It’s that time of year again & yeah is all I can say!!!

It’s the time when my north facing sewing room with all its windows is taking in the early morning sunshine.

Suzn+Quilts+Sewing+in+the+SunshineWhen I sit to sew in the 6 a.m. hour,

I need my sunglasses…

Again, yeah!!!

And if I’m sewing at the other end of the day,

I’ll need the sunglasses then too.

The evening sun will come in on my left!

I am not going to complain.

This is the time of year I long for all year!

When it’s cold out, hate it!

Short days of winter, hate them!

Long dark evenings, hate them!

Long, long, dark evenings…

Give me sunshine & heat, ahhhh!

I try not to dwell on the fact that when June 21 rolls around

the days are getting shorter from here on out.

Instead I remind myself the sun is shining & it’s hot outside!

December 21 is a day of celebrating in my mind.

Why?

It’s the shortest day of the year and from there on out,

the days are getting longer!

Today it’s sunshine!

Give me my sunglasses,

I have sewing to do.

I’m working on my second set of my new

Tiny Dresden seasons.

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The patterns are getting closer to being printed.

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I can’t wait to show you these pretties!

Until next time,

Susan

I’ve made a lot of friends in the quilt world these past two+ decades.

One of them is the quilt shop owner, Pat Waelder, from Hannibal, MO.,

Mark Twain’s hometown in case you’re not familiar.

Do you know her & her shop?

If not, you’ve got to go!!!

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With the exception of the past few years,

I’ve taken my mom & our three kids to Hannibal every year

since our youngest was small enough to be wrapped up

in my mom’s coat to tour Mark Twain Cave!

She’s now taller than her grandma…

Besides the cave, there are many things to do around Hannibal.

There’s the Mississippi River which you can take a riverboat cruise on.

They have a museum that encompasses a lot of historic buildings

including Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

I’ve not personally gone on that tour.

When the kids got big enough for that

my mom offered to take them there while I spent time at Hickory Stick!

There’s a lighthouse with lots of steps to tire even the most active of children.

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Not sure why my mom’s not in this one…

There’s lover’s leap park that has a beautiful lookout over the river.

The train runs through town along side the river near a park

where we’ve eaten countless picnic lunches.

Some terribly hot, some a bit too chilly & breezy & others just right!

Antique & other shops line the historic downtown,

and most of our trips ended with the ice cream shop.

Lots to do there, and it’s a pleasant two hour ride for us.

So, as a quilter, I became friends with Pat.

When I started designing & marketing my patterns,

Pat was one of my first shops!

Through the years, she’s sold lots of my Abe Lincoln Tribute patterns.

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She liked it so well that she asked me to design a similar pattern for Mark Twain.

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They’re both patterns with full-size, reversed applique sheets.

Lincoln has been so popular that I’ve worked with a

laser-cutting company to make a pre-fused, cut-out!

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Just peel, fuse & stitch!

You can find these at Hickory Stick or on my website.

Now back to my original reason for posting today…

When Pat has a pattern sample, she sells!

So, I offered to make her a sample of my new

“A Pretty Table” table runner that I showed you

in conjunction with going to Pittsburgh spring market in May.

SuznQuilts+A+Pretty+Table+Hickory+Stick+sampleHere’s a very quick (& not good) photo with my phone.

To spark your memory, it’s quilt-as-you-go &

it also has place mats included in the pattern.

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On my list of things to do, I really need to buy a decent camera & learn to take & edit photos!

I hire a photographer to photograph my pattern samples, but I really need to work getting better for other instances.

Any suggestions???

Hickory Stick will be selling kits of this pattern.

If you’d like to take a trip…

I can highly recommend it!

Until next time,

Susan

 

random #1

#1, Terje has been selected as the new barn quilt owner!

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Please send me your address and I’ll pack & ship your new barn quilt.

I hope you like it as well as I like mine!

If you didn’t win and would like one of your own,

please contact

Classic Metal Signs and order your favorite.

Until next time,

Susan

 Merry Christmas & Happy Mother’s Day to me!

David has a friend that lives in Calhoun County & they get together occasionally.

One day he came home telling me about all the barn quilts he had been seeing there.

It must be getting more popular each year because he sees more & more of them.

As a quilter I’d heard about it, but I’ve not been on their tour.

Months later, when I asked David if he’d be open to the idea since the “barn” is technically his,

I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he thought it was a good idea!

At Houston’s fall market last fall, I noticed a vendor “Classic Metal Company”

selling these very cool barn quilts.

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“Not Just for Barns Anymore !

Barn Quilts are part of our rural heritage, providing a sense of warmth and artistic expression wherever they are displayed.  Now you can increase your curb appeal and let everyone know that, “A Quilter Lives Here“.

Our barn quilts are made for your home. Constructed of heavy-weight steel, they are easy to hang with wood screws.  The larger two-foot size is perfect for outdoors – for your home, garage, shed, barn, or mount on two posts and display in your garden.  The smaller one-foot size can be hung below a mailbox, arranged in patterns on a wall or is perfect for hanging in the kitchen, family room, your quilting room or . . .

Larger barn quilts ( 3 and 4 foot size) are available on a custom-order basis.

Call (815) 252-0104   Phone orders welcome!

Email: classicmetalcompany@gmail.com”

Since I wanted the four foot version, which is very costly to ship, I was thrilled to see that they’re in Illinois, just a few hours drive from me!

So, I ordered my favorite as a Christmas gift from my husband.

Unfortunately, the weather was bad so many weekends this past winter that it took several months for the right time to come so we could travel to pick it up.

Finally the week of Mother’s Day, David & Blake hung the quilt!

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Being an engineer…

Since I wasn’t sure if it would look better hung flat or on point,

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It was hoisted up on point,

then it was decided it looked a bit too much like a snowflake.

We unanimously decided flat was better.

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The rope held the quilt until framing could be built inside the shed to secure the bolts to.

It gets a bit windy here where we live & I intend for this quilt to last a lifetime.

It took a few hours, but it was worth it don’t you think?

David thinks it makes his shed look better.

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Now each time I drive in our driveway,

my brain starts singing

“yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love”

& they’ll know I’m a quilter by my sign!

It makes me smile!!!

When David & I met Mark to pick up our barn quilt,

he gave me a 12 inch version to give away on my blog.

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So…

Leave me a comment here and I will have a drawing next week.

You can let your neighbors know you’re a quilter by your sign too!

Until next time,

Smilin’ Susan

I’m excited to next show you a new addition to my Quilt-as-you-go patterns.

You probably remember my best-selling pattern,

A Pretty Package?

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Well, when taking it to market & other venues the last couple of years,

I’ve had many inquiries asking to have a table runner adaptation.

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Not only did I do this, but I also designed place mats to coordinate.

Meet A Pretty Table!

What do you think?

I’ve made the lap quilt in non-Christmas colors for birthdays,

and I’ve also received lots of emails from quilters that made it for other occasions too.

Mother’s Day, retirement, etc.

It’s now available on my website.

Think outside the box!

Until next time,

Susan

 

I’m excited to show you the tiny Dresden plates that I’ve been working on for months & months…

Remember, I’ve been giving you little snippets of them here & there?

They are part of my new Christmas sampler.

It’s written in a way that will make it a perfect Block-of-the-month or mystery club quilt.

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The quilt measures 45″ x 48″ and includes:

-Hand embroidery

-Tiny Dresden plates

-Freezer paper applique

-Traditional pieced blocks

-Saw tooth border

It’s also possible to make the same components & instead have one or four individual quilts:

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You can make four gifts, or display the smaller quilts around your home.

The pattern is available for $28.00 & includes the Plexiglas template!

The Tiny Dresden Plate blocks measure 4-1/2″ finished.

The template is also available separately for $8.00.

It’s available on my website.

Stay tuned for more new patterns!

Until next time,

Susan

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Meet Frosty!

It’s another of my Quilt-as-you-go lap quilts.

What a fun way to wrap you or a loved in on a snowy winter day!

My quilt-as-you-go lap quilts are very popular.

You can view a tutorial here.

If you’ve not made one yet, this is why you should:

They’re quick,

they’re easy,

 & they’re fun.

Once you make one, you’ll want to make more!

Frosty starts with cutting some strips.

Some of the strips have corner cut-off sewing.

Then, after you sew the strips to the foundation,

there is a bit of fusible web applique.

Sew on the binding and your lap quilt is complete!

It’s a great quilt for a grand child to cuddle under,

but it will also look good hanging on your wall all winter long.

It’s now available on my website.

Stay tuned for more!

Until next time,

Susan

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