My Life

Ken Burns’ Quilts

Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

Ken Burns is undoubtedly THE storyteller of 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.

We set a date & this week we met at The Quilt Corner in Morton, visited over lunch & then went to see the quilt exhibit.

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.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My Life

Galaxy featured in Simply Moderne

My Galaxy quilt,

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.

Both were expertly quilted by Tamara.

Stay tuned, Simply Moderne #28 should be out soon.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

A Few Of My Favorite Things Quilt

I hope you sewed along with us on my 3rd annual

12 Days Of Christmas Quilt-Along

& 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

Can’t wait to see your quilts!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 12, Epiphany

Welcome to Day 12, the Epiphany!

Today we will make another flower block, then assemble the quilt!

I got to again use my super power to make more circles & some leaves too.

And I got to use my Apliquick Bars, a good day!!!

You can purchase them on my website here.

I used a 1″ & 2″ circle from my tins

previously cut with my paper cutters to make perfectly round templates.

They are all available on my website & can be found by clicking here.

I love to make practically perfect circles!

The instructions are the same as the previous flower block,

but this download also includes…

the quilt assembly instructions (sorry baby not included!).

Here are my 2 flower blocks.

When the flower block is complete,

you’re ready to assemble & complete your “My Favorite Things” quilt.

Here are just some of my favorite things…

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

Can’t wait to see your quilts!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 11

Welcome to Day 11!

Today we will make more flying geese blocks.

Do you remember what we did yesterday?

Do it again!

You can download the instructions again by clicking the link below.

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 12 task which includes 1 more block & then quilt assembly!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 10

Welcome to Day 10!

Today we will make flying geese blocks.

You’ll need more than 4, but you get the gist.

I used all light fabrics for the rectangles & used all the color fabrics in the quilt for the squares.

I made a PDF of the quick & easy way that I make flying geese blocks.

You can download the instructions by clicking the link below.

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 11 task.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 9

Welcome to Day 9!

Today we will make another Tiny Dresden Plate block, yay!!!

I think that making practically perfect circles may just be my super power.

What’s yours? lol

I LOVE to make circles & other shapes,

but especially circles, with my Apliquick Bars!!!

They are not hard, you just need the right tools & practice!

If you need more help making circles & other appliqué shapes nicer, click on this link to see my very short videos using the Apliquick Bars.

Keep in mind, if the freezer paper shape isn’t smooth & perfect, the appliqué shape will not be smooth & perfect either.

This is the reason I use circle paper cutters to make perfectly round shapes.

I now use 5 different size cutters to make perfect circles for my quilts.

2″, 1 1/2″, 1″, 3/4″ & 1/2″.

They are all available on my website & can be found by clicking here.

They will not cut 1 layer of freezer paper, but they love to cut 6 layers!

I cut strips of freezer paper & punch out 6 perfect circles at once.

Of course I have tins that hold each size cut circle templates.

When I’m ready to make a circle(s) I just open that tin and fuse as many circles as I need to the circle fabric and I’m ready to go!

Pretty cute don’t you think?

No, not just another excuse to frequent antique malls & flea markets… lol

These are my 2 Tiny Dresden blocks w/ pretty circle centers.

Just 1 little perfect circle center each…

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 10 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 8

Welcome to Day 8!

Today we will make another Santa block.

It’s a good day when I can use both of my favorite templates; Tiny Dresden & Tiny Tree!

I just love the accuracy that plastic templates give!

If you don’t have them yet, but would like to purchase them you can find them by clicking here.

Here are my 2 Santa blocks.

If you need the instructions for the Santa block again,

you can click the download button below.

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 9 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 7

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022 & Day 7!

We’re half way through these 12 Days of Christmas.

6 down, 6 to go…

Today we will make another quick little tree block.

Using my Tiny Tree Template set makes this task quick, easy & fun!

The instructions for previous tree block, Day 1 are the same.

In case you need them again, you can click the download button below.

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 8 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 6

Welcome to Day 6!

Today we will make a sewing machine block!

You may ask why I made my sewing machine white…

My original quilt design had a black sewing machine, but for Christmas a few days ago I received the most beautiful Featherweight machine that I’ve seen to date from my DH. When choosing fabric I decided to make this quilt block to commemorate my newest Featherweight machine.

This machine, although it was born the same year I was, looks brand new & so does its box!

I’m so excited to sew on it!

Hopefully one of these days life will slow a bit & I’ll have a chance to do so.

I used my go-to freezer paper (no raw edges) appliqué

but you can feel free to use your favorite technique.

If you’d like to master a new technique in the new year, I have a lot of very short videos of the very easy task or turning the seam allowance under & machine stitching it so there are no raw edges on the appliqué.

This is a bigger version of my sewing machine that I originally designed last year during our Quarantiny quilt.

You can see how I made it here. It’s not hard but you will need to practice. Having the right tools is key, in particular Apliquick Bars & small glue sticks for this sewing machine but also paper circle cutters & other tools for the little Dresden plates.

I have everything you need for making little Dresden plates & turned edge appliqué on the notions page of my website. You can find them by clicking here.

The pattern you need to make your white (or black or whatever color you choose) sewing machine can be found my clicking the download button below.

The template is reversed for you.

When you get your blocks 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

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Day 7 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan