My next & last new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Susanna.

I know what you’re thinking,

“Why didn’t she put MORE little Dresden plates on this quilt?”, right? Lol

Susanna started with the “Susanna” collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.

I decided to start with 2 of the blues to make Tiny Dresden plates.

Chain piecing is the best!

It’s a great time to let your mind wander

or listen to a good movie that you’ve watched over & over again.

The time passes quickly as I watch the Tiny Dresden plates emerge.

Soon I was auditioning more fabrics to join my TD plates.

If I’m not absolutely sure of all of the fabrics

I will make just one center (not even applique it down)

then make fabric decisions.

Once I narrowed that down,

I went to “work” making the center circles for all of the TD plates.

Not work at all, really.

I love to make the TD centers!

I know, how weird am I???

As a matter of fact,

I offered to make Loraine, one of my pattern testers’,

centers for the TD’s she was making to test my Jellyroll Gemstones pattern.

It took less than an hour

since I had the circles already cut in my little canister.

Pressing then cutting them into strips for easy trimming is key.

With a movie on, the time flies by!

Now before the rest of my pattern testers get in an uproar,

I’m happy to make your centers for you too!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Once my design was ironed out I needed to make a few more TD’s.

Have I told you lately that I actually use my rotary cutter

to cut the string apart & to trim the seam allowance?

Yup!

It’s so much quicker that using my scissors, but you better be careful!

Concentration is key…

And it doesn’t hurt to have some nourishment nearby at times.

The mindless making of the center circles also lets

my mind think of the next upcoming fabric decisions.

Oh but wait, there are more!

I actually took this project to our retreat at Rosemary’s the beginning of February.

No TV watching here,

just good conversation & good food too!

Aren’t they lovely???

In the midst of this project, Clare, our youngest daughter, bought me this cute cart.

She thought it would look nice in our booth.

It’ll be going with us to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival next week,

but for now it’s looking cute in my sewing room with what’s left of “Susanna”.

More decisions….

and auditions….

and decisions…

and cutting!

Then some organizing.

What a treat for me to relive the process!

My camera is my best friend while I make lots of decisions.

Once I finally liked all of the blocks,

and sewed them together,

I had to make the border fabric decision.

And that decision led to

more Tiny Dresdens!!!

They’re just what the corners of this quilt needed.

I love the addition of the corner blocks.

They really add a lot don’t you think?

It breaks up all of the blue

and gives your eye something else pretty to see.

After Tamara once again did a lovely job of quilting it for me

Nemo & I set it up to be photographed by Scott.

I love the process more than actually having the finished quilt.

How about you?

What’s your favorite part?

 

Wanna win one of my 3 new patterns?

 

Your choices are either Dresden Feathered Stars,

 

Jellyroll Gemstones,

or Susanna.

Just leave me a comment telling me

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

&

2. What’s your favorite of my new patterns?

I’ll give 3 lucky quilters their choice!

I’ll pick the winners Sunday at 6 p.m. CST.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My next new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Jellyroll Gemstones.

The rainbow of color across this quilt can be made entirely

with 1 jelly roll of 40, 2 1/2″ strips.

 

This is Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.

 

When I started this quilt I cut all the petals

& sewed them into a long string.

I encharged Betsy to keep them tangle-free.

She did a great job.

You can’t even see her beneath them all!

Next, I sewed & sewed, & sewed some more…

Eventually I had a nice array of plates.

I auditioned many background fabrics to complete my design,

but couldn’t find just the right one so they rested a while.

If you remember, I mentioned

that I picked up this cool Shedd’s Peanut Butter tin in Michigan

while traveling to teach at the Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

It was the perfect place for the completed plates to hang out

while I did more traveling last fall to teach

& to vend & then attend fall quilt market.

In February at our retreat at Rosemary’s I got them out again

& auditioned more background fabrics & decided on just the right one.

So, I went to work & cut all the pieces for the blocks.

Then I assembled them into little kits for each block

so the color combinations wouldn’t be duplicated.

My new-to-me wooden tray was the perfect holder for the little kits.

& my new-to-me m&m’s (or Dr. Pepper) holder

from my friend & fellow retreater, Chris, now holds my bottle near my machine!

Soon I had a nice stack of blocks ready to have a Tiny Dresden appliqued to the center.

Soon after that I ran out of thread!

I use a lot of Sulky’s Medium Taupe thread!

Fortunately I had more thread, so I was able to finish all of the blocks.

Of course Nemo, my supervisor, was always good at

keeping an eye on me to be sure I kept working!

Laying out the blocks was next

& I soon decided that I had just the right colors in just the right places,

then I added the Tiny Dresden plates at the intersections of the blocks.

 

I decided a small sashing was necessary

to space the Tiny Dresden plates a bit farther from the blocks.

So another fabric audition was necessary.

I decided on a low contrast between the two fabrics.

Next, I went to work sewing sashing strips between the blocks.

 

Thanks again to my friend, Chris,

I numbered the rows with the pins that she made for each of our guild members last year.

