I gave a program to our guild this week;

all about my Tiny & Mini Dresden plate quilts.

Love my little Dresdens!

Of course I offered my patterns & templates for sale.

I received an order for two Tiny Dresden Friend quilt kits from my friend Carol N.

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Yes, she told me “I have two friends…”

Well, she’s not making a quilt for me,

so obviously she has way more than two friends!!!  Lol…

I didn’t realize I hadn’t made any of those kits actually,

so today I gathered up all of those fabrics & cut kits.

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Do they look a bit Sheldon Cooper-ish?

(He has a bit of O.C.D. on Big Bang Theory in case you’re wondering.)

I like to line everything up so I can see that I’m not missing anything

& if it happens to look very organized well all the better!

Whenever I’ve had my kids helping me fold patterns or whatever, I always insist they do things so it doesn’t “look like a kindergartner did it.”  No offense kindergartners!

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There, is that better?

At any rate,

I cut a few extra kits to have on hand

so if you’re needing one (or two or three…) they’re on my website.

Kits are also available for my Tiny Dresden Birthday pattern.

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I have the whole monthly series in fabric kits too!

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They make great little gifts either in the finished quilt form

or in pattern form for a quilting friend.

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it too…

Just keep sewing!

Susan

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I know I’m a bit late to the party…

International Fall Quilt Market was over two weeks ago…

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(Image from Moda’s Cutting Table Blog)

I wasn’t able to attend, but I do have new quilt patterns that would have been there. I was with my family instead since my wonderful Mother-in-law passed away the day before Chloe & I were to fly to Houston.

How appropriate that this is the first of my three new patterns.

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I’m sad, I’m tired & I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family & such dear friends. Getting older is not an easy thing for anyone involved. I will miss my mother-in-law dearly. She was one of my best friends. I’m so thankful that she was able to live independently in her own home & will not be going into assisted living or to a nursing facility.

So, if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been lacking in presence here, she is one of the reasons. Also, my dad had heart surgery the day Chloe & I were to fly to Minneapolis for spring quilt market back in May. We did fly out the next day though so we didn’t miss that. I then spent the majority of the next six weeks at the hospital & then rehab with him helping him to recover from the surgery. I’m happy to report that he was able to resume baling hay this summer, his passion!  Once a farmer, always a farmer…

One of the reasons I do what I do is because of the ability to work around my family & its many schedules. I can work at any hour & stop at the drop of a hat to help whoever needs me at that moment. It started with raising our children but more recently it’s been helping with our parents.

I’m very fortunate & I’m so thankful they at least take turns!

How appropriate that this is my next new pattern.

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I’m definitely in “My Happy Place” with my family & in my sewing room!!!

My third & final new pattern: Suzn+Quilts+Tiny+Dresden+Happy+Birthday+cover+RGB

All three use my Tiny Dresden Template,

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& “My Happy Place” also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

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Like my previous Dresden plate patterns,

the paper template is included in the pattern, but you’ll want to also purchase the plastic template because it will make your cutting so much quicker & more accurate.

Look for them on my website & hopefully soon at your local quilt shop!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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It’s that time of year again.

Time to be thinking and planning for Spring Quilt Market.

It will be in Minneapolis in May.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it since we left Houston!

I’ve already sent in payment to reserve our booth,

bought our air flights

 & worked up proposals for two Schoolhouse sessions.

Actually I did all that last year,

not only that, but I ordered sample fabric from the very generous folks at Moda.

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Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892!

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Pink, Green, Cream & Red, all my favorites plus my new love, purple!

The tones are so warm & lovely that I can’t wait to start cutting.

I replaced my rotary cutter’s blade today…

As usual, I don’t know exactly all I’ll be creating with the collection,

but I know where I’m starting.

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Yep, can’t get enough!

Any other suggestions?

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OK, some of these too.

Gotta get cutting!

Until next time,

Susan

They’re back from the printer & ready to ship!

New patterns that use my new Tiny Dresden template.

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A 10″ stocking, that’s a cute as can be (if I must say so myself!)

These are quick & easy.

Completely by machine except for the hand work to stitch the binding.

Also using Tiny Dresden plates,

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make either the runner or wall quilt with adorable little angels.

“A Joyful Christmas” was stitched by hand with perle cotton,

the rest was all done by machine.

I even sew my buttons on by machine.

 I can’t wait to see what other color combinations these are made into.

Lastly, incorporating both my tiny & mini Dresden plates,

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Dresden Heaven.

I absolutely love this quilt!

I used fat quarters, but you can use charm squares & layer cakes along with yardage.

A shop ordered these yesterday and she’s going to use the new Downton Abbey collection.

I can’t wait to see it!

Check your local quilt shop or my website to get yours today.

Sew them for Christmas, or put them on your Christmas list!

Until next time,

Susan