Quilt Market


Chloe & I traveled to Kansas City last week to attend International Quilt Market.

It was great spending time with her & some of our market friends

including Susan Knapp of The Quilt Branch,

& her helper Karen Bailey.

Lucky for me, KC is a relatively short drive so we had a double booth

and I was able to pack some of my favorite goodies for display.

It was nice to talk to lots of old friends and to make lots of new ones too!

 

Lots of little Dresdens happening here!

We also showed my new quilt-as-you-go runner/placemat & lap quilt patterns.

Since I’m always busy each day in my own booth,

we have to go early to walk the rest of the show

or we have no idea what else it there.

We were able to see Moda’s new fabric collections that will be available later this year.

I chose postcards of my favorites…

Lella Boutique has a beautiful, soft collection with pretty greens & blues that I liked.

Minick & Simpson’s Northport group looks stunning as their groups always do.

I love the neutrals of Primitive Gatherings’ Urban Farmhouse Gatherings.

Betsy Chutchian’s Sarah’s Story has some of the same colors

as her Savanna’s Scraps so it would be easy to use the two groups together.

Sandy Klop’s Bubble Pop is adorable.

She put my black & cream polka dots in this collection!!!

I guess I’m not the only one who thinks her rainbow colors

are only made better with black & dots…

You’ll definitely be seeing me use those!

I fell in love with some fabrics at the Diamond Textiles booth too.

Their prints & yard dyed fabrics look beautiful together!

I love their yard dyed fabrics with prints woven into them.

So much texture & color range!

 

Wish I could take the booths home with me.

 

 

That would certainly make some decisions easier!

 

They’re all so inspiring!

All too soon we’re back home & back to work.

Where does the time go???

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend.

I hope it includes some quilting time!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

One would think with being gone almost a week

that I would have lots of pictures to show from market, but…

We are always so busy from the time we leave until we get home that I forget to take pictures!

I did snap a shot of our almost empty booth.

Our Schoolhouse sessions were well received.

Schoolhouse is where I reserve time slots to show

& discuss my new patterns the day before Quilt Market officially starts.

“Joy to the World” is one of my favorite new Tiny Dresden quilts.

I designed the nativity scene hanger set & Ackfeld mfg. is making them.

(They’re available on my website)

“BOO” is probably my best-selling new pattern since it was introduced at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR.

Once our Schoolhouse sessions were over we were able to finish hanging the booth.

There was a steady stream of shoppers at this market.
That means lots of shop owners to talk to and I’m very pleased with our sales.

It does make it a bit more of a challenge for me to remember the less important stuff,

like getting our pic taken in our booth, lol!

It was the third day of market before we remembered to have a neighbor take our picture!

Robin Koehler (Nestlings by Robin) was my helper (a.k.a. slave labor) for this market.

Besides having new designs featured in various quilt magazines & catalogs,

she also has a new series of tulip quilting stencils with

Quilting Creations, which debuted at market as well!

Some are for hand quilting and some are continuous line for machine quilting.

You can find them on Creative Creation’s site here!

Unfortunately, I hardly got out of our booth to see what else came to Quilt Market.

What I did get out to see, I saw during the little bits of time before the show opened each morning.

However, between putting finishing touches on my own booth the first morning,

going to Mass as the beautiful nearby Annunciation church the second morning,

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& getting our rental van replaced the third morning… grrrr.

 

I always take a pic of my rentals’ license plate in case I need it to check into a hotel or WHATEVER.

It didn’t leave a lot of time for quilt market adventure…. but,

I saw a lovely new fabric line by Betsy Chutchian, Susanna’s Scraps that I really like.

Minick & Simpson also has a pretty new line, Crystal Lake, with lovely background prints,

 & I really liked their adorable sand bucket!

And Regency Sussex by Christopher Wilson-Tate

is another collection that has that beautiful aged charm that I love.

Unfortunately it’s pretty blue… but those golds & neutrals!!!

We’ll see…

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little market recap.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

We’re back from Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival

and most of my catch-up work is complete, whew!!!

What a busy, tiring and fun trip.

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It took most of our kitchen to hold all the “stuff” that I packed into the van…

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Everything was labeled & packed tight for the 15 hour drive.

Nothing worse than listening to things rattle for hours on end.

Ask me how I know!

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My super booth helpers (market slaves), Robin (Nestlings by Robin)

& Chloe & I had the booth set up in no time!

That’s a bit of an exaggeration.

It did finally get set up Friday evening after

a schoolhouse session with Pepper Cory &   Studio e Fabrics & her Designer RSVP Blocks that

Robin & I participated in, making blocks with her Peppered Cottons:

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Yes, Robin the overachiever made 2!

Then, 2 Schoolhouse sessions showing my new Tiny & Mini Dresden plate book & patterns,

and then the C&T Schoolhouse session introducing the

13 new quilts from Dresden Quilt Workshop:

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Then there were book signings introducing Dresden Quilt Workshop.

A couple of mornings before market opened,

we walked part of the show to see what else came to Houston besides Suzn Quilts.

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Here’s a look at my fav… Jo Morton’s newest line, New Hope, yum!

I’m pretty sure Jo designed this collection just for me ;)

(Spoiler alert—-You’ll be seeing a lot more of this collection!)

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Betsy Chutchian’s new collection was very pretty.

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French General’s new collection was lovely too.

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Lella Boutique also very pretty.

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Tim Holtz, always super cool!

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Jen Kingwell, WOW!

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Her newest collection, more yum!!!

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Oh, & a new book…

a little close-up in case you’re not sure what I’m pointing at, lol!

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Then there was Festival!

That will have to wait for another day.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

It’s been a busy year here so far in the land of Suzn Quilts.

I have a dozen new patterns that we introduced at

Spring International Quilt Market.

It was practically in our backyard at the St. Louis convention center.

It was nice not having travel across the country to get to the show,

but oddly enough it didn’t really feel like I was at market since it was so close.

The best part (besides being with my daughter, Chloe, & my market friends)

was not having to worry about fitting everything into 4 suitcases

that weigh no more than 50 lbs. each+ 2 carry-ons.

The down side of that was more work for us since I decided we could have a bigger booth since we didn’t have to travel!

That also meant more “fluff” to bring to display with!

But, I loved the way that our booth turned out.

Between market shoppers we were able to visit with our market friends that are scattered around the country.

Diane & her sister, Linda of Puffin & Company.

They have lovely quilting and sewing tools to help those who enjoy hand work.

Celine & Molly of Perkins Dry Goods.

Celine has more beautiful patterns for those that love patchwork.

Susan of The Quilt Branch (Karen her helper had to leave early to attend a graduation).

Susan has lots of cute new designs to use that Creative Grids “House” ruler that you already have!

& we have lots of new patterns to show you!

So, stay tuned &

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

I just remembered that I hadn’t posted any photos of Houston Quilt Market 2016.

Where does the time go???

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My good friend Robin, Nestlings by Robin,

graciously offered to come along as my helper.

Chloe, my booth helper the past several years (& daughter)

took a new job that started October 31, so she wasn’t able to come along this time.

She is now working in the NICU.

I hope you never need her services, but if you do, you’re in good hands!

She is also working on her doctorate to be a Family Nurse Practitioner.

I’m so proud of her!

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My quilt-as-you-go table runners/wall quilts were very popular.

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My Tiny Dresden Seasonal Series was very popular as well.

My new favorite, Dresdens on the Square…

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I love the muted colors of my booth this market.

Several Moda designers are accounted for here:

Jo Morton, 3 Sisters, Barbara Brackman & Laundry Basket to name a few.

While there, we (quickly) took in the Dear Jane exhibit.

Robin & I are contemplating making the quilt

so it was fun to browse the color combinations…

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The reds are gorgeous, but I think I’d get tired of just using red.

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Robin’s favorite had the black heart secondary pattern.

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Leaving off the triangle border would eliminate a lot of work!

But don’t kid yourself, there are still 169 little blocks!

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I really like these muted colors.

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Interesting pattern in the gray triangle border fabric.

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Another secondary pattern with the color placement of blocks.

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It looks so different with brights!

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I like the rainbow of muted colors.

It’s pretty similar to the original quilt.

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Really like this one too.

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And this one.

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And this one…

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I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll start this quilt.

It’s quite a commitment!

What do you think?

Want to make one with us?

We’re still trying to figure out the time-frame.

169 blocks in the center and then another 56 on the border…

225 total blocks!

Just one per week would take 4 1/3 years.

What to do???

If I make the quilt I’ve decided it will be with civil war prints.

That’s in keeping with the original quilt.

For now though, I think I’ll

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I know I’m a bit late to the party…

International Fall Quilt Market was over two weeks ago…

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(Image from Moda’s Cutting Table Blog)

I wasn’t able to attend, but I do have new quilt patterns that would have been there. I was with my family instead since my wonderful Mother-in-law passed away the day before Chloe & I were to fly to Houston.

How appropriate that this is the first of my three new patterns.

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I’m sad, I’m tired & I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family & such dear friends. Getting older is not an easy thing for anyone involved. I will miss my mother-in-law dearly. She was one of my best friends. I’m so thankful that she was able to live independently in her own home & will not be going into assisted living or to a nursing facility.

So, if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been lacking in presence here, she is one of the reasons. Also, my dad had heart surgery the day Chloe & I were to fly to Minneapolis for spring quilt market back in May. We did fly out the next day though so we didn’t miss that. I then spent the majority of the next six weeks at the hospital & then rehab with him helping him to recover from the surgery. I’m happy to report that he was able to resume baling hay this summer, his passion!  Once a farmer, always a farmer…

One of the reasons I do what I do is because of the ability to work around my family & its many schedules. I can work at any hour & stop at the drop of a hat to help whoever needs me at that moment. It started with raising our children but more recently it’s been helping with our parents.

I’m very fortunate & I’m so thankful they at least take turns!

How appropriate that this is my next new pattern.

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I’m definitely in “My Happy Place” with my family & in my sewing room!!!

My third & final new pattern: Suzn+Quilts+Tiny+Dresden+Happy+Birthday+cover+RGB

All three use my Tiny Dresden Template,

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& “My Happy Place” also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

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Like my previous Dresden plate patterns,

the paper template is included in the pattern, but you’ll want to also purchase the plastic template because it will make your cutting so much quicker & more accurate.

Look for them on my website & hopefully soon at your local quilt shop!

Just keep sewing…

Susan

 

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

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