3 of my new quilts are made with Veranda fabric collection by Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love. It’s such a beautiful fabric collection, very classic.
Veranda Chains is the first. It uses my Tiny Dresden template #216 in simple square-in-a-square blocks.
Another Veranda fabric quilt is Power Of Love. It uses my Tiny Dresden #216, Mini Dresden #186 & also my Tiny Tree Template Set #286.
I think this would make a lovely wedding or anniversary gift, don’t you?
My third quilt using Veranda is Plumfield Petals. It uses my Tiny Dresden #216 & Tiny Tree #286 templates.
Reminiscent of an antique quilt, it’s made simple with my templates.
My next new pattern is A Few Of My Favorite Things. It also uses my Tiny Dresden #216 & Tiny Tree #286 templates.
If it looks familiar, that’s because I featured it here on my blog as my 3rd annual “12 Days of Christmas” sew along.
You may remember my new Candy Corn Sampler pattern released late in season last fall. If you’d like some encouragement in sewing this quilt, I spent the month of October doing just that. You can follow by clicking here.
It’s made with Renee’s fabrics also. It uses my Tiny Dresden #216, Mini Dresden #186 & Tiny Tree #286 templates.
Also using more of Renee’s fabrics… BOO WHO! It uses my Tiny Dresden template #216.
Fusible web appliqué makes it a quick little Halloween quilt.
My Halloween table runner is one of my favorites…
The candy corn block border strips were so fun to make! They’re made using my Tiny Tree template set #286 & the “O” is made with my Tiny Dresden template #216 if you didn’t already know.
And last, but not least, is my Fall Colors quilt. It uses A combination of Renee’s fabrics with my Tiny Tree template #286.
I hope you’ll be joining the fun & making some little Dresdens & trees with me this summer. Paper templates are included in each pattern, but the plastic templates make your cutting so much quicker & accurate.
Ken Burns is undoubtedly THEstorytellerof our time.
I’ve enjoyed many of his historical documentaries. I’ve watched most of them, some more than once. My favorite is The Civil War.
Ashokan Farewell, the theme song, was eventually enjoyed over & over again while being played by all 3 of our kids in orchestra.
When I saw on KCRQF’s FB page that a traveling show of some of the quilts from his private collection were going to be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum I immediately thought of my quilting friends who live in the Peoria area & contacted them to see if they would be visiting the show.
The one thing that all of the quilts have in common is that they are all very visual.
Some were beautiful & some were just quilts to me.
Some are in pristine condition & others just ordinary & in less than perfect condition.
As my quilting friends & I were observing the quilts we found ourselves wondering why some of these quilts were chosen for his collection & for display at this show.
Eventually we came across a quote of Ken’s,
It makes me think of quilts & other objects that I own. In some instances the object is valuable in worldly, monetary value & other times it’s a heart thing that the object invokes; a memory of a place, time or person.
Those memories can be more valuable to me than any amount of money.
I’d like to hear the “Storyteller’s” tale of some of those quilts! Since they’re not all valuable monetarily, I’m betting the stories of places or people or memories would be very interesting to hear.
This is a quick video about Ken’s collection & the show. You can see some awesome quilts that didn’t end up in this show too!
While we were there visiting the museum & gift shop, the topic of the Peoria Holocaust Memorial came up. I remembered seeing it when it was new & at the north end of Peoria at an outdoor mall about 20 years ago.
I remember it partly because it was made of buttons.
So… many… buttons… 11 million total. Very sad.
What do you know, the memorial is ironically now exhibited right outside the Peoria Museum so we were able to walk outside & see it in it’s newer location.
“The purpose of the Peoria Holocaust Memorial (formerly called “The Button Project”) is to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million enemies of the state who lost their lives during the Nazi Holocaust.”
1 button for each soul lost was collected from all over the world to make this memorial.
Interesting, since seeing that exhibit 20 or so years ago I think of it sometimes when I walk past a jar of my own antique buttons that I’ve collected over the years. Thought provoking art, wouldn’t you say?
If you can, I recommend visiting the quilt exhibit. Peoria is it’s last stop.
Make some memories for later storytelling.
For more information, click here to go to the Peoria Riverfront Museum website.
made with Jen Kingwell’s Winkipop fabrics by Moda is featured in Quiltmania’s Simply Moderne #28, coming to a quilt shop or newsstand near you!
I love their family of beautiful magazines & feel honored each & every time Carol Veillon chooses to feature one or more of my quilts in their pages.
The reason I love their magazines so much is not only are the quilts beautiful, but the quilt content is awesome!
I can spend hours with each edition, over & over again!
They feature quilters and their homes & also visit quilt shows around the world that I cannot visit in person.
For example, Galaxy will be hanging in Quiltmania’s booth at
Pour l Amour du Fil Show
20 – 23 Apr 2022
PARC DES EXPOSITIONS, Nantes, France (wish I were going there with it!).
I look forward to seeing lots of pics from the show in an upcoming Quiltmainia publication.
If you would like to have their magazines come to your door,
you can order a subscription, paper and/or digital,
for one or all three publications on their website by clicking here.
Start collecting your fabric now to make my pretty Galaxy quilt.
I used 3 jelly rolls of Winkipop, but you can use 3 coordinating jelly rolls or the equivalent yardage. And if you don’t already have my Tiny Dresden Template, you can find that on my website by clicking here.
This is another version that I made with yardage from my stash.
& now have a cute little Christmas quilt to treasure.
Making my new quilt, fondly named A Few Of My Favorite Things,
gave me the opportunity to use my favorite plastic templates
& my favorite tools too!
It’s a testament to what just a few minutes each day can make, not to mention the fun had while spending time in my sewing room using some favorite Christmas-like fabrics.
And now I have a cute little Christmas quilt for Emma & me to treasure each year! Next year it will definitely have a dolly.
She humors me with her adorable smiles.
We’ve already had a few wonderful quilters show their finished quilts or tops, so when you get your quilt made (I know there are lots of you following along) please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan