Let me just show you how my Dresden garden is growing.

I worked on Tiny Dresden plates all day yesterday.

First, I selected fabrics with Clare’s help.

I then cut a bunch of petals and chain sewed them into strings.

Thanks to Betsy I was able to keep them wrinkle & tangle free until they were all sewn.

Then in front of the TV last night,

after pressing them all to set the seams,

I turned them all right side out.

This morning I awoke with a mission to start making plates!

First I sewed 2 of each matching petal together.

Then gave them a good press to set that seam.

In case you skip this step,

you should know that pressing any seam at this stage

helps to keep it nice & straight.

Also to help me stay organized, I use a wooden cutlery tray keep all of my petals together so I don’t have to go looking for any strays as I move from my machine to the ironing board & back again!

Nothing is worse than losing a petal then having to re-cut and re-sew it to move to the next step…

Here they are all nicely pressed & awaiting the next step.

Next, I sewed two of each pair together.

I love to see the progression, you?

And here is my pretty garden as I get ready to stitch the black centers to each plate.

What are you doing today?

I hope it’s something in your sewing room!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My hope for you today quilting friends,

is that you have a wonderful Easter day!

So many quilts & only so much time…

It seems I never have time to work on any personal quilt projects.

Remember me showing you Blake’s graduation quilt progress back in December?

Well, I finished the top in January.

Tamara quilted it for us in February & I got the binding on it right away.

Blake loved the way she put the feathers in the stripes.

Tamara is great at filling in spaces with her awesome quilting.

From the beginning Blake thought it would look neat with tabs on the top.

He helped me design it & they were his idea from the beginning.

I’m not fond of making tabs so I was kind of hoping Blake would like it without them!

What kind of mom am I???

Well, today was finally the day!

I woke & made the tabs.

I unstitched the top of the binding,

sewed the tabs onto the quilt

& tonight I sewed the binding back down.

I can’t wait for him to see it!

Finally a check mark on Blake’s graduation quilt.

What are you binding today???

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Were you raised like me with the adage, “waste not, want not”?

My MIL was routinely jabbed by her daughters for spending $10 on nuts to use up the brown bananas in banana bread instead of throwing away the bananas…

Well, I guess some things are just in our genes.

I can’t stand not getting the last of the glue out of the bottle.

Perhaps it’s because it’s a $9.00 bottle of glue,

or perhaps it’s the way I was raised,

but either way I’ve found a cure!

This morning as I was getting ready to glue up some circles

for my latest Tiny Dresden Quilt when

I realized you might enjoy this tip.

I keep my little Dresden plate supplies in a handy wooden tray

so they are always conveniently together.

Since I use Roxanne Glue-Baste-It VERY FREQUENTLY,

it seems when I get to the end of the bottle I habitually turn it upside down wedged in a corner of the tray with my other supplies so the glue is closer to the tip of the needle when I get ready to use it again very soon.

Of course it would slip or fall over so it was not always as I left it.

Then I would have to wait for the glue to come back to the tip to use it again.

Since I also keep some thread there it dawned on me one day not too long ago that the thread spool was the exact right size to hold the needle of the glue bottle and it keeps it perfectly upright.

The almost-gone-glue is at the tip of the needle always!

Who doesn’t have a spool of thread?

Now I can use up the last drop of glue while making perfect little circles!

But, now my Tiny Dresdens are dry and I must get back to work!

Have a good day &

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

Are you planning or considering attending the Chicago Quilt Festival April 6-8?

If so, I have a complimentary pass for the first 20 to request them!

Chloe & I will be there in booth #2006

& my friend, Susan Knapp of The Quilt Branch, will be close by in booth #1907.

I’m working on lots of new patterns &

I’ll be giving demos on my beautiful little Dresden plates!

Quilt Festival Chicago

 April 6-8, 2017

Classes begin April 6

5555 N. River Rd.

Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

 HOURS:

Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

DAILY ADMISSION:

General: $10

Seniors 65+/Students/Military: $8

Children 10 and under free with paid admission

Full Show Pass: $25

If you would like a complimentary pass,

be one of the first 20 to send me an email at:

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Please put “Chicago Festival” in the subject line

& include your snail mail address so I can send it to you.

(If you need one for a friend, have them email me separately.)

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Yep,

I told you that you knew Terry Atkinson.

I also knew that a lot of you have made at least one Yellow Brick Road quilt.

Now one of you will have no excuse not to make every single project in here!

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If I weren’t so busy with my own quilting projects I would have

“borrowed” the book to make myself one of those sewing supplies roll-ups!

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They’re so cute!

Now for the winner…

#13

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Christine Prager.

I had to show you the random number generator so you would believe me

since #13 is my favorite number & Chris is a good friend & one of my pattern testers.

Trust me, it wasn’t “fixed” or fishy!

However, I will not be giving Chris the book until after she finishes testing my latest pattern Lol!!!

So for those of you that didn’t win simple, fun & quickly done,

go to Terry’s Etsy page to purchase one.

You won’t be disappointed!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan