Quilt-as-you-go


For those of you that don’t know this about me…

I have a somewhat large family with lots of nieces & nephews.

When my niece was pregnant with the first great niece or nephew

I decided I would make baby quilts for that generation.

It can be a frequent occurrence in a larger family!

While deciding what type of quilt to make for the first baby,

knowing it would set a precedent for all the other babies to follow,

I decided it would be one of my quilt-as-you-go designs.

Quick & easy & washable = usable!

By the time we were planning the baby shower

the mom-to-be had the nursery colors & name picked out already.

So, I took the nursery photos,

the name “Benjamin” & made his quilt:

Soon to follow was this very appropriate book for me

(& anyone else who makes baby quilts!).

Benjamin is the baby in the photos.

He’s now 7 & I’ve made lots of quilts using this book!

Delaney is a family friend.

She is modeling the larger, lap quilt version of the quilt

that is also included in the book.

The entire alphabet is included (& reversed for you & me…)

Yay!

Well, last week while teaching out of town,

I became a great aunt again.

Regardless of how busy I am,

I’m taking the baby quilt to the new baby the first time I see them!

So, since I had a big quilt finish Sunday night, (reveal later…)

Monday I chose my 3 fabrics & at 6 pm started cutting…

I made the fused letters at the beginning of the project & got the

applique out of the way before I started sewing any of the strips onto the foundation.

Once the applique was complete,

I started sewing the strips.

Since there are only 2 types of strips,

& it’s a baby quilt, it goes together very quickly!

Soon all of the strips were sewn onto the foundation

& I was ready to quilt the border strip

since that’s too large of an area to leave unquilted.

I typically free-motion quilt around the letters.

Soon after, it was ready for the binding.

By 11:09 pm I put the very last stitch into the binding!

I never, ever, start a quilt and not stop until it’s complete

so it was fun to do that this time & know that it took me

exactly 5 hours & 9 minutes to make this quilt

& I took some photos along the way to show you.

I have to say having the fabric decisions out of the way was helpful!

I met baby Keaton last night & he’s a sweetie (of course!).

His big sister is in love with him too.

Here is her quilt when I finished it 3 years ago.

So nice to know exactly what I’m going to make when

another baby or baby shower comes along.

It takes a lot of anguish out of my day!

For those of you that sew for a baby that hasn’t had a reveal before the gift is needed,

just applique “BABY” in place of the name!

Pretty sure I’ve thought of everything with this one, Lol.

You can find the book on my website

& one happy great aunt right here!

Off to get more sewing done.

Fall Market will be here soon!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

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I have thoughtful customers!

Whether I sell to them directly, via quilt shops, catalogs or the internet,

they seek me out & send me photos of quilts they’ve made from my patterns.

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that!

It’s very exciting & thoughtful.

It’s almost as much fun as Christmas morning, really!

This week I received an image of the large snowman quilt

made with my “Little Frosties” pattern from Jeanne B.

Isn’t it striking on the green background?

& the clover “buttons” are adorable.

I had to share him with you.

And since I’m doing show & tell…

Here’s another one that I received a while back from Moira B.

Look at the awesome quilting Moira B. added.

I don’t remember now if she quilted over it after she quilted it quilt-as-you-go,

or if she just sewed the strips together then layered & quilted it.

Moira, If you’re reading this let us know.

If you remember, also taught this pattern for a guild last summer.

(& I remembered to take photos…)

I hope you’ve all finished your snowmen and have them ready to hang!

Some had them ready to bind when they left class.

You can find this pattern here on my website on the Quilt-As-You-Go page.

Yes, he’s quilt-as-you-go,

which means quick & easy!

Is your guild or quilt group looking for teachers for 2019 & 2020?

I travel to teach & lecture too.

Here is a link to my workshop page.

Do you have images of quilts that you made from my patterns or books?

Want to share with us?

Send me the images.

SuznQuilts@aol.com

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

So, new pattern #4…

Remember me showing you bits of these in a tutorial a couple months back?

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Surprise, no Dresdens!!!

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Instead, more of my Quilt-as-you-go technique!

Much cuter with faces, buttons & scarves don’t you think?

The pattern includes instructions for 4 quilts;

2 for your wall or door,

plus two for your tables.

These are quick & easy enough you’ll certainly make more than one!

Warm & Natural Cotton Batting & walking foot a must.

The pattern is now on my website if it’s not in your favorite quilt shop.

Pull together some cute fabrics, a bit of fusible web & start sewing.

Just keep sewing,

Susan