Thanks for all of the kind words for my new little Dresden patterns!

I’m happy to announce the 3 winners:

  1. brcogan Says: 

    My favorite part is seeing how the prints cut up and sometimes what you think will work doesn’t. My favorite pattern is the Dresden feathered stars. Envious of how you seem to mass produce Dresden plates.

  2. Vickie Says: 

    I love them fabric selection most. Picking and choosing just the right shade of color. I love all your patterns but I am partial to your Jellyroll gemstone. Thanx for the opportunity to win
    Vickie in Oklahoma

  3. Deb G. in VA Says:

    I love selecting the pattern and fabric and seeing it finished. Dresden Feathered Stars is my favorite new pattern.

Winners, please email your

snail mail address to me here:

SuznQuilts@aol.com 

so I can ship your free pattern.

Thanks for playing along!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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My next & last new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Susanna.

I know what you’re thinking,

“Why didn’t she put MORE little Dresden plates on this quilt?”, right? Lol

Susanna started with the “Susanna” collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.

I decided to start with 2 of the blues to make Tiny Dresden plates.

Chain piecing is the best!

It’s a great time to let your mind wander

or listen to a good movie that you’ve watched over & over again.

The time passes quickly as I watch the Tiny Dresden plates emerge.

Soon I was auditioning more fabrics to join my TD plates.

If I’m not absolutely sure of all of the fabrics

I will make just one center (not even applique it down)

then make fabric decisions.

Once I narrowed that down,

I went to “work” making the center circles for all of the TD plates.

Not work at all, really.

I love to make the TD centers!

I know, how weird am I???

As a matter of fact,

I offered to make Loraine, one of my pattern testers’,

centers for the TD’s she was making to test my Jellyroll Gemstones pattern.

It took less than an hour

since I had the circles already cut in my little canister.

Pressing then cutting them into strips for easy trimming is key.

With a movie on, the time flies by!

Now before the rest of my pattern testers get in an uproar,

I’m happy to make your centers for you too!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Once my design was ironed out I needed to make a few more TD’s.

Have I told you lately that I actually use my rotary cutter

to cut the string apart & to trim the seam allowance?

Yup!

It’s so much quicker that using my scissors, but you better be careful!

Concentration is key…

And it doesn’t hurt to have some nourishment nearby at times.

The mindless making of the center circles also lets

my mind think of the next upcoming fabric decisions.

Oh but wait, there are more!

I actually took this project to our retreat at Rosemary’s the beginning of February.

No TV watching here,

just good conversation & good food too!

Aren’t they lovely???

In the midst of this project, Clare, our youngest daughter, bought me this cute cart.

She thought it would look nice in our booth.

It’ll be going with us to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival next week,

but for now it’s looking cute in my sewing room with what’s left of “Susanna”.

More decisions….

and auditions….

and decisions…

and cutting!

Then some organizing.

What a treat for me to relive the process!

My camera is my best friend while I make lots of decisions.

Once I finally liked all of the blocks,

and sewed them together,

I had to make the border fabric decision.

And that decision led to

more Tiny Dresdens!!!

They’re just what the corners of this quilt needed.

I love the addition of the corner blocks.

They really add a lot don’t you think?

It breaks up all of the blue

and gives your eye something else pretty to see.

After Tamara once again did a lovely job of quilting it for me

Nemo & I set it up to be photographed by Scott.

I love the process more than actually having the finished quilt.

How about you?

What’s your favorite part?

 

Wanna win one of my 3 new patterns?

 

Your choices are either Dresden Feathered Stars,

 

Jellyroll Gemstones,

or Susanna.

Just leave me a comment telling me

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

&

2. What’s your favorite of my new patterns?

I’ll give 3 lucky quilters their choice!

I’ll pick the winners Sunday at 6 p.m. CST.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m excited to announce that I am once again included in

Quiltmaker’s awesome 100 Blocks issue!

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My block, Lost Mittens, can be found on page 46.

LostMittensI used various Christmas prints, plus a cute black/cream polka dot.

This would make a great scrappy Christmas quilt, using up all of your Christmas scraps don’t you think?

LostMittens+Runner

With just 4 of the 12″ blocks you can quickly make this 12″ x 48″ runner,

LostMittens+Topper

or by setting them a little differently, this 24″ x 24″ topper!

You have plenty of time…

Just an afternoon is all you need!

Leave me a comment above….on today’s post and you will be entered to win a free copy of Volume 8!!! Don’t forget to include your email address!

If you leave me a comment telling me your favorite

Christmas

pattern from my website

SuznQuilts.com,

you’ll be entered to win that pattern

plus a kit to make the 4 block table runner or topper shown above!

Leave your comment by November 13th, 12 p.m.

I’ll choose 2 winners for the free pattern & kit!

Don’t forget to visit all the designers on the blog hop for lots more give-aways.

Until next time,

Susan