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12 Days of Christmas 2022; Day 1

It’s that time of year again when Christmas is newly past & a new season begins; the 12 Days of Christmas.

As the 3 Wise Men begin their journey, it’s a good time for us to find our sewing machines after all the busy, busy Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, food making & visiting. I’m exhausted but excited to make a small mystery quilt for you!

Want to join me?

You can even use your featherweight machine!

Day 1 we’ll make 1 little house block. Just 6 pieces of fabric!

Trust me when I say the fabric decision making takes longer than the 2 minutes needed to sew this block!

Is it just me?

I find that’s the hardest part!

Download the instructions here.

Show your us your finished blocks on my Sewing With Susan FB page here:

Just keep sewing,


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Trees, Trees & More Trees!

I have 2 new patterns & 2 new sizes of tree template sets!

You’re going to love them.

The cutting is so quick & accurate with my brand new templates

& they’re super quick to sew too!

Woodland Forest is a generous lap quilt that finishes 56 1/2″ x 74 1/2″.

Woodland Runner is a nice size table runner or door or wall quilt that finishes 14″ x 54 1/2″.

My new Mini Tree Template Set makes the largest, 6″ x 9″ finished blocks.

How cute are these Mini Trees made with Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love’s fabrics?

And my Little Tree Template Set makes the middle size trees which finish at 4 1/2″ x 6″.

They are the perfect size to play nicely with my Tiny Dresden Plates!

The Little Tree Quilt is made with more of Renee’s fabrics.

And you’re already familiar with my popular Tiny Tree Template Set, the smallest trees, which finish at 3″ x 4 1/2″.

All of these can now be found on my website by clicking here.

Woodland Forest will make a great Christmas pic backdrop!

Emma & I had some fun before dropping it off at my quilter, Tamara’s shop.

This was Emma’s very first trip to a quilt shop!

She enjoyed herself immensely!

She had to check out everything!

Then we had more fun after we picked it up!

The extra wide red binding really sets off the trees.

Instructions for the extra wide binding are included in this pattern.

You have plenty of time to sew these up to enjoy for this Christmas & for many Christmases to come!

Check them out on my website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…


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#SewPINK 2022

It’s October & that means it’s breast cancer awareness month!

I’m once again joining the team at By Annie’s to help spread the awareness for the need to get your annual mammogram!

Here are some others that would also like to encourage you to get it done.


October 1, 2022

#SewPINK Initiative Kickoff –

October 3, 2022

Emmaline Bags Inc.

October 4, 2022

Hugs ‘n Kisses – Helen Stubbings

October 5, 2022

Clover & Violet

October 6, 2022

Fat Quarter Shop

October 7, 2022


October 10, 2022

Teresa Coates of Shannon Fabrics

October 11, 2022

Beyond the Reef

October 12, 2022

Sallie Tomato

October 13, 2022

Suzn Quilts

October 17, 2022

Snuggles Quilts

October 20, 2022

Pat Sloan

October 21, 2022

Knot and Thread Design

October 23, 2022

Sookie Sews

October 24, 2022

Mister Domestic

October 26, 2022

A Bright Corner

October 27, 2022

Sew Cute And Quirky

October 31, 2022

The #SewPink Initiative was created by LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection, and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit:

To find screenings available near you:

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000.

To find the Fat Quarter Shop fundraiser visit:

To learn more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit:

Just Keep Sewing & Screening


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Happy 4th Of July 2022!

I hope you’re enjoying this 4th of July weekend!

Enjoy some fireworks or create your own with my Gnomes At Home patterns!

You can find the patterns,

each complete with buttons by clicking here.

I have the cute little stands & also offer complete button sets if you want to make a second set of quilts for a friend.

You can find them all by clicking here to go to my website.

Just Keep Sewing…


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New Patterns for 2022!

My new patterns are all now on my website! I have 8 new patterns! With a variety of sizes & styles, you’re sure to fall in love with at least one (I hope!).

With a quick click you can see them all just by clicking here.

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.

Just Keep Sewing…


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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…


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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…


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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:

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

Just Keep Sewing…


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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:

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…


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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…