Why does it seem we look forward to something for so long,

then in a blink of an eye it’s over?

Set-up went well.

I ordered a double booth on an end,

so, lots of space to show lots of quilts.

I loved the way the lighting really showed off Tamara’s quilting!

The Meet The Teachers cocktail hour was fun

& I got photos with some friendly quilters :)

Even snagged another student or two for our Thursday workshop.

The crowd was amazing!

Many quilters were able to take advantage of planned bus trips.

That’s the way to go!

Leave the driving up to a pro & enjoy the trip with your friends.

Clare was excellent help!

I couldn’t have done it without her!

She handled the booth single-handedly during my class Thursday.

(Sorry no pics! We were too busy!)

Clare also manned the booth alone while I gave a presentation Friday.

My “Name That Quilt” Quilt-as-you-go book was a hit!

Who doesn’t need to make a baby quilt every so often?

This one is quick & easy

& the entire alphabet is included & reversed for you.

I demonstrated the assembly of

little Dresden plates more times than I can count!

FUN, FUN, FUN!

We sold out of BOO pillow kits

& one of my personal favorites;

Dresden Sundaes.

Dresden Buddies Snowman was also a sell-out

as well as the Victorian hangers that I use to hang my

Dresden Buddies series quilts.

We’ll have more hangers tomorrow.

“God’s Peace” was another sell-out.

We didn’t quite sell out of them,

but more of their hangers will also be here tomorrow.

If you ordered a pattern(s) that we ran out of,

they all shipped on Monday.

You should have them soon!

While we were away,

the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup!

The rest of the family participated in the celebratory parade Saturday.

The show was over at 5:00 Saturday

& we were on the road by 6:31!

It’s always a bit of a game

to challenge ourselves

to try & beat our best pack-up time, Lol

We made it safely home

& items that were depleted have been reordered.

You can find all of the patterns & notions on my website.

If you were wanting something that we ran short of,

if we don’t already have it,

we should have it soon!

If in doubt, send me an email

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Thanks to all of you who came to see us!

If you’d like to schedule lectures or workshops for your guild

or shop you can find a listing here on my website.

Until we meet again,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you’re able to enjoy this day with your loved ones

& also have plenty to be thankful for!

Please enjoy this delightful, fall, TEENY Tiny Dresden plate at my expense…

It’s probably smaller than you first imagined.

I was right, wasn’t I?

And while I was painfully making this teeniest of Tiny Dresden plates,

I was also feeling bad for how I’d treated some of my fellow Tiny Dresden seamstresses these past few months.

REALLY BAD!

I realize now that being out of your comfort zone is hard!

I’ve made so many Tiny & Mini Dresden plates that I can practically make them in my sleep.

These petals are MUCH (MUCH) SMALLER than I’m used to sewing.

Incredibly cute,

but SO…MUCH…SMALLER…

Hard to grasp.

Hard to turn.

The first one turned out so poorly that I decided to try again.

And again.

The 3rd time I decided to elongate the petals so I would have more fabric to hold onto

while they were going through the machine,

then trim them as needed as I sewed them into the plate.

I also tried trimming the seam allowances,

something that I never do while making Tiny Dresden plates.

It’s just not necessary.

At this point it became necessary to trim the center of the plate (the part that I elongated)

and I wasn’t even sure if it was going to come together at all like it should.

The 3rd plate turned out so much better!

While experimenting, I was reminded of several of my TD students from more than one TD workshop.

We would together get that first plate made,

then they’d usually go back to their space & make the second plate by themselves.

It was fun seeing the excitement on their faces as they became more comfortable with the process,

and do a much better job on their second plate, yay!

I now know your frustration and disappointment at not having the success as anticipated.

But with a bit of perseverance,

& the right tools…

thanks to Rosa & her Apliquick Bars,

my 1/2″ diameter center is perfectly round with no trouble at all!

I was finally able to fill this adorable little acorn frame that’s been hanging empty

in my sewing room for more than a decade!

Now I have a new fall decoration, something to display for years to come.

This makes my heart sing.

I hope I’ve inspired you to maybe do something a bit out of your comfort zone too.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan