I had a great couple of days with some lovely new quilting friends

from the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Springfield, MO last week.

I first met many of these ladies at their guild’s quilt show last September.

My daughter & I had a booth there selling my patterns.

Their quilt show helps support the most incredible

& unusual set-up for a quilt guild that I have ever encountered!

They actually rent a storefront in a strip mall 365 days a year.

Their membership is about 300.

They have two business meetings on the same day each month,

one in the morning & another the same evening for their members that work during the day.

They also have a lot of satellite clubs that meet at different times throughout the month; several charity sewing groups, a Featherweight sewing group, a modern sewing group & a group of strippers for heaven’s sake, lol! And that’s just a small sampling.

I’m telling you, they have it all!!!

They invited me to setup my goodies & speak to both groups.

They have a beautiful “In Between” raffle quilt

shown here behind Vicky’s Bonnie Hunter sew-along quilt.

While on my journey there I was able to stop at a few antique malls

including Relics in Springfield.

It’s huge with lots to see!

I found this cool “hanger” for drying tops.

The interesting part is that it’s adjustable.

I’ll probably hang a quilt or two on it.

Between lectures (with suggestions from my lunch pals)

I was also able to visit The Vintage Peddler.

This place is awesome!

They have lots of lovely, thoughtfully displayed booths.

I found several items that I needed there…

including these HUGE display hangers.

That’s a 30″ wide table that they’re hanging on.

I showed these to some of my new quilt friends during our workshop the next day.

One of them asked what I’m going to do with them…

Hang quilts on them of course!

We laughed that I could hang all 12 of my Tiny Dresden quilts on the two of them; one from each clip.

I could also hang one quilt per hanger:

or…

or I could hang one larger quilt like these between the two hangers…

I also found this metal shelving unit that comes apart to store flat.

I’m always looking for display pieces that are durable

& don’t take up a lot of space for travel purposes

whether for quilt shows or trunk shows & workshops like theirs.

I will for sure be taking this to the Kansas City Quilt Festival in June.

(this is where I initially met some of my Ozark Piecemakers friends

who thankfully persuaded me to join their quilt show last year!)

Perhaps I’ll find a purpose for it in my booth

at Spring Quilt Market in May

which is also being held in Kansas City this year.

We’ll see.

Our workshop was a fun day as well,

with 100% of the quilters successfully completing

at least 1 ore more perfect little Dresden plates!

Look at the smiles & the complete plates.

(Some of them are smiling because they think they tricked me into making their center circles while I demonstrated with my Apliquick Bars, Lol!)

Little do they know I love making them.

I’ll make them for your group too if you invite me to teach a workshop.

You can see my lecture & workshop offerings here.

I hope you are all making more plates.

Please send me pics when you do.

It really is all about having the right tools for the right job.

Thanks new quilting friends!

I hope to see you again soon!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you need an excuse to sew a little green?

If so, here’s a tiny inspiration!

It’s just part of my Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series.

A cute little quilt (6″ x 8″) that hangs conveniently on this adorable stand.

Included in each pattern are the instructions

to make a little sleeve so the quilt will hang perfectly.

Once you have that quilt made you’ll want to make one for each month!

A unique way to decorate a little corner of your or a loved one’s abode.

You can find it all here,

including the patterns, stands, notions & fabric kits while they last.

Doing my best to inspire you!

Just keep sewing (green)…

Susan

Final Week, # 26

Well, this is it;

the final week of assembling the Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler.

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics

of your completed tops!

Our Facebook group, Dresden Quilt Workshop,

is seeing the lovely quilt tops being finished &

I’m honored that so many quilters wanted to make this quilt with me!

 

I’ve been enjoying seeing your completed tops,

so thank you for sending the pics to our group!

This last step is to add a border to your quilt.

If you remember, at the beginning of this project (August 6, 2018)

I suggested to those using the Circulus & Lollies Sweet

to cut 3″ strips of each of the 6 stripe print fabrics (plus 1 more)

so you could see all of the prints at once.

Now is the time to use those 3″ strips.

I first pieced them together & then sewed them to the sides of the quilt,

then I sewed them to the top & bottom.

If you’re not using the Circulus & Lollies Sweet collection,

you have lots of options.

By the way the top should measure 57 1/2″ x 57 1/2″.

Although 57 is not a prime number,

it’s factors are 3 & 19,

not great dimensions for border pieces.

As some of you are already figuring out,

if you want to cut rectangles and

not have cut off rectangles the math is weird!

  1. You can cut 7 strips 3″ x width of fabric of the same fabric & piece them together to make your border.
  2. You can replicate the stripes of the Lollies Sweet and cut 3″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles & make your own stripe fabric.
  3. If you want to avoid the rectangles not being symmetrical around your quilt you can add an inner border. If you bring the size of the quilt up to 60″ you have lots of options for factors of 60: 1,2,3,4,5,6,10,12,15,20,30,60. Not hard math!!!

For the inner border, cut & piece strips to make

-2 strips 2″ x 57 1/2″ (sides) &

-2 strips 2″ x 60 1/2″ (top & bottom).

Sew these to the quilt.

Next, cut 50 rectangles 3″ x 5 1/2″.

Sew them into 2 rows of 12 rectangles (sides) &

2 rows of 13 rectangles (top & bottom).

Sew these to the quilt.

& voila~~~

Now to get it quilted!

Tamara did a great job on mine.

I’m sure she would love to quilt yours too.

Contact her at their shop, Itch’n to be Stitch’n.

Thanks for quilting along with me!

When you finish yours, send pics to the group

so we can enjoy them too.

Are you going to join in the fun to make another quilt with us?

Next week we’ll be starting “A Merry Christmas To You”.

See details here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week # 25

 

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics

of your completed tops!

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

lovely quilt tops being finished & shown.

Just one more week…

We will be sewing the 4 sections of the quilt together this week.

Here are the numbered steps.

Notice the numbers are once again carried over from the previous steps.

I was so excited when I was finally able to piece my completed sections together!

I hope you feel the same way.

I think a lot of you do, since you’re not waiting for my instructions!!!

I’m sure enjoying seeing your tops being completed,

so thanks for sending the pics to our group!

I pressed each seam to the path of least resistance here too.

Just one more week.

Week #26 we’ll add the border.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Week # 24

 

Thanks to those of you still posting & sending the pics of your completed sections & completed tops!

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

lovely quilt tops being finished & shown.

This week (again for those of you not already finished….)

will be another section of the quilt to assemble.

This is section 4.

Here are the steps to sew it together.

Notice the numbers are once again carried over from the previous steps.

This time there are a few small vertical seams to sew together.

Then the horizontal seams will complete this section.

I hope you’re enjoying the final steps to soon complete the entire quilt top!

As mentioned earlier in the assembly instructions,

I pressed each seam to the path of least resistance.

Some seams were pressed open to alleviate bulk.

Please send pics of your progress.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Thanks for all the kind comment about Strip Quilt Secrets!

It was fun drawing a #.

Our winner is:

#58 Susan S 

“I’m glad you are feeling better about scrap quilts!

I have so many scraps I could use on Diane’s quilts!”

I hope you do make some quilts with all of those scraps.

Now you’ll have no excuse not to.

I hope all of you who didn’t win will visit Diane’s website

or your favorite quilt shop to get a copy

then make your own scrappy quilts.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Have you left me a comment for your chance to win

Strip Quilt Secrets?

If not,

you need to click here

& do that little thing!

The drawing will be tonight.

I’m here today.

A great day to

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan