Friday, May 25, 2012

McCall's Quilting: Series Quilt Revealed! AURIfil GIVEAWAY!

I'm so pleased to announce the publication of the July/August 2012 issue of McCall's Quilting. My quilt, called Sugar Roses, is shown on pages 28-32.

Sugar Roses is a series quilt I designed specifically for McCall's Quilting, and the pattern will be featured in a total of 4 consecutive issues. Pick up a copy now for Part I of this 4-part series.

AURIfil Giveaway! See Monday, June 9, 2012 Blog Post For Details!

My favorite AURIfil colors, as seen in my interview on AURIfil BUZZ. See my free quilted pillow pattern!

Sugar Roses was made using Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan, plus a few fabrics from Designer Essentials, all for FreeSpirit . . .

Sugar Roses, as seen in McCall's Quilting July/August 2012 Image compliments of McCall's Quilting

Fresh and pretty, right? LOVE Tanya's fabrics!

I made a second quilt using the gorgeous reds, tans, and grays combination of French General's Rouenneries Deux for Moda. McCall's Quilting generously provided it as a free Web Bonus (you'll need to purchase the magazine for pattern instructions). If you prefer the look of this beautiful French Country-inspired collection, look for yardage at your local quilt shop or favorite online shop.

Sugar Roses/Rouenneries Deux version, as seen in McCall's Quilting July/August 2012. Image compliments of McCall's Quilting
Next week, I'll share with you a few snapshots of the progression of the applique border I did on the Rouenneries Deux version.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Quick Lesson In Modern Fabric Stash Building

There has been a trend in fabrics over the past several years, where more vibrant colors are selected for collections. It seems that each one that comes out is fresher than the last. I love the happy, feel-good hues and simple, less-than-complicated designs. Open fields with flower bouquets. Large, tiled prints. Oversize paisleys.

One of my favorite online fabric shops is Over the Rainbow. Laura Van Divier, owner of OTR, recently hosted a sale that I couldn't resist. I found some treasures I'd like to mix into my growing "trend" stash and incorporate into some upcoming projects.

Fabrics from FreeSpirit, Moda, Michael Miller, and Rowan

Of course when shopping sales, it is likely you won't find all of the colors or styles you prefer. My philosophy is to buy what appeals to you, then add in balanced color as your stash grows.

I found the leopard bag handles at a knitting shop that is closing in our tiny downtown. Immediately upon seeing them, a design for a simple bag to stitch up came to mind. A future pattern? Perhaps.

Sign up for OTR's detailed newsletters where you'll hear about upcoming and on-going sales, as well as all of their newest available fabric collections. Besides, when you sign-up, you're registering to win a $10 gift certificate chosen each month.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Recent Findings at Local Antique Mall

I love snarfing around at antique malls! Shopping an antique mall is the best place to find lots of treasures under one roof. I typically find bargains I would never have expected, and that's what makes it an exciting adventure.

The things I like to look for are textiles (tea towels, vintage fabric, feedsacks, table cloths, quilt blocks, and miscellaneous linens), indoor and outdoor furniture, sewing machines/accessories, antique buttons, paintings, etchings, prints, old picture frames, and unusual home accessories.

Unless I'm looking for something specific and/or for a project, I like to keep my purchases to a minimum. This is what I recently found while shopping with my husband at a Northern Indiana antique mall:

Ship hand towel and floral tea towel.

Vintage fabric pieces.

Full feedsack.

Partial feedsack.

What was amazing to me was that my total purchases came to $12.

As an aside, an average starting auction price of one feedsack on eBay is around $9-$10, and you can find novelty and rare prints starting at upwards of $65-$100. Surprisingly, I found the red tulips feedsack for $1, as well as finding the partial feedsack for the same price.

It sure was fun finding bargains at the antique mall that day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sneak Peek: Colourblock Style Quilt




This isn't a very fair sneak peek. However, when working with magazines, it is best practice to give them first rights to publish, if possible.

I'm very excited to start working on my newest quilt, called: Colourblock Style, scheduled for magazine publication early 2013. It will be a simple design using just 3 colors of Robert Kaufman's marvelous Kona Cottons: Charcoal. Ivory. Parchment.

Charcoal image compliments of
Ivory image compliments of
Parchment image compliments of

Monday, May 21, 2012

Things are Changing at SuzGuz Designs

 Change is invigorating.
Change is good.
Change allows the direction of your life to move forward and experience new and different things.
 It takes courage to change and it can be scary. But if the idea of making a change excites you, allow your soul to experience it and embrace it.

Next month, my husband and I are moving back to Colorado. We're very excited and we anticipate this as being our last state-to-state move.

The timing is perfect. It always is, with change.

Please join me by re-discovering things you love to do in your life. Investigate a new hobby. Take a walk in your neighborhood and find things you never saw before. Call or write to an old friend you've been thinking about. Do something you've always wanted to do but haven't taken the time to do.

Kimono, by Susan Guzman, donated to Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, June 2012

Last month, I made my first art quilt. It is something I've been wanting to do since I began quilting, back in 2005/06.

Kimono (back), finished quilt size: 9 1/2" x 11 1/2"

This quilt will be up for auction on The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative's website, soon!