Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps!


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Even though the Fly Away quilt pattern originally made its debut in Modern Patchwork Magazine in 2016, and then continued its journey across America to be a part of QuiltCon East in 2017, that is not where the life of this quilt truly began.

The inception story of Fly Away is...well there's no other way to put it, it's a bit heartbreaking. Even though two years have passed, I still feel a twinge of pain thinking about what this quilt and I went through together. So let's start at the beginning.

In the fall of 2015 I was contacted by a senior marketing director at Coach.

I know. I was shocked too. At first I thought I was getting punked. I'm sure I even offended my contact during our first phone call because I kept saying Coach like, "Oh sure, Cooooach." She could definitely hear the air quotes in my voice.

Eventually she was able to convince me that she was who she said she was and I went from suspicion and doubt straight into the sky with a head full of big dreams. At this time in my life, I was still working as a full-time graphic designer and Suzy Quilts was just a side hustle. Of course I immediately started thinking, "This is it! My big break!"

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(That's me and Scrap in 2015. Wide-eyed and innocent.)

After many contracts were signed and I got shuffled around from the marketing department to the art department and then to the special events department, the whole time my head and my heart kept expanding with the possibilities of what this collaboration was going to mean.

As the project details began to unfold, I was starting to grasp the enormous scope of this project. Coach wanted me to be part of a team of American artisans building displays in their 12 flagship stores located around the world as part of the 100 year anniversary of their brand. I was to make one quilt for each store. I was possibly even going to travel to the different locations to help install them.

And let me tell you, these meetings were exciting! This was a group of creatives with a huge budget and my imagination was the only limit. We were brainstorming about making quilts with leather and suede and various metallic fabrics. I was sent top secret swatches, samples and purse mockups all as sources of inspiration. Guys, I was ecstatic!

I designed quilt after quilt, the whole time envisioning them hanging in London, Paris and Dubai! Of all of the quilts I designed, my very favorite was Fly Away.

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Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

At this point, you're waiting for that inevitable shoe to drop, because you know this is not a happy story. After a month and a half of working on this project, one Friday afternoon I got an impersonal email from my original contact telling me that they had decided to go in a different direction and no longer wanted to use quilts in their displays. They were canceling our contract.

I don't think I need to elaborate on how reading that rejection letter made me feel. I will simply say that after reading her email 5 to 10 times, I drew myself a hot bath, uncorked a bottle of red wine, and ugly cried in the tub.

I never planned on sharing this story, but somehow it doesn't feel right to release this pattern without giving you a glimpse into what it means to me. Two years ago this quilt represented my "ticket to the top." Or whatever that means in the quilt world. I wanted my quilting business to be my full-time job so badly and when Coach broke up with me, I was convinced that I would never ever get to do that.

Fly Away has bitter roots, but years later it is a joyous reminder to me of what day-in, day-out hard work can achieve. Yes, I obviously wish that collaboration had worked out. But you know what? Two years later, this quilt design is making its comeback. And if you live in London, Paris or Dubai and you make a Fly Away quilt, please oh please send me a picture! 

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INSTAGRAM Quilt Kit Giveaway

Linen Arroyo Throw Fly Away Quilt by Carolina of SewMondo

I curated this beautiful linen and cotton quilt kit specifically for SewMondo as part of the Fly Away pattern release celebration! From Sept. 21 - 25, SewMondo and I will be hosting a FREE giveaway of this kit on Instagram. All you have to do is follow both @sewmondo_online and @suzyquilts and tag someone on the Instagram post to enter!

You can purchase the kit here at SewMondo. If you win the giveaway, your kit purchase will be reimbursed.

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Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

Fly Away Quilts in the Wild

Sometimes picking fabric for a quilt can be difficult. It's such an investment, you don't want to mess it up! Well, in addition to various color combinations and a coloring sheet included in the pattern, take inspiration from some of these Fly Away quilts.

Chambray Baby Fly Away Quilt by me πŸ™‚

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The Fly Away quilt pattern includes king through baby quilt sizes. This chambray, cream and yellow quilt is the baby size, measuring 40" x 48".

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Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

Minimal Purple Throw Fly Away Quilt by Saija Elina

Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

Modern Baby Fly Away Quilt by Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns

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Delicate Pink Throw Fly Away Quilt by Veronika Bush

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Bohemian King Fly Away Quilt by Evie of EvQuilts

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Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

Floral Throw Fly Away Quilt by Leah of Dixie Stitches

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Husker Volleyball Twin Fly Away Quilt by Elizabeth Ray

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Happy Summer Baby Fly Away Quilt by Krystina of KH Quilts

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Autumnal Fly Away Quilt Kit + Batting Giveaway!

I have partnered with Fabricworm to bring you this buttery soft organic poplin quilt kit. Enter to win this quilt kit PLUS the same bamboo batting* from Ever Sewn that I used when making this quilt, by simply leaving a comment on this blog post with your favorite fabric currently on sale at I will pick a random winner Monday, Sept. 25.

Purchase this Autumn-inspired quilt kit here!

*If you read my blog post about batting, you know that bamboo is pretty much as good as it gets.

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Oh! And before you ask, below are my all time favorite hand quilting notions:

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Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts
Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps! Quilt Pattern Available From Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

486 thoughts on “Fly Away Quilt Pattern: Use Up Those Scraps!

  1. Erin Kroeker says:

    Looked around, and of course its so hard to pick just one! But I was really drawn to the Erin Dollar for Robert Kaufman, Arroyo Essex LINEN, Herringbone Stone! Beautiful. And Great pattern!!

  2. Kathy E. says:

    Oh Suzy, I am so sorry the Coach contract was broken and how impersonal of them to tell you that news in an email! They should’ve called you like they did when they first asked. News like that is hard to take especially when you’ve already invested so much time, thought and effort into it. It was definitely their loss. Move on (you have!) and try to think of it as something that wouldn’t have worked out right. So look at your baby (Fly Away!) and realize that good things do happen when bad is involved. It is a beauty and so many variations make it look so different. Carry on, Suzy, and keep your eyes to the sky!!! One fabric I love from Fabricworm is Laura Gunn’s Koi Garden in Tiny Droplet Blue.

    • Ashlee says:

      Wow, very touching share! You are beautiful.

      I just started my sewing projects and am trying to learn fast! Loving “Dear Stella, Jetsetter” series and anything mermaid. I have a ton to learn and am enjoying the process. Thanks for sharing your art and beauty.

  3. Betsy says:

    I’ve been excitedly waiting for this pattern to be released! It’s gorgeous. So much better than Coach deserves πŸ˜‰

    It’s so fun to see someone close to my age interested in quilting. I appreciate all the hard work you put into designing your patterns and making tutorials. So thank you!

    My favorite fabric at Fabricworm right now is Cotton and Steel’s Beauty Shop!

    • Julie Hewood says:

      What a roller coaster ride your ‘Coach Experience’ was with its wonderful high and dumpster low BUT this beautiful quilt may not have come about without it!
      My favourite sale fabric from Fabricworm πŸ›came from Robert Kaufman Love range called XOXO in Black ❀️

  4. Terri Blank says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I love this quilt so much. I’ve been waiting for the release! You are a pattern designing goddess! I just love the clean designs.

    Keep giving us more!!!! I can’t wait to make it!

  5. Ann Dunn says:

    Love all the iterations of your pattern. It’s interesting how a simple design can yield a complex pattern. As for Fabricworm offerings, I really like anything by Allison Glass.

  6. Julie says:

    Love this simplicity of this pattern! This might need to be my next quilt. Love the light pink and light blue combination at the bottom.

  7. Jane M. says:

    Man, I would definitely be ugly crying over that. Thanks for keeping on! I really love the colours in Birch Organic Fabrics, Mod Basics Curated by Suzy Quilts, Solid Blooms.

  8. Hayley says:

    I loved hearing the backstory on this quilt! I’m so glad you kept at it and kept busting your ass. Love this quilt! Will definitely add to my list of “fun sewing” projects πŸ™‚

  9. Theresa says:

    I love this design! I’m new to your site but your designs are all so gorgeous I can’t wait to dig in. Everyone’s getting quilts this year!

  10. Jess Shelton says:

    I have been waiting for this to release, I am so excited! On I love the Cotton + Steel Lil Monsters Trick or Treat fabric.

  11. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful quilt! Congratulations on your big day today! So fun following you on Instragram – you always make me laugh. Can’t wait to make this quilt! My favorite fabric of the moment would have to be Cotton + Steel Beauty Shop.

