Sorry, I’ve been a bit busy since getting home from Quilt Market.

I’m really enjoying seeing the progress of all of the little Dresden plate sewing,

so thanks for sharing your pics with us over at the Dresden Quilt Workshop FB group.

I want to give away this lovely fat 1/8th bundle

of Jen Kingwell’s Looking Forward collection by Moda.

So pretty!

Our winner is Susie Brown!

Since Susie is sewing her Dresden Quilt Workshop sampler with

Jen Kingwell’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet (like mine),

I’m sure she’s going to love this bundle.

Thanks again to everyone who is sewing along & sharing with us.

The fun will continue with Week #15 on Wednesday.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

I love seeing the fabric choices that everyone is making.

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & be insprired.

This week we will again refer to

A Blooming Day quilt, page 27.

This time we will be making 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Start by making 2 Tiny Dresden blocks,

then make and sew them into 2 Dresden Eight-Pointed Star Blocks.

Note, the cutting instructions are for 3 blocks and you only need to cut for 2 blocks.

That’s the hardest part this week.

But it’s not hard, right?

Just a fun challenge!

Get to cutting!

FYI, as I was looking at the above diagram I thought it looked like it was about 1/4 colored in so… my brain had to do the math.

Who knew I loved math so much?

Anyway, the entire pieced top (minus the border) is 3,249 square inches.

After you make 2 these blocks, you will have made 800.55 square inches.

So, yes, approximately 1/4 of the top will be pieced when you make this week’s blocks!

It’s going quickly, don’t you think?

Just Keep Sewing…

& posting your progress!

Susan

 

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Thanks for more posting & sending me pics of your first blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & see all the progress.

This week we will refer to

A Blooming Day quilt, page 27.

You’ll be making 4 blocks that are adjacent to our “Quilts” block from Week 1.

This is why I thought it was important to start with that block.

Do you see that now?

Between the 4 blocks,

there could be up to a dozen fabrics bumping into that block’s fabric.

The designer in me doesn’t want the same fabric bumping into itself!

This week you’ll make:

4 Dresden Filler Blocks, assembly on page 30.

Each block has a Tiny Dresden plate in the corner.

Lots of fabric selections this week, yay!

& more Tiny Dresden blocks too, double yay!

All I can say is Mary Ellen’s Best Press is one of my best friends

because it helps to keep the bias edges of these blocks stable

so my blocks will be the right size

(& the shape of a triangle, Lol!!)

when they’re finished.

My blocks & I aren’t perfect,

just precise, because of the nice tools available.

I hope you’re able to find them, but if not, I have them on my website SuznQuilts.com.

BTW, I still have kits available on my website too.

FYI, you might notice that I didn’t applique the plates to the background squares

until I was ready to assemble the blocks unlike how I made A Blooming Day in the book.

The reason is because of all the different fabrics that I used in each block.

I wanted to be able to audition the fabrics again before the final assembly.

Sometimes things don’t turn out the way I picture them in my head!

Here are the 4 complete Dresden Filler Blocks.

Spoiler alert… we may be making the other half of these blocks next week.

Come back next week & see for sure.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Hi Quilting friends,

The lucky winner of the Jen Kingwell fat 1/8th bundle of Looking Forward

is #2.

Loraine Jarman Says:

You use the single finger pump bottle because it allows a very fine spray that will evenly coat but no saturate small fabric pieces.

This is correct!

Mary Ellen’s Best Press is the best for my little Dresden plates and all of my quilting cottons.

Now Loraine will have to decide what to do with the lovely fat 1/8th bundle

because she already bought a kit from me to make Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler with.

What a tragedy!

Maybe she’ll make 2 versions?

If you know Loraine, she’ll have it made into something in no time at all

& have her own wheelbarrow full of scraps.

If you still need a kit for the Quilt-Along I have them available on my website.

Thanks Moda for the lovely fabrics for the give-away!

Lissa Alexander actually gave me 2 bundles, so watch for another give-away.

I’ll be bringing you more Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along prepping ideas soon.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

Quilting friends,

Have you left me a comment for a chance to win the fat 1/8th bundle

that I mentioned in my last post?

These lovelies will go to a lucky winner tomorrow!

It could be you maybe…

You could soon be filling your own wheelbarrow!

Disclaimer*** wheelbarrow not included.

You’ll have to find your own!

See you tomorrow.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It’s less than 3 weeks until the start of my

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along

…..Challenge…..

Are you getting ready?

I have some friends that are anxious to start.

Are you?

If you already have your fabrics you could start now by spraying

& ironing all of them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

If you look in Dresden Quilt Workshop, pages 9 & 12,

you’ll see why I love it & how I use it.

Next, if you’re using the same fabrics as I did, Jen Kingwell’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet,

(I still have a limited number of fabric kits available on my website)

I suggest you cut a 3″ strip of each of the stripe fabrics.

I did this when I started my quilt and then hung each of them by a tiny hanger so that I could see each of the stripe prints.

I didn’t want to keep using the same print over & over and neglect others.

There are 48 different stripes!

I just happen to have these tiny hangers on the notions page of my website.

I’m all about having fun while I quilt… and a little bit of organization goes a long way!

That should keep you busy for a while

& you’ll become more familiar with all of your fabrics too.

And, you’ll be able to use the 3″ strips in your final border,

so don’t think it’s a waste of fabric.

It’s a win-win!!! Trust me!

And now, would you like to participate in a give-away?

A fabric give-away?

A Moda Fabric give-away?

These are fat 1/8’s (9″ x  22″).

The very talented Lissa Alexander of Moda sent these for me to share with you!

It’s Jen Kingwell’s newest line, Looking Forward, by Moda Fabrics.

Perhaps you’d like to add to this bundle & make a Dresden Quilt Workshop sampler with us?

To be eligible for a chance to win the fat 1/8 bundle,

go to the top of this page

& leave a comment answering one of the reasons or ways that I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

(Remember I mentioned above that the info is on pages 9 & 12 in Dresden Quilt Workshop.)

If you don’t have a copy of the book, go get one!

They’re on my website if you local shop doesn’t have them.

I will give you time to comment

at the top of this page!

The drawing will be next week, Wednesday morning.

Go gather!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan