The third new pattern that I want to show you is

House + Love = Home

I love quilts with words

and whenever I can add little Dresdens…

This is the string of houses laid out on my sewing room rug of many colors…

Making the words was fun.

Next came auditioning fabrics for the doll blocks.

Once the decisions were made it was easy to make the “parts”.

Then deciding on the center fabric for just the right look there was next.

Love this calligraphy/postal stamp fabric!

Once all of the blocks were made I rearranged the little blocks for color.

All fun & soon all done!

House+Love=Home is now on my website if not at a quilt shop near you.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

There are just a few hours left to comment

& tell me your favorite of my 3 new quilt patterns.

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3 lucky winners will receive their favorite!

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Go here & read all about it, then comment to win your favorite.

I’ll draw the winners tonight at 6 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My next & last new pattern that I want to introduce to you is

Susanna.

I know what you’re thinking,

“Why didn’t she put MORE little Dresden plates on this quilt?”, right? Lol

Susanna started with the “Susanna” collection by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.

I decided to start with 2 of the blues to make Tiny Dresden plates.

Chain piecing is the best!

It’s a great time to let your mind wander

or listen to a good movie that you’ve watched over & over again.

The time passes quickly as I watch the Tiny Dresden plates emerge.

Soon I was auditioning more fabrics to join my TD plates.

If I’m not absolutely sure of all of the fabrics

I will make just one center (not even applique it down)

then make fabric decisions.

Once I narrowed that down,

I went to “work” making the center circles for all of the TD plates.

Not work at all, really.

I love to make the TD centers!

I know, how weird am I???

As a matter of fact,

I offered to make Loraine, one of my pattern testers’,

centers for the TD’s she was making to test my Jellyroll Gemstones pattern.

It took less than an hour

since I had the circles already cut in my little canister.

Pressing then cutting them into strips for easy trimming is key.

With a movie on, the time flies by!

Now before the rest of my pattern testers get in an uproar,

I’m happy to make your centers for you too!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Once my design was ironed out I needed to make a few more TD’s.

Have I told you lately that I actually use my rotary cutter

to cut the string apart & to trim the seam allowance?

Yup!

It’s so much quicker that using my scissors, but you better be careful!

Concentration is key…

And it doesn’t hurt to have some nourishment nearby at times.

The mindless making of the center circles also lets

my mind think of the next upcoming fabric decisions.

Oh but wait, there are more!

I actually took this project to our retreat at Rosemary’s the beginning of February.

No TV watching here,

just good conversation & good food too!

Aren’t they lovely???

In the midst of this project, Clare, our youngest daughter, bought me this cute cart.

She thought it would look nice in our booth.

It’ll be going with us to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival next week,

but for now it’s looking cute in my sewing room with what’s left of “Susanna”.

More decisions….

and auditions….

and decisions…

and cutting!

Then some organizing.

What a treat for me to relive the process!

My camera is my best friend while I make lots of decisions.

Once I finally liked all of the blocks,

and sewed them together,

I had to make the border fabric decision.

And that decision led to

more Tiny Dresdens!!!

They’re just what the corners of this quilt needed.

I love the addition of the corner blocks.

They really add a lot don’t you think?

It breaks up all of the blue

and gives your eye something else pretty to see.

After Tamara once again did a lovely job of quilting it for me

Nemo & I set it up to be photographed by Scott.

I love the process more than actually having the finished quilt.

How about you?

What’s your favorite part?

 

Wanna win one of my 3 new patterns?

 

Your choices are either Dresden Feathered Stars,

 

Jellyroll Gemstones,

or Susanna.

Just leave me a comment telling me

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

&

2. What’s your favorite of my new patterns?

I’ll give 3 lucky quilters their choice!

I’ll pick the winners Sunday at 6 p.m. CST.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m getting old,

& I’m giving away my new patterns!

Did you catch my post of my new patterns last week?

I have 4 new Quilt-as-you-sew patterns.

3 are table runner/placemat patterns:

& 1 is a lap quilt that I’m sure EVERYONE is going to love not only because it’s QUICK & EASY but also because it uses an ENTIRE jell roll of 40 strips!

This is a quilt that you can feature your entire jelly roll with.

That is why you bought it, right?

This is God’s Peace.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate,

a bit of perle cotton embroidery

& 2 letters of fusible web applique.

Lastly, is Lollipop Tree.

A few Tiny Dresden plates,

some pieced little pinwheel blocks

& a bit of freezer paper (or your go-to favorite) applique.

