Saturday, September 19, 2009

NEW Box of Chocolates Pattern - Look for it Next Week!

Our newest pattern, called: Box of Chocolates, will be available to purchase through our website store next week . . . Stay tuned . . . And thanks for your support of SuzGuz Designs!

And The Winner Is . . . !

I really enjoyed all of the comments left for the giveaway. Thanks so very much! They were very fun to read and heartwarming, as well!

A huge thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for their generosity in providing the fabric for this giveaway, and to my friends at Electric Quilt (EQ6) for spreading the news. ThANk YoU!!!

We ended up with 311 entries. I used to select the winners. Yes, I said "winners".

I decided to give away 3 patterns in addition to the grand prize. This is how it turned out:

Grand Prize package of pattern and 25 fat quarters goes to:

Comment #65 - sharon cowling said...

I am brand new to quilting. Since February I have lost 52 pounds, avoiding things like fat and chocolate. This prize of fat quarters and chocolate would be DELICIOUS!! Thanks for picking me as the winner!

September 9, 2009 1:52 PM

First Runner-up pattern prize goes to:

Blogger Comment #89 - Paula said...

Love your blog, What a brilliant idea for the debut of your pattern!
Who doesn't love Chocolate especially the no-calorie kind? I would be honored to be awarded the "prize"!

September 9, 2009 5:01 PM

Second Runner-up pattern prize goes to:

Facebook entry #282 - Deb Smith

Third Runner-up pattern prize goes to:

Comment #82 - Nancy said...

WOW-O!! What a great giveaway!!

I Love this quilt... Such beautiful colors...

September 9, 2009 3:48 PM

Congratulations, winners! Please send an e-mail with your mailing address to: I will immediately send out your prizes.

Thank you all for entering! I look forward to seeing you around again, soon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


McCall's Quick Quilts' October/November 2009 issue is out on newsstands, now! Look for our Cornucopia table runner.

Just got it back in the mail, yesterday. Quilted by wonderful quilter, Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters. Russ not only does beautiful, meticulous work, he's one of the nicest guys you'll meet! In addition, his wife, Rhonda, keeps him on schedule and is so kind and thoughtful. They are giving away something every week until Christmas through their blog. Go check them out, now! They'll treat you like family!

Thanks for all that you do, Russ and Rhonda! I'll be mailing you an extra copy of the magazine, tomorrow.

Photos compliments of McCall's Quick Quilts!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

William Morris and Thimbles . . . A Lovely Treat!

Just got these two in the mail from the U.K. . . . so pleased with the start of my new collection!

Getting It All Ready!

Quilt designing is a process. I'll explain how I do it. We all have a different method, I'm sure. This is an image of a block from my current 2009 Block-of-the-Month Club:

I typically begin with a pad of graph paper. I used to use this same medium when I would plan out floor plans for my interior design clients. Graph paper is a wonderful tool to use because it's already broken down into equal spaces, which makes for easier figuring . . . Yes! You have to have somewhat of a knack for math.

I sketch out a myriad of designs: blocks, quilts, images, motifs. No particular system; just sketch whatever inspires me. Sketching is one of my most favorite things to do. I aspire to one day put what I envision on paper, onto fabric.

Next, I determine how much fabric I'll need. When figuring out the amount of fabric, you need to consider that there may be adjustments while writing the pattern. With experience, you instinctively know to get what you need and just a bit more to cover potential errors. I'm so pleased to say that the extra fabric from our "Box of Chocolates" pattern allowed me to put this give-away together.

We're getting the package ready! From the fabric I have left over from making my sample quilt, 6 of the 25 fat quarters will not be in the form of a fat quarter.

You'll actually be getting more than a fat quarter from the 6 . . .

For the two or three fabrics I didn't receive enough of, you will get comparable replacements in color tone, so you'll still achieve the same effect . . .

Special Notice: If you signed up for the NuzLetter and/or found me on Facebook, but you didn't reply to our initial announcement, I cannot count your votes. So if you want ALL of your votes to count, be sure you posted a message to our 09/09/09 Giveaway blog post, below!

Just 3 more days to go . . . I'm so thrilled to be able to make this available to all of you.

Good luck!