Since the majority of my quilt-along friends have their

Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler

already finished, I decided to jump right into

A Merry Christmas To You!

We’ll be starting February 6, 2019,

and it will last for 22 weeks,

finishing up with the last step posted on July 3rd.

This will give you plenty of time each week to complete the step laid out for you

& also give you plenty of time to get it quilted to hang for Christmas 2019!

Won’t that be nice to have this hanging in time for Christmas?

So hurry to get this copy of Quiltmania

or buy the pattern here on my website.

And if you don’t already have my Tiny Dresden template, #216, you’ll want that too!

I’ve also created a Facebook group to help us all stay connected

with the sewing & sharing process.

“Sewing With Susan” can be found here.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

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Now that the hustle & bustle of Christmas is over….

Have you had a chance to get a copy of Quiltmania?

I’m working on the schedule for another Quilt-Along and would love for you to join me!

If you’ve not been able to find a copy of the magazine

& would like to buy the pattern you can find it here on my website.

You have two options with this pattern.

You can either make the one large quilt like is shown on the front cover,

or you can make 4 small quilts instead.

Either way, you’ll make the 4 small quilts,

then the last steps are to sew the 4 small quilts together & add 2 borders.

Pretty neat huh?

Included in this project is some hand embroidery with perle cotton thread.

You’ll be making Tiny Dresden plates, yay!

There are spool blocks.

There’s a little bit of freezer paper applique (or other technique of your choice).

Lastly, there are a few small filler pieced blocks.

I hope you’ll join in the fun.

I really enjoyed making both versions of this quilt.

It’s the first quilt that I designed & sewed with my Tiny Dresden plates.

Then I made it a second time so I could photograph both versions for the pattern covers.

Who knew I was going to fall in love with them?

Not me!

I should have the schedule for the Quilt-Along worked up next week.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Week #

Please keep posting & sending me pics of your blocks!

If you’re not part of my Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

head over there & sign up so you too can share & see all the progress.

This week we will a refer to

Crossroads page 40.

We will be making just 1 measly Tiny Dresden block

& 2 very simple 9-Patch blocks.

Simple, simple, simple.

It was so simple that I didn’t even take any pics of fabric choices.

You’re seasoned little Dresden plate makers now,

so you’ll be able to do this week’s work with 1 hand tied behind your back. Lol!

Perhaps you can use some of your extra time this week getting caught up with some of your other quilting projects.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

Week #

I’m so excited that you’ve decided to join the challenge

& sew my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler with me!

It is such an honor to have you join me.

You’re going to love the finished quilt.

It was so much fun to create & so beautiful too!

Everything you need is in the pages of my book;

Dresden Quilt Workshop.

I’m just going to help you realize it!

Each week, for 26 weeks, we will create a portion of the quilt

using bits of each of the 13 quilts in the book.

Today it’s finally time to get started with week #1!

This week we will refer to

Button Box quilt, page 51.

This step was chosen first because the block touches so many other blocks in the quilt.

Whenever I make a sampler quilt I’m careful to plan

 the fabrics so they will not blend into each other.

That can change or even ruin a design.

I had fun auditioning fabrics for this block.

In the end, my favorite lime green won out for more reasons that it’s my favorite.

I really liked the contrast of the black letters on the green.

This is the only block in the quilt where I changed the dimensions.

This block will fit on a fat 1/4 yd. (18″ x 22″).

Cut the background 9 1/2″ x 21 1/2″.

(Not as instructed for the actual Button Box quilt in the book!)

Follow the illustration below & the instructions on page 56 to make the applique.

If you purchased one of my kits,

you can use the “Authentic” black fabric

with words printed on it for the “Quilts” applique too.

Just remember, yours doesn’t need to match mine.

Use whatever fabric you want anywhere in the quilt.

Please note: I’m VERY FRUGAL when it comes to using sample fabric in a quilt.

Sample meaning, new and not yet available in quilt shops,

but if you follow my blog you already know that…

Many of my quilts are made with sample fabrics generously supplied by Moda.

I order what I think I need and if I need a bit more of something it may or may not be available so I use it very sparingly.

If you’re more liberal with your cutting you may not be able to use your kit the same way I used my sample fabrics.

You may also want add more fabrics to make it your own.

It’s your quilt!

 

I love using Sulky’s 12 wt. threads for my fusible web applique.

I like to say that it reminds me of when I was little & outlined everything with my black crayon!

(Most often I use this thread in black. This sample is an exception.)

It covers the raw edge of the fusible web really well & it makes my applique stand out.

That’s what we want, right?

With the REALLY busy print in this fabric it’s hardly the best example,

but I love it just the same.

Once you’ve stitched around the letters you’re done with this week’s challenge.

I hope you enjoy week #1!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan