I met Sue Marsh years ago and fell in love with her whimsical designs. She has branched out in another direction, adding fast and fun patterns made from precut fabrics. She created a wonderful trio of wool wall quilts, North Pole Pals, for our Nov/Dec ’09 issue.
“Hi! I’m Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek Productions. Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves changing and the intense blue of the sky. The weather is perfect here in Colorado. Not that I get to enjoy it, as Fall is also my busiest time of year. Vacations are over, kids are back in school and quilters are gearing up for Christmas. There is nothing more perfect or welcome than a handmade gift. They are among my favorite things. Quilts given to my nieces and nephews at birth are now in tatters and still being carried around.
I love working with the precut fabrics that are readily available. Charm packs, Jelly Rolls, Twice the Charm and fat quarters are among my favorites. I’ve taken to making smaller projects such as tote bags and table runners. Pre-cut packages are perfect for these. A good chunk of the work has been done for you, the fabrics are cut for you and coordinate perfectly. There is little or no waste and they are very reasonably priced. And… if you don’t happen to get the project done, sewers are very happy to receive the little bundles as gifts!
As I mentioned, Fall is my busiest season. I go to two wholesale markets a year, and one of them is this week, Quilt Market in Houston. I have nothing completed, but lots of things almost done. I will be finishing these up right after I get out the hair color and take care of these grays that pop up in profusion as the stress level raises. Chances are real good that I will be sewing buttons on the plane.
You can find some of my designs on the pages of Quiltmaker, North Pole Pals in the Nov/Dec ’09 issue and Grandpa’s Farm in Quiltmaker’s Quilting & Embroidery, Summer ’09. Look for more of my designs in these magazines in 2010.”