November 2015


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.


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…


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


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:


Pat D Says:

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


and for a free pattern from Suzn Quilts:


Patricia Says:

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

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…


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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


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)


& practicing my stitching.


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?


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!



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

My block, Frosty is #1150.


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.


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)!



                                       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


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




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!



Several months ago (I’m not telling how many…)

I bought this pretty Barbara Brackman charm pack & two coordinating prints.Suzn+Quilts+Richmond+RedsThis is what I had in mind.


I LOVE these stockings!!!

They’re fun to make & so darn cute!

I cut the charm squares into fourths making 2-1/2″ squares.

Then I made this.


I love using a stripe fabric for bias binding.

It creates a nice barber pole effect around the perimeter.

How cute is this hanger?


Instead of my usual binding loop,

I used an antique-looking twill measuring tape ribbon for the loop.

You can purchase this twill measuring tape ribbon on my website, $2.00/ yd.

Totally cute for a sewist friend, don’t you think?

Perhaps you need a secret sister gift idea?

Well, you have a special friend or two at the very least!

This is what I’ve been up to.

What about you?

Just keep sewing…


Vol12-blog-tour-this-week-socialmediaThe fun begins today & lasts all week.

Click here to begin.

Don’t forget to come back here Friday.

Just keep sewing…



I’m excited to announce I will once again have a block in the upcoming issue of

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from today’s top designers!

Next week there will once again be a blog tour with lots of giveaways.

You won’t want to miss it.

Join me on Friday November 20th.

For now though,

just keep sewing…


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