quilt as you go lap quilt


Another new baby is on the way

& you know what that means, right?

Time to pull this out again:

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Usually I beat myself up because I think of things after the fact… a bit too late… hindsight is 20/20…

but not this time!

I’m so proud of myself for having the insight to predict this next generation of babies coming close together & me not having the time & energy to decide on a quilt much less make it.

Remember Lucy’s quilt & Hadleigh’s quilt?

I’m sure you’ve heard the story time & again too of that baby quilt someone is still trying to finish by the child’s 3rd birthday!

Well, not me, at least not yet.

Anabelle’s mom (my niece) gave me fabric colors way back in January at my birthday party

& sent me this image of the nursery items they had decided on.

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Their furniture is dark not like all the white shown in this Babies r Us image.

I chose these fabrics:

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I thought they were extra girly & had the same feel as the nursery set.

The hardest part of this quilt (& nothing is hard about it)

is centering the letters in a fun way.

AND double, triple, quadruple checking the spelling!

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By the way,

I discovered the “Big Board” & I love it.

If you remember, here for instance I show you how I use layers of towels to press the whole width of quilt at once?

Well, the big board is big enough to press the whole width of quilt at once too & since I had it out anyway…

While on our retreat at Rosemary’s this year we used one. More than one of us could press at once.

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I love the height & the way she incorporated storage into her base.

I need to buy some of the silicone coated fabric for mine.

It will be more durable than the muslin it came wrapped in.

It has gotten really scorched with the heavy usage the last couple of months.

Anyway,

We had the baby shower Saturday & I’m happy to say, Heather LOVED the quilt!

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 She was too funny.

When she read the card from me she knew what was inside the package.

She had been anticipating the quilt & was very curious what I’d done with her suggested colors.

I’m was touched that it meant so much to her.

She is going to use the quilt so I gave her washing instructions.

It’s all cotton & very durable so machine washing & drying will be just fine.

I made Clare nervous Wednesday when I asked her to help me spray baste the foundation.

She couldn’t believe I hadn’t made the quilt yet!

Ha! It only takes a few hours.

Any babies in your future?

You can buy your own book here.

It comes with instructions for both the baby & lap size quilts

along with the whole alphabet which is reversed & ready to trace.

Now, we get to wait for Anabelle.

Just keep sewing!

Susan

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IMG_2724[1]Chloe & I flew to Quilt Market in Minneapolis to show my new designs.

We had a booth full of Tiny Dresdens, Mini Dresdens & some pretty cute Frosties!

Our special market friends were there too.

IMG_2744[1]Robin- Nestling by Robin had an adorable new Shoe quilt BOM

& an assortment of beautiful baby quilts!

IMG_2747[1]Celine-Perkins Dry Goods had new eye catching geometric quilts in all sizes,

even an adorable baby quilt!

 IMG_2745[1]Susan-The Quilt Branch with helper Karen had a cute new tote pattern

along with more of her signature 6 halves quilts & place mats.

It was great to see so many of our quilt shop customers again that we only see at quilt market

& it was fun to meet so many new ones too!

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If your local shop isn’t already carrying Suzn Quilts’ Patterns, please send them our way:

http://www.SuznQuilts.com

Just keep sewing!

Susan

Another new pattern incorporating my Tiny Dresden & Mini Dresden plates,

surprised aren’t you?

This quilt also incorporates my unique Quilt-as-you-go technique.

Meet Dresden Trellis.

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I never get tired of designing & making these lap quilts.

Know why???

They’re quick & easy of course!

I’ve added applique to the borders,

applique that uses my Tiny  Dresden & Mini Dresden petals…

in a nontraditional way!

There is a full-size applique sheet to align the stems perfectly!

Like Garden Romance,

the stems are made easily with Clover’s fusible bias tape maker.

It was also made with

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Moda’s Mill Book 1892.

Any questions?

Pattern is now on my website if you can’t find it at your favorite quilt shop.

One more new pattern to show you.

Just keep sewing,

Susan

Three days before we left for market I became a great aunt once again!

I told you, I knew it would happen!

I’m so glad I had the foresight to see this.

So, shortly after I made Lucy’s quilt last summer that I showed you here,

I also made Hadleigh’s quilt.

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Yep, I used my favorite “Name That Quilt” pattern!

It saved me hours & hours in several ways.

First,

I didn’t spend forever trying to figure out WHAT to make.

Second,

(once I made all of the fabric choices)

It didn’t take long to trace & cut the letters,

then cut a few strips each of the chosen fabrics.

Third,

It’s Quilt-as-you-go, so it went together quickly

& best part, I didn’t have to fret over how to quilt it,

or pay someone else to quilt it.

Within a few hours I had a finished quilt.

Love it when I can look back at something I did and realize how smart I was!

It is pretty convenient how modern medicine allows new parents to be so prepared.

They made her an adorable nursery.

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From this photo I was able to shop for just the right fabrics.

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Then  I spent about half an hour cutting…

And of course, mom was surprised & loved it…

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Now for the fun part.

I’m going to give away two of my

Name That Quilt books

so you can make one or several for yourself.

Remember,

there are both baby

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& lap size options

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& the entire full size, reversed alphabet is included!

Just leave me at comment above and I’ll draw two lucky winners Monday

who will receive their own copies.

Until next time,

Susan

I’m a great aunt again,

so of course I had to make a quilt!

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I already knew what quilt I was going to make for Lucy.

In case you don’t remember,

two summers ago I designed this book for just these occasions.

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It contains the whole (full-size & reversed) alphabet

& instructions for a 42″ square baby quilt,

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(This is Lucy’s big brother. He’ll be 2 in a couple of weeks!)

& it also has instructions for a lap quilt for kids, toddler up to 100 yrs. old!

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Lucy’s mom (my niece, Amanda) decorated her nursery with a Paris theme.

She gave me the Timeless Treasures Paris fabric she’d bought then I added the softer pink for the alternating stripes & a matching brown for her name & the binding.

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I love the way it turned out & I hope Amanda does too!

We’re going to see (& spoil) Lucy in a bit.

Now for the fun part…

I’m going to give away a “Name That Quilt” book!

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Just leave me a comment

telling me about your favorite baby quilt,

either one you made or one you received.

I’ll post the winner here on Monday.

Until next time,

Susan

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Meet Frosty!

It’s another of my Quilt-as-you-go lap quilts.

What a fun way to wrap you or a loved in on a snowy winter day!

My quilt-as-you-go lap quilts are very popular.

You can view a tutorial here.

If you’ve not made one yet, this is why you should:

They’re quick,

they’re easy,

 & they’re fun.

Once you make one, you’ll want to make more!

Frosty starts with cutting some strips.

Some of the strips have corner cut-off sewing.

Then, after you sew the strips to the foundation,

there is a bit of fusible web applique.

Sew on the binding and your lap quilt is complete!

It’s a great quilt for a grand child to cuddle under,

but it will also look good hanging on your wall all winter long.

It’s now available on my website.

Stay tuned for more!

Until next time,

Susan

Well, I got busy and forgot to let you see my progress on the latest A Pretty Package, sorry!

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I finished sewing the strips on and then fused the bow pieces.

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Next I stitched the applique with my Sulky 12 wt. thread.

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This is a close-up of the buttonhole stitch.

I had a call last week from a quilter whom I met at Houston Festival last fall.

We discussed this stitch that I use almost exclusively for my applique.

She remembered we have the same older Bernina machine

but she could not find the buttonhole stitch anywhere.

Well, it’s actually called a toweling stitch on our machine.

So, if you look around you might find it on your machine too (if you’re lucky)

but perhaps with a different name!

I finished the hand-work on the binding at Rosemary’s tips club yesterday.

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Here is A Pretty Package in its completed state.

It looks pretty good on my favorite rocking chair, don’t you think?

I know where this quilt will land after market next month!

Winterlude fits perfectly in my living room.

Perhaps it will fit in yours too?

You’ll be seeing it in shops in June.

Until next time,

Susan

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