Suzy Quilts Guest Interview

We’ve shared some awesome projects from many amazing designers over the years, and now we would like to get to know those designers a little bit better. Let’s find out how these project gurus incorporate, store, organize, and utilize their scraps. Today, we are welcoming Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts to the blog.

Starling Quilt Pattern and Interview with Suzy Quilts

Share a little something fun about your sewing/quilting journey.

My best friend’s mom taught me how to sew when I was 15 and I haven’t stopped since! I never had sewing friends until I found Instagram, so even though social media has its faults, I am so grateful it not only helped me build a thriving sewing business, it also allowed me to make friendships with some of the most wonderful people I know. Because sewing friends are the best friends to have!

Please share a few fun facts about yourself.

I have been trying to eat a sardine for the last 5 years, and I am still not any closer. Not the same sardine. No, my tins keep expiring. Every year I buy a new tin. Sometimes I open it, but many years it just gets tossed in the bin, old and unopened. I think 2024 is the year. I have a good feeling.

I also love to watercolor paint. One of my greatest pleasures is to take a pot of ink, some water, a pad of thick paper, and hike out into the woods. I would then use found objects from nature as my brushes. My friend Caitlyn and I would do this together, before we had kids, and we could sit in silence for hours at a time.

Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts interview

How do you store your scraps?

I try to use this tidy way of folding fabric. I also keep my stash organized by color and substrate.

Do you have a favorite notion or tool? If so, what are they and how do you use them in your sewing?

I can’t live without my tailor’s clapper.

Do you have a favorite project you would like to share?

My favorite project is always the one I’m currently working on. After I finish a project I let it go pretty easily. The act of creating and sewing is why I love to make quilts — not so much the finished result. So what’s my current favorite? Well, I’m in the middle of a Butterfly Garden (the new Suzy Quilts summer pattern of 2023) table runner that is looking so lovely, I need a bit more time with it, so I think I’ll do some hand quilting. 🙂

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Materials Needed for project:

The Starling quilt pattern and basic quilting supplies. I used all fat quarters to make this version and you can see the entire process in the sew along posts here.

The Starling Quilt Block

Working on anything fun or have something happening that you would like to share?

I am releasing two debut fabric collections with Art Gallery Fabrics this August! You can see photos and read more about their inspiration here and here.

The Starling Quilt by Suzy Quilts

Wow, we just love getting to learn more about our favorite designers. You can visit some of Suzy’s projects we’ve shared here, here, and here. Be sure to hop over to her site and check out what fun things she has in store to keep you stitching up a storm.

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