  12. Amanda says:

    Suzy, this is such a beautiful pattern!! I love how your patterns always support the use of personal fabric choices!! Great job β™₯️

  13. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing all the color options for your quilt pattern. Gets my mind spinning with options and creativity! Since I have a castle lover to make a quilt for, my fabricworm choice is Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella, Fable, Castles Titanium. Thanks for the chance to win. So generous of both of you.

  14. Laura says:

    Love this pattern! The colors and flowers of Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella, Fable, Floral White are dreamy! Definitley my favorite right now!

  15. tutti says:

    Thank you for sharing. The way you write makes me feel like we are old friends sitting around a table, talking candidly. I have missed seeing you on IG stories often. Keep on keeping on! xoxo!

  16. Michele LaRoe says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. That bites!! I like to think that somehow this is where you are meant to be. That things did not work out with THAT company for a reason. Who knows?!

    I enjoy watching your videos or stories. With poor Scrappy ❀🐢 looking at you with that look of “really…you know I hate this…why do you do this to me…you know you don’t pay me enough in dog biscuits…now, now would be a good time for that treat you know…” LOL

    Congrats on the release of your Fly Away Quilt Pattern!

    And thanks for making me laugh watching your stories πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    My favorite fabric is the Western Birds by Charley Harper that I 1st saw in your quilt. I bought a few FQs, but drool when I see it.


  17. Laurel Richardson says:

    I am totally drawn to the Modern ONE…and I am totally drawn to Charlie Harper’s Western Birds–especially that Mountain Bluebird. Also, Suzy Q., I have made a four connecting pieces inspired by your workshop in SEW TO SPEAK in Worthington Ohio. Please come again..

  18. Abby Arner says:

    I LOVE this pattern! All of the examples of it look so fresh and crisp. I’m so sorry about the Coach contract, and I agree with Kathy E., it was completely their loss! This quilt represents so much more depth and meaning to you now as an artist and entrepreneur. You are flourishing, and keep making quilt patterns! πŸ™‚

  19. Diane says:

    Wow, so many beautiful versions of this pattern. I love the Arroyo linen version by SewMondo so that’s my current favorite fabric at Fabricworm!

  20. Mary Lindberg says:

    Those of us in the Frozen North Country need plenty to keep us warm and busy throughout the long months ahead. Looks like I’m going to be having a Suzy Quilts Winter as I just can’t seem to get enough of your patterns and wonderful color combos.

  21. Robin says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. Without Coach’s bad behavior, we might not have been able to see so much of Scrap. Fabric I’ve been looking at is Winter Walk collection.

  22. Caitlin Musashe says:

    This quilt pattern is beautiful as are all of your patterns. Fabricworm is awesome and my favorite currently is Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Camp Sur 3, Blue School!

  23. lori says:

    I love the quilt…and the name! The most scrumptious fabric at Fabricworm is the Birch Organic Mod Basics in solid Bloom.
    Thank you Suzy & Scrap🐢

  24. Krista Leben says:

    You’re such a rock star, Suzy! Good for you for keeping on. Small business life is hard, but I am SO grateful for your patterns, tutorials, and inspiration! You’re one of my favorite quilt resources out there. Thanks for all you do, and for this great giveaway!

  25. MB says:

    Suzy, this pattern is gifted. So nice in so many different fabrics. Thank you.
    As for nifty fabrics sold by fabricworm, Kate Spain’s Berry Merry Reindeer Games in cream is pretty enough to make me design a quilt around it.

  26. Siouxzy says:

    Suzy! What a great pattern. I can’t wait to make it. Am I really supposed to be able to pick my favorite fabric?! πŸ˜‚ I’m interested in the Rifle Paper Co fabric. Happy Release Day!!

  27. Sarai says:

    Wow what a history behind this quilt…and your quilting journey! Personally I think you are pretty much one of the “top” ones in the quilty world (in my books anyways πŸ˜‰ )

  28. Emily says:

    I love this pattern! I can’t wait to make it and I am pretty sure I will need to make it in a king!!

    I love LOVE LOVE the Charley Harper line and I know a baby who recently made her appearance will need a quilt out of Charley Harper fabric soon!

  29. Alex says:

    Stunning! Especially love all the colors in the first one you show. I’m a sucker for black and white and mustard yellow together. Can’t wait to try out this gorgeous pattern for myself.

  30. Ellen McKenna says:

    I love this pattern! It looks like something I could actually accomplish! At Fabricworm, I love the Nani Iro and the C+S Beauty Shop, especially treat bowl.

  31. Judy says:

    Oh my goodness!! I am so proud of you for sharing the Coach story!! I have always loved the way you handle disappointments and turn sadnesses into creativity. Your humor and positivity are an inspiration to all of us!! Now the Fly Away Quilt has a special meaning to everyone!!

  32. Spring Robinson says:

    So I didn’t need to go any further to pick a favorite at Fabricworm…their custom bundle called Colorpop Lips!! So bright and fun. Your Coach story is heartbreaking. I hope you were overly compensated for your time and dreams and hopes and design. Like please send me a picture of the closet full of Coach bags and sunglasses you were given to soothe your soul and heal a broken contract. 😊 Thanks for the giveaway. (Bamboo batting is the best)

  33. Nella G says:

    What a sad but inspirational story! I love knowing the special background of this quilt. Do you ever plan to share the other patterns you designed for Coach? or is this the only one you felt was worth carrying forward out of that sad time?

  34. Emily Theis says:

    I am SO excited this quilt is out in the world! I’m a sucker for solids, and I love your Mod Basics Solid Blooms that you curated on FabricWorm. They’d look beautiful in Fly Away.

    Also, I noticed a little typo in your post — I’m a former newspaperer so I can’t help it. One of your subheadings says “The Flay Away…” instead of Fly away.

    Love your work so much! Thank you!

  35. Hannah M says:

    what a beautiful pattern! Maybe once I finish the current top I’ll try this one out πŸ™‚ There’s a lot to like on fabricworm but I think my favorite is the Moda Big Sky Grizzly Stone (or any of their wild ochre bundles). The bears a super cute once you notice them but oddly subtle.

  36. SuzyMcQ says:

    What a poignant story. I am so sorry that someone as talented and kind as you had to be so badly treated. It is often hard to move away from such disappointment, but the beauty you are bringing to the world via this pattern and your goodness will come back to you tenfold. Making the world just a bit more beautiful is an amazing gift.

    As for fabric, it is always Essex linen for me and some pretty chambray.

    From one Suzy to another, all the best!

  37. Hillary Bryant says:

    I am so excited for this pattern! Especially after completing 2 quilts with 2 of your other patterns (Hexi Stripe & Triangle Jitters), with each pattern I find I am challenging myself as a quilter (of only a few years) but watching my love for it grow deeper. I am in love with the Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton & Steel. The watercolor fabric in the line is breathtaking.

    I believing having stories behind our quilts only adds to their beauty. The first quilt I ever sewed was for my Mom when she was sick in 2013. I drew out a pattern, struggled with figuring out measurements, ended up with something that was no where near perfect, but she loved it & used it until her last breathe. That makes it even more beautiful (even if a few seams have ripped).

    You inspire me to continue improving, challenging myself, to believe that my love for quilting as a “youngster” isn’t crazy & that anything is still possible.


  38. Christina says:

    You do not have to publish this comment, I am going to be the jerk who points out a typo – “Flay Away Quilts in the Wild”

    I am commenting because I adore you and this quilt.

  39. Susie N says:

    I found you on Instagram and love love love your quilts. I haven’t done quilting since school (now 40) but after seeing this pattern am inspired to make for my daughter. I am currently loving triangles so Fabricworm’s Japanese Import, BARKCLOTH, Painted Triangles Blue is a current favourite …… although I could sit and look at fabric all day!

  40. Lori Matsui says:

    You have mastered the art of combining modern design and cozy comfort! I hope many more opportunities come your way. Kate Spain Early Bird has my imagination ‘spinning away’ just now : ) .

  41. Rhiannon Hare says:

    Can’t wait to make this quilt! Currently loving Lizzy House’s Printmaking line for Andover on FabricWorm! Congrats on the launch!

  42. Penny Boese says:

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing your story behind the quilt. Hard to hear what happened, but so glad you keep moving forward. You have so much to share with the quilting world! My favorite at Fabricworm is Cotton and Steel’s Beauty Shop.

  43. Penny B says:

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing your story behind the quilt. Hard to hear what happened, but so glad you keep moving forward. You have so much to share with the quilting world! My favorite at Fabricworm is Cotton and Steel’s Beauty Shop.

  44. Holly Hughes says:

    1. You are amazing. Your aesthetic, your passion, your sense of humor, and your dedication to you craft–you are extraordinary Suzy. Don’t you forget it!
    2. Coach is bonkers and they don’t even deserve you.
    3. I’m obsessing over chickens right now and I’m all in love with Chicken Scratch by Dear Stella!

  45. Shannon Maguire says:

    Beautiful pattern. Love all the color variations people choose! I’m liking the Moda Creekside collection, especially meadow midnight.

  46. Mareike says:

    Dear Suzi,
    I love your patter and one day, your blog will be bigger than coach and when they ask you, you simply shrug and refuse. You don’t need them, anyway!
    I love the Birch fabric, especially School of Fish Royal.

    Best Mareike

  47. Rebecca says:

    Suzyyyyy! Omg. I’m so excited to be able to make this quilt! I’ve swooned over it since you first posted pics of it ages ago.

    My fabric pick from FabricWorm would have to be nearly anything designed by Rifle Paper Co — I bet this would look pretty neat with a spacey moody background like Celestial Midnight Metallic. Gorgeous stuff.

    Thank you for sharing your work and your story with us!

  48. Steffe Harwood says:

    Great pattern and great story behind it! Sometimes rejection is a blessing in disguise. Everyone fears it, but usually it all works out in the end! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  49. Veronique Oudard says:

    I can’t decide which colour I prefer this quilt in… so beautiful!
    Favorite on sale fabric has to be Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics Organic, Nurture, Family Owlbum, it would be awesome for fussy cutting

  50. Lori Morton says:

    Love Love Loooove your Quilt!! Thank you for sharing your Story too! (KNOW you are going to be even MORE successful than ever!!!)

    I choose Birch Organic Fabrics, DOUBLE GAUZE, “Off Set”!!!! Would love to make a super soft cozy Quilt with this one!! πŸ™‚

  51. Paige Hunt says:

    This is so great!! I’m just getting my hands into quilting and I’m loving all these designs. Bc I’m new to quilting I would say I have only used 100% cotton from fabricworm, that’s all I know! I can’t wait to make this quilt!! THANK YOU

  52. Nancy R says:

    I love this design and colors you’ve chosen Suzy! So many beautiful options. Your hand quilting on the last design is so beautiful. It makes this quilt look cozy, comfy, and classic. Fabric worm has so many favorite fabrics to choose from, but right now I have my eye on Arroyo collection by Erin Dollar.

  53. Maechen says:

    Congratulations on the Pattern release! I remember seeing your Black & Yellow version years ago for the first time. Instantly double taped that and have been following your quilt journey since. I cannot wait to make it. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Definitely the Lil’ Monsters by Cotton & Steel. Those little cat faces.

  54. Cheryl says:

    I’m still dreaming of getting around to making something with the Swan Lake line from Birch Fabrics! Gotta come up with the right project for it though!

  55. Elizabethdx says:

    Thank you for giving us the background story. It seems that lots of us share only the successes, which is odd when you think about it — disappointments and setbacks are far more frequent, and it’s in dealing with them that you can show your ability to grow. You are certainly showing your strength! I love this pattern, and your story makes me love it more. Well done Suzy!
    Over at Fabricworm I am a sucker for anything Emily Isabella.

  56. Kairle Oaks says:

    My heart broke a little as I read this post, but I’m so glad to see this quilt come full circle. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the pattern release. And I have to admit…I’m kinda crushing on the beautiful Creekside fabrics over at Fabric Worm.

  57. Jan says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. 😒 I’ve always thought of Coach as a bit overrated, and now it’s confirmed! Love this pattern and may you continue to fly … but not away from your dream!

  58. Emily says:

    I am totally loving these organic solids at Fabricworm. The blue and camel are all the heart eyes (because I’m a 28-year-old dinosaur commenting from a desktop, so I don’t have any emojis). πŸ™‚

  59. Megan says:

    Coach smoach…. I have been coveting the April Rhodes Arizona After collection recently. Not sure what I would create, so I haven’t pulled the trigger.
    Thank you for the daily giggles on Instagram!

  60. Linda Jackson says:

    Beautiful quilt! It looks so soft and snuggly! Gotta make me one! As far as Coach goes, it truly is their loss. Right now I am loving Welcome to the Jungle by Dear Stella.

  61. Jennica says:

    I am in love with this quilt! There are so many amazing things you can do with it to give it a unique flair. I just found out that I have a new niece or nephew coming in April and am dying to make a baby quilt that will be loved and cherished. I think this is it. I have been trying to find gender neutral fabrics and I love all of the Moda fabric on fabricworm, especially the Big Sky Wild collection! I can’t wait to start this one up! I just finished piecing together my maypole quilt and I am dying over how beautiful it turned out. Thank you for everything you do Suzy!

  62. Bridget says:

    I love Fly Away! …seriously, I love all of your quilts. I’m so sorry for the disappointment, but truly appreciate your transparency & sharing your journey.
    My favorite fabric that FabricWorm has right now is the organic Pop Dots line. I loved the color way you used on the back of your Maypole quilt!

  63. Sammye says:

    Love your patterns! I’m currently gathering fabrics for kris kross. This quilt would be a fun one to make – so many options with color choices! I love Rifle Paper fabrics and The Good Life

  64. samcatquilts says:

    For what it’s worth – I’m glad (as I’m sure MANY others are) that your journey has taken you to where you are now. You’re a quilting superstar Suzy. Thanks for sharing with us. And oversharing on IG stories (I mean that in the best way possible, your IG stories always cheer me up!). Hugs (and pats for Scrap)! Can’t wait to see what you two get yourselves into next.

  65. Natalie Saenz says:

    Can I just say that I am a big fan! And reading your backstory of this quilt makes you so authentic and transparent. We can say ‘what if’ a lot, but it’s the ‘who am I being?’ (in a specific situation), and you are so graceful and am sure way more seasoned now that will push your career in the quilting biz even further. You go girl! I want to be just like you when I grou up 😜
    So, it’s been 4 months since I don’t use my sewing machine 😳 The last one I completed was your Hexies, now I can’t wait to complete the Fly Away! I love the Beauty Shop line that Fabricworm is offering πŸ‘πŸ»

  66. Judy says:

    Wow!! I am so happy you shared the Coach story! You have a knack for turning disappointments into creativity and using humor to make us all smile. The Fly Away Quilt will always be an inspiration to me! And I probably won’t buy another Coach purse!! πŸ’•πŸ’

  67. amy v says:

    i’ve been waiting for this pattern to be released!! yay!! i think it would be awesome to make this in the charley harper bird prints from birch organics (works with the β€œfly away” idea too) that fabricworm has!!

  68. katherine says:

    I found fabric worm through you and right now I’m loving Arleen Hillyer for Birch Organic Fabrics, Tall Tales, Jackalope! So fun for kids’ projects!

  69. Elisabeth says:

    I’m loving the Dear Stella Fable line. Pretty sure my daughter’s dolls need a new quilt from this line!

    LOVE this pattern! I’ve been anxiously awaiting it. But I need to know, there’s no such thing as too many quilts right?? I mean, I can make them all for me, yes?

  70. Paula says:

    What a beautiful pattern! Not sure I can pick a favorite but the Delicate Pink speaks to me. Perhaps because we have our first granddtr soon to arrive.

  71. Amy Schelle says:

    Love that you shared this story! I love this new pattern and knowing where it came from. As always your work is inspiring and I hope someday my business can be as successful ❀️

  72. Marieke says:

    Well, it’s definitely Coach’s loss, especially when I see how awesome the Libs Elliott x Absolut Vodka collaboration was. I’m glad your pattern will have a new lease of life!

    As for fabric selections, so hard! I love Arroyo, but also the two little solids bundles you curated.

  73. Rebecca Rodgers says:

    See – Coach really isn’t worth what people pay. An email? That’s as bad as someone breaking up via text message! BUT look at what you’ve made! As for fabric – I’m digging Cosmo Textiles 70’s Aloha White Broadcloth. It just jumped out at me – retro but not so typical blechy 70’s colors or patterns

  74. PJ. Miller says:

    I’d love to win this kit. I love Charley Harper designs, especially the Cardinal. I’m a member of the Cardinal Quilters Club in Spring Valley, WI, after all!

  75. Jocelyn says:

    This quilt is so great and versatile and could go in a million different color ways!! Kudos girl!! Give scrap a scratch!!❀️

  76. Sarah says:

    Another wonderful pattern. Can’t wait to add this quilt to my collection. Love your curvy hand quilting. So many lovely fabrics to choose from, but favourites are Charley Harper birds and B&C Good Life.

  77. Brooke says:

    What a beautiful design and gorgeous variety of executions! Adding this to my quilt “to-do”–getting quite long these days…

    Hope to bump into you sometime around Chicago!

  78. Mindy G says:

    I loveeeeeeee this pattern 😍😍😍😍 and I don’t know where I’ve been, but I just realized you HAND-quilt!!!! Thanks for sharing your heartbreak over Coach. Makes me glad I haven’t bought a purse from them in ages. My absolute favorite fabric right now is the Bonnie & Camille fabric. So bright and fun!!!

  79. Jessica Rampelburg says:

    Omg Suzy q, I ugly cried for you just reading this πŸ˜₯. My heart is broken for you. But living thru smashing, crushing heartbreak has taught me a few times- the best one is we are quilters. Well sew all those pieces back together eventually, probably better arranged than they were originally 😊. Your new arrangement is gorgeous, fly away is brilliant, and the quilting community will appreciate it forever, not just a season. 😘

  80. Frank Figueredo says:

    Like the airy quality of your quilt and it just so happens I’m cuckoo for 1/2 square triangles. My favorite fabrics at Fabricworm are Robert Kauffman’s “Love-Harts” and “Love-XOXO

  81. Emily says:

    I love this, Suzy! I have made your Stars Hallow quilt and can’t wait to get my hands on another one of your patterns – this might have to be the next one!

    Fabricworm has such a fabulous assortment of fabrics, but I’m loving the Robert Kaufman plaids and buffalo checks for fall!

  82. Shannon says:

    Oh wow such pretty quilts! I must say I love the purple one!! I’m new to the sewing/quilting game and have found all your blog posts so helpful!!!!

  83. Jenn Odom says:

    Oh this pattern is simply beautiful, especially after reading about the history of its creation. And I love your instastories, keep them coming!

  84. Jill B says:

    I’ve sooo been looking forward to this pattern release, ever since I saw Saija Elina’s version! Talk about drop-dead gorgeous! Just the right amount of stripes for this solid-lover! My favorite fabrics are the Kona solids, in fact, although from time to time I find a print that I could love, if given the chance. πŸ˜‰

  85. Charlene Hearst says:

    Loved reading your story behind the quilt. There are so many possibilities of colour combinations for this quilt. That is what I like about it so much!
    My favourite fabric from fabricworm is Camp Sur 3 Sly Fox by Jay-Cyn Designs.

  86. Sandy Allen says:

    Love the story behind this quilt. So happy to see something beautiful came from it! Also love seeing all the different color variations. I could see it made in any number of fabrics, but really love the Welcome to the Jungle line. Would be fun to play “spot the animal” with it!

  87. Lisa Marie says:

    The story of your quilt is amazing and sad all at once. But the pattern’s renewed life seems to be leading to a happy ending. Even if it’s not the one you envisioned. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. There are so many gorgeous fabrics at FabricWorm. One of my favorites is Charley Harper for Birch Organic Fabrics, Western Birds, Mountain Blue Bird. And in the sale section, oh my goodness, Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics Organic, Nurture, Family Owlbum. So cute!

  88. Cindy Burke says:

    So excited that you’ve released this pattern today! Thank you for the chance to win. I’m currently in love with the Jay-Cyn “camp Sur 3” line at!

  89. jenny.allred says:

    A beautiful pattern created by a beautiful person!!
    Wish I could shop at Fabric Worm, but being from Canada, shipping/exchange rate is not in my favour. BUT if I could I’d buy all the Rifle Paper Co. florals I could find πŸ™‚

  90. Julie says:

    I’ve been waiting for this for awhile. I love Charlie Harper fabric at Fabricworm and have used it for a sweet quilt for my niece. Your Flyaway is fantabulous – no matter the back story. Thanks!

  91. Amber says:

    Thanks for your vulnerability in sharing the story behind this quilt. I hope the release of it into the world under these new circumstances and the love from your community around it help to ease the pain around its origins. ❀️
    I love seeing all the different the different versions of Fly Away! It’s really helpful to see how the various fabric choices and quilting lines change the look and feel of the same pattern.
    I love Fabricworm’s custom bundles, my favorite right now is Garden Light.

  92. Tina says:

    Thank you for sharing your Fly Away Quilt backstory. It’s a great story, with excitement and heartbreak all in one.
    Every colorway I have seen is so beautiful. Your quilt designs are simply gorgeous. I’m excited to sew this pattern.
    My favorite fabric at Fabricworm, for the moment, is Jay-Cyn Designs Camp Sur 3.

  93. Danielle Park says:

    I love this quilt! Thank you for all your beautiful quilt patterns that inspire me. My favorite fabric on FabricWorm is any of the Rifle Paper Co. fabrics.

  94. Dana Sahae says:

    Thanks sharing that story! First time here. Love the blog. I really like the camp sure 3 fabric at fabric worm. Probably because it reminds me of happy days in the forest with family.
    Love your quilt too!

  95. Alice McLeod says:

    SuzyQuilts are great. I made her “Retro Plaid” pattern and sent it off to college with my grandson. Can’t wait to get started on Fly Away. I’m picking out my fabrics already.

  96. Denise Monday says:

    Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Mod Basics, Organic, Ellie Fam Orange, would be my favorite! Would work well in an orange nursery!

  97. Cheryl says:

    This is a great pattern and makes up beautifully in so many combinations! I love most of what Fabricworm offers! But today I looked around the children’s section and chose Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Camp Sur 3, Sly Fox as my favorite to share in a comment.

  98. Joanna says:

    Charley Harper Birch Organics are my favorite, jave made several baby quilts from them. FlyAway is awesome, thinking about making 2 in complementary color schemes for a shared boys room.

  99. Shawna says:

    This quilt is an absolutely gorgeous one, made more special by the message you hoped it would send. And here’s the deal: It does.

    I’m glad FabricWorm has partnered with you to make it available in kit form, but also for putting this design on my radar. It will very soon be in my collection of patterns. Maybe I’ll be using my current FabricWorm favorite: Moda’s Big Sky line of fabrics. Or maybe it will be a quilt down the line. But either way, thank you for the gorgeous design. Keep it up!

    P.S. I love that you still love to hand quilt!

  100. Emily says:

    I love the dear stella cacti fabric….just waiting for the right quilt to put it on. Love all your quilts, and insta posts πŸ˜‹

  101. Kathy says:

    Wonderful! I’m loving the Charlie Harper fabrics and this Fly Away pattern seems perfect for it! You know, I’m looking at my Coach purse a bit differently now…for some reason I don’t like it as much! Tehehe! Eh, their HUGE loss!

  102. Ciana says:

    I didn’t think I could love this quilt more, but the backstory makes it even better. I’m currently quilting to Brene Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly” audiobook and this is definitely a great example of vulnerability as courage. So thank you!

    My fave sale fabric from Fabric Worm is definitely Cloudshell in the Emily Isabella Homestead collection of Birch fabrics. (I want my girls’ room to be feminine without being Lisa Frank loud.)

  103. Lisa A Caramagno says:

    I love this Quilt and have downloaded it. When I make it I’ll let you know so you can grab your quilt and we’ll fly to London, Paris or Dubai. I have plenty of frequent flyer miles so no worries! Scrappy can come along,too! Thanks for making quilting so much fun!

  104. Meghan says:

    I just finished a Maypole quilt and this is going on the list. I love all fabrics, but I’m really into solids right now, especially Essex linen.

  105. Lea says:

    Oh man! I hate the feeling of getting so excited and looking forward to something, only for it to not happen. What a blessing to have something so beautiful come from the experience. I loved reading your story! Makes me love the quilt even more than I already do (didn’t know that was possible). My favorite sale fabric would be “Alison Glass for Andover, Handcrafted Patchwork, Tile Goldenrod.” When I first started quilting two years ago I thought batiks were awful! Well, what do ya know, I guess they’re growing on me

  106. Angela Coleman says:

    Gorgeous pattern! I have been eagerly anticipating it’s arrival and I’m thrilled it’s finally here πŸ™‚ I love the poplin kit from Fabric Worm and would be thrilled to win. Thanks!!

  107. Audrey says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this pattern release. I’ve been trying to pick a pattern for my first quilt. My expert quilter mother in law is going to help. I like Birch’s Quail Run Dusk.

