New Pattern #9

is Joy To The World.

It’s such a small quilt that I don’t have many “in progress” photos, darn!

What I do have is an image of the design printed out to scale,

patiently waiting until I had just the right fabrics to proceed.

It’s a pretty fun place to “hang” out…

surrounded by other cute stuff like this bunny, and a new-ish addition to my window sill, a carved wooden green sofa that I assume was in a little girl’s dollhouse at one time.

Finally it came time for Joy To The World to come to life in fabric.

A little perle cotton stitching,

a bit of fusible web applique

& 1 measly Tiny Dresden plate.

One can hardly call it a Dresden plate quilt.

I’m so glad I was piling up finished tops to go to my quilter because I mistakenly thought Joy to the World was finished, not!

What was I thinking???

I hadn’t put any half-square triangles on the outer edges.

Not sure why I didn’t design them on this quilt.

Glad I realized that before I sent it to my quilter.

Also in the meantime,

I was auditioning a set of new hangers that I designed specifically for this quilt.

The above image is the size that I originally designed for it,

but lack of communication & a larger set was made.

As it turns out sometimes (also known as fate?)

I like the larger (below) version better!

Are you familiar with my Dresden Buddies Series?

We introduced those patterns last spring at St. Louis spring market.

I used 2 Victorian hangers on them, one on top & one on bottom.

Because the quilts were so symmetrical, I thought it made sense.

I really like the added weight the bottom hanger gives the quilts

and if you ever hang quilts you know the bottom has a tendency to curl in after an extended period of time.

The second hanger on the bottom alleviates that curling & makes it prettier too!

So, the star on the bottom of my new hanger set.

It’s adds a nice touch and will prevent “Quilt bottom curl”. Lol!

Didn’t Tamara, my machine quilter, do a great job quilting this cutie?

Next, I added the two sleeves for the two hangers and finished the quilt.

BTW, the quilts that I show on hangers, I always provide instructions in my patterns for the sleeves to accommodate the specific hanger I show.

Meet Joy to the World.

And the Manger hanger set.

Both are available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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New Pattern #8

is Dresden Sundaes.

It’s my favorite new pattern.

It uses my Tiny Dresden Template.

You’ve seen bits of it here & there on my blog.

It uses Jo Morton’s New Hope Collection by Moda.

It started with my challenge to cut & sew as many Tiny Dresden petals as possible from a jelly roll.

That was fun, but not necessary for the pattern!

After I made all of the petals, I sewed them into half plates

I worked on a lot of this quilt while on a quilt retreat.

Aren’t these scrumdiddlyumptious?

Who knew that was a real word??? Look it up!

Next, I went to work to design the bottom of the blocks.

First I needed to decide on a background fabric.

Ultimately the decision was made to go outside the collection to use a lighter fabric so the baskets would show up much better.

Choosing a center for each half plate was fun.

I have even more fun photographing them.

Can you tell?

I called these baskets from the start of the design.

HOWEVER… my sewing “Friends” (they look in-the-know, huh?)

told me they weren’t baskets, but instead sundae cups.

I got a lot done that weekend.

And so my sundaes grew…

Soon all of the “sundae” blocks were complete.

At this point I thought it needed one more element.

Since there were a few leftover petals…

I put a little bazinga in the corner.

I sewed the rows together.

If you’ve never pieced a quilt “on point”,

it’s just as easy to sew blocks together on point as in horizontal rows.

You just sew the triangles on like they’re another block.

And I always over-size the triangles a bit

so that you can trim them down after they’re sew onto the quilt.

When I finished the top I took if for show & tell at my guild.

Everyone there also saw sundaes so I named it Dresden Sundaes.

Meet Dresden Sundaes.

I’ll have you know that this was my best-selling pattern at spring market.

I’ll also have you know that almost every quilt shop owner that bought the pattern called it my “basket” quilt! Peer pressure…

There are instructions for scalloping the edge of the quilt

& also how to make and sew the bias binding.

Don’t let that scare you.

You can make the edges straight if you prefer.

I also designed this smaller, 8 block version for my pattern tester, Chris.

Perhaps it’s more appealing to you?

All the same pieces to cut & sew, just a lot fewer of them!

 Dresden Sundaes is available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Last we were together I was up to my eyeballs in these.

Aren’t the little piles of alligator teeth too cute?

(easily amused, yes I know…)

With a little help from my favorite vices…

I was able to complete all of the half Tiny Dresden plates from the 1,600+ petals!

This is all of them sewn;

the extra petals set aside for another project down the road.

The little rows just make me smile!

(again, easily amused, yes I know…)

I was able to make 6 half Tiny Dresden plates from each of the 40 jelly roll strips

of Jo Morton’s New Hope by Moda Fabrics.

During our annual retreat to local quilt shop, Rosemary’s,

I got to work making blocks from the half Tiny Dresden plates for my next quilt.

This is my work space all set up & ready to sew.

My cute little Dritz Mighty Steam Iron showed up just in time to travel with me.

What a great find!

It’s the perfect little Dresden plate iron!!!

It’s extremely light-weight & just the right size for pressing my little plates.

I wish I’d known about them sooner!

I was so impressed that I’m now carrying them on my website for you to purchase here.

Don’t let the small size fool you.

It gets super hot!

It’s great for pressing small half-square triangles too.

I also like it for pressing block parts.

Choosing the center circle fabrics is a bit like choosing which Barbie shoes should complete her ensemble, lol…

Love, love, love each step!

Can’t wait to show you the finished quilt,

but that will have to wait for another day.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan