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Show 2308: Susan Cleveland - It's Hip to be a Modern Dresden

Featuring: Susan Cleveland

Posts On: October 7, 2018


Susan Cleveland is in the house and that means precision, fabulous workmanship, and lots of laughs. Having avoided the Dresden plate for years because she wasn’t happy with her own results, she is now a full-fledged convert…working with a traditional block in an upbeat and contemporary way.  With a nod of thanks to her quilt sisters of yore, Susan shares tips for creating perfect points, avoiding the dreaded wonky bias volcano center, and fun and contemporary ways to add spark and fun to this much loved block. A stickler for impeccable piecing, Susan then shares tips about thread, needles and feed dogs that can make a huge difference when it comes to results. Don’t miss this show!

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Links to Artists:

Susan Cleveland

From Chapter One:

1930s Dresden plates are darling, but many people have difficulty with the bias, points and the applique’ center not laying flat. A student mentioned to Susan that her Prairie Pointer tool worked great for getting the tricky pointed end just perfect. Susan shows you how to use the tool and shares tips for creating perfect points (single/double).

From Chapter Two:

Alex and Ricky welcome back Susan to catch up and see what new things she’s been working on. They take a look at her new passion, Dresden plates quilts, and Flowered and Feather Frenzy which incorporates all of her favorite techniques...precision piecing, handwork, and embellishment.

From Chapter Three:

Susan works with Ricky and shows him how to put a Dresden plate "ring" together.

From Chapter Four:

Susan shares her secrets to impeccable piecing.

Products and Artists Mentioned:

Prairie Pointer

Easy Dresden Ruler/Template

Clover Curved Awl

Terial Magic

Ricky Tims Stable Stuff Poly

Lauren Vlcek


#37 pipinghot 2018-10-17 17:41
Theercs, Susan here!
We'll get best results with a foot that makes better contact with all the feed dogs. I use the basic foot that comes with the machine, unless I need to see the needle and then I use the open-toe foot. I hope you give it a try!
#36 Kathleenallison 2018-10-15 12:27
Susan I’m watching from Scotland , thank you for your great tips on the show I was in the middle of piecing a quilt on my Bernina using 1/4 inch foot and having trouble with it not feeding well. I just tried Susan’s method and it is far better and accurate.
Thanks again
#35 iquiltfast 2018-10-15 12:26
Fabulous many wonderful tips. I learned a lot!!! Thank you, Susan ❤️
#34 FiberontheMt 2018-10-14 14:25
Great show. Loved the tips and tricks. Maybe you can convince Susan to revive and add to the "Name that Stitch" series that Libby Lehman did so well.
#33 theercs 2018-10-13 10:39
Loved the show! In the last segment with the precision piecing, Susan mentioned that the quarter-inch foot was out the window. What is the best foot to use if your needle is off to the right?
#32 papagoose 2018-10-09 15:22
Just love Susan! So much fun....thank you for sharing your knowledge! :-)
#31 fairbanks 2018-10-09 08:36
What a great show. Susan was awesome. Will take a class with her at Vermont quilt festival next year for sure
#30 las43 2018-10-08 18:56
Who doesn't love Susan Cleveland and her infectious enthusiasm! I now know what my next quilt is going to be . . .a double-pointed Dresden Plate! Thank you, Susan and thank you Alex and Ricky. What a fun show.
#29 Paulinemt 2018-10-08 08:03
Albeit a day late, this show is worth waiting for Fab-u-lous. Can we have some more shows with Susan.
#28 RebeccaVT 2018-10-08 06:33
Wow -- what a great show! Not only did Susan teach us so many new tricks, she made my day with her effervescent joy! So much fun. Thank you, thank you!!!

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