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Grandmother taught me to cut and stitch pieces if cloth when I was age 4. Have been quilting ever since. I teach the basic traditional patterns and my favorite quilting time period is the 1920 and 30's the depression eara quilts. The pictures are from my shop which is a circa 1830 creole cabin made of cypress. yep that gator lives in the back swamp
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, hand quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting
My pets are awesome!
Bitsey the snoodle and Jackie Boy the snouzer

saving bits and pieces

my first sewing box was a cardboard shoe box grandma gave me when I was 6 years old. she told me that quilts were made from any bits and pieces of cloth leftover from clothing that had worn out and sewing scraps from making new clothes. she showed me that even in worn out shirts the cloth in shirt tails was still good enough to collect. Soon I had a treasure box full on cloth pieces, buttons and threads. Grandma gave me her used spools when you could see the wood thru the thinned out threads. I still keep my stash in cardboard boxes and still throw all colors together in a big bright mess, tho grandma taught me to be careful with pokadots and plads and to choose one print and just pick up the colors in the weave. I dont stick to her rules and just keep adding colors! She taught me to keep my blocks 6" or smaller when piecing a pattern and her opinion of wide cloth borders was that though they were pretty, they were wasteful. She also said to make sure my work was not perfact so I would not offend our Creator. I teach freely to anyone who wants to learn what Grandma taught me. Passing on a tradition.

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At 7:13pm on November 12, 2011, Debbie Leier said…

Love the story Suzanne. It is absolutely wonderful that you are passing on the tradition that your Grandmother gave you. I think more of that needs to happen to our younger generations nowadays.

At 3:32pm on November 5, 2011, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Suzanne, Thanks for the friend request and comment on my page.  I'm in awe of all the wonderful quilts shared on this site as well.   I used to fear that quilting would be a lost art, but it seems to be alive and well.  

Blessings to you from WINDY Nebraska - where we might end up in N. Dak if it doesn't stop blowing!  :)  Jan 

At 1:29pm on November 4, 2011, Sandra Perkins said…
Found you. :) I really like your sewing background. I learned from my Grandmother too. She only let me put the glasses on the material to hold the pattern pieces though. :)
At 6:37am on November 4, 2011, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Hi Suzanne, I just dropped by your page after seeing the cathedral window picture on the main page slide show.  I enjoyed reading your profile - especially about the historic building where your quilt shop is located - and about your grandma.  My grandmother taught me to love hand work, though her main crafts were embroidery and crochet.  Traditional quilt patterns and scrap quilts are my favorites as well.  I'm so glad there are traditional quilt teachers like you passing along the craft.  There is a hand quilting group here, Around the Quilt Frame, that might interest you.  Lots of nice folks there keeping the hand quilting tradition alive.  We'd love for you to join us. 

At 11:32am on November 3, 2011, Linda Hubalek said…
HI Suzanne, thanks for the note, and I hope you do enjoy my books. I love your photos on your page. I need to get some up on mine too. So many projects.... enjoy your day!
At 7:59am on November 2, 2011, Linda Hubalek said…

Welcome Quilter Friend!

Just wanted to pop in to say “hello” and introduce myself. I’m Linda Hubalek, fellow quilter and author from Kansas. Books about pioneer women are my specialty, with a cooking or a quilting theme mixed into each historical fiction series.

My Trail of Thread book series is written in the form of letters sent back home when my ancestors traveled to Kansas. Each book mentions twelve old-time quilt patterns, and I put drawings of them in the back of the books.

So if you like to read—besides quilting—please enjoy my blog and book excerpts on my website. Besides printed as paperbacks, my ten books are also available for your Kindle or Nook.

I have about a dozen quilts made by my great grandmother, (that we used all the time when I was a kid) so I’m into antique quilts and patterns. What kind of quilts and patterns do you like to work with?

Happy quilting and reading!

Linda Hubalek

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