The 4th of July always sneaks up on me

& before I know it,

I’ve forgotten to get out my awesome patriotic quilts!

Are you the same?

You’re so busy with work,

birthdays & graduations,

Father’s Day,

yard work,

kids,

housework, etc.,

that the precious time slips by?

Well, today is the day to get out those quilts & decorations!

I have so many quilts to choose from.

Two are brand new this year.

Both Star Spangled Dresdens

& Stars & Stripes Forever are quilt-as-you-go,

meaning if you start now they could be done by the 4th!

Dresden Flags has both wall & table top versions.

I especially love the table top version of Dresden Flags.

The 12″ stand makes the display of the quilt perfect!

The stands are on my website along with the pattern.

I think my all-time favorite patriotic quilt is Old Glory in Mini Applecore.

That’s probably because I used my all-time favorite fabrics,

Thimbleberries!

This quilt isn’t a pattern,

& I don’t own it, Blake does,

but I came across this pic & wanted to share it anyway.

This is the quilt that we designed together

with the star signature blocks from his college graduation party.

Look at those awesome feathers that Tamara quilted into the stripes!

Signs of Summer can be hung all summer long.

It’s an oldie but goodie &

so is this Four Little Flags pattern.

& I almost forgot a more recent pattern,

Dresden Buddies Uncle Sam!

He’s so cute & was lots of fun to make too.

We sold lots of these in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago.

We sold out of the hangers while there,

but they’re in stock now on my website.

If a little quilt is all you’re looking for

Tiny Dresden July may be the just the ticket!

I think my Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series is probably my favorite!

Again, the hangers make the quilt display perfect!

The 6 x 6 scroll hangers are available too.

I’m probably forgetting a patriotic quilt or two,

but I’ve given you lots to see & think about, right?

If you’ve already made them,

I hope you have them on display.

If not, here’s your reminder.

If you’re looking for some quilt projects

to help your home look more patriotic,

check them out on my website today!

We’re open Sundays, Lol.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

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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

Thanks for all of the kind words for my new little Dresden patterns!

I’m happy to announce the 3 winners:

  1. brcogan Says: 

    My favorite part is seeing how the prints cut up and sometimes what you think will work doesn’t. My favorite pattern is the Dresden feathered stars. Envious of how you seem to mass produce Dresden plates.

  2. Vickie Says: 

    I love them fabric selection most. Picking and choosing just the right shade of color. I love all your patterns but I am partial to your Jellyroll gemstone. Thanx for the opportunity to win
    Vickie in Oklahoma

  3. Deb G. in VA Says:

    I love selecting the pattern and fabric and seeing it finished. Dresden Feathered Stars is my favorite new pattern.

Winners, please email your

snail mail address to me here:

SuznQuilts@aol.com 

so I can ship your free pattern.

Thanks for playing along!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are just a few hours left to comment

& tell me your favorite of my 3 new quilt patterns.

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3 lucky winners will receive their favorite!

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Go here & read all about it, then comment to win your favorite.

I’ll draw the winners tonight at 6 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I’m finally feeling caught up with all of my after-market work.

Notice I said “feeling,” not that I am…

I want to show you my new patterns!

I’m excited to have 3 new patterns that I enjoyed making

& I know you’ll love them too!

I’m going to warn you,

this post is image heavy!!!

I love taking pics of my progress not only to mark what I’ve done,

but also as a great retrospect.

Meet Dresden Feathered Stars:

It all started way back when the total solar eclipse was happening in August of 2017.

Do you remember that day?

Clare, Nemo, Mabel & I spent the day mesmerized by the changing light.

It’s also when I started cutting fabrics for a new design for a

Feathered Star block

that would accommodate my Tiny Dresden plate.

Designing was fun.

I had to be sure it would all fit together.

I’m reminded of a book about the Wright Brothers that I read over & over in grade school.

I read it aloud to my mom while she cooked.

The boys’ mother made clothing from her own patterns.

She always made the garment out of paper first.

She would say “If you get it right on paper,

then it will be right when you make it.”

I don’t know why that stuck with me all these years, but it did.

I wish I could find that book.

The past few years I’ve bought & checked out of libraries

every version of “The Wright Brothers”

that I could find, but so far I’ve not found that exact book.

Anyway, getting it right

& making notes along the way

 

helped me to realize the process.

