Suzanne Christensen
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  • Greendale, WI
  • United States
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I'm a recently-retired grandmother who was open to new challenges during the long winter months. My SO gave me a new sewing machine to replace my old Singer electronic, fatally injured in my last move, saying, "Now you can make something for me!" I happily agreed until it occurred to me that he would never wear home-made ANYTHING! That's when I decided to make a quilt for him. After all, with my fashion sewing experience, how hard could it be sewing all those little squares together. Well, I found out in a hurry about real precision sewing. Even worse, I chose the most difficult pattern a beginner could choose... 9-patches within a 9-patch, AND sashing...ON POINT! But what did I know. Amazingly, it actually turned out quite good, if you didn't look too close at clipped points and questionable seam matches. I machine quilted it in the ditch and diagonally. I was hooked! I read quilting books voraciously, and my favorite professional quilters are Jinny Beyer (for her amazing fabrics and color) and RaNae Merrill (for her fabulous Mandala designs.) When I'm not quilting, I'm baking bread, trying new recipes that don't have to be done in 30 minutes or less, AND golfing…my other favorite pastime. Did I say I LOVE retirement AND quilting?
How many quilts have you made?
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I want the challenge of making them. I'm a very competitive golfer, and if I ever become a really accomplished quilter, I would love to enter my work in quilt shows!
How long have you been a quilter?
1 year
What is your favorite quilting technique?
I'm not sure yet. With only two quilts under my belt, both traditional patchwork kits, I think my next quilt will be paper pieced...I really like the a-traditional patterns that can be achieved with that method. (And I'll tame those points and seams yet).
Why do you quilt?
Quilting has shown me a creative side that I didn't know I had while still satisfying my analytical brain.
Do you have a website?

My very first quilt!

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"When life hands you scraps, make a quilt!" Wonder how many I'll have to make in 2013? :-)  I call the one below the "Jelly Roll Wreck", created from an unattractive, and subsequently, deconstructed …

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:30pm 9 Comments

"When life hands you scraps, make a quilt!" Wonder how many I'll have to make in 2013? :-)  I call the one below the "Jelly Roll Wreck", created from an unattractive, and subsequently, deconstructed "Jelly Roll Race" quilt top. Making two tops that result in only one quilt isn't very productive, but it's doubly satisfying because I salvaged the fabric! On to #5...…


REALLY finished this time...

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

Here is Quilt #2, declared “finished” last March, but as it turned out, many more hours were required to fix the border problems I ran into.   Quilt #2 was actually REALLY finished on November 15th!  After removing/straightening/removing/straightening  the borders (count them...TWICE), I finally got it to a point where it was as good as it was going to get! The recipient…


Here's #2, but who's counting...

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 11:55pm 21 Comments

...BTW, when DO you stop counting when you (almost) finish a quilt, I wonder? :-)  This is a "Thank You" and  "on request" quilt for a dear friend.  But when you're just finishing #2 quilt, you still have much to learn.  The one thing I learned making THIS quilt is that it should have been foundation pieced!  It's called "Floral Envelopes", and all those large envelopes/"flaps" (17 5/8 x 5 7/8) you see are triangles with…


My very first quilt...

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 2:04am 12 Comments

As a newbie, both here and as a quilter, I'm still working on how to get around the website, to post comments, add photos, etc.  When my SO bought me a new sewing machine, and then suggested that I could now make something for him, the only thing that came to mind was something for his home.  So, I decided on a quilt!  This is my very first quilt, and it's been full steam ahead ever since!  Thanks in advance to the experienced quilters here who may answer some extremely silly/dumb "newbie"…


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At 2:45pm on March 13, 2012, Mary Moore said…

Hi Suzanne,
You asked about the mystery quilt concept. I could explain, but there are two interest groups here, one that is "solved" and one in progress, that explain things very well. Look under "Groups"- Block Buffet Mystery and Rainbow Routini. There are lots of other sites doing them, but I prefer the AQS ones as they are well explained and more original than the others. Looking at your photos, I think you could jump right in and do fine. Just keep your seam ripper handy.

At 11:05am on February 24, 2012, Linda Hubalek said…

Hi Suzanne,

Glad you're feeling better..I've had a cold for the past week so been feeling rough too.

I didn't mention that book you just bought, so I'll have to look it up myself. I had written about my

Trail of Thread book series, so hope you read them next.

Take care and feel back to normal soon!

Linda Hubalek

At 6:12pm on February 23, 2012, viki hagan said…

Suzanne, very welcome. I've had that book for quite awhile and I love it, there's a half dozen or so patterns in there on my list to make.. that's one of them of course lol.

At 9:32pm on February 20, 2012, Linda Hubalek said…

Oh how fun! What's the odds of both growing up in immigrant towns? Our town has stayed very into the tradition, with festivals, etc even through our pop. is only around 3000.

Enjoy this site. I've met very nice, down-to-earth women that talk about quilting to weather, great quilt photos, ideas and help.

Hope you're having a mild winter in WI. We had a thunderstorm today in Kansas so unusual, but welcomed warm winter.

At 5:56pm on February 20, 2012, Penny Streeter said…

Hello Suzanne, 

The blue and cream quilt on my blog that you were asking about is a "Carpenters Square" it took me 3 weeks to piece and has been in my top pile for 2 years.  I put it on the long arm right after the first of the year.  I have had a few events in my life that have kept me away from the quilting machine, but hope to have it finished by the end of next week.  I am really happy with the way it has turned out.  I am micro stippling the blue and SID the cream.  


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