Do you need a little something for a gift?

Do you have any fabric scraps???

I may have the idea you’re looking for!

One of the quilt clubs that I attend

decided to have a mug rug exchange this year

& I decided to join in the fun.

I’m so glad that I did!

Look at my adorable mug rug that was made by Suzanne H. :

It’s perfect for me!

Even the hot cocoa mix inside is my favorite!

Pretty cool considering our names all went into a drawing

then we had to wait until our name was pulled

to choose a mug rug that was wrapped inconspicuously.

Probably 3/4 the ladies (& 1 gentleman) got to choose before I did.

I came right home,

gave it a hanger

& hung it in a place of honor in my sewing atelier.

It now has a home amidst other treasures in and around my new cabinet.

(- the hot cocoa of course.)

It won’t take me very long to think of something to store in that pocket.

Since I spent the entire weekend working on the bazaar for our church’s annual smorgasbord,

which turned out very well thanks to many parishioners,

& our faithful supporters (including some of you, thanks!),

it was Sunday night before I finally had the great idea for my mug rug.

Well, not that I wait until the last minute, but…

1. I’ve been very busy working on 6 new patterns,

who’s covers finally got sent to the printer last week, yay!

&

2. No great ideas would come to me…

…until Sunday night.

I spied 2 small orphan blocks in the “rag bag” that both seemed the perfect size!

I didn’t photograph any of this because first of all I was exhausted,

& second of all, it was getting down to the wire!!!

Then,

I noticed one of the blocks coordinated with my two leftover teeny Tiny Dresden plates

that I’d left on my cutting table after making this beauty.

Alas, 2 centers, 1/2″ in diameter,

a smidgen of batting and backing

(also from the rag bag)

and viola:

Oh what fun it is to make a little quilt!

Yes, it was extremely hard for me to part with those 2 teeny plates,

but I wanted to give something that I’d like to receive!

I’m pretty certain the recipient, my new friend, Cathy, will love them as much as I do.

The hard work was done weeks & months ago.

As soon as I get the pattern covers from the printer

I’ll be able to show you how the orphan block came about.

Until then,

Happy holiday prep &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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One would think with being gone almost a week

that I would have lots of pictures to show from market, but…

We are always so busy from the time we leave until we get home that I forget to take pictures!

I did snap a shot of our almost empty booth.

Our Schoolhouse sessions were well received.

Schoolhouse is where I reserve time slots to show

& discuss my new patterns the day before Quilt Market officially starts.

“Joy to the World” is one of my favorite new Tiny Dresden quilts.

I designed the nativity scene hanger set & Ackfeld mfg. is making them.

(They’re available on my website)

“BOO” is probably my best-selling new pattern since it was introduced at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR.

Once our Schoolhouse sessions were over we were able to finish hanging the booth.

There was a steady stream of shoppers at this market.
That means lots of shop owners to talk to and I’m very pleased with our sales.

It does make it a bit more of a challenge for me to remember the less important stuff,

like getting our pic taken in our booth, lol!

It was the third day of market before we remembered to have a neighbor take our picture!

Robin Koehler (Nestlings by Robin) was my helper (a.k.a. slave labor) for this market.

Besides having new designs featured in various quilt magazines & catalogs,

she also has a new series of tulip quilting stencils with

Quilting Creations, which debuted at market as well!

Some are for hand quilting and some are continuous line for machine quilting.

You can find them on Creative Creation’s site here!

Unfortunately, I hardly got out of our booth to see what else came to Quilt Market.

What I did get out to see, I saw during the little bits of time before the show opened each morning.

However, between putting finishing touches on my own booth the first morning,

going to Mass as the beautiful nearby Annunciation church the second morning,

Annunciation 1970

& getting our rental van replaced the third morning… grrrr.

 

I always take a pic of my rentals’ license plate in case I need it to check into a hotel or WHATEVER.

It didn’t leave a lot of time for quilt market adventure…. but,

I saw a lovely new fabric line by Betsy Chutchian, Susanna’s Scraps that I really like.

Minick & Simpson also has a pretty new line, Crystal Lake, with lovely background prints,

 & I really liked their adorable sand bucket!

And Regency Sussex by Christopher Wilson-Tate

is another collection that has that beautiful aged charm that I love.

Unfortunately it’s pretty blue… but those golds & neutrals!!!

We’ll see…

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little market recap.

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

 

 

 

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

Since I last posted,

I’ve spent more hours at my sewing machine

with my Grunge Seeing Stars fabric.

Remember the Tiny Dresden blocks?

They’re each now the center of a star block.

How appropriate that the fabric collection I chose for this design also has stars?

The sewing went quickly since I did all of the cutting at the beginning,

as shown to you earlier this week:

Here are all of the tiny Dresden blocks sewn into star blocks:

Do you like my colorful new rug (& cute booties)?

I couldn’t resist leaving them in the pic!

Next, I quickly added the pre-cut sashing.

Originally I designed a simple white border,

but while I sewed the star blocks,

the colorful stack of leftover corners

trimmed from the flying geese blocks

kept speaking to me!

I couldn’t resist using the leftover rainbow…

So, back to the computer I went

to see what kind of border I could make using the

8 half square triangles of each of the 16 star fabrics………….

This is what I decided on,

and quickly sewed BEFORE I CHANGED MY MIND!!!

The possibilities are practically endless, right?

This was a quick, painless & pretty clever addition to the quilt

(if I must say so myself, Lol)

and I feel good about using most all of those triangles!

I next cut the backing & batting,

then took it to my quilter, Tamara, yesterday so she can do her magic.

On to the next thing!

(which has been cooking for my family’s Easter breakfast & dinner)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my rainbow journey this week.

Hopefully the pattern (which remains nameless at this time) will be ready mid-May.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Here’s just a bit of the rainbow that I’ve been cutting this morning.

Meet the new Grunge Seeing Stars by BASICGREY for Moda Fabrics.

In case you’ve not noticed,

it’s a another Tiny Dresden Pattern, duh!

I was smart and put a new blade in my rotary cutter BEFORE I started cutting!

I forget how much use these things get and how they dull over time because,

  1. I get busy
  2. It happens so slowly
  3. I don’t pay attention to my blade unless it starts skipping threads & ticks me off!!!

I’m glad I thought ahead this time,

because my cutting went so much faster because of the new blade.

A new sharp blade also keeps the blade from kind of scooting the fabric.

It slices right through it instead.

So, I cut a whole quilt this morning in about an hour!

Now I’m set to chain piece.

Gotta go get a movie picked out to listen to while I work.

I also just remembered that I need to heat up my new Mighty Steam Iron.

Remember me telling you about it here?

I love that cute little thing!

What are you doing on this (rainy) spring day?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It’s Today! It’s Today!

Now I can scream it too!

It’s only 9-noon,

so don’t be late or you’ll miss it!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan