Dresden Plate Quilt, fat 1/4 quilt, New lap quilt pattern, New Pattern Sample, Tiny Dresden quilts

Earlene, Just in Time for #nationalsewajellyrollday

Did you know that today is #nationalsewajellyrollday?

I have several patterns that are Jelly roll friendly,

but Earlene is brand new & the PDF is now on my website!

You can purchase & download Earlene on my website today

then choose your 3 jelly rolls,

fat 1/4 collection

or your fabrics from your stash

& start sewing tonight!

When I started making the Tiny Dresdens

I was just having fun using some of my most favorite fabrics from my stash.

 

You may notice some old Jo Morton,

some new Jo Morton.

Some old Brannock & Patek,

some newer Jan Patek.

Some old Barbara Brackman,

some newer Barbara Brackman.

All-time quilt favorites of mine!

Next thing I know, a design popped into my head

that would make the perfect jelly roll or fat 1/4 quilt.

A perfect way to make yourself a generous lap size quilt

with your favorite quilt fabric stars.

Who are your favorite quilting stars?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, New Pattern Sample

Fall, Shmall….

Am I the only one on this planet that doesn’t like fall???

I hate winter,

so fall just seems like a precursor each year

that I cannot joyfully wrap my head around.

Fortunately with this pandemic

I’ve not been bombarded with it since July 5th.

I’ve been harbored here for what seems like forever in one instance,

then not so much the next.

It’s been EXACTLY 6 months TODAY

I’ve been quarantining in my abode.

How can that be?

I calculate I’ve walked approximately 450 miles!

(really it’s the same 2.5 miles every day, lol.)

The exception is a handful of really humid or rainy days

that I wimped out

and decided to walk inside on our treadmill.

I did put away my summer door decoration last week

& put up my pretty fall door wreath.

Writing the instructions for the new basket quilt pattern

I decided to make a basket block to double check my dimensions.

I used this awesome buffalo gingham check

to make the basket.

Since I already had 1 gold Tiny Dresden plate

hanging out with nowhere to go

it seemed like the perfect opportunity

to use it and make just 1 more.

Well, or course it added a fall feel right away don’t you think?

Now I want to make more!

Instructions are about finished.

Hopefully Tamara will have my top quilted soon.

I cannot wait!

Are you a fall person or are you like me?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Applique quilt projects, Dresden Plate Quilt, New Quilt pattern sample

Laborious Labor Day 2020

Carnivals canceled, large groups not allowed,

what are you doing this Labor Day Weekend?

Today I’m sewing,

making circles for my ongoing new pattern sample.

Have you seen bits of the construction already,

perhaps on FB or IG?

I’m mostly using Cider by Basic Grey for Moda.

 

So far I’ve made all the baskets.

The stripe fabric is the only non Cider fabric.

Next I made the pile of petals into plates!

So this afternoon it’s on to center circles.

The Apliquick Bars are my best friends for making

perfect applique shapes with freezer paper!!!

You can find all my favorite notions on my website here,

including the Apliquick Bars.

The leaves were snap to make too.

I’m ready to finish the blocks!

Can’t wait to see the finished quilt, can you?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life, Third Thursday Thread Sisters

What Are You Binding Wednesday, Hard Crackers

A lot of quilters that I know hate to bind a quilt.

I don’t understand that mindset.

I LOVE to bind quilts!

I love the process & more than anything

I can’t wait to finally see the finished quilt!

Today I’m binding a small & scrappy quilt, Hard Crackers.

Several months ago, pre-COVID19,

Heather & I established a new sewing group.

We decided to meet once a month

& sew on the same agreed upon quilt.

We would meet on the third Thursday & so

the Third Thursday Thread Sisters (TTTS) was formed.

Well, the very first month we were

supposed to meet we were under quarantine.

We decided to form a group text instead

to share & to show progress of our little quilts from 10:00 or so until noon or so…

It seems fortuitous now looking back at the origin of our sewing group.

The idea came from a guild presentation.

It was a group of quilters doing the same thing.

They came and showed their little quilts, many from this book.

It just so happened that Martingale was having a super sale!

So, we acted quickly,

deciding on a couple of books to use for the basis of our quilts.

Again, fortuitous don’t you think?

I made the first choice.

Since we had 9 in our group,

I made a smaller version of this quilt

to accommodate our signatures.

Since the quarantine continued, to help us keep in touch,

we decided to sew each Thursday instead of just the third.

These are my blocks from the first quilt…

but whilst making them I decided they were too light.

I wanted them to hang near my new table runner.

Meanwhile, the next 3rd Thursday was approaching…

Bonnie chose Lizzie’s Tents.

I remade my blocks.

I love the quilt!

So far we’ve assigned 3 quilts, one per month.

Since the third Thursday is this week

I was determined to finish my June quilt.

I finished the top last week.

This morning I layered, quilted then sewed the binding to the quilt.

Tonight I will do the handwork to complete it!

