Christmas Sewing, new quilt patterns, quilt-as-you-go table runner

Another New Christmas Pattern; Christmas Pines

Today’s new pattern is, Quilt-as-you-go,

Christmas Pines .

This is proving to be one of the most popular of my new patterns.

Everyone likes quick & easy.

This is both of those!

You can truly make all of these in just 1 day.

If you purchase the PDF you can do that today!


You can find Christmas Pines on my new website by clicking here.

Just Keep Sewing…


Quilt Workshop

Button Box Workshop & Trunk Show at The Quilt Corner, Morton, IL

Next week I’ll be teaching a workshop to make a quilt from my book.

Quilt-as-you-go, Button Box

at The Quilt Corner in Morton, IL.

I love their shop!

I’ve been going there about once a year for about 20 years.

My DH usually has meetings in the area this time of year

and I usually go along and visit quilt shops in the area for those couple of days.

I also love this quilt for many reasons.

I love the fabric collection; Ladies Album by Barbara Brackman,

it’s a reproduction line…

It’s made with 2 charm packs so a lot of the cutting is done for you!

I love the movement the busy collection creates in the quilt.

No 2 blocks are alike.

I love the addition of the word “Quilts”.

I designed this into a quilt probably 10 years ago but never made it into a pattern!

I love that it’s Quilt-as-you-go project that uses my super easy technique.

I’ll be teaching that as well as the Tiny Dresden assembly.

Last but certainly not least,

I love to make Tiny Dresden plates!!!

While there I’m also going to have a trunk show of a lot of my quilts.

As of today there are still a few openings for both the trunk show & the workshop.

Contact The Quilt Corner for more info.

(309) 263-7114

They’re also on Facebook.

Just Keep Sewing…



Dresden Plates, My Life, quilt as you go lap quilt, Quilt Market

Spring International Quilt Market 2015-Minneapolis


IMG_2724[1]Chloe & I flew to Quilt Market in Minneapolis to show my new designs.

We had a booth full of Tiny Dresdens, Mini Dresdens & some pretty cute Frosties!

Our special market friends were there too.

IMG_2744[1]Robin- Nestling by Robin had an adorable new Shoe quilt BOM

& an assortment of beautiful baby quilts!

IMG_2747[1]Celine-Perkins Dry Goods had new eye catching geometric quilts in all sizes,

even an adorable baby quilt!

 IMG_2745[1]Susan-The Quilt Branch with helper Karen had a cute new tote pattern

along with more of her signature 6 halves quilts & place mats.

It was great to see so many of our quilt shop customers again that we only see at quilt market

& it was fun to meet so many new ones too!


If your local shop isn’t already carrying Suzn Quilts’ Patterns, please send them our way:

Just keep sewing!


New Pattern Sample, Quilt-as-you-go

New Patterns-Spring 2015-Little Frosties

So, new pattern #4…

Remember me showing you bits of these in a tutorial a couple months back?




Surprise, no Dresdens!!!


Instead, more of my Quilt-as-you-go technique!

Much cuter with faces, buttons & scarves don’t you think?

The pattern includes instructions for 4 quilts;

2 for your wall or door,

plus two for your tables.

These are quick & easy enough you’ll certainly make more than one!

Warm & Natural Cotton Batting & walking foot a must.

The pattern is now on my website if it’s not in your favorite quilt shop.

Pull together some cute fabrics, a bit of fusible web & start sewing.

Just keep sewing,


Hot Tips, My Life, Quilting Accessories I Love

Quilt-as-you-go Lap Quilt Tutorial & A Few of my Favorite Things

Being a quilt pattern designer and going to International Quilt Market at least once a year for the last six years, I’ve met a LOT of quilters; quilt shop owners and their employees, other quilt designers, fabric reps, distributor reps, notions reps, batting reps, thread company reps, and the list goes on and on. I’ve learned so much from these quilters’ experiences, plus I’ve experimented a lot myself.

This morning while mindlessly ironing my DH’s dress shirts I got an idea, (I get some of my best thinking done while doing these types of monotonous tasks, and don’t you dare tell him or he might get some of his own great ideas such as thinking that I enjoy said tasks) anyway… I thought I would list some of my favorite things and perhaps they might become some of your favorites too.

If you check out my website you’ll see a tab for “Quilt-as-you-go”.  These are all lap quilts that I’ve created using my own technique, a form of foundation piecing.  These are a few of them:

 The “foundation” is actually the batting and backing fabric cut to the size of the finished quilt, then basted together.  I like to use Sullivan’s basting spray for this.  It keeps the foundation together nicely, doesn’t gunk up my needle and there are no pins to move as I sew.  Below is a small-scale of what the “foundation” looks like basted and ready to start sewing.

The only batting I use and recommend for these quilts is Warm & Natural.  It has its own “velcro” type properties that eliminates all slipping while I sew these quilts together.

 It’s time to start sewing the strips on.  The first strip is lined up with the edge of the foundation,


The second strip is lined up on top of it, right sides together. 

 Pin and sew 1/4″ away from the inside edge of strip.  The seam is going all the way through the foundation creating the “quilting”.

Two important things to remember while stitching, 1) use a walking foot and 2) use a long stitch length.  I set my machine to the longest stitch setting (8 stitches per inch).  You’re quilting, not just sewing a seam.

 Next comes the pressing. With the strips still flat as sewn, press, picking up the iron as you work down the strip not sliding it.  I also do not use any steam, notice empty iron!

Open the top strip out, then press again.  Be sure to not slide the iron, pick it up instead.  Continue sewing strips on in this manner.Once all of the strips are sewn onto the foundation your quilting is done.  Add the binding and the quilt is finished. 


One last favorite thing I’d like to note is a finger pin cushion.  This keeps my pins with me at my sewing machine, at the iron, and at my pinning table.  This is a big time saver for these projects.

Some of the quilts have fusible applique and therefore require a bit of stitching to add before the binding.  This stitching acts as more quilting. 

These quilts truly can be made in one day, 6-10 hours depending on which pattern you choose. Several of the patterns are designed for jelly rolls and charm squares which really minimizes your cutting time.  They make great gifts because they’re not a huge time or money commitment.

If you don’t already use my favorite things, go to your local quilt shop and ask for them. Perhaps my favorites will become your favorites.

Until next time,