

& I have no issues working with the tiny pieces.

I had so much fun that I didn’t stop with one…

Both quilts fit onto the Ackfeld 12″ stand.

Eventually I’ll make sleeves,

but I couldn’t resist using some cool (new to me)

vintage clips to hang them instead of a sleeve.

Please forgive me.

If you’d like to make them for yourself or a friend,

I put them on my website today.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate

(so easy!!!)

& just $10 + shipping.

You can also find the 12″ stands on my “Notions” page.

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

A Giveaway!, New quilt pattern

New Fall Pattern Winners!

Thanks for all the kind words regarding my new patterns!

I’m happy to announce the 3 winners of their favorite one.

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10. Elizabeth Hile Says:

I am absolutely loving the Dresden Village!!

Great way to incorporate Dresdens! The village houses are too cute!

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9. Sally Christiansen Says:

I love all the new patterns because who doesn’t love little tiny houses.

the Dresden Village is my favorite though

because you have little tiny houses, little people and Dresden!

How can anyone resist wanting to make it.

 

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#3  Debbie Weinman Says:

Really like Dresden Village! Beautiful quilt!

Well, it looks like my favorite is your favorite too!

So, once you three have your new pattern,

there will be no excuses not to join my quilt-along!

Ha, gotcha!!!

Please email your snail mail addresses to me: Suznquilts@aol.com

& I’ll ship your pattern right out to you.

For those of you that didn’t win,

thanks for the kind comments.

Look for your pattern at your local shop,

or now on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

A Giveaway!, New Pattern Sample, New quilt pattern

New Pattern, Dresden Village & A Give-Away Too!

The final new pattern that I want to show you is the biggest

(& in my opinion the best!).

Dresden Village.

I love this quilt!

Lots of Tiny Dresden plates.

Lots of little houses.

Some big houses.

Some little dolls.

Some little trees.

Some new blocks, Tiny/Mini Dresden plates.

LOTS OF FUN!

This quilt is a great way to use some of those treasured

fat quarters (24) that you bought & don’t know what to do with.

Just add 4 background fabrics

1 taupe fabric

& 1 black fabric.

What do you think?

Want to make one?

I plan to have a quilt-along with this quilt!

Doesn’t it look like fun?

So, would you like to win one of my new patterns?

Just leave me a comment

telling me which of the 5 new patterns is your favorite.

3 lucky winners will get that pattern free!

I will draw for the winners Friday night by 9 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan