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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

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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

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 3

Welcome to Day 3!

Today we will make a Santa block.

You may have noticed this block is part Tiny Tree block & Tiny Dresden plate.

We’ll be referring to the previous 2 days’ instructions to make Santa!

Sorry for the delay, a storm this morning has had our internet off & on so I’ve had issues trying to complete this post.

Since I’ve rushed a bit I hope the instructions are complete & accurate!

I need to post now before it’s off again! lol

Just click the download button below to get the complete instructions to make this 5″ x 6 1/2″ (unfinished) block.

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

I’ll be back tomorrow with the Day 4 block.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2!

Today we will make just 1 Tiny Dresden plate block.

If you have my Tiny Dresden Plate Template you already have the instructions,

just make 1 block!

If you don’t have the plastic template & would like to purchase one

you can find them on my website by clicking here.

I made a PDF of the detailed instructions with a paper template.

Click the link below to bring up the PDF.

When you get your blocks made please share them with us on my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan

Another perk to joining my Sewing With Susan FB group is that I have videos of the applique process for the Dresden plates.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 3 blocks.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Mystery Quilt-Along!

T’was the day after Christmas & everyone is gone. Not a creature is stirring but the man making ham & beans since before dawn

The kids have all gone home, and taken the babe. She was the light of the party, unanimously the best part of the day!

But now it’s again quiet. We’ve been to Mass & back home. What to do now besides play on the phone?

Get out your fabrics, let’s make our own fun & play. It’s going to be another fun-filled 12 days!

I’ve a design in mind now, it’s small & it’s cute. I hope that you’ll join me, to give the Christmas blues the boot!

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Yet Another, 12 Days of Christmas Quilt-Along!

There will be

steps, 1 each day for the 12 Days Of Christmas,

right here on my blog.

Finished quilt is 21.5″ x 23″.

If you have to ask if there will be Dresdens involved, you don’t know me at all… it’s called “a few of my favorite things,” duh!

Go find some of your favorite fabrics & meet me back here later today.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Mood-Boosting Activities to Fend Off Winter Blues

It’s that time of year for us.

The days are short & the nights are very long! Most of these days are gloomy, like today… Fortunately for another week we’re so busy with all the Christmas hustle & bustle that we hardly notice, but after Christmas it really kicks in; the winter blues.

So what are we to do?

Redfin has put together a list of mood-boosting activities to do at home and how to begin incorporating them into your routine, one which of course is quilting!

I can think of no better way to spend a cold, dreary day than inside where it’s warm & cozy *with lots of lights on* planning & sewing a quilt!

It’s a great time to start your Valentine or spring quilt.

If you’re reading my blog you probably already quilt,

but don’t miss the recent Redfin article we were featured in: “Mood-Boosting Activities at Home to Fend Off Winter Blues: Indoor Hobbies and Practices.”

Head over to their site & check out their other great suggestions of mood-boosting activities to do at home and how to begin incorporating them into your routine.

pilatesreadingyogapreparing delicious mealsquiltingcreate handmade holiday decor

There you’ll find they’ve included my quick tip,

“There’s no better way to make your home truly yours than by making custom quilts in your own style. Colors, sizes, and designs can be customized for everyone in your home, by everyone in your home. Young children up to adults can join in the creative process and make quilts for beds, walls, and tabletops. – Suzn Quilts

Your days will begin to look brighter even before the first signs of spring.

You can find their blog by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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Get Your Christmas Sewing On

Are you like me & have a hard time thinking of Christmas in July, even October???

With Thanksgiving over, the house decorated & the Christmas season underway, I want to sew with all the beautiful red, green & Christmas fabrics around me!

There are still plenty of days to sew before Christmas. And if you don’t finish it before this Christmas, there are plenty more days before Christmas 2022, 2023…

If you need some inspiration, I dare you to click this link to reveal some awesome Suzn Quilts Christmas patterns!

I did a “Christmas” search on my website to see what would happen.

There are 3 pages, 53 items!!!

I knew I loved to sew for Christmas, but I had no idea I had that many Christmas patterns. Some are quick & easy like my quilt-as-you-go Christmas Pines table runner & placemats

& Gnomes At Home December.

Many are now available in PDF so you can purchase them today & start sewing today too!

Some may take a bit more time (lol) like my Christmas Greetings sampler.

I hope you’ll go & be inspired to sew.

Know that when you place an order I ship same day, or the next if it’s late.

What will I sew next???

Sew many options!

Just keep sewing… for Christmas!

Susan

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Fall Colors

Are you ready for fall & Thanksgiving Day?

It’s not too late to add some fall color to your home with my new Fall Colors quilt.

It’s small but you can make it any size you want just by making more trees!

If you already have my Tiny Tree Template Set,

you can use that to quickly make the tall trees in this quilt.

You can find the pattern in both paper & PDF on my website by clicking here

then grab some fabrics & sew!

Sorry, cute baby not included!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan, with some help from Emma

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Tiny Halloween Quilts

Is Candy Corn Sampler too daunting a project for you?

Perhaps you’d like a Tiny (Dresden plate) Halloween quilt???

All of these patterns are small & use my Tiny Dresden Plate Template.

Both these quilts display perfectly on the 6 x 6 Scroll Frame,

which can be found on my website by clicking here.

BOO is one of my favorite Halloween patterns!

BOO makes a great workshop!

I love this pillow that I made from my BOO pattern!

These two are new.

Tiny With Chats doesn’t use Tiny Dresden Plate Template, but instead uses Mini Dresden Plate & Tiny Tree Template Set.

All of these Halloween patterns & more

can be found on my website by clicking here.

I hope you find one that you would like to sew up!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan