We’re wrapping up (See what I did there? Gifts? Wrapping paper?? forget it...) the Suzy Quilts Holiday Gift Guide with a group of quilters who are near and dear to my heart… the long-time, seasoned sewists. These are the quilters who seem to have collected everything over the years… a huge stash of fabric, two sets of every tool, a shelf-full of books and a wealth of practice.
You know who really gets excited about Christmas? Me. And kids. We’re the ones who bake cookies for Santa and try to stay up all night waiting to hear the footsteps of reindeer on the roof. That’s why getting gifts for kids (and me) is so much fun: the holidays are still so magical!
A common misconception is that quilters just sit at home in front of a fireplace in a rocking chair all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty much everything about that, but a lot of quilters are on the move too!
And we’re back! It’s time for round two of the Suzy Quilts Holiday Gift Guide. This time, we’re focusing on The New Quilter. New quilters need love! New quilters need encouragement! New quilters need tools!
Sometimes, new quilters don’t know where to start.
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for pea coats, scarves, quilting (duh, always) and holiday gift shopping. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love holiday shopping, and those who hate it.
Well, I’m rolling out a holiday gift guide for both of you!
The Ohio Star quilt block is another claaaasic pattern with an awesome history, amazing modern variations, and a few key tips from yours truly.
If you have an interest in quilt history, check out Barbra Brackman's books, namely Civil War Sampler: 50 Blocks with Stories from History.
You guys, the Churn Dash quilt pattern is everything. Each time I work on a Churn Dash quilt, I think, “Yes. Yes. This is why I quilt!”
There’s something about the history and the simplicity and the tons-and-tons of variations and modernizations that really make the Churn Dash quilt block the complete package of all that quilting should be.
When you get a call that the marketing team from Toyota needs a quilt for a photoshoot, you say YES first and ask questions later. As you can imagine, it’s not everyday that corporate America is requesting handmade original textiles, so immediately I was intrigued, excited, and (to be really real) nervous.