A Merry Christmas To You

will be starting Tomorrow!

I can’t wait to get started.

I have a color-in sheet for you.

It’s on my website for you to download & print.

If you still need the pattern or template,

& your local shop doesn’t have them,

you can find them here on my website.

Join our Facebook group to share your progress.

“Sewing With Susan” can be found here.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

I hope you’ll join in the fun tomorrow.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

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A Merry Christmas To You!

We’ll be starting This Wednesday

and it will last for 22 weeks,

finishing up with the last step posted on July 3rd.

This will give you plenty of time each week to complete the step laid out for you

& also give you plenty of time to get it quilted to hang for Christmas 2019!

Won’t that be nice to have this hanging in time for Christmas?

If you still need the pattern or template,

& your local shop doesn’t have them,

you can find them here on my website.

I’ve also created a Facebook group to help us all stay connected

with the sewing & sharing process.

“Sewing With Susan” can be found here.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Since the majority of my quilt-along friends have their

Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler

already finished, I decided to jump right into

A Merry Christmas To You!

We’ll be starting February 6, 2019,

and it will last for 22 weeks,

finishing up with the last step posted on July 3rd.

This will give you plenty of time each week to complete the step laid out for you

& also give you plenty of time to get it quilted to hang for Christmas 2019!

Won’t that be nice to have this hanging in time for Christmas?

So hurry to get this copy of Quiltmania

or buy the pattern here on my website.

And if you don’t already have my Tiny Dresden template, #216, you’ll want that too!

I’ve also created a Facebook group to help us all stay connected

with the sewing & sharing process.

“Sewing With Susan” can be found here.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Now that the hustle & bustle of Christmas is over….

Have you had a chance to get a copy of Quiltmania?

I’m working on the schedule for another Quilt-Along and would love for you to join me!

If you’ve not been able to find a copy of the magazine

& would like to buy the pattern you can find it here on my website.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Pretty neat huh?

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

I really enjoyed making both versions of this quilt.

It’s the first quilt that I designed & sewed with my Tiny Dresden plates.

Then I made it a second time so I could photograph both versions for the pattern covers.

Who knew I was going to fall in love with them?

Not me!

I should have the schedule for the Quilt-Along worked up next week.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Week # 1

I’m so excited that you’ve decided to join the challenge

& sew my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler with me!

It is such an honor to have you join me.

You’re going to love the finished quilt.

It was so much fun to create & so beautiful too!

Everything you need is in the pages of my book;

Dresden Quilt Workshop.

I’m just going to help you realize it!

Each week, for 26 weeks, we will create a portion of the quilt

using bits of each of the 13 quilts in the book.

Today it’s finally time to get started with week #1!

This week we will refer to

Button Box quilt, page 51.

This step was chosen first because the block touches so many other blocks in the quilt.

Whenever I make a sampler quilt I’m careful to plan

 the fabrics so they will not blend into each other.

That can change or even ruin a design.

I had fun auditioning fabrics for this block.

In the end, my favorite lime green won out for more reasons that it’s my favorite.

I really liked the contrast of the black letters on the green.

This is the only block in the quilt where I changed the dimensions.

This block will fit on a fat 1/4 yd. (18″ x 22″).

Cut the background 9 1/2″ x 21 1/2″.

(Not as instructed for the actual Button Box quilt in the book!)

Follow the illustration below & the instructions on page 56 to make the applique.

If you purchased one of my kits,

you can use the “Authentic” black fabric

with words printed on it for the “Quilts” applique too.

Just remember, yours doesn’t need to match mine.

Use whatever fabric you want anywhere in the quilt.

Please note: I’m VERY FRUGAL when it comes to using sample fabric in a quilt.

Sample meaning, new and not yet available in quilt shops,

but if you follow my blog you already know that…

Many of my quilts are made with sample fabrics generously supplied by Moda.

I order what I think I need and if I need a bit more of something it may or may not be available so I use it very sparingly.

If you’re more liberal with your cutting you may not be able to use your kit the same way I used my sample fabrics.

You may also want add more fabrics to make it your own.

It’s your quilt!

 

I love using Sulky’s 12 wt. threads for my fusible web applique.

I like to say that it reminds me of when I was little & outlined everything with my black crayon!

(Most often I use this thread in black. This sample is an exception.)

It covers the raw edge of the fusible web really well & it makes my applique stand out.

That’s what we want, right?

With the REALLY busy print in this fabric it’s hardly the best example,

but I love it just the same.

Once you’ve stitched around the letters you’re done with this week’s challenge.

I hope you enjoy week #1!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

New Pattern #10

is Love you to the Moon.

I love this phrase.

Since creating this pattern, I’m hearing over & over again how lots of moms & grandmas like to tell it to their loved ones.

I made this quilt more than a year & a half ago & it’s been “hanging out” in my sewing room ever since.

Remember seeing it a few new patterns ago?

After I made the quilt I convinced myself that no one would want to waste their time making such a small quilt.

So it hung…

I’ve enjoyed looking at it all this time as well as friends and family members who came visiting my sewing room.

Finally this past winter when I decided to do some smaller little Dresden quilts, I decided to include this orphan quilt.

Like my “Joy to the World” quilt, not many “in progress” photos of this quilt either.

I did ponder the background fabric.

If it’s not going to photograph well there’s no point in proceeding.

Both show the perle cotton thread well, but the lighter fabric won out.

After stitching the words, I next pondered the color of the Tiny Dresden plate.

I wanted to use this one because it was left over from another quilt,

but this version won out.

After all, it’s just 1 measly Tiny Dresden plate for goodness sake!

Add a few Thangles produced half-square triangles, & whalah!

Love you to the Moon.

You betcha, it’s on my website.

Just Keep Sewing… little bitty quilts!

Susan

New pattern #4 is Loads of Lollies.

This quilt makes me smile every time I see it.

Perhaps it’s the brighter than usual fabrics.

I typically photograph the different stages of the design process to get a feel of how the fabrics will look for the cover photo.

Wheelbarrow too dark…

Black fabric too colorful…

It reminds me of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty fighting over the color of the gown. Blue! No, Pink! No, blue…

Liking this…

Ooh & I like those for a border…

Black rick rack was the obvious choice for the lines of the wheelbarrow.

Unfortunately this is too big.

I had to go find the baby black rick rack!

This is much better suited to the scale of the quilt.

It’s just so cheery, don’t you think?

Meet Loads of Lollies.

Just 4 cute Tiny Dresden plates.

Yup! It’s available on my website!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan