I hope today finds you surrounded by loved ones
no matter what.
I’m always both amazed & yet humbled reading all the wonderful comments
that you, my readers, leave.
I’m so thankful to be doing what I do each day;
taking care of my family,
& using my creativity to run my business.
I take so much for granted until once again I’m reminded that what I have is a gift.
This past weekend at Mass our bible readings were about using and not squandering our gifts.
Then Wednesday (I teach 3rd grade religion class) our theme was the same.
Yes, I know what I have are gifts,
but because what I do comes so naturally
sometimes I need reminding.
So, for this I thank you (& our priest)!
But no, I’m still not going to join the choir so quit asking! LOL!
I’m certain Fr. Tom does not read this blog…
It’s not surprising to find that most of you, when asked to comment,
mentioned my best-selling patterns,
“A Pretty Package” (lap quilt)
& its new counterpart “A Pretty Table” (table runner & place mats).
After that “Mittens on the Line” was most popular
I love to sew for Christmas, can you tell?
the winner who will be getting a free copy of
100 Blocks Volume 10
1. LeAnn Says:
I like your stocking pattern the best.
& the three winners who will each receive their
favorite Christmas pattern from my website are:
I like your tiny Dresden’s. Your blocks are lovely.
My favorite pattern is “A Pretty Package” all of your patterns are very beautiful. I would love any one of them. The table runner idea is great!
I like Peppermint Pizzazz
Please email your mailing address to me at
& I’ll send out your prizes.
Thanks again to all of you for participating.
If you didn’t win, but would like a magazine or pattern,
please go to my website & make a purchase.
Until next time,
and they’re available for pre-order on my website.
If you look back at our booth photos from market,
you can see these quilts.
We took pre-orders
for these at Houston market last month,
and I’ve finally finished
-instruction writing &
It’s a lot of work getting designs into pattern form.
I’m fortunate though that I can work around my family life.
I wear so many hats!
(Figuratively, not literally because hats & curls don’t mix!)
I’m really excited about the angel I designed for “A Joyful Christmas.”
a 16-1/2″ x 48″ table runner
& a 29″ x 36″ wall quilt.
Both have 4″ Tiny Dresden Plates stacked to form a Christmas tree,
perle cotton embroidery &
an angel or two, who’s wings are also Dresden petals!
How can you resist?
I know, I’m so clever… just a piddler really.
Give me some fabric & my brain starts dreaming.
As I was drafting the illustrations for these patterns,
my brain was getting even more ideas for quilts.
I can’t help it!
Next is “Tiny Bits of Dresden Christmas Stocking”
These also use my 4″ Tiny Dresden Plates,
but you don’t sew a whole plate.
Rather, you make the petals then assemble partial plates
& put them in various places on a smallish 10″ Christmas stocking.
If it looks a bit familiar,
you might be remembering it’s bigger version,
“Bits of Dresden Christmas Stocking”
that uses my Mini Dresden Plate Template.
This stocking is a generous 21″ tall.
but I have a habit of my favorite quilt being the one I just completed.
I showed you the progression of these Dresden plates here
with the help of my new sewing mate.
I dreamed up the design last summer while working on my
I wanted a quilt that showcased both my
new Tiny Dresden Plate Template &
my Mini Dresden Plate Template.
I ordered the lovely
“Heart’s Content” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts from Moda,
then I started sewing…
Tamara Struckoff did a wonderful job of machine quilting it full of feathers
& my photographer did a great job of capturing its good side.
What can I say?
I absolutely love it and given another fabulous fabric collection,
I could see myself making another one of these!
Don’t dare count those TD’s.
Just buy the pattern & templates (if you don’t already own them)
& just start sewing!
I hope you’re in love too.
These & all of my patterns are on my website
if you can’t find them at your local quilt shop.
Until next time,
I’m excited to be part of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks again!
This volume will bring the total to 1,000 blocks!
I’m fortunate that 7 of them are mine…
#140, No ordinary Flake
#313, Olde St. Nick
#411, Spring Love
#548, Baby Blocks
#746, Lost Mittens
#907, The Night Before.
This block would make a nice table runner don’t you think?
What if you stitched everyone’s name on a stocking?
You could add as many stockings as you need;
one for each family member.
I’ve got you thinking don’t I?
It’s simple enough you could make it between now & Christmas Eve,
but you better get started now!
To help you out we’re giving away an issue right here,
I’m also going to give away 3 of my Christmas patterns!
Winner #1 will get 100 Blocks vol. 10
& winners #2, 3 & 4
will get to choose their favorite Christmas pattern from my website.
Here are just a few
Just leave me a comment
at the top of this post
telling me your favorite Christmas pattern from my website.
I’ll choose 4 lucky winners Saturday!
Don’t forget to check out all the other
designers listed on Quiltmaker’s blog.
There will be giveaways all week long
including the original, signed blocks!
Also check out my website for this & past issues.
Until next time,
Everywhere you look is seems like Christmas is already here,
but there are several more weeks of fall here, people!
Don’t get gypped out of your fall.
There is still time to make a fall quilt &
Quiltmania has quite a few in their Special Autumn 2014 issue!
My Pumpkins in the Patch table runner for instance would look great on your Thanksgiving table or sideboard.
You still have time.
There are many other projects included too.
I want to make one of each…
Even if you don’t have time this fall,
you’ll want to find this issue for future fall projects!
Just keep sewing…
Thanks for the welcoming wishes for Hadleigh!
New babies are the best
(when you don’t actually have to get up for those nighttime feedings…)!
What a clever idea!!!! Hope I am a winner. Thanks for a chance to win.
Would love to win. Next great niece/nephew is due right now which will bring total up to 7 so far.
Thx for chance!
Please email your name & address to me @
& I’ll send you each a copy of
my Name That Quilt book so you can make a quilt or two yourself.
Until next time,
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.
Yep, I used my favorite “Name That Quilt” pattern!
It saved me hours & hours in several ways.
I didn’t spend forever trying to figure out WHAT to make.
(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.
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.
From this photo I was able to shop for just the right fabrics.
Then I spent about half an hour cutting…
And of course, mom was surprised & loved it…
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.
there are both baby
& lap size options
& 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,
I’m so thankful that even though Chloe has graduated & has a big girl (non-quilt related) job that she still wants to take time off & help me at market.
Her help is fantastic!
I say help, but once I explain my new designs she can sell Suzn Quilts as well as I can.
It’s back-breaking work from the minute we leave home
and besides all the fun quilters we meet each day,
her only real reward is a good dinner at the end of each day…
We had lots of interest in my new Tiny Dresden Series.
Along with the Tiny Dresden Template
That makes these 4″ cuties…
I LOVE to make these Tiny Dresden Plates!
They’re a bit addictive, so beware!!!
No hand work unless you want to make them by hand.
My quilt-as-you-go patterns sold very well also.
My new table runner & place mats make great holiday gifts & decor,
but many quilters are making them in batiks & other non-Christmas colors.
Think outside the bun…
Since my new “A Merry Christmas to you” can be a Block-of-the-Month,
mystery or stand alone pattern, it sold well too.
Notice those cute tiny Dresden Plates in that pattern too?
Yep, they’re catching on!
Catch some for yourself at your local quilt shop or
I have a few new designs that we took pre-orders on,
but I still need to get the photography done on them.
You can see them in the above booth photo by “Frosty” if you look closely.
I’ll show you them as soon as they’re ready.
I hope you’re getting some quilting time in too.
Until next time,