New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

New Patterns Spring 2018, #6

New pattern #6

Star Bright.

I used the new Grunge Seeing Stars collection by Basic Grey for Moda on this quilt.

I showed you many of the steps of its creation back in March.

Tiny Dresden petals, yada, yada, yada…

The pretty petal pile…

Changing out a plate because of the lack of contrast with the center fabric…

Drying the plates…

Choosing just the right Sulky thread colors…

& the magical tiny blind hem stitch.

Then the stars…

& the leftovers of making the stars for the awesome “bonus” border!

The hardest part for me a lot of times is deciding a name for each quilt.

Meet Star Bright!

It’s like a rainbow in itself.

Yup, it’s on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Mini Dresden Patterns, New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

New Patterns Spring 2018, #5

New pattern #5 is

“Dresden Daisies”.

This is the only new pattern that uses both my Tiny Dresden and Mini Dresden templates.

I designed this quilt a while back.

I guess was waiting for just the right fabrics to put it together with.

The darker green fabric is from Jo Morton’s “New Hope” collection by Moda.

I’ve used plenty of half Dresden plates in my quilts, but for this one, since it’s going to be appliqued on top of the border and not sewn into it, I had to first press and glue the seam allowances under before adding the center.

To do this, I drew intersecting straight lines on my ironing board cover with an ultra fine Sharpie marker.

This allowed me to place the seam allowance on the vertical line, then press the seam allowances up to the horizontal line.

I’ve done this before with another quilt I was working on that had a lot of 6 1/2″ blocks. It’s a good way to quickly check accuracy before moving on.
Ironing board covers are not permanent.

For instance the one pictured is long gone!

Next I made the centers.

I only appliqued the full plates’ centers.

Since the edge of the half plates’ centers overhang the petals,

they would need to be appliqued down after they were on the border.

Before long, my daisy garden was complete!

Aren’t they sweet???

This is why I quilt.

I love the process!

Next step was to double check my green fabrics.

Then see if my piano key borders were working…

I noticed shadowing of the darker green fabric coming though my daisy petals, so I had to fix that by making a lining for each one.

That was easily done with my Olfa circle cutter and some plain white fabric.

(Instructions in the pattern)

Shadowing all gone!

Now to assemble the quilt.

Positioning, gluing & stitching the half Dresden plate daisies.

Adding the last border.

Putting it on the “to be quilted” pile I noticed how it lined up with the edge of “With All My Heart” and wondered if it needed another border…

“No!” I’m going small & less complicated!!!

But I liked that idea…

Meet Dresden Daisies.

Just 31 1/2″ x 31 1/2″!

Uncomplicated & cute…

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

New Patterns Spring 2018, #4

New pattern #4 is Loads of Lollies.

This quilt makes me smile every time I see it.

Perhaps it’s the brighter than usual fabrics.

I typically photograph the different stages of the design process to get a feel of how the fabrics will look for the cover photo.

Wheelbarrow too dark…

Black fabric too colorful…

It reminds me of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty fighting over the color of the gown. Blue! No, Pink! No, blue…

Liking this…

Ooh & I like those for a border…

Black rick rack was the obvious choice for the lines of the wheelbarrow.

Unfortunately this is too big.

I had to go find the baby black rick rack!

This is much better suited to the scale of the quilt.

It’s just so cheery, don’t you think?

Meet Loads of Lollies.

Just 4 cute Tiny Dresden plates.

Yup! It’s available on my website!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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New Pattern Spring 2018, #3

My next new pattern is “With All My Heart”.

I may have forgotten to tell you that all of my new patterns use my Tiny Dresden Template and one of them also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

With All My Heart uses some of those Tiny Dresden plates that I made in January with the New Hope jelly roll.

Remember that story?

I love the collection.

Just my colors and so many ideas came to mind as I was sewing with it.

This sewing was happening shortly before Valentine’s Day, so of course I was seeing hearts everywhere.

No surprise that I would design a heart block just the right size to accommodate a Tiny Dresden plate, right?

Too big & the Tiny Dresden would cover the whole heart & too small the heart would overpower the Tiny Dresden.

This one would do!

This is one quilt that I didn’t have totally designed in my computer before I started to sew.

Early I decided the center block would need to be different than those surrounding it.

So embroidery with no. 8 perle cotton is my “different” of choice.

And quickly made.

Then to decide what else the quilt needed…

It needed more, but smaller hearts to surround the bigger heart center.

This was my design wall.

Since my sewing room has very little wall (lots of windows & doorways) I typically use the floor to lay things out on, but I chose my hanging quilt this day.

Once decided, I set to cutting more squares & hst’s. for the little heart blocks.

Soon it was time to lay out the blocks & start sewing them together.

It was cold that day! Notice my winter boots?

I love these pics & remembering the progress of the quilt!

I hope you do too.

Meet With All My Heart.

If you hadn’t guessed,

it’s available on my website today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

New Patterns Spring 2018, #2

New pattern #2 is “Blessings of Friends”.

It’s the prefect little quilt to make for each of your friends!

It’s a small one, just 8″ x 10 1/2″

& it has just one Tiny Dresden plate.

The original design was made last summer with these lovely fabrics.

I displayed it on an Ackfeld 6×9 stand.

For the cover photo quilt I chose brighter fabrics.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate.

Notice how FLAT my plate is?

Want to know my secrets?

Mary Ellen’s Best Press & an accurate scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

That’s it!

Meet Blessings of Friends.

I talked with my Ackfeld family about making the feet smaller on the stand so they didn’t come up in front of the quilt.

This is a new stand #35202.

Both the pattern & the stands are available on my website now.

More to come.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Applique quilt projects, My Life, New quilt pattern, Tiny Dresden quilts

International Spring Quilt Market 2018 & New Patterns

I ALWAYS come back from market with a million & one things to get done.

Top that off with the stuff that was ignored because of market prep (perhaps months worth of stuff) and before you know it I can’t even remember going to market so I forget to post any market photos or tell you of my new patterns.

Good Grief! I miss my brain!

So, our booth…

The best part of market was getting to spend time with both of our daughters!

Chloe has helped me lots of times, but this time Clare was able to go with us.

I have 14, yes, 14 new patterns!

I have been busy.

So, let me show you the first one, Baker’s Dozen.

It all started almost 2 years ago when I bought this American Jane, Bread ‘n Butter charm pack & coordinating piece of fabric…

I made fabric decisions; background squares vs. Tiny Dresden petal squares.

Taking pics like this helps me remember what I had decided.

Thank goodness for artificial intelligence!

Then I set to cutting.

I can cut 6 petals from each 5″ charm square.

In my pattern I show you how to do that.

14 Tiny Dresden plate blocks in the making.

Again, thanks to my phone for capturing and helping me to remember all of this!

I did all this the summer of 2016. At least that’s what my pics say.

And now I regret to inform you… I just found a bunch more images that I forgot I’d even taken.

You may want to get a snack or take a nap…

They are pretty however…

I started sewing petals… It was so interesting that even Dori (RIP) had to stop what she was doing to watch me!

Before long I had this beautiful pile ‘o petals.

Blake & I had recently gone to an estate sale where I found this adorable little iron.

I cut the string apart.

Unfortunately the iron is just a toy, but cute! I pressed with my un cute iron.

Then turned them all right-side-out.

Now you’re starting to see why this quilt, a mere 17″ x 21″,

took me two years to make, Lol!

Petals were sorted.

Then sewn together into pairs.

Then strung up over my cute little cutlery box (OH, GOOD GRIEF!).

Pressed & then sewn to another pair.

Pressed again.

Finally the complete plates were completely sewn.

But they still needed to be pressed ;)

This is where they get more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Next to make and applique the center circles, wet them to remove center templates & let dry.

And press again with more Mary Ellen’s Best Press.

Then what to do with the blocks once they’re finished…

For a minute I thought they may look nice around this beautifully stitched picture, but no.

Set with this cute sashing, but no.

Maybe with black cornerstones, no.

This is where my brain took a hiatus from this madness.

No more pics until Augusts, 2017!

I found this adorable metal box at Litchfield’s Picker’s Market and it inspired me to get the blocks out & finish a quilt!

I decided that I liked them set next to each other best.

Then I dreamed up these incredibly cute cornerstones.

That required a few more petals & circles.

But then what?

I needed a border.

The original pink polka dot that was part of the collections wasn’t “it”.

