I hope you’re enjoying seeing my new patterns.

#3 if you couldn’t guess has even more little Dresdens.

Reflections

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 I loved using the new Morris collection, Earthly Paradise, by Barbara Brackman.

Remember them?

They were so pretty to work with!

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I did the trimming in front of the TV…

Notice another cutlery tray?

I have several because I have several projects going at once.

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I’m putting matching petals together here.

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Making the reflecting Tiny petals…

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Organizing to keep me on track…

(In yet another little tray!)

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Just look at my pretty garden growing!

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And of course, Betsy helped me to keep on task and untangled…

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This is the quilt that I used all the Dr. Pepper circles on.

Heather tested this one for me.

I offered to help her glue the center circles at a guild meeting since I’m always in a bit of a time crunch to get everything ready for maket.

I usually give my testers the pre-cut freezer paper circles that I cut with the paper cutters.circlepapercutters

They’re so quick to cut and perfectly round each time!

It took us about an hour or so to glue all of the Tiny and Mini circles.

It goes quickly when you’re doing something else at the same time.

I think that’s one of the things that I love about these little Dresdens.

I can watch TV, talk on the phone or watch a quilt program while working and before I know it, I’m done!

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Don’t let the circles scare you.

Apliquick Bars are a big help!

I showed you step-by-step how easy they are here.

The Apliquick Bars and circle cutters are available on my notions page on my website.

Reflections is available on my website too for $10.00 plus shipping.

Back tomorrow with #4!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

It’s always such a relief to FINALLY get this far…

I sent my patterns to the printer this week, yeah!!!

That means soon & very soon I’ll have new patterns to show you!

Suzn+Quilts+Millbrook+1892+Moda-4Remember this from a few months ago?

Moda’s Mill Book 1892 collection.

(I can’t believe it’s been that long!)

It takes a lot of work to finally get to this step.

I never time myself,

but believe me it takes months from the conception of a quilt design

to patterns in a bag or book, ready for you to sew.

International Spring Quilt Market is May 15-17 in Minneapolis.

I will have no less than (& perhaps more than)

two new patterns that showcase my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates,

a new Quilt-as-you-go table runner pattern,

& & &

another pattern that incorporates

both my Tiny & Mini Dresden plates with a Quilt-as-you-go lap quilt!

How about that?

I can’t wait to show them to you :)

Until then

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Just keep sewing!

Susan

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It’s that time of year again.

Time to be thinking and planning for Spring Quilt Market.

It will be in Minneapolis in May.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it since we left Houston!

I’ve already sent in payment to reserve our booth,

bought our air flights

 & worked up proposals for two Schoolhouse sessions.

Actually I did all that last year,

not only that, but I ordered sample fabric from the very generous folks at Moda.

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Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892!

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Pink, Green, Cream & Red, all my favorites plus my new love, purple!

The tones are so warm & lovely that I can’t wait to start cutting.

I replaced my rotary cutter’s blade today…

As usual, I don’t know exactly all I’ll be creating with the collection,

but I know where I’m starting.

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Yep, can’t get enough!

Any other suggestions?

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OK, some of these too.

Gotta get cutting!

Until next time,

Susan

I’ve made a lot of friends in the quilt world these past two+ decades.

One of them is the quilt shop owner, Pat Waelder, from Hannibal, MO.,

Mark Twain’s hometown in case you’re not familiar.

Do you know her & her shop?

If not, you’ve got to go!!!

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With the exception of the past few years,

I’ve taken my mom & our three kids to Hannibal every year

since our youngest was small enough to be wrapped up

in my mom’s coat to tour Mark Twain Cave!

She’s now taller than her grandma…

Besides the cave, there are many things to do around Hannibal.

There’s the Mississippi River which you can take a riverboat cruise on.

They have a museum that encompasses a lot of historic buildings

including Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

I’ve not personally gone on that tour.

When the kids got big enough for that

my mom offered to take them there while I spent time at Hickory Stick!

There’s a lighthouse with lots of steps to tire even the most active of children.

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Not sure why my mom’s not in this one…

There’s lover’s leap park that has a beautiful lookout over the river.

The train runs through town along side the river near a park

where we’ve eaten countless picnic lunches.

Some terribly hot, some a bit too chilly & breezy & others just right!

Antique & other shops line the historic downtown,

and most of our trips ended with the ice cream shop.

Lots to do there, and it’s a pleasant two hour ride for us.

So, as a quilter, I became friends with Pat.

When I started designing & marketing my patterns,

Pat was one of my first shops!

Through the years, she’s sold lots of my Abe Lincoln Tribute patterns.

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She liked it so well that she asked me to design a similar pattern for Mark Twain.

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They’re both patterns with full-size, reversed applique sheets.

Lincoln has been so popular that I’ve worked with a

laser-cutting company to make a pre-fused, cut-out!

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Just peel, fuse & stitch!

You can find these at Hickory Stick or on my website.

Now back to my original reason for posting today…

When Pat has a pattern sample, she sells!

So, I offered to make her a sample of my new

“A Pretty Table” table runner that I showed you

in conjunction with going to Pittsburgh spring market in May.

SuznQuilts+A+Pretty+Table+Hickory+Stick+sampleHere’s a very quick (& not good) photo with my phone.

To spark your memory, it’s quilt-as-you-go &

it also has place mats included in the pattern.

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On my list of things to do, I really need to buy a decent camera & learn to take & edit photos!

I hire a photographer to photograph my pattern samples, but I really need to work getting better for other instances.

Any suggestions???

Hickory Stick will be selling kits of this pattern.

If you’d like to take a trip…

I can highly recommend it!

Until next time,

Susan

 

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Chloe & I are off to Pittsburgh today.

Pre-Market will start tomorrow with Schoolhouse sessions all day.

We’ll be in room #302 at 1:55 showing my new Christmas designs,

then again in room #302 at 2:15 discussing my unique Quilt-as-you-go technique

featuring new patterns including a table runner & place mats!

That will be followed by three days in our booth #822.

We’re looking forward to taking in the city of which we’ve never been before.

If you’re going to International Quilt Market, please stop by!

Stay tuned for my new patterns.

Until next time,

Susan

 

I have another pattern that uses my new Mini Dresden Plate Template.  This one is a Christmas pattern, go figure, huh? 

It’s called Bits of Dresden Christmas Stocking:

Do you get the title now?  I used bits & pieces of a Dresden plate and appliqued them onto the stocking.  This was so fun to create!  I had the idea in my head as I was working on other designs for my booth at market and finally, by the time I was ready to work on it, all the pieces came together so to speak.  No pun intended, really!

It’s a generous sized stocking, so you can fill it with LOTS of goodies.  My kids would tell you there is no reason to make a small Christmas stocking and I would have to agree with them.  It is quilted so it is nice and sturdy too.  A great usable gift for years to come for sure!

The pattern includes a paper template for the Dresden petals, but as I explained in an earlier post, the Plexiglass template allows you to cut multiple layers quickly and more accurately.  You can purchase the pattern & template at your local quilt shop, or if they’re not carrying them yet, you can purchase them here.

One more pattern to go!

Until next time,

Susan