  108. Shasta says:

    Love, love the Charley Harper fabrics and I love this quilt pattern! I can see it in modern fabrics and in traditional fabrics. It might not be hanging in a Coach display but it will be created by hundreds of women across the world to warm someone they love! I think that’s better than a Coach display!

  109. tusen says:

    This is such a fun pattern, I love how different it can look depending on the fabric choices. I know this can probably be said of most if not all quilt patterns, but to me some especially feel this way, making my “sewing imagination” work and this is definitely one of them.
    Favourite fabric from, that is a tricky question as I love more than one. If I was to choose by designer, it would probably be Karen Lewis, as I love almost all of her fabric fabricworm currently carries, and were I to choose just one of them it would probably be Sunflower Citrus. My other favourites include Erin Dollar’s Hills Peacock, Jay-Cyn Designs Camp Sur 3, Quail Run Dusk and Blue School (and I’d better stop now).

  110. Andrea Croak says:

    Love fabricworm, just ordered different colorways of the Japanese painted barkcloth gingham. I’m geeking out over Home Grown by MakowerUK, the Charley Harper hits such a sweet spot in my heart, and a special affinity for all the prints from Rifle Paper Co.

  111. Chris says:

    I love this pattern! Suzy keep on with your dream you have a true talent! I love the Flor
    abelle line by Joel Dewberry. Im leaving for Sedona next month!

  112. Pauline Crameri says:

    It’s a wonderful pattern Suzy and I can’t wait to make it. Fabric worm have so many gorgeous fabrics it’s hard to pick one – I love Moda’s Big Sky and might have to get me some!

  113. Anne W says:

    An amazing array of colour combinations for your quilt.. so stunning to scroll down and see each one.
    Fabricworm favourite right now is the Camp Sur 3 range.

  114. Nicole says:

    I love Fabricworm and had the opportunity to visit this past summer! I LOVED touching all of the Birch fabrics. The Charlie Harper designs might be my favorite!

  115. Julie Rinker says:

    I am reminded of your timeless words written inside my planner, so often re-read, I can almost quote them:

    “Be bold. Ask for what you want. Put in the work and be patient. Building something meaningful takes time. ”

    Thank you for sharing your story of how you’ve lived out this message!

    My favorite fabric at FabricWorm is grandma’s garden by lewis & irene

  116. Sue says:

    Creek side and Charley Harper designs are my current choices. Another day might bring a different fabric to light as my favorite! Thanks for sharing your story and offering this giveaway.

  117. Karen C. says:

    What a beautiful story of redemption!! I’ve had my eye in this quilt, and have truly loved every version I’ve seen. You are an amazing quilter, and appreciate your desire to shar empire patterns with us. Oh….and I checked out a few of your book recommendations!

  118. Tracy says:

    Such a shame because Coach could have been so much more with rad quilts hanging in their windows… but yay that we now get to enjoy the pattern! ✌🏼

  119. Janice M says:

    Great story. I also wish for the day I can quilt full-time. My favorite fabric at Fabricworm would be Western Birds by Charley Harper.

  120. Deb E / Oregon says:

    Wonderful pattern! I envision this with some of my 40+ years of scraps (think 30’s forward!), and I would also hand quilt mine. In regard to your horrible experience… hasn’t been the ‘how lovely’ moments that have MADE my life, its been those ‘gut wrenching’ ones that have done it. If it weren’t for THOSE, I wouldn’t really appreciate all the blessings that have come my way because I didn’t take ‘the other path’. I truly, truly am grateful for those awful moments — because I am a far happier and loving person because of them. God bless you for sharing your memories, you will never know how it will help someone else…..

  121. Judy says:

    That baby quilt for your baby nephew melts my heart! @ohsewbrooke also posted a beautiful blue/green/violet version. The possibilities are endless!! Currently, I love Charley Harper Western Birds @Fabricworm.

  122. Tonya says:

    This pattern is stunning! I love the pinks version so much- especially with Breast Cancer awareness month coming up! Your story was sad- and so unjust!!!! My favorite fabric right now on FabricWorm is Charley Harper’s Western Birds.

  123. Marti says:

    I’m sorry – but how does anyone choose a favorite fabric? I love too many and would buy it all if I had unlimited funds – right now my attention goes to plaids. A month ago you couldn’t keep polka dots out of my hands. I love your quilt and hope to someday make one as cheery and happy as yours.

  124. Liz says:

    Ooooo baby. The release is here. If I win I am fo sho on the king bandwagon. πŸ’πŸΌπŸ’πŸΌπŸ’πŸΌπŸ’πŸΌ

  125. Theresa says:

    Ugh, that blows about the Coach gig. Name of the game, I guess. I once wrote something that “almost made the client cry”–in a good way! Alas, the project was scrapped before my moving words could make the whole world cry! πŸ˜‚

  126. Jonna says:

    Some day I hope to make a behemoth quilt for our master bedroom and this is the pattern I would like to use. (Maybe I’ll even sneak in a few florals and hope the Mister doesn’t notice.) It’s a beautiful design!

  127. Katie P. says:

    You’re so brave to share your story! I know each quilt has one, but this is truly inspirational. You’re definitely my go-to for patterns, tips, and tools! Congratulations on the new pattern and all your successes.

  128. Sherri Cassity says:

    What a beautiful and clean quilt! I especially love the autumn one with blue geese in them—I can practically see the geese flying through the sky. What a delightful vision.

  129. Jennifer Roth says:

    Right now I love, love, love Western Birds by Charley Harper. I really like the quilt you made with that as well. On the Fly Away Quilt I enjoy how you eye is drawn across the entire thing. That king example is wonderful. I always want to make one that big (because my husband is a blanket hog) but it’s so intimidating. I’m sorry you never got to work with Coach but I’m so happy to follow your work. Cheers!

  130. Ellen says:

    I absolutely love this pattern! But what really gets me is the color schemes used in EVERY SINGLE ONE! They are so beautiful and I can’t figure out which one I love more. If I picked out the fabric it would look like a hot mess…just saying. πŸ™‚

  131. Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing that — we’re so lucky to have you (and all things Scrappy!). Sometimes it’s hard to see the bullets we dodge as they come by us so fast, but the email me its tone is a good indicator of the (not-so-good) company culture! I think you’re pretty amazing, and I look forward to your instastories every day!

    (And I love the Western Birds — have some already — it’s the next WIP after the next WIP, likely after the next WIP…)

  132. Carolyn says:

    This is such a lovely pattern! And while it has a not so happy backstory, it is also a symbol of your perseverance! I’m a relatively new quilter so have mostly worked with prints – but now I’m getting quite fascinated with solids and I am really loving the fabrics in Pigment by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel at

  133. KR McE says:

    This is beautiful! I love triangles and I love the different color palettes you’ve shown here (especially the chambray–maybe I’ll use a similar color theme for my little nephews).

  134. Judy S. says:

    I love the wide variety of colors the designers have used. I find using triangles in my sewing adds some interest …and it keeps me on my toes when sewing them!

  135. Christine Hoesch says:

    First I’ve got to *sniff* grab a tissue *sniff* after that heart-string-tugging story! Oh my, so close! Thanks for sharing. *sniff* Okay, I’m alright now.
    I’m a huge fan of Charley Harper & love Maritime & Western Birds. I also love all the Pop Dots that Fabricworm carries. Thanks for the great giveaway, Suzy!

  136. Eunice says:

    I just am finishing the binding of a baby sized Indian Summer quilt from your pattern! Shall I send you a photo? I used silks, silk linens and silk rayon fabrics from thrifted clothes.
    And then this Fly Away pattern pops up. Why do I get drawn to your patterns?
    Modern and a bit quirky, and mixing of fabrics and colors. I’d love to make this quilt!

  137. Kate says:

    I loved the whole Miriam Bos collection for Birch Organics, but The Hidden Garden in Sproutlet Dusk looks like the perfect quirky neutral. And I love this pattern!

  138. Ashley says:

    I don’t think I will ever make a king sized quilt, BUT I just saw that the blocks used in the king size for this pattern are 16″ square, just perfect for a quilty pillow! I could not be more excited about that!!!! Maybe in the Arroyo Essex linens, which I was happy to see fabricworm sells. I think this is brewing into a wonderful plan for a fall Friday night…

  139. Monica Mora says:

    Wow…I will never look at a Coach bag the same way again! Sorry you had to go through that, but happy that your Suzy Quilts brand/page was a sweet by-product – we are lucky! I am loving Moda, Big Sky, Grizzly Stone and was so disappointed that when I went to order it today, it was sold out! Boo! But, I will take my cue from you and move forward 🌞

  140. Amy Ficke says:

    Oh Suzy, this quilt is just the bestest, and now knowing the feels behind it, that makes my want to make it even more! That Husker volleyball quilt totally speaks to my hometown vibe at this very moment. (Go ‘Skers, Go Big Red!)

    Also, all the Cotton + Steel Christmas fabric is on sale at Fabricworm right now… which is basically killing me right now.

  141. Amie says:

    You are a quilting rock star! Thanks for sharing your ups and downs with us. Hopefully some of the sting is gone with the release of this beautiful quilt. The world is a better place when we create and share beautiful things. Rock on Suzy Quilts!

  142. Holly Bruce says:

    I’m sorry about your story. I am glad that there is a whole lot of awesome that came from it, eg, this quilt. Keep on keeping on.

    One of my favorite bundles on the website (because I can’t pick one print!) is Big Sky, in Forest. Those little bears and woodland creatures are so cute.

  143. Auntiepatch says:

    I love the Michael Miller, MINKY, Art Deco Carpet Black! Well, anything from Michael Miller really. I also like the Moda newsprint & map fabrics

  144. Juliane says:

    As an architect, I am so in love with this amazing geometric pattern! Plus, this pattern comes with a KING option! This will definitely be my first quilt and I can’t wait!

  145. Jessica F says:

    My fav line so far is Big Sky! I really like Montana Azure from the line, it’d make a sweet wholecloth baby quilt.
    I’m really glad to hear the story behind the quilt it’s a great reminder that sh*t happens to everyone, we’re truly not alone. I’m sure it isn’t easy sharing hopes, dreams and sorrows with so many strangers, even if those strangers love all your quilt designs πŸ˜‰!

  146. Juliane says:

    Love this story – sometimes things work out even when they don’t! You are amazing and this architect in totally in love with this gorgeously graphic pattern! I can’t wait to purchase it – and make the KING pattern for my FIRST quilt! (it may take me years – but I am confident it’s gotta be similar to building architectural models?!)

  147. Kelly Montgomery says:

    Beautiful quilt pattern & quilts! I really like the Charley Harper Western Birds line. It is how I came across your blog. Thank you for your inspiration!

  148. Sarah says:

    Any of the Jay-Cyn mod basics would work so great with this pattern! I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it was to get that email…you would almost have to read it 5 or 50 times to makes sure you read it right πŸ˜•. Thank you for sharing the story behind this pattern…it will will be able to bring so many people joy! 😊

  149. Lisa says:

    Well well well, I am shaking my fist at coach! What a terrible experience, but kinda great experience all at the same time. All I can think is, how rude! But thankfully you moved on, your work is amazing and they do not deserve your time. As for my favourite fabric, well there is too much I am currently dreaming of, but since A Halloween quilt is next on my list, I would say lil monsters!

  150. Joy says:

    Fly Away! is one quilt to be very proud of. It’s gorgeous. Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Farm Fresh, Woven is my favourite at Fabricworm.

  151. Penelope says:

    I love the Lizzy House for Andover Printmaking line on Fabricworm!

    By the way, I recently started following you on IG and I love your stories with Scraps. He is just too freaking cute and looks like a pretty great studio assistant πŸ˜›

  152. Liz says:

    This is such a beautiful pattern – I love every version that I’ve seen. Thank you for sharing the story about Coach. It sounds heart-breaking, and I’m so sorry to hear that happened. I can’t wait to make this pattern.

  153. Hannah Parks says:

    This is such an eye-catching design!
    I love all of Alexia Abegg’s fabric lines from Cotton + Steel, and Fabricworm still carries a few of her Print Shop fabrics! Can’t wait for her new line, Sienna, to be released!

  154. Andrea Rawlins says:

    I love the moon phase shroom fabric! I’ve never seen that one before. There were a couple others vying for my attention though… Love your new quilt kit!

  155. Shannon Binkley says:

    That story broke my heart!
    I really like the little llamas in the Florabelle line 😍Buttttt…..I also love the forest talk line so πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  156. Jessica says:

    I love how all of the examples are so different but all so beautiful. This pattern beautifully lends itself to such unique designs!
    My favorite right now is Amy Sinibaldi’s Tree Farm Lit.

  157. Heather Johnson says:

    Love Fly Away! I’m a newbie to quilting but Fly Away is one I want to tackle down the road. So many wonderful fabrics over at Fabricworm…Echino Birding Canvas Birdsong Blue is a current crush!!

  158. Clara says:

    I enjoyed all the quilts featured in this blog post, especially Bohemian’s colors. After browsing in Fabricworm, Amy Sinibaldi’s Little Town print “Snow Crystals, Jolly” would be a favorite. Thanks for all the inspiration I receive from your blog and newsletter, Suzy.

  159. Michelle says:

    I once carved a stamp that simply said “Fly Away.” My friend, artist Susan “Lucky” Shie used it in a quilt she made for an exhibit I curated about George Washington and his nine slaves. Fly Away meant “steal away” or run away. After reading your COACH story I am happy for you that you have flown away and now have complete creative freedom! Wishing you much success, I really like this pattern!

  160. Ashley Pierce says:

    Suzy, you are such an inspiration and I’m in love with this quilt! Thank you for sharing your story here. I love your videos, your tutorials are helping me so much, you are a great writer, and the joy you bring to all of it is contagious! (Not just saying this for the giveaway, I thought it before, but now I’m inspired to actually write it out.) You are amazing and I can’t wait to make your Fly Away quilt!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Ash (Can I call you Ash? I feel like we’re friends already and nicknames are in order), your words are so incredibly encouraging! Working alone every day I usually have to be my own cheerleader, but with beautiful words like this, I can rest on your wonderful compliment. Thank you!

      • Ashley Pierce says:

        Ash is what my friends call me! Girl I hear you on working alone/for yourself! I don’t know what I would do without my current coworkers. Though you are doing what some people dream of doing. Have you ever picked up the book, In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney? It’s on my list but I feel like it might also inspire you.

  161. Charlene Burnett-Seidel says:

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pattern with the world! I would love to get my hands on some Shibori II by Moda from Fabricworm.

  162. Suzy F. says:

    Thank you for posting so many color variations of your Fly Away pattern! It’s inspiring to see how versatile it is. Right now I’m loving Amy Sinbaldi’s Little Town collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, especially Season Carols. Even though it’s a holiday line, many of the prints work well all year! Thanks to you, Fabricworm, and SewMondo for making your beautiful design available to all of us.

  163. Lisa says:

    Wow that story sounds rough – so sorry to hear. But I think it’s amazing how you pulled through and made your dream come true anyways, I love female empowerment stories like that!
    My current favorite at fabric worm right now is the Little Town collection by Any Sinibaldi, because I’m a total Christmas fanatic and I just love the colors and the subtle design.

  164. Melissa Maluso says:

    I absolutely love this pattern, especially how geometric it is. I recently started making the Indian summer quilt as a house warming present for my parents, and would love to be able to do more of your quilts!

  165. Lisa says:

    Fantastic pattern, I love it. I’m loving charley harpers western birds such a great range that reminds me of my dad, great memories

  166. Sarah L. says:

    Wow, that was a rather emotional story. I’m so happy that your story didn’t end there and you pressed on. Fly Away is a beautiful pattern and I love the fall color scheme, the black and yellow is awesome too! And I have a sudden urge to turn on Frank Sinatra, does that happen to you? Lols

    Btw, your Instagram stories… I love them! They never fail to make me smile.

  167. janequiltsslowly says:

    So much to choose from at Fabricworm! I love all th Alison Glass Handcrafted & new Chroma line too!!! So gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win the kit for Fly Away! I am glad you were able to move past the Coach disappointment & go on with your quilty career. We all get the benefit of your brave heart.

  168. Daisy says:

    Thank you for sharing from your heart the story behind this quilt. Sometimes, what might seem like “second best” ends up to be truly the best thing that could’ve happened. At the time, we feel cheated or rejected, but later on when we look back on it, we can see clearer and better, and sometimes it’s a huge blessing, that it did turn out that way after all.
    This pattern is so beautiful. I love all the different color variations you shared. It’s going to be hard to choose one! I can’t wait to make it! It’s hard to choose just one fabric from Fabricworm, so I’m going to go with their Custom bundle, organic Swan Song. 😊

  169. Haley says:

    I love this pattern! It is so fun to see all the color options before I choose for myself. I love them all but especially the Autumn and Black and Gold πŸ™‚

  170. Kathy @ Merriment Design says:

    My 5yo son who has been in bed with me since 6am with a bad dream says his favorite fabric is Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Camp Sur 3, Camper Rally. I think it would make a cute quilt. Congrats on your pattern release. Rejection letter, take that!!

  171. Laura says:

    Kind of obsessed with Moda, Compositions, Newsprint Fog for this one. Just imagining all the copy editors who could snuggle up under one of these quilts while wishing they could fly away, proofing get another article/story/whatever. And now that I said it, I’m struck by the irony of the pattern name. Has that always been the name?

  172. Doris Melady says:

    I like all the colour iterations. If I had to pick just one it would be Minimal Purple. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and yet the colour placement can be as intricate as your imagination allows!

  173. Jennifer says:

    I didn’t expect so many others to also pick Charlie Harper’s Western Birds! But maybe I should have – of course birders would love a pattern called Fly Away. Such a clean design yet so evocative.

  174. April Blood says:

    I love the simplicity of your designs they are clean, sophisticated and very appealing and I especially like the simplicity of the quilting

  175. Ashley Thompson says:

    Suzy, you are such an inspiration to me! I come from a family of quilters, but I never really took up interest until maybe a year ago and I find your quilts so beautiful and intricate! I often browse your instagram for ideas, and to be completely honest I got lost reading your blogs and had to remember to comment after about 15min of browsing. πŸ™ˆ Anyways, i’m loving the Big Sky Montana Forest by Moda. I may just have to scoop that one up!

  176. April says:

    I can’t wait to make this quilt! I started hand quilting because of you. Thanks to your quilters candy box I already had everything I needed!

  177. Deb says:

    Thank you for sharing, something that could not have been easy to do. I really like your style. I first found you with Mod Melons Quilt Pattern. Have enjoyed your quilts since then. Fabricworm fabric – Home grown by Makower UK. I appreciate the chance to win! Hi Scrappy!

  178. Alice says:

    I’m going to make this pattern for sure, those clean lines are calling me. Probably in Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton from Fabricworm – solids are my jam right now.

  179. Elizabeth Bolton says:

    OMG, I LOVE every version of this quilt design that I’ve seen so far – it is FABULOUS!!! Okay – at Fabricworm first I was all over Shimmer from Jennifer Sampou, then it was GASP! Charley Harper – love and adore all things Charley Harper!! – then I saw the Lanai Barkcloth line……and on and on it goes. Pleeeeease don’t make me choose just one!

  180. Julia says:

    You are my favorite quilter! Not only do I love your patterns and style, but you make quilting so fun! I always enjoy your Instagram stories. Maybe if the Coach thing had worked out you wouldn’t be on Instagram like you are and none of us would know and adore you like we do!?!? Just a thought.

    I heart all of Alison Glass’s fabrics, but I’m currently lusting over her Chroma Plaid in Shadow!

  181. Laura K says:

    Awesome Giveaway! I’ve always had a thing for fabric bundles, and if I could chose one right now it would have to be C+S new beauty shop!!!

  182. Sarah (insta @sidestitches) says:

    Nope! Totally didn’t go through yesterday! As I was supposedly saying last night, I would totally make the cutest baby quilt with the Jay-Cyn mod basics! And thank you again (I know I already replied to your insta story) for sharing the story behind the quilt, and you still get to share its wonderfulness (not sure if that’s a word) with us and we’re all so excited!

  183. Mei says:

    I love the constellation double gauze–and I just love this quilt. It’s so touching–which is funny to say about a quilt pattern, but it reminds me of my Midwestern / Upper Midwestern roots, without seeming stale. I just started quilting more seriously, and I”m so excited to make this! You’re a huge inspiration to me.

  184. M'leigh says:

    So cute!! Oh all the color combos you could do with this pattern 😱 Makes me want to start another quilt before finishing my current one..imagine that!

  185. Lisa says:

    I love this pattern and the back story. I find the stories embedded in quilts fascinating. As for I love birch organics especially the ‘little’ range that you presented so well in your quilt 😍 🐦

  186. Julie says:

    Another gorgeous quilt pattern Suzy! I love the clean crisp look of Flyaway!! I’m currently crushing on the new Creekside line by A Quilting Life at Fabricworm!

  187. Victoria says:

    If I make this quilt once (which I will because, I mean, look at it, and the color combinations galore 😍) I will have to make it at least one hundred more times, no exaggeration, for every member of my family. Plus they will want it for all their beds, and their couches, and their next door neighbors, cousins, best friends wedding and baby showers. I will be making this quilt a lot, which I’m excited about because it’s amazing. Another pattern knocked out of the park!

  188. Steph Gehrke says:

    Suzy, you are so awesome! Every quilt you make is amazing and it’s so refreshing to see modern quilt patterns that still give you warm fuzzies inside. I love this pattern!

    The fabric I liked on Fabricworm is the Moda Creekside Mornings FQ bundle. The flowers remind me of spring mornings spent in my Mom’s garden and the grey clouds remind me of Illinois summer thunderstorms. So cute.

    Thanks for the chance to win! BTW good job making it to the gym in your IG Stories. If only I could manage to do the same πŸ˜‰

  189. Joanna Wells says:

    Beautiful quilt and beautifully honest story. As a new quilter I’m coveting so many fabrics to build my small stashπŸ˜• I particularly like Western Birds and Creekside. Thanks for the chance to win!

  190. Hayley says:

    I love your quilt and even though it’s origin was something sad, isn’t it great what you’ve achieved?? My favourite sale fabric is Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel, Trinket, Candy Necklace Periwinkle

  191. Karen L says:

    I love this pattern! I’m a Halloween nut, and I love the Lil Monsters line from Cotton and Steel. I could see using some of the prints from it with the Fly Away pattern with a black background πŸ™‚

  192. SarahZ says:

    Oh I hope this comment isn’t adding to your spam burden!!! Thank you for sharing your story…I am sorry for the lows it must’ve brought, but am happy for Fly Away and any other patterns that you came through this amazingly happy/sad collaboration! I love the Alison Glass Handcrafted Patchwork, especially artifact in Navy, and Gun Metal! Congratulations on bringing this beauty to the light it deserves!

  193. Jennifer Davis says:

    Of all the famous quilters out there, your quilt designs are my absolute favorite. Someday, I hope you will show us the other designs you made Coach.

  194. Carrie whipple says:

    beautiful quilt with a good story. My dad always says with opportunity comes challenge and with challenges comes opportunity. Sounds like Coach opened some doors to other opportunities. Congrats.

  195. Jennifer says:

    I showed the picture of the original quilt (against a brick wall) to my husband, as I’m trying to find a pattern he likes to make a quilt for our new boat, and he really liked it, which is really rare. He said the close quilting lines reminded him of the blankets his grandmother made on her loom (catalogne covers). He actually thought it was a mix of quilt and loom! As for the giveaway, I have to admit I have a sweet spot for any Charley Harper collections.

  196. Tonia Holm says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that touching story! I am so sorry the Coach contract did not work out but I love your quilts and I am so glad you released this pattern on its own. Also thanks for introducing me to a Fabricworm shop! They have amazing $5 steals that I had no idea about! I am driving but Birch fabric bundle called Daydream.

  197. Cassie says:

    I’m boring. I love solids. The birch Organic Solid Slate & Solid Timber are pretty… solid πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ But man, anything by Charlie Harper is pretty freaking dreamy.

  198. Ruby K says:

    Love love the flyaway quilt😍 All your quilt designs are so modern and refreshing and the colors choice are so lovely , just simply loving them.
    My favourite fabric is the Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel.

  199. Rachael says:

    Your story is inspirational! Just like most.. going through the muck is no fun, but the end is priceless! Thanks for trudging forward and sharing your creativity with the world!

    I like the Cosmos Textiles – Linen Dot line

    I have a thing for polka dots! πŸ˜‰

  200. Pam says:

    I love your pattern! Flyaway is the perfect name for this soaring design. And thank you for sharing the story of it. My favorite fabric at Fabricwom is Chroma by Alison Glass.

  201. Catherine Smith says:

    I love this pattern. I am working on my 4th quilt – after years of not sewing and I am loving it! I absolutely love the children prints – all of them – Stacey Iest Hsu, Sevenberry, gosh there are so many different ones that I love!!! It’s hard to actually pick a favorite!!! I love Fabric Worm!!!

  202. Ashley S says:

    I am totally in love with this quilt! After reading the story behind it, makes me love it even more. Thank you so much for sharing. That couldn’t have been too easy. Beautiful. I can wait to make this one myself.

  203. Frieda Tong says:

    Wow. Thank you for sharing your Coach story. You inspire me to keep at it with whatever I have going on at the moment. I love the Dear Stella Jet Setter with the planes!

  204. Kayla Gibson says:

    Oh Suzy I’m so sorry, Coach is CRAZY for not wanting to work with you! I love your design, it’s so beautiful and thank you for doing a great giveaway πŸ™‚

  205. Whitney M says:

    Ugh. That would be so crushing. I love this quilt and cannot wait to make one. A fabric I’ve been eyeing is the Unicorn Fabric from Cotton and Steels Magic Forest. I love it in both color ways.

  206. Madeline Nussbaum says:

    LOVE this pattern and so excited to try it. Moving into a new place next weekend that will have a whole room for sewing and this would be the perfect first pattern to make.

  207. Lauren Nelson says:

    I love this pattern, you could literally use any fabric line and it would look great. Loved killing time looking at all the quilts, I’m a billion months pregnant and it brightened my day.

  208. Doreen Ross says:

    Ok, so seriously, you are the most hilariously funny, bright, and entertaining quilting person I’ve ever had the pleasure to follow! You crack me up on the daily, and you made something I love turn into something I love even more! Keep up the good work with the camera, and the insta clips. You were born for this!

  209. Linda says:

    I’m so happy to have “happened” onto your site! I love that you shared your story of rejection. So relatable! Thank you for your transparency. Beautiful inside and out .
    Quilting is my passion, my sewing room is my “happy place”. Fear and negativity a constant menance. Glad to know I’m in good company!
    Fabricworm favorite today …Pat Bravo for Art Gallery, Heartland, Unn Cross! In OchreπŸ’—

  210. Effie says:

    I’m obsessed with this pattern & half square triangle goodness… just pondering all of the fabric combo possibilities πŸ™‚ Bummer about coach, but all part of the mystery of life, and this beaut came out of it!

  211. Ann Washut says:

    What a great pattern! Coach lost out, not you! I won’t buy Coach again! Tee hee

    I love Fabricworm Birch Organic Abacus – in all the colors! BUT a sale fabric Birch Organic “just for fun, bike it!”

  212. Kate says:

    I am so inspired by your quilts! Super excited to have found your IG account. I love the Nani Iro (always!) Meadows fabric at Fabricworm.

  213. Michelle says:

    I’ve been sitting here, mulling over the difference between “on sale” and “for sale” and which you really meant – since “on sale” is both… I looked there. I love the Birch Organic Fabrics Pop Dots Black (gauze).

    I love that you are including multiple sizes in your patterns – I’m trying to decide if Fly Away needs to be on my bed.

  214. Sarah Hubbard says:

    So Coach says no…this beauty goes on to be featured in magazine and QuiltCon? Nothing disappointing about that! Looking forward to this pattern and appreciating your beautiful work. I’m loving the Nani Iro Birds and Blooms line. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  215. JS says:

    Talent shows in all these beautifully designed quilts. My favorite fabric from Fabric Worms is definitely the Organic fabrics and Birch Organic Firefly dots pond in green.

  216. Rani says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog. Your quilts color choices and design are a real inspiration. It makes me want to get back to sewing immediately!

  217. Manoella says:

    Suzy, the picture that you sent with the e-mail/newsletter is beautiful! The quilt design and color, your hair, the wood color… just perfect!
    Very hard to choose a favorite, but today I would go with the custom bundle My Favorite Things. I think it would great on a Fly Away.

  218. Claire says:

    Oh Coach…..Blegh! But I love thinking about how much has changed in such great and beautiful ways since you designed this quilt! All your new patterns, sewing for Toyota(!), a new house, Scrappy getting cuter and cuter! If quilts could talk man….;)

  219. Anna says:

    Suzy, I’m glad you shared that story with us. What a bummer, but you are pretty strong to keep going in the face of that rejection! I’m so glad you have because I love your designs.

    My favorite fabric on FabricWorm is probably April Rhodes. I love her Observer line SO FREAKING MUCH!

  220. Tiffany says:

    I would love to win this quilt kit. I’m slowly getting back into quilting after taking a two year break and I’m so glad to have found your blog. It just makes me so exciting about quilting again.

  221. Jessica says:

    I love this pattern and am loving florals right now. Crushing on the fable by Rae Ritchie! Would be so cute for my little girls “big girl” bed quilt!

  222. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to make this quilt! The Hidden Garden Quilt was my first quilt ever and I’m hooked. Thanks for sharing your Coach story. Love to hear all the ups and downs of making your passion into a business.

  223. Cami bready says:

    Right now I love the dark and stormy line! Also, since I’m commenting I’ll say that I love how you’re so good at making such interesting patterns so often with just HSTs. Love everything you do. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜˜

  224. Kelly says:

    What a story of turning a lemon into lemonade. You go girl! I love your patterns, creativity and being real. A favorite is Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Trans-Pacific line. My husband is an aeronautical buff and I want to make him a quilt from this line.

  225. Tammi Williams says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! Love this pattern. Traditional with a modern color twist. And what gorgeous color variety you showed for inspiration! Guess I also need to try bamboo batting!

  226. Shannon says:

    Sorry to hear your story, I’d say they made a big mistake! I’m new to the quilt world and love this pattern and all the colours about it! I’d find a perfect match!

  227. karen a bolan says:

    Maybe too late, but worth a shot. I love Fabric Worm! They’ve had this for a while but I still love it: Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, Camp Sur

  228. Sheila salazar says:

    I love this pattern. It’s modern and traditional. I can’t wait to make it. ❀️❀️ Shimmer On Hexagon- Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman is my favorite fabric at

  229. Rose Kern says:

    I have not done a quilt before, but I really want to. In Fabricworms shop I love all the Outback Wife’s collection, it’s just beautiful.

  230. brianna says:

    LOVE the pattern. “simple” designs are my favorite. love the new fabric with little otters on it. cannot remember the name, but it’s grey and adorable!

  231. Fran says:

    Wow, that certainly was a brutal rejection but I’m so happy that this pattern happened as part of that experience. And it really is valuable to hear the lows as well as the highs of someone’s quilting career. My favourite Fabricworm fabric is the Japanese import double gauze Moon &Stars in black.

  232. Jan Watts says:

    I’m new to quilting and would love ❀️ to try this beautiful pattern. I think Fabric Worm is becoming addictive!

  233. Ashley @crafterbynighg says:

    I adore this quilt… and loved hearing the back story!
    I have a random question… I love the way you hand quilted this latest version. How did you keep it looking orderly but not perfect at the same time? Did you use the Hera marker and mark your lines out and just do one fan at a time or what was your method?

  234. Adam says:

    I’m totally new to quilting, and I have to say, this pattern is super inspiring. I love the contrasting dark on light, and bright yellow pop. When I first saw this in your shop I literally let out an audible gasp, because I loved it so much. Beautiful.

  235. Helen Poitra-Chalmers says:

    I’d love to learn more about how you designed the quilting the 2015 version – the more I poke around your site, the more I realize how charmed I am by the quilting complementing the designs so well!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Thank you, Helen! I favor simple quilting that compliments the quilt pattern. Typically I just follow the piecing with horizontal or vertical lines and vary the density to to add dimension and interest.

  236. Angela Tucker says:

    I am enjoying your site. You are very creative. I just bought this pattern and hope it goes well. Do you typically buy your fabrics online? Do you get fat quarter sets or choose each fabric separately? I’m trying to find where you mentioned some of the sights you prefer. πŸ™‚


  237. Chiu says:

    In love with this design 😍
    I’m almost done with my first ever quilt (huzzah!) and have been eyeing to work on a quilt that incorporates HSTs to get comfortable with. I was going to go for your Perennial design but now I’m torn between the Fly Away quilt!

  238. Carol Lee says:

    I am new to your blog and just ordered “Reflections” to make a baby quilt. I enjoyed seeing how you used scraps. I intend to start sorting all my scrap fabric and get started. I must say your blog is interesting and hope to continue using some of your ideas.

  239. MS Sam Nicholson says:

    I LOVE the quilts you did particularly the baby one with those beautiful colors! My favorite fabric set was a Welcome Home, love all the bright colors! The second one I fell in love with was Petite Garden which would be great in a wedding ring quilt! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and patterns!!

    • Suzy Williams says:

      Yes, definitely! That would depend on the size of the quilt you are making. For the throw, you could break down the 1 yd. requirement into 4 FQs, or for more color variety, mix some smaller cuts or scraps in too!

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