Now Touring: Folk Art Quilted Traditions by Suzy Webster

teri • October 13, 2016 • 10 Comments


Folk Art Quilted Traditions by Suzy Webster
American Quilt Society Publications
80 pages, paperback; $22.95

Folk Art Quilted Traditions seems a bit of a departure from our regularly scheduled program. That is until that moment when, you know, handwork! Portable stitch-fixes to indulge in while at soccer games, watching television and sipping a little something special, at guild meetings or just when you’re having a little me time.

So, here are our  top takeaways from this book:

  • Suzy shares her quilter’s foot print, or her long-term goals as a quilt maker. Making and achieving goals is great. The goals may be as simple as stitching a consistent quarter-inch seam allowance or stitching hexagons together. They may be as complex as getting a quilt juried into QuiltCon. Defining your own quilty foot print is a step toward growing–and enjoying–your quilting more.direction.


  • In the book, Suzy shares a great tip for checking how much a fabric will bleed. Her test involves hot water, a paper towel, and a resealable baggie. This is a new to us tip and wow! it’ll work on any fabric.
  • Her applique patterns are based on cultural tradition, which Suzy has been steeped in her whole life. It wasn’t until Suzy’s aunt commented on the similarities that Suzy realized the quilts she was making reflected that cultural tradition. Modernist quilts have an aesthetic about them that reaches back into both cultural and art history. Think Piet Mondrian, Gwen Marston and Molly Upton, to name a few.


American Made Brand Solids are a strong option for applique pieces, says Suzy.

  • “I learned this lesson by trying all the fabrics against the background.” What better way to check out how our fabrics will work. The cool thing is that Suzy’s patterns can be done up in the fabrics you love.


  • Her Heritage Bag is an awesome way to get started with the applique. It’s a simple project to whet the appetite and get your applique mojo flowing.
  • The cover quilt is really beautiful. Suzy uses red for the background which gives the quilt a lot of depth!

There’s been a bunch of blog hoopla about Suzy’s inspiring book, and it’s worthwhile to check them all out. Here’s the rundown:

Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster –
Connie Kresin Campbell –
Jennifer Eubank –

Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee –
Sally Johnson –
Suzy Webster –

 Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell –
Anna Branch –
Vicki in MN –

Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright
Teri Lucas / Generation Q Magazine
Maryellen McAuliffe 

Friday October 14

Adele Mogavero 
Joan Kawano 
Lara Buccella 

Saturday October 15 – Final Wrap-up

Suzy Webster 

win one!

For an opportunity to win a copy, simply click on the photo below and follow the directions. Suzy will draw a winner on Saturday.

Win a copy of the book, and fabric from Island Batik!

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

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  • Allison in Alabama • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #1

    Nice tip about fabric colors! Will have to try it!

  • usairdoll • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #2

    Have loved seeing everyone’s projects. Beautiful blocks on the cover of the book.


  • Martina • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #3

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sherry Jurykovsky • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #4

    I am new to your magazine and hope to learn many quilty things from it. I clicked on the photo to enter the draw but nothing happened. Is there supposed to be a link attached to it?

    • teri • 4 years ago
      COMMENT #

      Hi Sherry,
      Try again, the link should be fixed.

      • Sherry Jurykovsky • 4 years ago
        COMMENT #

        Still not working. I get the error “This site can’t be reached
        http’s server DNS address could not be found.”

  • Maryellen • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #5

    It’s a great book! I enjoyed making something from it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy Myers • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #6

    I clicked the picture, but it didn’t take me anywhere.

    • teri • 4 years ago
      COMMENT #

      Hi Nancy,
      Try again – the link should be fixed.

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