June 2013


Once in a while I slow down enough to realize I should sew a quilt for someone in need.

There are so many good causes to sew for.

Our guild has a regular list for charities and what size quilts they have a need for.

While going through my stash a couple of weeks ago for a guild yard sale,

I came across a panel that was too cute,

but the reason that I bought it had expired and I no longer “needed” it.

When I examined it, I determined that the four individual squares that made up the panel would make very cute preemie quilt centers.

I put it into a pile for future sewing adventures…

Last night I was in between projects and I decided to cut those cute panel squares apart and start to work.

My daughter, Chloe, was home and not doing much, so I asked her if she wanted to join the fun.

She said, “Sure.”

I gave her the opportunity to cut or sew and she chose to sew, so I began to cut…

preemie 2

They went together quickly and turned out so cute (if I must say so myself!).

I didn’t go to sleep until the last stitch of the last binding was complete.

They’re each 18″ square.

(I called our charity chairperson to get the exact measurement requirements.)

They will go to our next guild meeting and from there to one of the St. Louis children’s hospitals where hopefully each one will give a preemie’s parent a little comfort knowing their tiny baby is covered in a quilt we made with love!

Got scraps?

That’s all you need to make a quilt!

Until next time,

Susan

Looking at the calendar, I see it’s just two weeks until the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo!

banner-450 This week I’ve spent a lot of time configuring my booth. I will have a double booth, in a corner at the end of a hallway.

I was told my booth space wall will be able to spill out the width of that 10 foot hallway, so I’m going to be able to pack even more of my quilt samples to display!

I hope you can come out and see us there!

If you’re thinking about taking a class, there are still spots open in my Cobblestone Courtyard quilt-as-you-go class.

Cobblestone Courtyard #202 Covers watermark web

All you need is a jelly roll and sewing machine with a walking foot!

Your kit fee includes your backing and batting that I will provide already basted for you so you can get right to sewing when we start the class.

Have a Christmas jelly roll?

Cobblestone Courtyard Christmas watermark

I love this quilt.

When you start with a jelly roll, most of the cutting is done for you.

Quick & easy!

You can sign up here:

Rocky mtn sew expo w coupon

Print the above coupon & bring it with you to save on show admission.

Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope we see you there!

Until next time,

Susan

I’ve finally made time to show you a bit of Spring International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon last month.

Portland 2013 Booth Susan & ChloeThis is Chloe & me in our booth.

Our neighbors were

Perkins Dry Goods Portland 2013Celine of Perkins Dry goods.

Quilt Branch Portland 2013

Susan & Karen of The Quilt Branch,

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and Robin of Nestlings by Robin.

Portland is beautiful.Portland skyline 2013This is a view from the Portland City Grill where we were having dinner one evening after market.

Here is Robin with Chloe and me.

Robin Chloe Susan Night Portland 2013

It was literally cloudy/rainy every day we were there until

Monday after market closed and we stayed to do a bit of sight-seeing.

Talk about good fortune!

In Astoria, we ate at Pig ‘n Pancake (cute name huh?),

crossed into Washington on a really tall bridge,

then did some antiquing and vintage shopping.

Antiques at Astoria

I bought a few things for fall market that I could pack into our suitcases.

I’ll show you those another day.

Good thing we sold most all the patterns & books we brought!

Tile floor at Astoria

This is a cool old tile floor in the huge antique store that appeared to be a hotel among other things in its previous lives.

Baked Alaska Astoria

We had lunch at Baked Alaska out on a pier, not something we can do everyday back in the Midwest…

Then we ventured down the coast to the beach.

Chloe Robin Oregon BeachIt was sunny, but not warm enough to swim…

We shopped for souvenirs and found the quilt shop that I remembered from a previous visit to Oregon with my brother, David.Oregon Coast Quilt Shop

We had a beautiful trip back to Portland through two national forests.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Multnoma Falls before our flight.

Multnoma Falls Gift Shop

I love how the smoke was wafting out of the gift shop.

It reminded me of the story of Hansel & Gretel!

Susan Chloe Multnoma Falls 2013

More than once Chloe thanked me for making her pack a jacket!

Always a mom…

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our travels.

Oregon is beautiful!

If you get the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it.

Until next time,

Susan

It seems every time I turn around I have 6 more things to do.

I know, I should quit turning around.

At every turn, there are more loose ends to tie up and 3 more things come from them…

So since I’ve been so busy, I’ve decided I needed to do one more thing this summer.

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Suzn Quilts Patterns will be there!

Actually my youngest daughter kept asking if we were going on a family vacation this summer.

With our two oldest in college and working too we could not commit to a family vacation this summer like we usually do.

Typically David starts those vacation plans before the first of the year,

and their work schedules would not allow those firm commitments.

Since our oldest daughter, Chloe, and I were in Portland for a week for Spring Market

and my husband, David and our son, Blake, are in Canada fishing as I type,

 of course Clare would want to go somewhere too!

Who could blame her?

The opportunity came up kind of last minute (well as far as being a vendor is concerned anyway)

so I decided the girls & I would take a trip to Denver, CO and check out the

Rocky Mountain Sew Expo!

If you’re going to be in the neighborhood,

please come by.

Before you do though,

print out this coupon and bring it with you!

Rocky mtn sew expo w coupon

You will save on admission.

The show, as you can see, is July 11-13,

but there are classes starting July 10.

I will be teaching my new Cobblestone Courtyard pattern.

Cobblestone Courtyard #202 Covers watermark web

It’s a quilt-as-you-go,

made with one complete jelly roll of 40, 2-1/2″ strips.

9a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Since we’re going to be in a convention center,

and not sure about spraying basting spray

I decided to do that part of the prep work for you.

This will also help you to get more done in class.

Click here and it will take you to class supply list & registration.

You’ll need a jelly roll & general sewing supplies including a walking foot.

I’ll supply your backing & batting as part of the kit fee,

but you’ll see that on the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo website.

Questions???

Just send me an email.

Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Susan

Now for my new book!

Suzn Quilts #203 A Christmas Sampler Cover

This is my new Christmas Sampler that is written as a 12 step block-of-the-month.

I love this pattern and it is only $20!

I sold out of these at market last month!

Do I need to tell you that it is made with Deb Strain’s Christmas Countdown by Moda?

There is applique and piecing and the instructions are broken down into 12 steps so you won’t be overwhelmed.

If you’re like me you’ll just want to jump right in & stitch this sampler as quickly as humanly possible,

but I know there are a lot of quilters out there that like the option for quilt shops to cut kits for them in the block-of-the-month fashion.

Each step is printed on its own page(s) that are perforated for easy tearing out and each applique step has full-size, reversed templates ready to trace.

The last step has detailed illustrations and instructions for sewing all of the completed segments together to make the finished top

and the last page is devoted to kitting instructions for quilt shops.

The back cover features another version of the quilt.

Christmas Sampler back Coverwatermark web

I chose the fabrics for this sample from my stash.

It has a more primitive or country feel.

I also left off the outer border; partly so you could see how it still looks good smaller,

but most importantly because I want to hang it in my kitchen for Christmas on the hanger my late father-in-law built for me

and this is the perfect size!

The quilt features more holly buttons by Just Another Button Company on the mints like on my Peppermint Pizzazz pattern

and the holly berries and snowflakes are actually more Hillcreek buttons.

Have I enticed you yet???

I hope that I have.

If your local quilt shop doesn’t have them, all my books and patterns are available on my website.

I had a lot of fun piecing both color versions

and I enjoyed going back the last couple of months with you remembering my sewing journey!

Thanks for following.

Until next time,

Susan

Today’s new pattern is Cobblestone Courtyard.

Cobblestone Courtyard #202 Covers watermark web

It is made with exactly 1 jelly roll (40, 2-1/2″ strips) and

1/2 yard of binding fabric plus the backing & batting.

I’m always challenged to create ways to use those clever pre-cuts.

It is just so much fun!

You can of course cut your own 2-1/2″ strips,

but who doesn’t have one of those luscious jelly rolls sitting in their sewing room that was just too tempting to pass up?

The beauty of this quilt is

 if you make it with that precious jelly roll, you’ll be able to display this quilt anywhere and be able to enjoy it forever!

Another fun tidbit about using a jelly roll is that most of the cutting is done for you.

You truly can make this quilt in 1 day including the hand work on the binding.

The jelly roll that I bought for this quilt is the new PB&J collection.

It’s not too bright and not too dark either.

Below is another version, with guess what fabrics???

Cobblestone Courtyard Christmas watermarkIt coordinated with my market booth.

You can purchase the pattern on my website.

I’m scheduled to teach this quilt in Denver on July 10, 2013

at the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo.

Think about those jelly rolls that you might have stacked up in your sewing room and come join the class.

My new book is next.

Until next time,

Susan

Today’s new pattern is Peppermint Stripes.

Peppermint Stripes #206 cover w bleed for web

A bit redundant, I know…

It’s made with Deb Strain’s Christmas Countdown…

It’s a quilt-as-you-go lap quilt…

It has more cute peppermints…

The pattern includes not only the lap quilt, but also a table runner…

What more can I say???

I’m a creature of habit, I know already!

It is however the first time that I’ve added a flange to a quilt.

In case it’s hard to tell,

I added the flange (piping without the cording) of green before adding the binding.

This is because I wanted to use black binding, but I didn’t want the black binding to fade into the black fabric of the quilt.

Pretty clever, huh?

I know, not that clever.

Two more patterns,

then my new favorite book!

Until next time,

Susan

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