Just 1 more week!

Are you sharpening your little Dresden skills???

I recommend that you prep your fabrics

like I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

In case you’re just now joining us,

that means spraying & ironing them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

I also mentioned for those of you that are using the same

Circulus & Lollies Sweet fabric collection like I used,

to cut 3″ strips of each of the stripe fabrics & hang

them like I did on these adorable little hangers so you can see them all at once.

Those 3″ strips of the stripe fabrics

can be used for the border.

The finished quilt is 62″ x 62″.

You’ll need a bit more than 6 strips for the border.

Do you see the one strip that is all black & gray stripes?

I didn’t want to use that one in the border.

If you don’t want to use that one either,

you’ll want to cut another strip

to use in its place as well.

(7 strips total)

Thanks Heather for reminding me to note that to everyone here!

I suggest hanging the extra strips on a hanger too

so you don’t accidentally use them before you get to the border!

Am I the only one that in a few weeks would wonder…

hmm… why did I cut this? & then use it for another part of the quilt???

Lol… NOT!

My memory stinks, so any little trick I can use to

remind myself of something I better use it…… NOW!!!

Another prep step you can do now:

(Circulus & Lollies Sweet users)

cut all of those stripe fabrics apart on the black & white or blue & white lines that separate the stripes.

Aside from the border strips I didn’t use any of the stripe prints more than 1 print at a time.

So, I cut them apart to make them more convenient to use.

But hey, it’s your quilt!

Do your own thing!

In case you already cut all of the stripes apart BEFORE cutting off enough 3″ strips for your border,

contact me & I can probably help you with that!

Aside from prepping your fabrics, please read in Dresden Quilt Workshop:

  • Perfect Tools for Perfect Little Petals, starting page 9
  • Mini Classroom, starting page 12
  • Tiny & Mini Dresden Plate Assembly Techniques, starting page 16

This will help you to jump right in next week when we start cutting & sewing.

Learning how & why I do what I do for perfect little Dresden plates will help you to have similar results!

Send me an email if you have any questions.

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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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

 

 

 

We’re back from Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival

and most of my catch-up work is complete, whew!!!

What a busy, tiring and fun trip.

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It took most of our kitchen to hold all the “stuff” that I packed into the van…

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Everything was labeled & packed tight for the 15 hour drive.

Nothing worse than listening to things rattle for hours on end.

Ask me how I know!

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My super booth helpers (market slaves), Robin (Nestlings by Robin)

& Chloe & I had the booth set up in no time!

That’s a bit of an exaggeration.

It did finally get set up Friday evening after

a schoolhouse session with Pepper Cory &   Studio e Fabrics & her Designer RSVP Blocks that

Robin & I participated in, making blocks with her Peppered Cottons:

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Yes, Robin the overachiever made 2!

Then, 2 Schoolhouse sessions showing my new Tiny & Mini Dresden plate book & patterns,

and then the C&T Schoolhouse session introducing the

13 new quilts from Dresden Quilt Workshop:

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Then there were book signings introducing Dresden Quilt Workshop.

A couple of mornings before market opened,

we walked part of the show to see what else came to Houston besides Suzn Quilts.

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Here’s a look at my fav… Jo Morton’s newest line, New Hope, yum!

I’m pretty sure Jo designed this collection just for me ;)

(Spoiler alert—-You’ll be seeing a lot more of this collection!)

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Betsy Chutchian’s new collection was very pretty.

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French General’s new collection was lovely too.

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Lella Boutique also very pretty.

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Tim Holtz, always super cool!

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Jen Kingwell, WOW!

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Her newest collection, more yum!!!

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Oh, & a new book…

a little close-up in case you’re not sure what I’m pointing at, lol!

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Then there was Festival!

That will have to wait for another day.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

After much work, much wait & so much anticipation…

Dresden Quilt Workshop has finally arrived!

If you already have one or both of my little Dresden plate templates

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(Tiny Dresden #216 & Mini Dresden #186)

you’re half way there.

Like all of my little Dresden plate patterns, the paper templates are included in the book, but the plastic templates make your cutting so much faster & more accurate.

I’m all about accuracy.

These are some of the 13 quilt patterns included in the book.

Every quilt in the book uses my Tiny Dresden template

and some of them also use my Mini Dresden template.

Dresden Quilt Workshop is available on my website now

and hopefully will be available at your local quilt shop soon!

If you’re like me and prefer to shop at your local quilt shop,

please give them my information so they can find

Dresden Quilt Workshop at their favorite distributor.

Get yours today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Yes, I know it’s not nice, but I’ve been keeping a secret.

I guess I’m not the only one who loves little Dresdens,

because the Acquisitions Editor, Roxane Cerda, at C & T

contacted me about publishing a book with them (2 years ago by now).

Wow, time flies!

& this morning I noticed this in with our mail…

I guess I didn’t look closely at the mail last night.

Oh wait, yes I did.

But when I found the gift certificate that my market friends had sent to me I discarded the rest of the mail.

I do have a one track mind…

& what can be better than a gift certificate to one of my favorite quilt shops?

Oh yes, this:

It’s my new book release announcement in C&T’s catalog!!!

“Dresden Quilt Workshop”

will be available in August.

It seems a bit surreal to me.

It will feature 13 new quilts that use either my Tiny Dresden plates or

my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates together.

It may seem silly to you,

but I spent the majority of last year making the quilts and then writing the instructions.

The worst part was trying to being quiet about it.

I only told a few close friends, my quilter, Tamara, & my family of course.

Yes, I know I design and write patterns every day,

but writing for a book publisher is a whole different animal.

Fortunately the folks at C&T have been very patient and helped me to learn their ways

(not easy for a dinosaur who is used to “doing her own thing” on her own terms!).

So, now that the cat is out of the bag,

I can’t wait to show you all 13 quilts that are featured in the book.

Stay tuned &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan