Week # 3

Are you sewing my

“A Merry Christmas To You” quilt with us?

Have you joined “Sewing With Susan” Facebook group

so you can see what others are doing

& to also show your progress of this project?

This week we’ll again use the verse background fabric &

.05 Micron pen with color matching the 12 wt. cotton thread (or perle cotton thread).

This week trace “Joy to the World” found on the template sheet,

onto the fabric as shown in the diagram on page 1 of pattern.

Using the cotton thread,

stitch the verse with the same stitch that was used the previous 2 weeks.

It’s a great time of year to have hand work to do isn’t it?

No worries that you should be weeding the garden or

you’d rather by enjoying your deck!

A great evening project to do while watching TV

since around here it’s too cold to do anything else.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

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Week # 2

Thank you for sewing my

“A Merry Christmas To You” quilt with us.

If you haven’t already,

please join my new “Sewing With Susan” Facebook group

so you can see what others are doing

& to also show your progress of this project.

This week we’ll again use the verse background fabric &

.05 Micron pen with color matching the 12 wt. cotton thread (or perle cotton thread).

Trace “Warm Wishes” found on the template sheet,

onto the fabric as shown in the diagram on page 1 of pattern.

Using the cotton thread,

stitch the verse with the same stitch that was used

to stitch “A Merry Christmas to you” last week.

As I mentioned last week I used a stem stitch.

Maggie mentioned in our Sewing With Susan FB group

that Mary Corbet has an excellent YouTube video on that stitch here.

Less work this week

so if you’re a bit behind from last week hopefully this will help you get caught up!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Week # 1

I’m so glad that you’ve decided to sew my

“A Merry Christmas To You” quilt.

Whether you’re making the large quilt shown here in the beautiful Quiltmania setting,

or the 4 smaller quilts shown below from the back cover,

the instructions are the same.

The only difference will be after you have the 4 small quilt tops made.

You will either sew them into 1 quilt and add the borders or

stop & quilt them as 4 individual quilts.

Pretty clever, I know Lol!

Either way, you’ll want to join my new “Sewing With Susan” Facebook group where you can see

& show your progress of this project with other quilters.

So, get the verse background fabric &

.05 Micron pen with color matching the 12 wt. cotton thread (or perle cotton thread).

Trace “A Merry Christmas To You” from the template page

onto the fabric as shown in the diagram on page 1 of pattern.

Using the cotton thread, stitch the verse with the stitch of your choice.

I chose to use a stem stitch.

It’s a bit “beefier” than a back stitch & I like that!

You have all week to get this finished.

I find it to be a good task to do while watching TV.

It makes the time go by quickly.

Do you find this to be true?

I can’t believe that after writing this post I found this pic of me stitching in front of the TV!

I know that’s where I am because I see a bit of our living room carpet, Lol.

 I use a small spring tension hoop.

I like how easy it is to move around on my piece as I stitch.

See you back here next Wednesday!

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

 

I hope you’re going to join me in the challenge to make what I think is

one of the most awesome quilts that I’ve ever designed!

You’re going to love it, I promise!

Today I want to mention a couple of things to help you get ready.

First, book binding.

I took my Dresden Quilt Workshop to Office Max

& for less than $5 had a small binding put on it.

This will allow it to lie flat when it’s open.

No need to constantly bend it open.

Second, I’ve made a color in sheet for you.

Either right click the image below to print it,

or go to my website’s quilt-along page and you can print the pdf from there.

The link is below the image of the quilt.

You can either make color choices & color each block before you begin

or color in the blocks as we go to track your progress.

I’m looking forward to starting, you?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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