So, which of my new patterns is your favorite?

If you leave me a comment with the title of your favorite new pattern of mine,

you just might win it!

Since I have 6 new patterns we will have 6 winners.

Just leave the title of your favorite in your comment to me.

I will draw on my birthday, tomorrow, January 15th, at 10:00 p.m.

Today we sew!

And tonight, celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!

Busy time of year here.

Just keep Sewing…

Susan

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.

Add-A-Candle+birthday+counter#207+cover+WEBAdd-a-Candle birthday counter.

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!

My+Pencil+Box+WEBMy Pencil Box

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.

Oh+Happy+Daisy#211coverWEBOh Happy Daisy,

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’ve finally made time to show you a bit of Spring International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon last month.

Portland 2013 Booth Susan & ChloeThis is Chloe & me in our booth.

Our neighbors were

Perkins Dry Goods Portland 2013Celine of Perkins Dry goods.

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Susan & Karen of The Quilt Branch,

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and Robin of Nestlings by Robin.

Portland is beautiful.Portland skyline 2013This is a view from the Portland City Grill where we were having dinner one evening after market.

Here is Robin with Chloe and me.

Robin Chloe Susan Night Portland 2013

It was literally cloudy/rainy every day we were there until

Monday after market closed and we stayed to do a bit of sight-seeing.

Talk about good fortune!

In Astoria, we ate at Pig ‘n Pancake (cute name huh?),

crossed into Washington on a really tall bridge,

then did some antiquing and vintage shopping.

Antiques at Astoria

I bought a few things for fall market that I could pack into our suitcases.

I’ll show you those another day.

Good thing we sold most all the patterns & books we brought!

Tile floor at Astoria

This is a cool old tile floor in the huge antique store that appeared to be a hotel among other things in its previous lives.

Baked Alaska Astoria

We had lunch at Baked Alaska out on a pier, not something we can do everyday back in the Midwest…

Then we ventured down the coast to the beach.

Chloe Robin Oregon BeachIt was sunny, but not warm enough to swim…

We shopped for souvenirs and found the quilt shop that I remembered from a previous visit to Oregon with my brother, David.Oregon Coast Quilt Shop

We had a beautiful trip back to Portland through two national forests.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Multnoma Falls before our flight.

Multnoma Falls Gift Shop

I love how the smoke was wafting out of the gift shop.

It reminded me of the story of Hansel & Gretel!

Susan Chloe Multnoma Falls 2013

More than once Chloe thanked me for making her pack a jacket!

Always a mom…

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our travels.

Oregon is beautiful!

If you get the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it.

Until next time,

Susan

Hi all!

I bet you thought I got caught in a mudslide. Eaten by a lion. Got run over by a crappy purple Scion…

(lyrics from Train’s “50 ways to say goodbye”)

…but no.

Since you last heard from me, besides working like crazy to get new designs ready for spring market,

I’ve been to Paducah with my mom & a friend for the AQS quilt show.

I’ve been to Effingham with my husband where he attended meetings.

I’ve been to Portland, Oregon for International Spring Quilt Market with my daughter, Chloe, plus several thousand close quilting friends.

My husband, David, turned 50, we had a surprise party (wow he’s old!!!).

And I just returned from our guild’s Quilt Away 2013, which I was the chair person for.

It’s no wonder I’m tired & feeling like I’m always running…behind.

So, last time I chatted with you I was whining about these:

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Can you believe that these trees in their pattern form were the best-selling of my 4 new patterns?

I also have a new book, but we’ll talk about that later.

So, back to the forest of trees…

I told you they were fun, and they are.

It’s just that I had made so many prototypes,

that by the time I got to sewing the tree blocks for my actual pattern sample,

well, I was just over the beauty of them and wanted to be done so I could move on to my next pattern sample!

Introducing: Oh Christmas Tree

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The pattern includes one of my signature quilt-as-you-go lap quilts

& a cute little table runner.

The trees are cut in the “stack & whack” fashion,

sewn into blocks then sashed into strips.

Once all the 40″ strips are made,

they are sewn onto the foundation of basted backing/batting

to make the finished quilt.

Lastly I added another touch with buttons atop each tree.

I used the hand-dyed black buttons by Hillcreek.

They have the cutest buttons!

You can find Oh Christmas Tree on my website.

More new patterns & my new book coming soon!

Welcome to my new followers!

Until next time,

Susan