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

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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

Hello,

Strip Quilt Secrets

Blog Hoppers!

Welcome to my blog!

I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing what

Strip Quilt Secrets is all about.

I love it when I pick up a quilting book and learn something new.

Since I’m not a scrappy quilter I learned a LOT about buying fabric, cutting strips & even the best ways to store your fabrics for scrap quilting.

I never even gave thought to these things before now.

No wonder her scrappy quilts are so beautiful & precise!

In reading her book cover to cover

(can’t tell you the last time, if ever, I’ve done that.)

I was fascinated by Diane’s instructions to cut triangles from

2 1/2″ (jelly roll) strips

to make half-square triangles that measure 2 1/2″ (unfinished)!

I rather like her Aunt Elsie Quilt.

And although I don’t have an Aunt Elsie,

my husband’s dear grandmother was named Elsie.

I decided to try out Diane’s “Triangles from Strips” technique

& make an Elsie block.

I was amazed that the pressed half-square triangle was exactly 2 1/2″!Pretty awesome!

Diane also suggests the best way to press the hst’s to get them the flattest they can be.

I quickly made the 8 hst’s

& cut a few 2 1/2″ squares from the same 2 1/2″ strips for the block.

Before I sewed the squares together I decided to audition the block both ways…

Just one more 2 1/2″ square could change the whole look of the block.

I decided to sew it as first imagined.

But if you know me…

You know that I literally cannot imagine sewing something without little Dresden plates!!!

Instead I belabored a couple of border fabrics

then completed a preemie quilt top.

Once again I contemplated including a Tiny Dresden plate in the center…

These things can literally go just about ANYWHERE!

But alas I quilted & bound it without the Dresden addition.

How cute is just one little Aunt Elsie block?

I have to say, these tips have changed the way I think about scrappy quilts!

They’re not scary at all anymore.

Thanks, Diane!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of Strip Quilt Secrets?

(Sorry but the drawing is closed.)

Go to the

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of this blog post & leave me a comment

to be entered into a drawing for your own copy of Strip Quilt Secrets.

I’ll draw Sunday by 6 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Week # 23

 

Thank you for posting & sending the pics of your blocks.

Now that the Christmas holiday season is over, it’s time to get back to it!

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 3.

It’s the bottom of the quilt.

The seam numbers continue from Sections 1 & 2.

There are a few small horizontal seams to sew

then the vertical seams will complete this section.

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.

This is probably the hardest part of making this quilt.

Don’t get overwhelmed.

Just sew a bit at a time and set it aside if it gets overwhelming.

This is why I wrote the assembly into so many steps,

as to not overwhelm anyone.

You’ve come too far to get overwhelmed now!

I can’t wait to see more pics of your progress.

Send pics to the group!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan