New Moda Fabric Collection


As the sun streams through my sewing room windows this morning I’m not sure which I’m enjoying more, this lovely new “Timeless” collection by the extremely creative and talented Jo Morton for Moda, or the extra light in my room so early in the morning.


The colors and designs are very “Jo Morton” I think.


Pretty, creative and new, yet they feel like the civil war prints that I also love.


Coming to a quilt shop near you soon I hope!

You can see the whole collection here on Moda’s website.

I’ve got work to do.

I’m dreaming of Dresdens.

But today is my mom’s birthday, so I’m looking forward to spending this day with my parents and whatever that entails… hopefully ice cream!

Just Keep Sewing…



suznquiltsdq53fabricsSo, how is 2017 going for you so far?

The teacher & the student have both gone back to school.

I’ve adjusted to being another year older…

Christmas & all it’s trimmings are put away,

but I’m lucky that it still resembles Christmas in my sewing room

& I’m back at the sewing machine.

Meet Sweet Cherry Wine.


This is Blackbird’s new fabric collection by Moda,

displayed on my extra cool Christmas gift from David!!!

It’s an antique thread display case/cash wrap

from a general store circa 1880-1890, that he found on Craigslist.

I feel a bit like the Olsen’s (from Little House on the Prairie).


(and a Coral Bells by Jan Patek charcoal that I added)


In case you couldn’t guess,

it’s going to be a new little Dresden plate quilt!


These are some of the Mini Dresden petals.


More Mini petals… (powered by Diet D.P.)


and some tiny Dresden petals waiting for me to start stitching.

We’re going to Rosemary’s this weekend, yeah for us!


I’m planning to get a lot of this quilt done.

I’ve already got a good start.


I’m using my “new” cutlery tray that Chloe bought me for my birthday.

It makes assembling little Dresden petals all the more fun.

Fun meaning I’m not looking all over for stray petals!!!


 She also bought me a table made from an antique treadle machine

to put my “new” spool cabinet/cash wrap on.


For now it’s in the basement (my fulfillment center)

where I plan to use it to store my shipping supplies & brochures

 but who knows where it will end up?

Must get back to work!


Just keep sewing…


I’ve been making Morris Earthly Paradise Tiny Dresden petals…



I feel like I’m gardening.


I have 21 different floral prints…

nicely tended in rows…

because I don’t want to accidentally sew a petal into the wrong plate!

With a bit of help from Betsy


I’m able to keep the string of sewn petals wrinkle-free and untangled.

Thanks, Betsy!

What are you doing in this heat?

I saw this morning that over 118 million of us are experiencing triple digit heat!

Thankfully it’s raining here right now.

Just keep sewing…


I couldn’t resist showing you the beautiful garden that came to life

as I opened the Morris Earthly Paradise fat quarter bundle!

Moda & Barbara have done it again.


Wow, the color!

Now before you freak out that I have cupcakes in my yummy Morris garden…

anyone that knows me knows there’s NO EATING in my sewing atelier!

Have no fear, they’re resin &

a gift from my sister along with an antique muffin tin.

Perhaps that will find its way into a photo someday too.


I separated out the prints that will read as solids.


My favorite is in the front of the drawer.

I think every color in the collection is in that piece (big surprise it’s my favorite right?).


A nice variety of scale and color.


Yummy, don’t you think?


 The variety will all look nice in Tiny Dresden petals which is why I chose this collection.

I can’t wait to start sewing so I can show you the finished quilt.

Please do not hold your breath though.

Some quilts are marathons, not sprints!

Just keep sewing…


Several months ago I received the new Moda line by Barbara Brackman,

Morris Earthly Paradise.


 It is truly lovely!


I ordered one print along with the fat quarters.


A charming black.


Beautifully reproduced William Morris floral prints

in gorgeous colors and black!


While William Morris is probably better know for his textiles & literary works,

I first learned of the famous William Morris while in college through

his involvement in the Arts & Crafts movement

and the extremely popular Morris chair.

More than a century later, it’s still sought after and being reproduced today!

A Morris Chair

It would be fun to draft this!

My grandparents had an antique version of the reclining chair & I actually have an Arts & Crafts style rocking chair in my living room that I acquired from a friend of the family’s estate.

Why am I attracted to old things?

Notice my new-to-me old mini chest of drawers?

Don’t be jealous.

Get out and go to some estate sales & flea markets!


I’ve added some background fabrics from my stash for my quilt.

I need to get cutting!

Will it surprise you to learn that I’m going to be cutting little Dresden petals???

This collection is available in quilt shops now and Barbara has a quilt-along

Morris Hexathon


going on with her fabrics.

You can learn more about the collection by joining her on her blog, Material Culture.

Just keep sewing…


The 4th and final collection that I have to show you is Moda’s new “Quilt for a Cause” collection,

Preservation.Suzn+Quilts+PerservationPreservation is 19th in their “Quilt for a Cause” series.

The collection was inspired by a quilt from England dating to 1830.


It will benefit the

International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska

which is a learning center.

They have a collection of quilts,

related textiles and documents

for the purpose of study, insight and inspiration.

Perhaps you’ve been there?


Glad to know such a good cause will benefit from the sale of these lovely fabrics!


The colors are lovely!


I love it when collections mix the all the colors of the collection in all or most all the fabrics.

It makes for a low contrast quilt which I find very appealing.

The colors blend from one fabric to the next.

I used a similar collection for Dresden Heaven.


This pattern is available here on my website.

Low contrast, making it very calming to look at.

Suzn+Quilts+Perservation+fat+quarters+3Notice the aqua fabrics have red and cream,

the red fabrics have the cream, aqua and brown,

the cream fabrics have the aqua, red, brown…


You can see the complete collection at Moda by going here.


Preservation is due in quilt shops in September.

You have plenty of time to sew up some of your stash to make room for it.



I will too!

Just keep sewing…


I’ve loved Jo Morton’s fabric for years, how about you?

I was so excited to hear she was designing for Moda because her fabrics with Anodover are hard to find around here.

Now that she’s with Moda I’ll have a better chance of finding them and hopefully you will too.

Meet Gratitude, due in quilt shops in August.


A bit reminiscent of Civil War prints and colors.


Jo’s newest muted, small prints for Moda.


Lots of yummy pinks and browns.


There are other colors in the collection, but I didn’t order them!


I have to say I sure wish she had put some black in the collection.

Her blacks have been my favorites for years!

This is “Simplify”, of my quilt-as-you-go lap quilt patterns using  Jo’s black fabrics.


I still love those big gold stars.

And these are some of her blacks from my stash.


Yes, some are quite old, but I still love them.

They still reside in my stash, even passing the test of last week’s guild yard sale.

You’ll know I’ve lost my will to live when you see me put these in the “get rid of” pile!

I also used one of her blacks in every pattern in my “In Season” series.


I’m sure she’ll have a black in her next collection though, just for me!

How can I be sad about these, right?


And yes, I have a design all picked out for them with, you guessed it



And now I MUST-GO-SEW!


Just keep sewing…



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