new fabric collection


I’ve been really busy these past months using my new fabric line,

Vintage Play by Red Rooster.

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This is the panel with 12 blocks that can be trimmed to 6-1/2″.

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This is the border print that is available in 2 colorways.

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The tossed cars are available in 3 colorways.

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The tossed butterflies were one of the last prints, but has become my favorite background print.

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The puppies are available in 2 colorways.

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The check print makes a great border!

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These tossed flowers are available in 2 colorways too.

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The green tossed flowers are good for a background as well.

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The tossed numbers read as solids.

They make great applique in 5 colors!

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The road dashes are also in 2 colorways.

Funny thing is, quilters thought they were stitches!

This gives me more ideas…

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In yellow I thought this print would make a great legal pad effect.

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You might think it would be hard deciding where to start, but before I even had the fabrics, I designed a free pattern for Red Rooster. After that, the rest just kept coming…

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This quilt uses some of each of the fabrics, except the green border.

I have kits!

Kit includes:

Vintage Play Quilt Pattern and Vintage Play fabric

for the 76.5″ x 92.5″ quilt top and binding.

Price $136.99 plus shipping.

You can purchase the kit by emailing me:

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Free+pattern+vp12blockquiltThere is also a lap size kit.

Kit includes:

Vintage Play Quilt Pattern &Vintage Play fabric

for the 61.5″ x 77.5″ quilt top and binding.

Price $94.99 plus shipping.

You can purchase the kit by emailing me:

SuznQuilts@aol.com.

I also have a new book,

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It includes 6 new lap quilts, prefect for laps or toddler size beds.

3 of the quilts are with my Quilt-as-you-go technique,

and 3 are traditionally pieced.

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Price just $15.95 on my website!

This is Vintage Play, my personal favorite.

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I have kits!

Price is $68.25 plus shipping for the 48.5″ x 62.5″ quilt top & binding.

Book sold separately.

You can purchase the kit by emailing me:

SuznQuilts@aol.com

This shows all of the quilts included in the book:

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I have limited kits for them.

If you’re interested in purchasing a kit,

contact me SuznQuilts@aol.com.

There is also a bonus quilt pattern included in the book “Tiny Play”

Mini VP quiltI made this quilt from scraps of “Vintage Play” & “Toy Cars” quilts.

I also have 6 new patterns with Vintage Play.

Add-A-Candle+birthday+counter#207+cover+WEBAdd-a-Candle birthday counter.

This is a birthday counter that you add a candle to each year to celebrate a child’s age. I suggest making as many candles as you intend to add to this quilt when you make the quilt so you don’t have to go back each year & make another candle. This is also a good idea to give to mom’s that don’t sew. Just fusing the candles each year will be OK, because you won’t need to wash the quilt.

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Measuring Up!

I designed this to measure children’s height, but at market & festival I think more quilters were interested in buying the pattern so they could hang the quilt in their sewing room!  I didn’t even think of that! Guess where this is going later…

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Crooked 9-Patch is a stack, cut & swap quilt.

It’s actually a revised older pattern of mine that I’ve taught to children at summer camps. It’s quick, easy and as long as you sew a straight seam, the quilt will lay flat!

My+Pencil+Box+WEBMy Pencil Box

is another of my Quilt-as-you-go lap quilt patterns.

In case you’ve not seen my tutorial on this you can see it here.

Quick & easy lap quilts…  my thing!

These next two quilts are traditionally pieced, then handed of to my awesome quilter, Tamara.

Oh+Happy+Daisy#211coverWEBOh Happy Daisy,

also a lap quilt, but with great-big applique!

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Out to Play.

This is also a lap quilt with great, big applique.

Below is a link to view my Schoolhouse session explaining my new fabric line, book & patterns on You Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KPtz59fChw

I hope you enjoyed my last several months!

Until next time,

Susan

I moseyed over to my favorite flea market last week to mark the first day of school.

It’s usually what I do when there’s a ringing in my ears because the house is just too darn quiet!

Ever get that?

I know, I had lots to catch up on and lots more to do, but…

some things just can’t be helped!

I hadn’t been there in over a month, not exactly sure just how long really.

Well, I came out with just a few treasures, least of which a new bed!

I didn’t even know I needed a bed.

That’s my favorite part of going to flea markets, and tag sales.

I never know what I need until I see it!!!

Well this bed could practically fit into my back pocket.

Mini Bed

Instantly I knew I would have to make a quilt for it.

Actually as soon as I saw it on the shelf I knew that I had the perfect idea of a quilt for it.

I already had these:

VP mini trimmed corners

Ordinarily these would go right to the trash as soon as I trimmed them from the flying geese units, but for some reason after I had a neat little pile of them I got the idea that maybe this is the quilt that I will actually make something with those snippets.

The eternal optimist.

So, as I trimmed each flying geese unit for this particular quilt last week, I put all the little pairs of triangles into a baggie.

Last night I emptied that baggie and started sewing.

Girl on a mission.

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Some of them could have been trimmed a bit straighter, a bit larger…

That’s an inch grid marked there, so they’re pretty small to say the least!

This morning I cut them apart then pressed them open.

It was hard to do, but I ignored the inconsistencies of sizes.

I did not square them up.

That was tough, but I knew if they were trimmed perfectly square I would have to throw a lot of them away.

I wanted this to be as large as possible

and literally scraps from making the original quilt.

I next sewed all the tiny half square triangles together,

added a border,

did some quilting,

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then slipped a selvage tag into the edge before finishing the binding.

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At 8″ x 10″ I’m pretty sure it’s the quickest I’ve ever hand stitched a binding in place.

Now I must get back to work!

Until next time,

Susan

You might be thinking Christmas is o-v-e-r,

but for Suzn Quilts, Christmas it’s just starting!

Take a look at my new Christmas fabrics, thanks to the generous folks at Moda.

Christmas Countdown fabrics 2013

It’s the new “Christmas Countdown” by Deb Strain.

Looks pretty cute with my vintage-looking Christmas tin from my SIL Janet don’t you think?

The first project that I’m going to use these fabrics for is a sampler.

There is fusible applique & some pieced blocks as well.

My question to you is what do you think about samplers and block-of-the-month projects???

My new sample is easily broken down into 12 steps…

Since I have a lot of time to think while I’m cutting & sewing, I’m still contemplating the format of this pattern.

The body of the quilt is about 45″ x 50″, then I will probably add a border or two.

Any thoughts?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to think about your Christmas sewing projects yet.

This collection won’t even be available in shops until June!

Until next time,

Susan

Is it just me…

or could you too, sit and sew with these all day long?

I love color(s)!

This is more of Julie Comstock’s new Odds and Ends fabric line by Moda.

I’ve given you a couple of glimpses of it recently,

but yesterday I received a bit more for a few projects that I’m working on for market next month.

Yikes, that’s way too soon!

I noticed as I moved our

latte bowls from Anthropologie

from this serving (not tray, not platter, not bowl) whatever it is,

that the colors of some of the bowls matched the fabrics perfectly.

Color!!!

This is our kitchen table centerpiece this summer.

My daughter Clare and I bought these at Anthropologie last winter, one of every color they had.

When we brought them home,

they landed on this cool platter with wire base…thing.

How perfect to set our useless adorable little latte bowls on.

They make me smile, kind of like a new box of 64 crayons.

It would seem Clare has a few of my genes, she talked me into buying them.

Back to the fabric…

You can see the whole collection at Moda.

I like to go here and look at “Future Groups” to see what’s coming out.

Odds and Ends is due out this month, so check you local quilt shops.

I need to get sewing.

I’ve got some quilts to name (hint, hint).  ;)

Until next time,

Susan

Absence does not mean lack of doing, but in this absence I’ve not even been thinking about quilting, much less doing it.

I did finish this top before T-berry Club (a.k.a. Rosemary’s Club) ummm June meeting, but still it sits all basted and collecting dust more than a month later.

I can’t believe I got these more than a month ago,

a new Moda collection, Odds & Ends by Julie Comstock.  Lovely colors & cute designs.  Yes, it’s still in its shrink-wrap.  I’m not allowing myself to remove it until I’m ready to sew.

I received these Christmas fabrics from Northcott and made a cute sample for a magazine.

It was made in such haste I barely remember what it looked like!

More on that to come.

We traveled 2,600 miles to take in Myrtle Beach,

Charleston,

& Gatlinburg last week,

and not a single yard of quilt fabric was seen!

I was however wowed by these on Fort Sumter at Charleston, SC.

This is the Palmetto Guard Flag (what’s left of it).  It’s under glass and I did not get a good photo. You can get close enough to see the little applique stitches, cool!

And this is another flag there.

It’s Fort Sumter’s battle flag, it’s 10 feet by 20 feet!   This flag was flying during the bombardment on April 12-13, 1861.

It was impossible to stand back and photograph it without the spindles and rail in the photo.  It actually sits lower than the floor where we walked because it’s so large.

Unfortunately we only had the day to see Charleston, minus the 2+hr. drive each way so we didn’t see nearly enough there. I would have loved to check out the quilt shop(s) there.  I’d bet they have an excellent Civil War section…  Perhaps next time?

I was particularly impressed with all the old architecture there.  We took a city tour that took us by many centuries old homes and city buildings that were very impressive to say the least.  Did you know part of “The Notebook” was filmed there?  Our tour guide was wonderful, but we decided she might be a bit forgetful when she asked us for the 3rd time if we’d seen the movie!  It’s now a family joke…  I think vacations are good for that!

We took in no less than 4 Tanger Outlet malls. I got a new Fossil purse. It’s purple!

We do love to shop, me & the kids and David is good at finding something to do while we shop.

Have no fear, my sewing machine is still working.  When we got home I had to take in a sling top for Clare to make it fit “just right” and then I had to put a few stitches in a side seam of Chloe’s maxi dress that was made in West Pango Pango, or mostly made…  At least they were both made with black thread!

We’re back home now and today, after a trip to the orthodontist, Clare and I took in Sweet Annie’s sale.

That’s a local shop in Troy, IL.

Then we did a bit of regular ‘ole shopping and got these needed notions.

Where does the time go?

Clare will start high school 3 weeks from today and Chloe and Blake will be back to college the following week.

Aside from the many 100+ degree days, this summer seems to have not even existed.  I guess I’m getting old, time is just passing by too quickly.

I hope you’re getting some quilting in during this extremely hot summer.

My hat goes off to all those caring for family & friends, the sick and the aging.

Don’t forget to add a bit of sewing in every chance you get!

Until next time,

Susan

Who knows what season it is outside this week?

It is Winter

It looks like Spring.

It feels like Summer!

Just the middle of March, and the extended 7 day forecast here in the lower half of Illinois is 80+ degrees EVERY DAY!

My flowers are blooming!

Inside it’s Spring Quilt Market Prep Season!

I’ve been picking and pruning my “Salt Air” and adding a few others that are acting like fertilizer, making the pretty stuff prettier!

It’s fun to FINALLY cut into this stuff.  When it’s early in the season, with a limited supply of the good stuff, I can’t bear to cut until I know for sure the design is just right!

And this is what I’m working on today.

How about you?  Are you doing your spring gardening yet?

Until next time,

Susan

Last weekend I was once again fortunate to attend our annual reatreat at Rosemary’s Quilt Shop in Highland Illinois.

The first floor & basement are the quilt shop floors.  Rosemary lives on the second and third floors.  It’s a beautiful older home and the owner/occupant is a wonderful host!  On the days that she has retreats, she reatreats to the third floor leaving enough sleeping rooms for 6 quilters on the second floor.

For the past 8(?) years a group of us have met for a weekend each winter and sewed, sewed, sewed.  The basement is set up to sew and snack 24 hrs. a day if you want.  Within two blocks there are authentic Mexican, Italian and Chinese restaurants. No need to pack any food!  Of course there are lots of other restautants around town too as well as Walmart, Walgreens, etc.

Another great perk to sewing here is that Rosemary has everything you might need at any time, day or night; fabric of course, basting spray, batting, you get the picture!

This year I decided to take along a project that I started at our quilt designer retreat in November.

I made 7 of the blocks in Minnesota where I bought the book & kit. I pieced all day Thursday (un-pieced half the day on Friday) and finished the top Friday evening.

It’s “Peony Patch” from the book Summer Gatherings by Lisa Bongean & Carole Charles.  The finished size is 20″ x 24″.  It was designed with little leaves on every block, but after I got those appliqued on I didn’t like them!  It took me about 6 hours to remove them and re-sew the stem…  I love it now.  I’m trying to decide how to quilt it.  I’d like to give it to a professional, but it’s so small I’m embarrassed to send it out!

Next I made more of these; mini Dresden plates with my template.

I love using my Clover Mini Iron.

It gets super hot and presses the little petals very flat, plus it’s light-weight and doesn’t heat up the whole room while I’m pressing a million of these things.

Since these seams are pressed open, the mini iron tip can get right in there and press those flat too.

These are looking great with my Salt Air fabrics.

Love, love love them!

Can’t wait to show you how these are going together, but no photos ’til they’re done!

I’ve also got a new lap quilt just for little boys about finished…Nothing like a quilt retreat with all sewing, all the time to get my creative juices flowing!

Until next time,

Susan

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