The black really set off the blocks.

Next, I pin basted & quilted it myself.

Than chose a binding fabric.

Those poor pink dots… I wonder whatever happened to them.

The perfect binding fabric I think.

Meet Baker’s Dozen.

12 Tiny Dresden blocks, with one more (in 4 pieces) on the corners.

Thanks for taking that trip back in time with me.

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cutting Tiny Dresden Kits While The Sun Shines

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here!

It makes it easy to get up & start to work when the sun is streaming through my sewing room windows.

Did I mention that I’ll be vending at the Kansas City Festival for Quilters next week?

If you’re in the vicinity you should come out & see us!

The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is scheduled to be held June 15-17, 2017, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Festival hours:

Thursday,  June 15        10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday,  June 16              10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday,  June 17         10:00am – 5:00pm


Admission Fees
1 day pass is $15 – online only ($17 at the door)
3 day pass is $25 – online only (not available for purchase at the Festival)
Children 12 and under will receive free admission to the festival.

Visit our Facebook page to get updates and announcements regarding the Festival.

I noticed that I was running low on some of the Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series kits so this morning I’m finishing those up.

Do you need a new little project???

These are some of my best-selling patterns right now!

They’re each 6″ x 8″ & there’s one for every month.

I also sell the adorable little wire hanger to display them on each month.

The patterns that include the button(s) each month, the kits and the hangers along with the notions that I love to use to make them are all on my website.

You can see them all here on my Tiny Dresden Series page.

I hope you’re enjoying summer!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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New Pattern, Reflections

I hope you’re enjoying seeing my new patterns.

#3 if you couldn’t guess has even more little Dresdens.

Reflections

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 I loved using the new Morris collection, Earthly Paradise, by Barbara Brackman.

Remember them?

They were so pretty to work with!

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I did the trimming in front of the TV…

Notice another cutlery tray?

I have several because I have several projects going at once.

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I’m putting matching petals together here.

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Making the reflecting Tiny petals…

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Organizing to keep me on track…

(In yet another little tray!)

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Just look at my pretty garden growing!

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And of course, Betsy helped me to keep on task and untangled…

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This is the quilt that I used all the Dr. Pepper circles on.

Heather tested this one for me.

I offered to help her glue the center circles at a guild meeting since I’m always in a bit of a time crunch to get everything ready for maket.

I usually give my testers the pre-cut freezer paper circles that I cut with the paper cutters.circlepapercutters

They’re so quick to cut and perfectly round each time!

It took us about an hour or so to glue all of the Tiny and Mini circles.

It goes quickly when you’re doing something else at the same time.

I think that’s one of the things that I love about these little Dresdens.

I can watch TV, talk on the phone or watch a quilt program while working and before I know it, I’m done!

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Don’t let the circles scare you.

Apliquick Bars are a big help!

I showed you step-by-step how easy they are here.

The Apliquick Bars and circle cutters are available on my notions page on my website.

Reflections is available on my website too for $10.00 plus shipping.

Back tomorrow with #4!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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New Pattern, Spring Fling

In case you can’t guess,

new pattern #2 also has little Dresden plates!

Spring Fling

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The wings are a combination of Tiny & Mini Dresden petals.

Spring Fling was made using a layer cake and a bit of yardage of Pumpkin Pie.

Remember me showing you those fabrics here?

Using  a layer cake makes it easy to use a rainbow of fabrics without buying a lot of different yardages and having a lot left over.

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I just pop in a movie and the time flies by!

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The wings were fun to make.

I’ve been collecting old cutlery trays to keep my petals corralled.

It makes it easy to transport ALL OF THEM from my cutting table to the sewing machine and ironing board.

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The antennas are really easy to create with baby rick rack.

I have fool-proof instructions for making each antenna perfect and I even give you instructions  on how to sew the buttons on with your sewing machine.

Loraine tested this one for me.

She got the entire top put together in about 2 days!

She is a speed demon!

It was her first experience with the Sulky 12 wt. thread.

I love the way it makes my applique “POP!”.

She probably has it quilted by now on her new long arm machine.

I hope you’re enjoying the show of my new patterns.

Spring Fling is available on my website for $10.00 plus shipping.

Back tomorrow with #3.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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New Patterns Fall 2015

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