 

What a great trick to keep track of the rows.

Nothing is worse than laying everything out & getting it just right,

then getting the rows mixed up & sewing a green block next to another green block!

My numbered pins now hang out in this clip-on pincushion on Betsy’s shoulder.

I don’t have to wonder where I put them!!!

Next, I appliqued the Tiny Dresden plates to the sashing as I assembled the rows.

Notice how the Medium Taupe thread blends well with lots of colors?

This saves a lot of time not having to change thread color for each plate.

Finally the quilt top was complete & beautifully quilted by Tamara,

then photographed by Scott, all being overseen by our late friend, Nemo.

I still have a string of petals hanging out on Betsy

just as they’ve been doing since September 4th as you can see by the calendar!

Eventually I’ll find a use for them too.

For now I just love them hanging out with me in my sewing atelier :)

Jellyroll Gemstones is now available on my website.

One more new pattern to go.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love bright sunny days, especially when they come into my sewing room!

This morning I’m making a Tiny Dresden plate with the sun literally on my shoulder!

I love it when the sun comes into my sewing atelier.

It makes me smile.

Much better thoughts than when I’m thinking about summer being almost over and winter on the horizon…ugh.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!!!

I have a new fave tool too.

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop mentioned these scissors on one of her IG live sessions a while back so I thought I’d try them.

Very nice!

I know why they’re her favorite now.

They’re perfect for trimming my little Dresdens.

The very small, sharp point gets right up there next to the seam.

No thread tails here!

This morning in the sunshine I also finished sewing the binding onto the two preemie quilts that I demonstrated straight & bias binding on for our guild last night.

I made them quickly yesterday morning with a couple of orphan blocks from my Baby Love book.

Since Sue H. didn’t know I had a “baby” book I’ve added pics of the covers & a link.

It’s on my website’s “Book” page.

Lots of baby quilts including; pieced, appliqued & one of my signature quilt-as-you-go quilts plus a bag perfect for a diaper bag & bonus pillow that the applique is “free” when you make the “Baby” quilt. The letters are the negative shape that results from cutting out “Baby” for the quilt.

The preemie quilts are ready for some TV time.

Do you make charity quilts?

Our guild is very good about making all sizes of charity quilts.

I don’t do as much as I should, but I did make this one and donate it last month.

They can be quick & easy (or not so much)

& fun too when you have nice tools!

I’m so glad I also found this Dritz Might Steam Iron.

It’s so light-weight & HOT!

Perfect for the hours of repetitive ironing on my Tiny Dresden petals.

I just added the scissors ($18.50+ shipping) to my notions page on my website

& the iron ($32.00 + shipping) is there as well.

Back to the sunshine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I’ve been wanting and therefore looking for a particular helper for my studio for years.

As we all know, good help is hard to come by.

Finally last weekend I found her!

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So far she appears to be perfect, just what I was looking for!

She’s been around the block a few times.

Not at all pristine & immature.

Because of her maturity, I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to do everything I expect of her.

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No flimsy, immaturity that you sometimes find in the her younger counterparts.

Today she’s helping me with a new pattern sample.

She’s holding chain-pieced petals, keeping them wrinkle-free for the next step.

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I’m making tiny Dresden plates with my new template

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and I’m using the new “Hearts Content” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts

so generously given to my by Moda.

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I intend to make a tutorial for all of you who don’t already know how easy & fun Dresden plate blocks can be.

For now, my helper & I need to get back to work.

I just know we’re going to be friends!

Until next time,

Susan

 

Back in May, just in time for spring market in Pittsburgh, I got the brainy idea to design a series of

REALLY TINY seasonal quilts to fit a tiny,

Ackfeld Wire 6 x 6 frame.

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I wanted to use my new Tiny Dresden Template,

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& I wanted the quilts to be seasonal, one for each month.

Within a week, I had the samples ready to go to market (in hind sight, that was the easy part)

but then once market was over came the task of creating the twelve patterns!

  • writing
  • testing
  • editing
  • photographing
  • pricing
  • more testing
  • sending files
  • ordering buttons & charms
  • waiting…

Finally:

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Web+Tiny+Dresden+October+Cover

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Each quilt:

  • measures 6″ x 8″
  • incorporates hand embroidery with perle cotton thread
  • uses Tiny Dresden petals that make a seasonal design
  • button(s) or charm included in pattern
  • $7.50 ea. retail per pattern
  • fabric kits available $8.00 (limited supply)
  • extra button kits available $2.00 per month

With the exception of the hand embroidery & the binding,

every step was done on my sewing machine

even sewing on the buttons & making the label,

which I’ve included instructions for!

–Patterns–

–Extra button kits

— Fabric kits (limited supply)

–Wire stands

are available on my website now &

hopefully at your local quilt shop soon!

If you’re a shop & would like to carry my patterns,

send me an email or visit

Checker  or United Notions.

Now you know how I spent my summer!

Presently I’m working on more ways to use my fun

Tiny Dresden Template…

Until next time,

Susan