Tomorrow we start our next quilt!

Perhaps you should start a sewing group

with some of the quilting friends you’re missing.

I’m so thankful for this connection with

some of my quilting friends

during this surreal time.

Please let us know what you’re binding

& share them with us on my Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan/

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns

Final New Christmas Pattern; Merry Christmas

Today’s new pattern is

Merry Christmas!

This will make a perfect size pillow as well as a quilt.

Just one Mini Dresden plate,

2 Tiny Dresden plates

& a bit of fusible web appliqué.

This is a great pattern to start with

if you’ve never made a Dresden plate before.

The pattern includes paper templates,

but my plastic templates make the cutting quicker & more accurate.

You can find the templates by clicking here.

You can find Merry Christmas on my new website by clicking here.

Also available as PDF for instant download here.

I hope you’ve been inspired to start your Christmas sewing now!

It’s never too early to start!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns, quilt-as-you-go table runner

Another New Christmas Pattern; Christmas Pines

Today’s new pattern is, Quilt-as-you-go,

Christmas Pines .

This is proving to be one of the most popular of my new patterns.

Everyone likes quick & easy.

This is both of those!

You can truly make all of these in just 1 day.

If you purchase the PDF you can do that today!

 

You can find Christmas Pines on my new website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, Dresden Plate Quilt, new quilt patterns

Another New Christmas Pattern; Dresden Town Square

Today’s new pattern is Dresden Town Square.

It has a lot of the same blocks as my Dresden Village quilt;

new last fall.

I sometimes forget that not everyone is as excited

to be challenged by a quilt like I am.

So, if you like my cute little house blocks & my little Dresden plates,

perhaps you’d like to start with this little cutie.

The hardest part of this quilt is the fabric choices…

It uses my Tiny & Mini Dresden templates

for the Dresden plates.

After that just few little houses & it’s done!

It’s a cute little quilt that you can experiment

with making just a few little Dresden plates & not be overwhelmed.

You can find Dresden Town Square on my new website by clicking here.

The templates can be found by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

patriotic quilts

Happy (Dresden) Flag Day 2020!

I hope your Flag Day is a beautiful as ours.

The weather here couldn’t be more perfect!

Perhaps you need a new flag for this day

& the other patriotic days to come.

I have an entire page dedicated to patriotic

quilt patterns on my new website here.


I have lots of “flag” & patriotic patterns.

Some have little Dresden plates,

some are quilt-as-you-go

Some are both!

All of them are fun to make!

Quilts of all shapes & sizes really.

Check them out on my brand new website.

Just Keep Sewing… flags!

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns

Another New Christmas Pattern; Tiny Tree Runner

Today’s pattern is another new pattern

that uses my new Tiny Tree Template Set.

Meet Tiny Tree Runner.

I used my newest Christmas “collection” mostly Moda,

but with some added backgrounds

and a couple extra blacks…

I just have to make it “perfect”!

Cutting was done in a flash with my new template set.

I said it before I know, but I LOVE cutting around these templates

to make tiny trees & you will too!

I used a new cutter to cut apart my chain piecing.

Pretty handy tool.

Chain piecing makes these blocks super quick to assemble.

After finishing the trees,

make just 2 Tiny Dresden plates & you’re set!

Tiny Tree Runner is now available on my new website here.

Both printed & PDF versions are available for those of you

that can’t wait to get started today.

 

And my new Tiny Tree Template Sets are found by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns, quilt as you go lap quilt

Another New Christmas Pattern; Through The Pines

Are you familiar with my quilt-as-you-go patterns?

They’re popular because they are quick & easy

& you don’t have to figure out how to quilt them

or pay someone else to do it.

Meet Through The Pines.

This is a lap quilt that incorporates my new Tiny Tree Template Set.

(Shown here on my awesome tiniest cupboard.)

I LOVE cutting around these templates to make tiny trees

& you will too!

Just make the tree blocks,

sew them between some red & cream strips,

then sew the strips onto the foundation.

Sew the binding to the quilt & it’s finished!

As with all of my quilt-as-you-go patterns,

I only recommend Warm & Natural Cotton Batting

& of course a walking foot.

I designed this before we had our retreat at Rosemary’s back in January.

I hadn’t planned to sew on it then & there but

Rosemary had the perfect red fabric &

I was excited to make the tree blocks so it just happened.

This is the stack of strips ready to sew to the foundation that was awaiting me at home…

All dressed up & nowhere to go!

The smaller stack of cream strips are part

of another pattern that I’ll show you soon.

The stack of Tiny Dresden plates are in that same exact state,

still waiting for what will happen to them next.

I was so excited to see how the quilt was going to look

that I laid out the finished strips on Rosemary’s design floor (lol) without the foundation.

You’re going to love making this one too!

It’ll look good in any color fabrics, not just Christmas.

Through The Pines is now available on my new website here.

And my new Tiny Tree Template Sets are found by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan