It’s my favorite time of the year;

spending time with family & friends in Jesus’ name.

My Christmas wish is that everyone gets to spend time with family & friends.

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Last week I designed a nativity for fusible applique

(for Christmas 2017 patterns).

Not a little Dresden in sight!!!

Yesterday I decided to put it onto a few towels for Christmas gifts for my family.

So, I fused the design then

cut out the shapes.

This afternoon, after finishing my Christmas shopping,

I fused then stitched them onto 6 cotton towels

(1 for my mom & dad, 5 for my siblings).

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Now to get them wrapped!

Christmas blessings to you & your families.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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I’m excited to show you the tiny Dresden plates that I’ve been working on for months & months…

Remember, I’ve been giving you little snippets of them here & there?

They are part of my new Christmas sampler.

It’s written in a way that will make it a perfect Block-of-the-month or mystery club quilt.

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The quilt measures 45″ x 48″ and includes:

-Hand embroidery

-Tiny Dresden plates

-Freezer paper applique

-Traditional pieced blocks

-Saw tooth border

It’s also possible to make the same components & instead have one or four individual quilts:

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You can make four gifts, or display the smaller quilts around your home.

The pattern is available for $28.00 & includes the Plexiglas template!

The Tiny Dresden Plate blocks measure 4-1/2″ finished.

The template is also available separately for $8.00.

It’s available on my website.

Stay tuned for more new patterns!

Until next time,

Susan

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These petals can grow & multiply even in frigid temperatures!

The weather is still crazy cold here.

It was just 12 degrees here this morning,

but it’s warm in my sewing room!

I’m sewing up my new Christmas designs for spring market using the new “Winterlude” by 3 Sisters for Moda that I showed you a while back.

So far today I’ve made these blue plates.

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They’re actually mini Dresden plates.

They will make a 4-1/2″ finished block.

I told you they were MINI!!!

Now I’m working on green plates.

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I like to make these in assembly line fashion.

Cut a million petals…

Stitch a million petals…

Trim a million petals…

I found a way to use my new bowl that was a Christmas gift from my friend, Kathy.

She sells the hand made pottery in her new studio.

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It’s best to keep the different fabrics segregated since they’re so close in color & design.

That’s what I like about this collection.

There aren’t a lot of different colors, just a few used over and over with different patterns.

This quilt will have an organized scrappy feel to it with a feel of antiquity.

I love this collection!!!

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I think I’ll move this to the living room tonight.

I can turn a million…

Press a millions..

all while watching my favorite shows!

Perhaps I’ll move my featherweight in there too.

This is a fun little project for that machine.

The days are getting longer.

Think spring!!!

Until next time,

Susan

I’ve finally made time to show you a bit of Spring International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon last month.

Portland 2013 Booth Susan & ChloeThis is Chloe & me in our booth.

Our neighbors were

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Susan & Karen of The Quilt Branch,

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and Robin of Nestlings by Robin.

Portland is beautiful.Portland skyline 2013This is a view from the Portland City Grill where we were having dinner one evening after market.

Here is Robin with Chloe and me.

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It was literally cloudy/rainy every day we were there until

Monday after market closed and we stayed to do a bit of sight-seeing.

Talk about good fortune!

In Astoria, we ate at Pig ‘n Pancake (cute name huh?),

crossed into Washington on a really tall bridge,

then did some antiquing and vintage shopping.

Antiques at Astoria

I bought a few things for fall market that I could pack into our suitcases.

I’ll show you those another day.

Good thing we sold most all the patterns & books we brought!

Tile floor at Astoria

This is a cool old tile floor in the huge antique store that appeared to be a hotel among other things in its previous lives.

Baked Alaska Astoria

We had lunch at Baked Alaska out on a pier, not something we can do everyday back in the Midwest…

Then we ventured down the coast to the beach.

Chloe Robin Oregon BeachIt was sunny, but not warm enough to swim…

We shopped for souvenirs and found the quilt shop that I remembered from a previous visit to Oregon with my brother, David.Oregon Coast Quilt Shop

We had a beautiful trip back to Portland through two national forests.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Multnoma Falls before our flight.

Multnoma Falls Gift Shop

I love how the smoke was wafting out of the gift shop.

It reminded me of the story of Hansel & Gretel!

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More than once Chloe thanked me for making her pack a jacket!

Always a mom…

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our travels.

Oregon is beautiful!

If you get the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it.

Until next time,

Susan