5 secrets you must know before quilting with 12 wt. thread!
Quilting, Tutorials

5 Secrets to Machine Quilting with 12 wt. Thread

Before sharing my 5 secrets to machine quilting with 12 wt. thread – travel with me back in time to a few weeks ago (cue dreamy music)…

 

It was a rainy day in May and I was teaching a Sew Mojo Mini workshop (watch the video class here and get the patterns here) in Grand Rapids, Michigan (heeeeyo to my GR ladies!) My teaching style is, how to say this...mostly me giving loose instructions and then hopping around oooohing and ahhhhing over the splendid things everyone is making.

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The Paper Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse are a huge inspiration for the Bohemian Garden quilt pattern
Quilting

Henri Matisse Paper Cut-Outs: Bohemian Garden Inspiration

I've been talking a lot about my latest quilt pattern, Bohemian Garden, and even though I've mentioned some of my influences, I wanted to dive deeper into one of them – the paper cut-outs of Henri Mattise. 

 

You're probably familiar with him, and even more familiar with the dramatic and captivating shapes he created through simple paper, but did you know that the work he created and was most proud to call his, was done at the very end of his life?

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Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts
Quilting

The Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern: Choose Your Own Adventure!

This light-hearted and whimsical design has been itching at my brain for over a year, and only now am I finally scratching that itch. My high school art teacher always emphasized the importance of an artist's "layering of experiences." I think about that all the time when tracing back the inception of a design.

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Paper-Piecing-Tips
Quilting

Paper Piecing Tips with the Zia Mini Quilt

Before jumping into the book, Southwest Modern (which is AMAZING), and before passing out a few paper piecing tips (less revolutionary, but hopefully helpful), I have a preface: Quilty friends, I may be adventurous when it comes to food, spelling errors and nicknames for my loved ones, but when it's time to learn a new sewing technique, I'm a major scaredy cat.

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