New ideas


With Winterlude by 3 Sisters for Moda of course!

More & more flowers…

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These have become addicting!

Each one is cuter than the last.

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With my new template being just 2″, one might think tedious,

but I’m loving this!

So precise!!!

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The complete little plate is just about 4″.

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Now, I’m on to the next step,

gluing the plates to their background squares.

Then it will be back to stitching…

Can’t wait to show you the finished quilts!

What are you working on?

Until next time,

Susan

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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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!

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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.

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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

I can only partly remember the story my grandma used to tell us, but the part that has lived on in my memory is “I’m tired of singing la, la.”

So the story goes…

She was rocking someone to sleep and to help lull them she was singing, “La, la. La, la.” over & over.

Apparently the little tyke she was singing to wasn’t tired enough to be lulled to sleep, but instead into annoyance, when they announced, “I’m tired of singing “la, la!””

Well, it’s a story that hit my grandma’s funny bone and she told it over and over.

Consequently, as I was growing up, when someone in my family was tired of doing something we would announce

“I’m tired of singing la, la!!!”

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Among other designs that I’ve been working on with my “Christmas Countdown” fabrics,

I’ve been making a whole forest of trees.

Big trees,

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Little trees,

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Pretty trees,

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(special trees, Here comes Winter book…)

Don’t get me wrong, they’re quick & easy, but I made so many prototypes

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and then designed a few quilts to make with the blocks.

Now that I’m getting to make the finished blocks for the pattern sample

it feels a bit redundant…

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..more & more trees, 44 trees…

(Dr. Seuss book…)

Pretty sure I could make trees in my sleep!

Perhaps is delirium? sorry…

The quilt will have 36 medium trees, 40 small trees and a bonus table runner will have large trees,

but that number has yet to be determined.

I’ll be putting these into one of my signature Quilt-as-you-go lap quilt patterns.

Now to start counting sashing strips.

What are you working on?

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.

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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

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