It also helped to remember the exact steps

to make a perfect feathered star block.

I had several Tiny Dresden plates hanging around to audition for the role…

but that really wasn’t the task at hand.

I enjoyed the process

& the results were such that I had to make more.

making more & more notes as I went along.

 

 

 

Soon feathered star block #2 was complete!

Next I cut for block #3.

I added labels, notes & illustrations to make the next block even easier!

Soon I had the instructions written to help with assembly of the next block.

By then my book,

Dresden Quilt Workshop

was released & my time & attention was taken elsewhere…

Eventually I came back to finish feathered star block #3.

It was considerably easier with the instructions that I had written.

Soon block #4 was complete!

That’s when Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler was born & I couldn’t stop myself!

That lead into getting ready for fall market

& all the prep involved with promoting a brand new book with C&T.

Dresden Feathered Stars got put on the waaaaay back burner…..

Then this past winter Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian became available.

I ordered sample yardage.

In my prep work with that collection

I decided the border print looked great with the Moda pinks in my stash.

& that’s when it hit me that my feathered star blocks would look great with this border print!

But then what?

The pinks from other collections looked great, but they needed something else.

That something else was GREEN!

So I set to work with my instructions

that I had written more than a year before

& my green stash!

Soon I was set to sew!

An estate sale had produced this awesome green box perfect for organizing my cutting table.

So, green stars evolved.

 

They looked great with the pink stars!

Nemo kept me on task snow & all.

 

Points were just falling together!

Soon I had stars ready for the beautiful border print.

Oddly enough when I got ready for the Tiny Dresden plates,

I realized the plates that were hanging out in my sewing atelier

were perfect!!!

 

How crazy is that?

So I set to the fun task of appliqueing them to the centers of the feathered star blocks.

But now what?

 

 

Too dark…

Too…

So much too, that I had to set them aside & let them percolate.

In the meantime I made a baby quilt for a cousin’s new baby.

In case you don’t recognize it, it’s my “Name That Quilt” baby quilt book.

It has really saved me in times that I need a baby gift!!!

Soon I was back to the feathered stars…

I finally decided on the perfect fabric for the

Mini Dresden plate intersecting plates & sashing too.

Soon the quilt design was complete!

Next was to get it professionally quilted by Tamara,

then photographed by Scott.

Nemo was of course on hand to offer his support!

 

Sadly this was Nemo’s last photo shoot.

We had to have him put to sleep this week.

We had 13 years together with this sweet collie

& I already miss him!

Many of my work days were made sweeter with his company.

But life goes on & more quilts will be made.

Dresden Feathered Stars,

full of illustrations & notes

will help you make perfect Feathered Stars,

& my hope is that you enjoy the process as much as I did!

They’re available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Have you made plans yet to attend this year’s 

Kansas City Quilt Festival?

There are only a few spots left in my Dresden Love quilt class.

 

This class is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 3:00-6:00.

You’ll be able to see the show & shop all day,

then relax and make a Tiny Dresden quilt at 3:00!

I also have a demo where you can sit, relax & learn

on Friday June 14 at 3:00.

I will be there all weekend to demo

& sign books in our booth

so I hope you put it on your calendar!

You can see all of the happenings for the weekend,

sign up for classes &

see host hotels, etc. here on their site.

I love that the hotels are either just next door

or around the corner and parking is free!

It’s convenient to get to;

just off the interstate in KC.

Hope to see you there!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

In recent months,

I’ve had several requests for my favorite notion

for making half square triangles,

Thangles.

 

They make a somewhat tedious task fast & fun!

For just $6.00 +shipping they’re a bargain!

While visiting Mary & Patrick’s Thangles booth

at the AQS quilt show in Paducah last week

I also noticed this interesting ruler.

Although I’m not a “ruler guru” I was intrigued.

It fits perfectly on a jelly roll strip

& helps to cut many sizes of rectangles (or squares if you like).

I only sell notions on my website that I use with my patterns, but…

I have these now too.

I guess I’ll just have to get busy &

make a reason to use this cool new ruler!

The ruler & Thangles are now on my website here.

FYI,

if you’re sewing my A Merry Christmas To You pattern with us

& you’re making the large version of the quilt,

you’ll want the 1″ Thangles in the upcoming weeks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan