It’s another January

which mean’s another quilt retreat to Rosemary’s!

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In case you don’t remember, Rosemary’s is a quilt shop in Highland, IL.

Rosemary has a retreat center that consists of sleeping quarters & a sewing room with lots of authentic restaurants within a couple blocks; Chinese, Italian & Mexican to name our favorites, but there are many more.

A great weekend spent with good friends

(at least the ones that didn’t have family obligations to tend to)

& no cooking or cleaning.

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 Loraine must have been shopping during this one…

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My “spot” for the weekend.

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 Spending valuable time with some of my other best friends

(Moda & Roxanne)

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Making new friends

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only after they promised to get along with my other friends.

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It may appear that I bought the same polka dot fabric twice, but Rosemary & I were a bit chatty & weren’t paying attention to her measuring; a side affect of being in good company!

It’s OK, I’m going to cut it into little pieces just to sew it back together anyway.

(crazy!?!?!?)

(short) Overnight drying time…

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My field of dreams, ahhhh.

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Can’t get enough.

I hope you’re getting time to work on your favorites too.

Just keep sewing!

Susan

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I think maybe Jan Patek designed this collection just for me.

I absolutely LOVE these fabrics!

I know.

Don’t say it.

There’s BLUE in there!!!

It is in the gray/green family, but it’s definitely blue.

Also included though is charcoal, gold, olive, ecru & red.

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The reds…

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perfect!

I can’t wait bear to cut into them…

I think I’ll just look at them a while longer.

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Garden House

by Jan Patek

for Moda.

Taco soup is simmering in the crock pot,

so I’m ready for dinner when the time arrives.

No excuses.

I’ve got to get cutting…

Just keep sewing!

Susan

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I have never chosen a word for the year.

I don’t know how I could concentrate on just one word for 365 days when my life is SO full!

When I look back at the highlights of 2015…

I sewed lots of Dresden plates for new pattern samples.

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Helped our oldest move into her very first home away from home.

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Empty rooms have so much possibility…

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An almost missed trip to spring market because of my dad’s heart surgery (moved up in schedule because of his condition…) the day we were to leave for market,

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followed by 6 weeks of almost daily trips to hospital then rehab to help get this guy back to baling hay!

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Attended our quilt guild’s ”Quilt Away 2015” that I coordinated with 3 wonderful teachers, which finally helped me make this Primitive Gatherings kit that I bought at Paducah 6-8 (maybe more) years ago!Suzn+Quilts+wool

Turning over 200,000 miles on our Odyssey (10,000+ miles ago)

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going to Bloomington’s 3rd Sunday Flea Market w/ Clare, so FUN!

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We found this cutie (& a few other trinkets).

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Lots of this, yum!

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Taught some wonderful quilters my tips for making Tiny & Mini Dresdens.

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I hope you guys are finished with those quilts by now.

Lots more of these.

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Helped my Mother-in-law (one of my best friends)

with numerous trips to doctor appt’s. & ER visits

which sadly ended in her passing away the day before we were to leave for fall market…

Unfortunately I didn’t use this.

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But I did get this ready between everything else going on.

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& with the help of my photographer (& Nemo)

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eventually turned them into:

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this pattern now available.

Does this quilt make more sense to you now???

Among lots of other things, I thank God for quilting in my life!

  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Friends

I will concentrate on the here & now.

I did get to Festival with the help of my sister, Lori.

Typically I only let her slave over my accounting so it was fun having her help me with this side of my business.

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We attended our son’s college graduation the weekend before Christmas.

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Complete with a party the following day.

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Notice Abe on his cake? 

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I adapted his silhouette from my Abraham Lincoln Tribute pattern.

I had help fine tuning.

Blake’s a history major, ready to go out into the would and shape the minds of our youth.

Know anyone looking for a history teacher?

Santa brought Clare this cute “Anthropology” looking comforter set which lead me to this post.

Suzn+Quilts+bird+shamUnfortunately the set didn’t come with a dust ruffle.

I guess dust ruffles are no longer the thing because they’re hard to find in any form.

She looked for a while, then I told her we could make our own.

She really wanted a gold polka dot ruffle…

So, she bought a cream dust ruffle, then I added the sparkle yesterday.

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First finishing the edges

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pin basting to store-bought cream dust ruffle

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completely basted

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stitching to ruffle

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glittery residue

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which will NEVER completely be gone!

The curse of a creative mind!

I guess what comes around, goes around.

I remember driving my mom crazy while we designed (she labored over) my wedding gown.

I wanted these sleeves… on this bodice… with this skirt, with this train…

I get my creativity from her.

Thanks mom!

It didn’t start this way, but since it took me a while to compile this post & I had to sleep on it,

I decided to add a bit of my 2016 forecast too.

S.P.A.R.K.L.Y.

& not in this order I will:

S. –sew

P. –pray

A.–argue for what I think is right

R.–relish my time with family & friends

K.–keep a positive outlook

L.–love

(hopefully inspire) Y.–you

 Happy 2016!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

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I hope you’re able to spend Thanksgiving with those you’re thankful for like I am!

Our pies are warm from the oven & ready to go to my sister’s house for dinner at noon.

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Clare baked the Cherry & David & I made the rest.

It takes all morning since they have different baking times…

Too bad for my family, I make them come for cinnamon rolls at 7:30 a.m.

When they start whining I just ask them if they want pie for lunch or not.

Wow does the whining stop in a hurry.

I think everyone’s favorite is here at least none will go to waste!

Happy Thanksgiving &

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I hope you’ve been inspired to get your sewing machine going with all the beautiful blocks in the new issue.

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It was fun reading your favorite season or reason to quilt.

Now for the winners…

For a free copy of the new 100 Blocks Volume 12:

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Pat D Says:

I like your Tiny Dresden series patterns. Thanks for a chance to win

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and for a free pattern from Suzn Quilts:

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Patricia Says:

I love giving at Christmas, especially handmade. Thanks for the recipe.

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I hope all of you had fun & hopefully won something too.

If not, don’t forget the magazine is now on the newsstands.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

I can’t believe it’s been a year & a half (no way…) since we celebrated Chloe’s college graduation & in a few weeks we’ll be celebrating Blake’s.

I don’t think I procrastinate, it’s just time flying faster than me!

Nothing like a bit of a reality check for a kick in the pants, huh?

Being a quilter…

I had this cool idea for Chloe’s party.

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Until today, this is where cool idea had stagnated for the past 18 months.

Before her graduation I received these lovelies for my 50th birthday from some of my quilting friends & since the colors went together perfectly with this piece of nursing fabric & her signature blocks, I thought this is where the quilt was going. Also, because Chloe spends time with these quilting friends at market with me that would be even more special.

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Today though, when I came across this piece of fabric,

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I knew it was where this quilt needed to go since this fabric matches Chloe’s living room perfectly. This also leaves my friends’ gifts to do something just for me.

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I had these charm packs or pieces of charm packs close by.

Look how perfectly they coordinate with a one of the nurse hats.

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This was meant to be!

I’m so excited to get working on this project, finally!

So, I’m marking crosses

(notice I had the guests sign pieces of fabric ironed onto freezer paper with a window cut where they should sign instead of the actual hat shape)

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& practicing my stitching.

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I don’t want to mess any of these up.

Sadly, three of our relatives that attended the party have passed away since then, including my Mother-in-law just last month.

This is what I treasure about these kind of projects.

My next obstacle is whether to include my block as “Susan R. Marth” or if I should do like David did & sign it “Mom.”

What do you think?

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Please don’t tell me to include both because I have an even 48 blocks including just one for me.

Gotta get to work.

Is this procrastinating, Lol???

Don’t tell Chloe, I want her to be surprised.

Plus I may get delayed again so I wouldn’t want to get her hopes up.

Just keep sewing!

Susan

 

I’m once again honored to be part of another volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

My block, Frosty is #1150.

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He is pieced & then his face & scarf are applique.

He’ll make a great after Christmas project when the snow starts flying.

By the way,

fabric snowmen are the only ones I truly love.

If I could move to a sunny & warm climate 365 days a year I’d be happy!

With Frosty here though, I can stay where it’s warm & sew him all day.

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How cute he would be at opposite ends of a runner for your winter table.

You would have space in the middle to put a pretty bowl of snowballs (real or the cookie kind)!

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                                       Mini Chip Snowball Cookies (very Best Baking by NESTLÉ)

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • Powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour; stir in morsels and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over hot cookies on baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired. Store in airtight containers. Yields 5 dozen cookies

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But don’t limit your sewing creativity to one of my ideas…

Run out to your favorite magazine stand & find your brand new copy of

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 and start dreaming & sewing today!

If you would like to try & win a free copy of this issue,

just leave me a comment

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AT THE TOP OF THIS POST

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telling me your favorite season to sew for

& give your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Want to win a free Suzn Quilts pattern?

Tell me your favorite pattern from my website!

I will draw one lucky winner to receive a free copy of the issue

& another will win a free pattern from my website.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of Quiltmaker’s blog tour for more fun & freebies.

Just keep sewing!

Susan

 

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